Season 10 of Top Chef is taking place in Seattle and premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on Bravo. The list of Season 10 contestants bios reveals 21 chefs — including Dallas' John Tesar — and a bunch of non-restaurant chefs such as Harlem dietician Gina Keatley. A press release notes that this time around the "competition goes back to the basics, with culinary challenges that require a mastery of the primary skills of a chef."
Padma Lakshmi will return as host while Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, Emeril Lagasse and newcomer Wolfgang Puck will serve as this season's judges.
Seattle Times' own Rebekah Denn scored an exclusive interview with Top Chef host and judge Padma Lakshmi, and Padma dishes on filming and summer in Seattle.
On Secrecy: "I tried to keep a low profile, but it was hard. Honestly, I felt so rude, and I'm sure the local natives of Seattle must have an odd image of me, because I was in this very awkward and undiplomatic position of not being able to talk about why I was there."
On Twitter: "the one thing that Twitter has taught me is that I'm much less interesting than I want to be."
On Canlis: "the chef there (Jason Franey), who I think is really brilliant, and is doing a lot to modernize the menu while still being respectful to its history and tradition."
On Mothering: "I'm pretty much a stay-at-home mom when I'm not doing Top Chef, but there are things that take me away, like meetings or my culinary company . . . ."
Padma sounds pretty grounded throughout the interview. To read the entire interview CLICK HERE.
Season 10 Contestants
Lizzie Binder, Former Bar Bambino Chef, San Francisco, California
Tina Bourbeau, Executive Chef/ Senior Director of Research and Development, FreshDirect
Chrissy Camba, Chef, Bar Pastoral, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Cmar, Rounds Cook, No. 9 Park, Boston, Massachusetts
Micah Fields, The Standard Hotel, Los Angeles, California
Eliza Gavin, 221 South Oak Bistro, Telluride, Colorado
Anthony Gray, Executive Chef, Southern Art Bourbon Bar, Atlanta, Georgia
Jeffrey Jew, Personal Chef
Gina Keatley, Dietitian and Founder, Nourishing USA, Harlem, New York
Kristen Kish, Chef de Cuisine, Stir – BL Gruppo, Boston, Massachusetts
Danyele McPherson, Sous Chef, The Grape Restaurant, Dallas, Texas
Daniel O'Brien, Seasonal Pantry, Washington, DC
Carla Pellegrino, Executive Chef and Owner, Bacio (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Bratalian
Jorel Pierce, Chef de Cuisine, Euclid Hall, Denver, Colorado
Sheldon Simeon, Executive Chef, Star Noodle, Lahaina, Hawaii
John Tesar, Spoon Bar & Kitchen, Dallas, Texas
Joshua Valentine, Pastry Chef, FT 33, Dallas, Texas
Bart Vandaele, Belga Café and B Too, Washington, DC
Tyler Wiard Executive Chef and Culinary Director, Elway's Restaurant Group, Denver, Colorado
Brooke Williamson, Hudson House (Redondo Beach, California) and The Tripel (Playa del Rey, California)
Kuniko Yagi, Executive Chef, upcoming David Myers restaurant, Los Angeles, California
Note: Original blog appeared at: http://girlpowerhour.com/celeb-buzz-top-chef-seattle-premiers-tonight-on-bravo/