September 14, 2010 03:00 PM

Courtesy Nikki Cascone

Chef Nikki Cascone has a bun in the oven!

The Top Chef alum and husband Brad Grossman are expecting their first child — a boy — in January, she tells PEOPLE.

“Having suffered from endometriosis for several years, we feel so blessed and anxious for his arrival,” the season four contestant adds.

Fortunately, the couple will have plenty to keep themselves busy in the interim: This fall, they have plans to open Octavia’s Porch — their second restaurant in New York City.

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