Douglas Keane, former chef/owner of the Michelin two-star Cyrus restaurant in Healdsburg, will star in the the fifth season of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.”
Keane will be the only Bay Area representive on the show, which is set to return on July 24. An avid dog lover, Keane chose the Green Dog Rescue in Windsor as his charity.
“To have the chance to bring exposure and potential money to Green Dog Rescue was a great honor and motivating too,” he said.
The chef has been flying under the radar since Cyrus shuttered last fall due to a landlord dispute. While exploring other restaurant possibilities in Sonoma County, he decided
to try his hand at the TV cooking show.
“It was difficult, challenging and took me way outside my comfort zone, but I learned a lot about myself,” Keane said of the filming. “It tapped a completely different way of thinking from what I was used to with Cyrus.”
Last season marked the first time a Bay Area chef won “Top Chef Masters.” Chris Cosentino of Incanto in San Francisco was named the top toque.
Joining Keane in the fifth season cast will be former “Top Chef” runner-up Bryan Voltaggio, co-owner and executive chef of Volt Restaurant in Maryland and Range in D.C.; Sang Yoon, chef/owner of two gastropubs in Santa Monica and Los Angeles; New York restaurateur David Burke, who also competed on season 2; and Jenn Louis of Lincoln and Sunshine Tavern in Portland, Ore., one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs in 2012.
Other Bay Area chefs who have appeared as contestants on “Top Chef Masters” include Michael Chiarello of Bottega in Yountville, Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys in San Francisco, and Traci Des Jardins of Jardiniere in San Francisco.