Introducing Top Chef: New York

It’s that time again. Did you miss our favorite show as much as we did? Well, Top Chef Season 5 begins this coming Wednesday (November 12th)! While we’re going to miss the Chicago season, we’re very excited to welcome Top Chef New York to Chew on That’s Top Chef Watch. That means we’re going to dish about every episode each Thursday right here at Chew on That. We can’t wait to get a taste of the delicious challenges the famous city of New York will serve up!

This season’s cast has a whopping 17 cheftestants! By far, the biggest cast a season has ever had, we’re hoping that means more episodes of Top Chef! Here’s a look at who’s competing:

Alex - 33, Los Angeles, CA, Executive Chef of Restaurant 15
Ariane – 41, Verona, NJ, Chef/owner of CulinAriane in Montclair, NJ
Carla - 44, Washington DC, Owner/Chef of Alchemy Caterers
Danny – 26, New Hyde Park, NY?, Chef De Cuisine of Babylon Carriage House
Fabio – 30, Moorpark, CA, Owner of Cafe Firenze Italian Restaurant Martini Bar
Gene – 33, Las Vegas, NV, Executive Chef, Executive Sushi Chef & Chef Consultant
Hosea – 34, Boulder, CO, Executive Chef of Jax Fish House
Jamie - 30,  San Francisco, CA, Executive Chef of Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
Jeff - 30, Miami, FL, Chef de Cuisine of the DiLido Beach Club
Jill – 28, Baltimore, MD, Executive Chef of Red Maple
Lauren – 24, Fort Stewart, GA, Chef Tournant of Jag’s Steak and Seafood
Leah - 27, New York City, New York, Sous Chef of Centro Vinoteca
Melissa – ??, Boulder, CO, Sous Chef of Centro Latin Kitchen and Refreshment Palace
Patrick – 21, Hyde Park, NY, Culinary student
Rhadika – 28, Chicago, IL (yay!!!), Executive Chef, Between Boutique Café & Lounge
Richard – 27, San Diego, CA, Executive Sous Chef of Confidential Restaurant & Loft, San Diego
Stefan – 35, Santa Monica, CA, Chef of StefansCatering.com

So far, we’re already rooting for Chicago’s own Radhika Desai of Between Boutique and Lounge. She is the only cheftestant from Chicago this season and we’re hoping she reminds Top Chef viewers just how great the culinary scene in Chicago is! She apparently goes by the nickname “Rad” which means her cooking must be ‘rad’ too! We hope to try out her restaurant in the near future since we’re not very far!

For complete bios, and more information on Top Chef, visit Bravo TV. Don’t forget to tune into Bravo  next Wednesday, November 12th at 10/9 CST and to visit Chew on That on Thursday so we can dish about all our favorite Top Chef episodes! See you then!

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    god i love this show. fast paced and it teaches you a thing or two. nice blog by the way. cheers

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    So so excited for the new season…

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