“Top Chef” star Leah Cohen and husband Ben Byruch are first-time parents!
Last week, the pair welcomed a baby boy, who they named Carter Graham, using the first-name initials of Byruch’s grandfathers Carl and George. He weighed 7 lbs. 2 oz. and measured 21 inches long.
In a statement obtained by “Extra,” Cohen said, “Ben and I couldn’t be happier with our healthy beautiful baby boy, Carter Graham. I didn’t even realize I was going into labor, I thought I was just having stomach aches! Ben started to time my ‘aches’ on his own and after an hour and a half he decided it was time to take me to the ER. They admitted me right away – was 5 cm dilated – pushed for only one hour and then we met Carter.”
Along with their baby’s anticipated arrival, the couple is also gearing up to open up their new restaurant Piggyback NYC this fall. They already own Lower Eastside’s Filipino-Thai restaurant Pig & Khao.
Piggyback NYC will “highlight familiar cuisine with nuances of Asian flavors, influences and techniques.” Some of the signature dishes include Shrimp Toast Okonomiyaki, Chả Cá Lã Vọng, Cantonese-Style Pan-Fried Rouget and Charcoal-Smoked Dry-Aged Ribeye.
In March, Leah revealed that she was pregnant. She told People magazine, “Ben and I are so excited to announce that we’re growing our family this October. We’ve wanted this for a while now and we’re so grateful that we get to be parents.”
Leah has been documenting her pregnancy on Instagram. In one photo, she shared a pic of her growing baby bump, writing, “Pregnancy is a crazy thing … 30weeks and almost 35lbs later and I’m still amazed by how much my body can take #transformationtuesday. On the left I’m 2 months pregnant on the right I’m a little more than 2 weeks left. This baby is coming.”
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Pregnancy is a crazy thing..30weeks and almost 35lbs later and I’m still amazed by how much my body can take #transformationtuesday On the left I’m 2 months pregnant on the right I’m a little more than 2 weeks left. This baby is coming #cheflife #chefleah #gramsohard #17days
Leah and Ben tied the knot in 2016.
She took sixth place on the fifth season of “Top Chef.”