Food and Vegas. You can't go wrong with that combination, can you?
With the hugely successful spin-off Masters, the regular and, some say, infinitely better Top Chef returns tonight on Bravo with 17 brand new chef-testants battling it out for the title of Top Chef on Sin City. The contestants this season, the show's sixth, range from 25-year-old Atlanta, Georgia native to a 40-year-old Haiti-born who now lives in Florida. As usual, Tom Colicchio will still head the judging panel, alongside Gail Simmons and Toby Young, while Padma Lakshmi will return as host.
The 17 Top Chef hopefuls are competing for $100,000, $100,000 of merchandise provided by Macy's, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. The contestants are:
- Laurine Wickett Hope, 38 from San Francisco, California
- Preeti Mistry, 33 from San Francisco, California
- Ron Duprat, 40 from Hollywood, Florida and Naples, Florida
- Hector Santiago, 41 from Atlanta, Georgia
- Jesse Sandlin, 30 from Baltimore, Maryland
- Jennifer Carroll, 33 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Robin Leventhal, 43 from Seattle, Washington
- Ash Fulk, 29 from New York City
- Eli Kirshtein, 25 from Atlanta, Georgia
- Michael Isabella, 34 from Washington, D.C
- Jennifer Zavala, 33 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Eve Aronoff, 40 from Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Mattin Noblia, 29 from San Francisco, California
- Kevin Gillespie, 26 from Atlanta, Georgia
- Michael Voltaggio, 30 from Los Angeles, California
- Bryan Voltaggio, 33 from Urbana, Maryland
- Ashley Merriman, 32 from Seattle, Washington
Some interesting stuff that will be readily obvious in the premiere: a lot of tattooed contestants, a good deal of sexism, several chefs from Atlanta, and weirdly just one from the Big Apple.
Catch the return of Top Chef tonight on Bravo.