October 03, 2008 11:00 AM by Paulene Hinds
Bravo has unveiled the season 5 cast of Top Chef: New York, which will premiere on November 12th. After a season in Chicago, Top Chef returns to the big apple and joining host Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio is new taste arbiter Toby Young, a food critic and author of the bestselling and soon to be Simon Pegg-starring How To Lose Friends and Alienate People.
This season will also have its fair share of guest judges sitting at the table and during challenges. The always-impressive Martha Stewart will drop by as well as Dancing With the Stars’ Rocco DiSpirito, the Foo Fighters, Natasha Richardson and a host of other world-class celebrity chefs.
Along with the change from Chicago to New York comes an increase in expectations for the chefs.
“Being in New York this season, we’ve upped the anteÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”because this is our home turfÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”so the pressure’s on for the chef’s to impress us,” Colicchio said.
Like always, the contestants will compete for $100,000 to help open their own restaurant, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the foodie publication’s Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and, of course, the right to call themself Top Chef.
This year’s competitors are:
Alex, 33; Hometown: New York
Ariane, 41; Hometown: Verona, N.J.
Carla, 44; Hometown: Nashville
Danny, 26; Hometown: New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Fabio, 30; Hometown: Florence, Italy
Gene, 33; Hometown: Whitmore Village, Hawaii
Hosea, 34; Hometown: Taos, N. M.
Jamie, 30; Hometown: New York
Jeff, 33; Hometown: Niceville, Fla.
Jill, 28; Hometown: Latrobe, Pa.
Lauren, 24; Hometown: Cincinnati
Leah, 27; Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Melissa, 28; Hometown: Maryland
Patrick, 21; Hometown: Quincy, Mass.
Radhika, 28; Hometown: Chicago
Richard, 27; Hometown: Long Island
Stefan, 35; Hometown: Tampere, Finland
The show’s page for Top Chef has just gone live. To meet the cast of the upcoming season,CLICK HERE.
Bravo has also just released the 30 second promo spot. For your very first look at the new season of Top Chef, CLICK HERE.
Top Chef premieres on Wednesday, November 12 at 10 PM ET on Bravo.
Photo Credit: Bravo