Ashley Merriman is Waverley Inn’s ‘Top Chef’

Ashley Merriman in action.

Ashley Merriman in action. Photo via


When out lesbian and “Top Chef” alum Ashley Merriman seized the reins at “Vanity Fair”
 editor Graydon Carter’s The Waverly Inn in New York’s West Village last year, she already knew it was going to be a good fit.

The famous and cozy dining hotspot with its trademark red banquettes is a noted celebrity haunt with a constellation of stars from fashion, film, music and media meeting there to see and be seen. On one night you might see Padma Lakshmi and author Salman Rushdie dining next to Tony Award nominee Justin Vivian Bond; on another, Victoria Beckham and Marc Jacobs chatting about a new fashion venture while Calvin Klein grabs a drink at the bar.

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