Butter up: Windsor Terrace cook on ‘Top Chef’

Butter up: Windsor Terrace cook on ‘Top Chef’
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

This reality show is getting funky!

Windsor Terrace chef Christopher Scott, of the neighborhood’s soul food eatery Butterfunk Kitchen, will show off his mastery in the kitchen on the newest season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” which starts airing on Dec. 7. Scott joined 14 other chefs for the cooking competition show in Colorado, where they whipped up a deconstructed Denver omelet and prepared Rocky Mountain Oysters. Scott has to keep his lips sealed about details until the television debut, but did say he returned home with many new friends.

“I can tell you I had a great time — we’re cool with each other and had a great time, it’s long-lasting friendships,” said Scott, who co-owns the Prospect Avenue restaurant with his wife.

Scott had applied several times to get on the show in previous seasons, but had never made the cut. So when the Brooklyn chef was invited to apply again this year, he initially turned down the opportunity. But his wife nudged him to try one last time — and it was good she did, he said.

“I said ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Scott. “She told me to call them back and tell them ‘Yes.’ So I went forth with the tasting and Skype interviews and everything about the whole process I hate so much, and this time I was chosen.”

The night of the Thursday evening premiere, it will just be business as usual for Scott, who will be working hard in his kitchen — though he knows all of his family and friends will be eagerly waiting in front of the television, he said.

“I’ll be working just like any other day. I know there’s a replay at one in the morning, so that’s the one that I’ll catch,” said Scott.

“Of course my entire family is psyched up, probably a bit more excited than I am.”

And Scott can’t say if he brought back any delicious new recipes for his own restaurant, but he did learn a few lessons throughout it all, he said.

“I can’t specifically talk about dishes, but all the time as a growing chef, I want to be more humble in the way you go about things in your career,” said Scott. “And the one thing about this experience, it brings more humility into your craft and more respect, those are things that I picked up along the way.”

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Order’s up!: Windsor Terrace’s Butterfunk Kitchen chef and owner Christopher Scott stars on Bravo’s Top Chef, debuting Dec. 7.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Christopher Scott on “Top Chef” on Bravo. Dec. 7 at 10 pm. And at Butterfunk Kitchen [1295 Prospect Ave. between Greenwood Avenue and Reeve Place in Windsor Terrace, (917) 909–0421, www.butterfunkkitchen.com]. Open Sun, Tue–Thu; 5:30–10 pm; Fri, Sat, 5:30–11 pm.