She's a Top Chef Season 10 runner-up, who now oversees a mini empire of restaurants in Southern California, but for Brooke Williamson, her favorite place to spend much of her time is at home.
In Bravo's new digital video series, In My Kitchen, past Cheftestants will offer an exclusive look inside their culinary laboratories. Today, Brooke is inviting fans into her Westchester, California ranch, where she lives with her six-year-old son, Hudson, and husband, Nick Roberts.
Since her time competing in Seattle, Brooke and Nick have overseen three successful food establishments—including the newly launched Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey—but Brooke (who most recently competed on Top Chef Duels) says that spending time with her loved ones is a top priority.
"When we do have the chance to be home, it's a special occasion," she says. "It's a satisfying thing to know that I can be at home and be in my real life, but still have that passion not only to provide a comforting meal for my family, but do it because I still really love to do it."
Brooke's space is outfitted with all the tools you might expect to find in a chef's kitchen: Vita Mix blender, high-quality knives, a fire pit and smoker in their spacious back yard. One of her go-to appliances is a rice cooker, which she uses to prepare one of her sons favorite cuisines (Japanese).
When we do have the chance to be home as a family, it's a special occasion.
"I love most asian food but there's something about Japanese food that's very precise," she says. "And I feel like over the years, I've found some really specific rice that I like and, of course, I've gotten my son now into it. I don't know if that was via me being pregnant and eating sushi all the time—there's very few things he likes more than sushi rice."
She's also got a few other surprises in her kitchen. Why does she keep Spam in her cabinets? And what's up with her cage of live insects? Watch the video above to find out. And check back every two weeks for a new episode of In My Kitchen.