On the Top Chef episode ‘A Southern Legend’, before the chefs prepare dishes in honor of the matriarch of Southern cuisine Edna Lewis, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy asks the chefs to create vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods.
Murthy was born in England to immigrants from India. When he was 3, they moved to Miami. He went on to graduate from Harvard in 1997, and earned a MD and MBA from Yale in 2003. In 2008, Murthy co-founded a non-profit organization that supports comprehensive health reform, Doctors for America. In 2013, he was nominated by President Obama for the post of U.S. Surgeon General. Murthy, 39, is married to physician Dr. Alice Chen, also a co-founder of Doctors for America. Top Chef airs Thursdays at 9pm on Bravo.