Top Chef Vet Marjorie Meek-Bradley Designs Meaty Snacks for Rosslyn Beer Garden

Top Chef Vet Marjorie Meek-Bradley Designs Meaty Snacks for Rosslyn Beer Garden

Top Chef alum and Smoked & Stacked founder Marjorie Meek-Bradley is crafting a sausage-heavy menu (think: pigs in a blanket, brats with sauerkraut) for the 180-seat indoor/outdoor beer garden Continental Modern Pool Lounge has installed on the site of a former park in Rosslyn.

D.C.’s top chefs deserve a night off. This amateur cook spends big bucks to give it to them.

D.C.’s top chefs deserve a night off. This amateur cook spends big bucks to give it to them.

Copper pots hang on a rack over a large kitchen island, where the man in the chef’s jacket has started painting white plates with crimson streaks of reduced beet juice, one component of the evening’s salad course. Farther down the marble island, the amuse-bouche is already set to go: Eggshells, their tops expertly removed, are filled with an egg custard crowned with poached lobster meat.

Smoked and Stacked review: A chef packs passion into her sandwiches

Smoked and Stacked review: A chef packs passion into her sandwiches

There’s a new guilty pleasure in town. It’s called the New Yorker, and it’s lust at first bite.

Everything about the breakfast sandwich is more fun than oatmeal with skim milk and bananas: slices of tender, pungently pickled pastrami; an egg fried just so; melted, nutty-tasting Comte cheese for bonding; a sea salt-sprinkled bun that manages the neat trick of being both soft and sturdy, so that when you chomp down, the pierced yolk soaks into the roll rather than your fingers. Pepper jelly sticks it to the tongue with some heat.

All the Ways DC's Food Scene Absolutely Destroys New York's

All the Ways DC's Food Scene Absolutely Destroys New York's

"What I love about the DC food scene over New York's is the sense of ownership people have in their restaurant and level of pride you see in everyone from the bartenders to the cooks to the chef. People really invest themselves here in one place, whereas in New York they tend to bounce around. It really shows in the food and experience. NYC can feel a little impersonal and cold." -- Marjorie Meek-Bradley, executive chef, RippleRoofers Union, and Smoked & Stacked

Smoked and Stacked has been open for four days. It’s already serving the best pastrami in D.C.

Smoked and Stacked has been open for four days. It’s already serving the best pastrami in D.C.

With a "Top Chef" alum at the helm and an Instagram account full of food pictures that can induce a Pavlovian response, Smoked and Stacked has met the hype: On opening day, the restaurant moved about 200 pastrami sandwiches and sold out of the smoked meat by 2:30 p.m.

​Chef Marjie’s Smoked & Stacked sets opening date, openings for Honeygrow, Taco Bamba and more restaurant news

​Chef Marjie’s Smoked & Stacked sets opening date, openings for Honeygrow, Taco Bamba and more restaurant news

Smoked & Stacked, a fast-casual sandwich shop featuring Meek-Bradley’s house-smoked pastrami, will open Sept. 9 at 1239 Ninth St. NW. The restaurant is one of several that will open in retail space at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during the next few months.

Make New American Great Again

Make New American Great Again

Marjorie Meek-Bradley, who helms Ripple in Cleveland Park, is among those a little bewildered by a description. Google describes her restaurant as a “[c]olorful haunt with an inventive, seasonal New American menu & artisan cocktails in a comfy setting.” She characterizes her food as Northern California inspired by Mediterranean flavors and seasonal ingredients. “To me that’s how I cook, but it’s a mouthful.”

Restaurateurs enraged as D.C. bars some fast-casual eateries

Restaurateurs enraged as D.C. bars some fast-casual eateries

Peter Bayne called his partners in Smoked & Stacked as soon as he got the bad news. The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs had determined that their sandwich shop, featuring smoked meats by former “Top Chef” contestant Marjorie Meek-Bradley, qualified as a fast-food restaurant and that their location — on the Ninth Street NW side of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center — is not zoned for fast food.

What It’s Really Like to Audition for a Reality TV Cooking Competition

What It’s Really Like to Audition for a Reality TV Cooking Competition

Greenberg’s leisurely path to victory isn’t all that unusual. Marjorie Meek-Bradley, executive chef of both Ripple and Roofers Union in D.C., with a fast-casual pastrami place coming soon, made it to the finals this year onTop Chef Season 13. But she first auditioned three seasons earlier, back in 2012.

'Wich Hunt

'Wich Hunt

For Marjorie Meek-Bradley, chef at Ripple in Washington, D.C., this meant dressing up the classic New York combo of lox and cream cheese. Late dinner shifts and missed meals have led to a deepened relationship with the bodega special: "When I worked in New York, it was the only meal I'd eat at least two or three times a week," she says.

7 Incredible Chefs Who Will Seriously Inspire You

7 Incredible Chefs Who Will Seriously Inspire You

Meek-Bradley holds it down for the ladies. She was the only female finalist on this year's Top Chef, and at Ripple, her kitchen team is almost all female. Like so many powerful women, she's had to deal with people calling her bitchy, but being tough has paid off. Case in point: After showing up at Napa Valley's prestigious The French Laundry earlier in her career, asking to see the chef, and politely refusing to take no for an answer, she got a tryout and won a job on the spot. Her advice for aspiring chefs: "If you want something, go ask for it. Go to that kitchen door with résumé in hand.

MEET MARJORIE MEEK-BRADLEY: EXECUTIVE CHEF

MEET MARJORIE MEEK-BRADLEY: EXECUTIVE CHEF

Cooking is one of those life skills that never stops givingThere’s always a new dish to master, a new ingredient to try, or a new chef to learn some handy tips from. Speaking of chefs, there’s one in particular who has all of our attention, and her name is Marjorie Meek-Bradley. If she sounds familiar, you’ve probably seen her before on Bravo’s Top Chef! Marjorie competed in Season 13, and went all the way to the final four contestants. That’s just one of her many accomplishments, as Marjorie has been cooking in professional kitchens since the age of 18

Marjorie Meek-Bradley on ‘Top Chef’ regrets, and how producers play mind games

Marjorie Meek-Bradley on ‘Top Chef’ regrets, and how producers play mind games

Another season of “Top Chef,” another D.C. contestant coming this close to the grand prize. Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple and Roofers Union made it to the penultimate episode of the show before being eliminated due to some tricky liquid nitrogen and duck a l’orange. Her new sandwich shop, Smoked & Stacked, opens at the end of April.

Top Chef Exit Interview: Marjorie Meek-Bradley

Top Chef Exit Interview: Marjorie Meek-Bradley

D.C. chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley had at least two things you look for in a successful Top Chef contestant going into the show's 13th season: She works in a couple of successful restaurants (Ripple and Roofers Union), and she had a pedigreed link to the show (she had worked for Top Chef: All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella)

D.C.’s Marjorie Meek-Bradley is in the ‘Top Chef’ final round

D.C.’s Marjorie Meek-Bradley is in the ‘Top Chef’ final round

If you haven’t been keeping up with “Top Chef” this season, now would be the time to tune in — and to root for the home team. Marjorie Meek-Bradley, chef at Ripple and Roofers Union, earned a spot last night in the two-part “Top Chef” finale with her dish, a roasted lamb saddle with artichokes and oven-roasted tomato with marinated squash.

Roofers Union review: ‘Top Chef’ puts the spotlight on Marjorie Meek-Bradley

Roofers Union review: ‘Top Chef’ puts the spotlight on Marjorie Meek-Bradley

Reasonable people generally don’t fare well on reality TV. The genre feeds on pettiness, overreaction and “I’m not here to make friends.” But fans of “Top Chef” had good reason to root for the home team this season: D.C. chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley. She might not command as much screen time as boastful Philip, or frazzled (and now eliminated) Giselle, but with two wins under her belt and no major missteps, as of press time she was on track to be the most successful chef our city has sent to the show since Mike Isabella’s second-place finish in “All Stars.” And because her television persona is hardworking and pleasant, she’s the kind of person you want to root for, too.

DC Chef Talks About Her 'Top Chef' Strategy

DC Chef Talks About Her 'Top Chef' Strategy

Local chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley is competing for the coveted title of "Top Chef" this season on Bravo. The executive chef at Ripple, Roofers Union and the soon-to-open restaurant Smoked & Stacked talks about how she's trying to get ahead on the show.