Paying tribute to Boston’s finest should be an every week goal of “Top Chef” Season 12. But Episode 2 (Wednesday, 10 p.m. on Bravo) puts that goal front and center with appearances by police commissioner Bill Evans, then-interim fire commissioner John Hasson, and a slew of first responders. Filmed in part at Belmont’s Il Casale restaurant, the episode includes a moving moment with police officer Shana Cottone, who recalls her role in rescuing two gravely injured victims of the 2013 Marathon bombings. Il Casale chef-owner Dante de Magistris takes part in the show, as does Todd English. The most unexpected cameo, however, is by Patrick Swayze: A “Top Chef” contestant reveals a giant arm tattoo of the late actor, praising his craftsmanship and “commitment to excellence.” Sweet. But did that contestant see “Road House”?
Watch a clip of the episode below: