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Bravo celebrates 10th anniversary of 'Top Chef' with sizzling new season in Seattle

by jmaloni
Mon, Sep 24th 2012 01:40 pm
`Top Chef` season 10: Pictured from left are Hugh Acheson, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. (photo by Matthias Clamer/Bravo)
"Top Chef" season 10: Pictured from left are Hugh Acheson, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. (photo by Matthias Clamer/Bravo)

"Top Chef: Seattle" premieres Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10 p.m.

Wolfgang Puck joins as judge; Emmy-nominated digital video series "Last Chance Kitchen" returns

Bravo Media premieres "Top Chef: Seattle," the 10th season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10 p.m. Famed chef and restaurant mogul Wolfgang Puck joins as a judge this season, alongside Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse with Padma Lakshmi returning as host, as 21 chef'testants compete for the top crown.

The franchise has catapulted nine "Top Chef" winners' careers, and this season the competition goes back to the basics, with culinary challenges that require a mastery of the primary skills of a chef. The "Top Chef: Seattle" chef'testants will be pared down week by week as they compete to out-flavor, out-cook and out-do their competition. The winning chef will receive $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of "Top Chef."

Following are the 21 "Top Chef: Seattle" hopefuls:

•Lizzie Binder, 37 - Napa, Calif.

•Tina Bourbeau, 42 - New York City

•Chrissy Camba, 30 - Chicago

•Stephanie Cmar, 27 - Boston

•Micah Fields, 28 - Los Angeles

•Eliza Gavin, 38 - Telluride, Colo.

•Anthony Gray, 35 - Macon, Ga.

•Jeffrey Jew, 34 - Washington, D.C.

•Gina Keatley, 32 - New York City

•Kristen Kish, 28 - Boston

•Danyele McPherson, 31 - Dallas

•Daniel O'Brien, 32 - Washington, D.C.

•Carla Pellegrino, 43 - Las Vegas

•Jorel Pierce, 28 - Denver

•Sheldon Simeon, 30 - Lahaina, Hawaii

•John Tesar, 54 - Dallas

•Joshua Valentine, 32 - Oklahoma City

•Bart Vandaele, 41 - Washington, D.C.

•Tyler Wiard, 41 - Denver

•Brooke Williamson, 33 - Los Angeles

•Kuniko Yagi, 35 - Los Angeles

Emmy-nominated "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," the groundbreaking digital video series hosted by Colicchio, returns for its second season. Each week, two eliminated chef'testants face-off to compete for the ultimate prize - a spot in the "Top Chef: Seattle" finale.

Fans can follow the "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" challenges and vote in each week's "Tweet Battle" on www.BravoTV.com, as well as join in the social conversation and see what the chef'testants have to say during the competition by following @bravotopchef on Twitter or liking the "Top Chef" Facebook fan page.

For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com.

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