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L.A. Chef Brooke Williamson

The “Top Chef” alum discusses her restaurant, career, and life in Los Angeles’ South Bay

On this episode of the California Now Podcast, host Soterios Johnson talks with celebrity chef and TV personality Brooke Williamson. Since winning Top Chef season 14, Williamson has competed on a handful of cooking competitions, including Guy’s Grocery Games, Knife Fight, and Food Network’s Tournament of Champions, for which she was the first to win.

Williamson and her husband Nick Roberts own Playa Provisions in Los Angeles County’s beachside neighborhood Playa del Rey. The unique restaurant complex features four different dining concepts inspired by the city’s charming country marts. During her conversation with Johnson, the L.A. chef breaks down each, including the grab-and-go cafe King Beach, upscale seafood spot Dockside, ice cream shop Small Batch, and whiskey bar Grain.

The South Bay resident also took the California Questionnaire, sharing her favorite road-trip destinations, California song, outlet mall, and more.


Brooke Williamson, chef and co-owner of Playa Provisions


Brooke Williamson is an acclaimed chef, restaurateur, TV personality and co-owner of Playa Provisions in Playa del Rey.

Los Angeles

Top Chef


Santa Monica

Playa Provisions

Playa del Rey

King Beach


Small Batch


El Segundo

Manhattan Beach

Dockweiler State Beach

South Bay



San Gabriel Valley

Ayara Thai



Neptune’s Net

Nobu Malibu

Ballona Wetlands Ecological Preserve

Joshua Tree National Park

Palm Desert

Palm Springs

Painted Canyon/Painted Ladder Trail

Redondo Beach Pier

Cabazon Outlets


Soterios Johnson, formerly the local host of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition on radio station WNYC, moved from New York City to Davis in 2016. By combining his journalistic instincts with his personal curiosity, Johnson uses the California Now Podcast platform to develop a deeper understanding of his adopted home.