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Celina Tio from "Top Chef Masters" is one of the contestants in Season 3 of the Bravo reality cooking competition series. She is competing for the charity Harvesters. She was previously one of the chefs competing in Season 3 of Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef" in 2010.

Celina Tio's favorite days used to involve grocery shopping lists, Julia Child re-runs, and baking and cooking for family and friends. That was when Celina Tio was 8. She knew early on she wanted to be a chef, thanks to the positive
Celina Tio in "Top Chef Masters"
Celina Tio Top Chef Masters
influence of her brother, father and grandfather.

After earning a degree in hotel and restaurant management from Drexel University, Celina started cooking at Philadelphia's Ritz-Carlton hotel. By age 23 she had become the chef of the hotel's Grill Room.

Wanting a broader challenge and audience for her cooking, Celina moved to Orlando, Florida, to work for Walt Disney World. There she helped open two specialty restaurants: Spoodles, which features Mediterranean cuisine, and Citricos, specializing in Southern French dishes.

Celina became known during the following seven years heading the kitchen at Kansas City's renowned American Restaurant. There she garnered local and national accolades, including 2005 "Chef of the Year" by Chef magazine and the James Beard Foundation's 2007 "Best Chef: Midwest."

Celina now channels her diverse experience into her own restaurant, Julian, where she creates chef-driven twists on American comfort food she calls, "feel-good food." Her accomplishments have earned her local and national accolades, including 2005 "Chef of the Year" by Chef Magazine, the James Beard Foundation's 2007 "Best Chef: Midwest" and most recently named Kansas City Magazine's Chef of the Year.

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Where does Celina Tio live? Find out here.

Current Residence: Kansas City, MO

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