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'Top Chef' Season 10 Is Coming Your Way

Meet the new lineup of cheftestants ready for battle.



Nine kitchen masters have earned the title Top Chef, and we can proudly announce that the tenth season will be coming to you shortly.

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Hugh Acheson and Gail Simmons will return as judges along with world-famous chefs Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck for the 10th season, which filmed in Seattle and featured chefs of all stripes from across the country. Want an inside scoop on the new cheftestants? Here's who you'll be watching:



Lizzie Binder; 37 years old; Previously Executive Chef, Bar Bambino, San Francisco, California
Hometown: Durban, South Africa (currently resides in Napa, California)
Education: Christina Martin School of Food and Wine, South Africa
Has Worked At: Jardiniere in San Francisco, The French Laundry in Napa, and Chez Panisse in Berkeley

Tina Bourbeau; 42 years old; Executive Chef/ Senior Director of Research and Development, FreshDirect
HOMETOWN: New York, New York
Education: Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School (I.C.E.)
Has Worked At: Cello with Laurent Tourondel and Head Chef at Nicole’s in New York City

Chrissy Camba; 31 years old; Chef, Bar Pastoral, Chicago, Illinois
Hometown: Chicago
Education: Books, Work and Stages
Has Staged At: Bouchon, Alinea, Blackbird, Boka, Avenues, Naha and The Bristol.

Stephanie Cmar; 27 years old; Rounds Cook, No. 9 Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Hometown: Boston
Education: Johnson & Wales, Providence, Rhode Island
Has Worked At: Stir Boston

Micah Fields; 28 years old; Executive Chef, The Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, California
Hometown: Los Angeles
Education: Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, Pasadena, California
Has Worked At: Hotel Erwin

Eliza Gavin; 38 years old; Chef and Owner, 221 South Oak Bistro, Telluride, Colorado
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia (currently resides in Telluride, Colorado)
Education: Diplome de Culinaire, Le Cordon Bleu, Paris

Anthony Gray; 35 years old; Executive Chef, Southern Art Bourbon Bar, Atlanta, Georgia
Hometown: Macon, Georgia
Education: Self-taught
Has Worked At: Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton

Jeffrey Jew; 34 years old; Personal Chef
Hometown: Washington, DC (currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida)
Education: A.O.S Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America; B.S. Hospitality and Tourism Management, Virginia Tech
Has Worked At: Abbey Road Overseas Program in Florence, Italy, Head Chef to the Embassy of Italy,Connaught Hotel in London, Marvin and Blackbyrd Restaurants in Washington, DC. 

Gina Keatley; 32 years old; Dietitian and Founder, Nourishing USA, Harlem, New York
Hometown: Boston (Currently resides in New York, NY)
Education: B.S. Nutrition, New York University; A.S. Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management, Art Institute of New York City

Kristen Kish; 28 years old; Chef de Cuisine, Stir – BL Gruppo, Boston, Massachusetts
Hometown: Kentwood, Michigan (currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts)
Education: A.A., Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu, Chicago
Has Worked At: Sensing.

Danyele McPherson; 31 years old; Sous Chef, The Grape Restaurant, Dallas, Texas
Hometown: Waynesville, North Caroline (currently resides in Dallas, Texas)
Education: B.A., Anthropology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill; attended Culinary Institute of America and left for an internship
Has Worked At: Stephan Pyles

Daniel O'Brien; 32 years old; Chef and Owner, Seasonal Pantry, Washington, DC
Hometown: Clarkson, New York (currently resides in Washington, DC)
Education: Culinary Arts & Service Management (BPS), Paul Smith’s College
Has Worked At: Mill Creek Golf Club in New York, Equinox, Bibiana Osteria

Carla Pellegrino; 43 years old; Executive Chef and Owner, Bacio (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Bratalian Neapolitan Cantina (Henderson, Nevada)
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada)
Education: French Culinary Institute, New York
Has Worked At: Baldoria Restaurant in New York City, Rao’s Las Vegas.

Jorel Pierce; 28 years old; Chef de Cuisine, Euclid Hall, Denver, Colorado
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Education: Johnson & Wales, Denver, Colorado
Has Worked At: Rioja,  Euclid Hall

Sheldon Simeon; 30 years old; Executive Chef, Star Noodle, Lahaina, Hawaii
Hometown: Lahaina, Hawaii
Has Worked At: Disneyworld

John Tesar; 54 years old; Chef and Restaurateur, Spoon Bar & Kitchen, Dallas, Texas
Hometown: New York, New York (currently resides in Dallas, Texas)
Education: La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine, Paris
Has Worked At: Club Pierre in Westhampton, 13 Barrow Street, 44 & Hell’s Kitchen, Vine and The Supper Club in New York,  RM Seafood in Las Vegas, The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas

Joshua Valentine; 33 years old; Pastry Chef, FT 33, Dallas, Texas
Hometown: Del City, Oklahoma (currently resides in Dallas, Texas)
Education: A.O.S. Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu, Minneapolis
Has Worked At: Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis and Local in Dallas, Stephan Pyles and Samar by Stephan Pyles, The Coach House in Oklahoma and Divine Swine.  

Bart Vandaele; 42 years old; Executive Chef and Owner, Belga Café and B Too, Washington, DC
Hometown: Roeselare, Belgium (currently resides in Washington, DC)
Education: Culinary Institute for Restaurant & Hotel Management, Bruges, Belgium
Has Cooked At: Au Vigeron, Piet Huysentruyt and Restaurant Scholteshof

Tyler Wiard; 41 years old; Executive Chef and Culinary Director, Elway’s Restaurant Group, Denver, Colorado
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Education: Trained in restaurants -- no culinary school

Brooke Williamson; 34 years old; Co-Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Hudson House (Redondo Beach, California) and The Tripel (Playa del Rey, California)
Hometown: Los Angeles
Education: Trained in restaurants -- no culinary school
Has Worked At: Fenix at the Argyle Hotel, Michael’s in Santa Monica, Daniel in New York, Zax in Los Angeles

Kuniko Yagi; 35 years old; Executive Chef, upcoming David Myers restaurant, Los Angeles, California
Hometown: Maebashi City, Gunma Prefecture, Japan (currently resides in Los Angeles, California)
Education: self-taught
Has Worked At: Sona, Comme Ça.

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