“Top Chef” takes on the culinary hotspot of Charleston, South Carolina, for the new season, kicking off with a supersized premiere.
In an unparalleled twist, eight acclaimed chefs from across the country will unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption.
Meet the Chefs entering the “Top Chef” kitchen for the first time. • Silvia Barban –Brooklyn, NY • Emily Hahn – Charleston, SC • Jamie Lynch – Charlotte, NC • Annie Pettry – Louisville, KY • Sylva Senat – Philadelphia, PA • Gerald Sombright – Marco Island, FL • BJ Smith – Portland, OR • Jim Smith – Montgomery, AL From fan favorites to finalists who have been close enough to taste it, Bravo will be serving up clues on Top Chef’s Facebook and Instagram over the next week on the identities of the returning Cheftestants.
Fans and foodies alike can join in the #TopChef social conversation to get exclusive hints about who will be returning to the kitchen. This season is the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new when 16 talented cheftestants descend upon the city of Charleston to battle it out for $125,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the coveted title of “Top Chef.”
Throughout the competition, the chefs serve up food for culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Daniel Humm, William Guidara, Jeremiah Tower, Dominique Ansel, Sean Brock, Frank Lee, Richard Blais, Chris Cosentino, Michael Voltaggio, Hugh Acheson, BJ Dennis, Carrie Morey, Nilou Motammed, Mike Lata, John Currence, Alexander Smalls, Michael Cimarusti and Michael Solomonov.