Photos: Brandon Schulman and Root & Bone

Photos: Brandon Schulman and Root & Bone

Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth are as attractive in person as they were on Top Chef Seasons 5 and 11, respectively.  But these two are much more than good looking people you once saw on TV. Well-beyond their quick-fire challenge days, they are in the midst of some real-life challenges of their own: running restaurants in two of the most demanding markets in the country, NYC and Miami. Partners in the kitchen (and at home) of both Root & Bone and the just-opened Sarsaparilla Club in Miami, they serve Southern comfort food (and some award-winning fried chicken) in NYC while their Miami hotspot is creates a twist on the dim sum experience with a comfort food bent. We hang with their dog, Baci, and begin to break down the biz of what happens when Southern food meets new audiences and new cooking methods.

By the way, have you ever heard of a chinois? You're going to want to tune in. 

Baci, courtesy of Root & Bone

Baci, courtesy of Root & Bone