Okay, at some point we’re all going to tire of freaking out every time we hear of a Top Chef sighting, but we haven’t quite reached that point quite yet.
Recently I asked, semijokingly, to give us a shout if you see Tom Colicchio waiting for a table outside Walrus and the Carpenter. Last night a Nosh tipster informed us that the bald-headed, straight-talking, Diet Coke–endorsing chef did indeed dine at Walrus, along with fellow judges Gail Simmons and Emeril Lagasse (maybe Padma was at Dick’s?). Hopefully Simmons didn’t have too many drinks at Canon earlier in the night.
The choice of restaurant should be no surprise, since every food writer who visits Seattle reliably (and rightfully) freaks out about Renee Erickson’s oyster bar.