America's Next Hot Chef: Accessory Battle!

A workday lunch break in New York City is a wide-open thing: you could eat, hit up a sample sale, be harassed by bizarrely good looking construction workers (like I was today) or just wander around and see if anything interesting is going on. You never know, perhaps you’ll stumble upon a cook-off between two of the hottest chefs reality TV has ever seen (like I did today). Ilan Hall and Sam Talbot were the reasons I watched Bravo’s “Top Chef.” Their food was always interesting (they’re very talented guys and all) but really I watched it because they’re both astonishingly good looking and have incredible style. (There I said it. I mean, look at them!)

A big part of their incredible style is the fact that both these boys love their accessories. On the show, Ilan was rarely seen without diamond studs in both of his ears, bright old-school sneakers and at least one giant watch, if not many. He has a penchant for pink bandanas and great glasses. Sam is known for wearing his grandfather’s dog tags (for good luck), and is a big fan of rings, chunky leather cuffs and D.I.Y. bracelets. They both know what’s up. But what do the fans think of their sartorial choices? Which hot chef has the top accessories?


Francis, 29 “Ilan. I like his glasses, because I wear glasses too.”


Caitlin, 21 (L) “Ilan! I love his watches. He wears like five at a time. I so want to do that.”
Meghan, 21 (R) “Sam. I love all of his bracelets.”


Matt, 27 “Sam. I don’t like watches. I use my cell phone.”


Ilan awaits the judges’ verdict: bling in ears, watch at the ready.


Sam hard at work on his quail. Bracelets and necklaces and rings, oh my!

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