July 10, 2009 09:57 AM by Britteny Elrick
What happens in Vegas won’t stay in Vegas. The sixth season of the No. 1 food show on cable, Bravo’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series returns with Top Chef: Las Vegas, premiering Wednesday, August 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The 17 new chef’testants take on Sin City this season to see if they have what it takes to become Top Chef. And for the first time ever – the series has a set of brothers competing against each other. Keep reading to find out who the contestants will be…
This season captures Sin City’s high stakes and high rollers in addition to exploring what Vegas has to offer beyond the Strip. Some of the top names in food, movies and entertainment including Wolfgang Puck, Todd English, Natalie Portman, Daniel Boulud, Penn & Teller, Hubert Keller, Laurent Tourondel, Tim Love, Michelle Bernstein, Tyler Florence, Charlie Palmer, Paul Bartolotta, Nigella Lawson and Jerome Bocuse will be featured this season on Top Chef: Las Vegas.
“Las Vegas has become a culinary destination – some of the world’s best chefs and restaurants are here – so it’s only fitting that our newest season was the best yet,” said Colicchio. “You’ll be surprised by the quality of chef’testants we discovered this season. They really raised the bar.”
The 17 Top Chef:Las Vegas chef’testants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning chef will receive $100,000 furnished by the makers of the Glad family of products, $100,000 of merchandise provided by Macy’s, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of Top Chef. The M Resort Spa & Casino served as the production location for Top Chef Las Vegas.
To meet the cast of Season Six, click here.
Ash Fulk, 29 – Hometown: Pleasant Hill, Calif.; Resides in New York City
Ashley Merriman, 32 – Center Sandwich, N.H.; Resides in Seattle, Wash.
Bryan Voltaggio, 33 – Hometown: Frederick, Md.; Resides in Urbana, Md.
Eli Kirshtein, 25 – Hometown/Resides in: Atlanta, Ga.
Eve Aronoff, 40 – Hometown/Resides in: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Hector Santiago, 41 – Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico; Resides in Atlanta, Ga.
Jennifer Carroll, 33 – Hometown/Resides in: Philadelphia, Pa.
Jennifer Zavala, 31 – Hometown: Cromwell, Conn.; Resides in Philadelphia, Pa.
Jesse Sandlin, 30 – Hometown/Resides in: Baltimore, Md.
Kevin Gillespie, 26 – Hometown/Resides in: Atlanta, Ga.
Laurine Wickett, 38 – Hometown: Rochester, N.Y.; Resides in San Francisco, Calif.
Mattin Noblia, 29 – Hometown: Biarritz, France; Resides in San Francisco, Calif.
Michael Isabella, 34 – Hometown: Little Ferry, N.J.; Resides in Washington, D.C.
Michael Voltaggio, 30 – Hometown: Frederick, Md.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif.
Preeti Mistry, 33 – Hometown/Resides in: San Francisco, Calif.
Robin Leventhal, 43 – Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho; Resides in Seattle, Wash.
Ron Duprat – Hometown: Mare Rouge, Haiti; Resides in Hollywood, Fla. and Naples, Fla
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