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Top Chef: Texas Contestant List

Take a Look at the Toques Lined Up For Top Chef: Texas

Bravo's just released the list of contestants for season nine of Top Chef, which premieres Nov. 2, and the network's switching things up a bit. Instead of one series location, this season will be shot between three cities, Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, and there's a list of 29 hopefuls, which will be whittled down to 16 real cheftestants.

Charlize Theron, Pee-wee Herman, Patti LaBelle, Cat Cora, John Besh, and Tim Love will make appearances — and let's not forget new judges Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. Keep reading to see all the hopefuls competing on Top Chef: Texas.

  • Nyesha Arrington, 28 — Los Angeles, CA, Wilshire Restaurant
  • Lindsay Autry, 29 — West Palm Beach, FL, Omphoy Ocean Resort & Michelle Bernstein
  • Jonathan Baltazar, 36 — Long Beach, CA, Heights Cuisine
  • Ty-Lör Boring, 34 — Brooklyn, NY, Spasso
  • Molly Brandt, 30 — Hollywood, FL, Allure of the Seas for Royal Caribbean
  • Chaz Brown, 29 — New York, NY, Fatty Crab
  • Kimberly Calichio, 27 — New York, NY, Fishtail by David Burke
  • Beverly Kim, 31 — Chicago, IL, Aria Restaurant
  • Chris Crary, 29 — Los Angeles, CA, Whist Restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel
  • Andrew Curren, 32 — Austin, TX, 24 Diner
  • Berenice deAraujo, 33 — Miami, FL, Sra. Martinez
  • Janine Falvo, 37 — Atlanta, GA, Briza Restaurant
  • Richie Farina, 28 — Chicago, IL, MOTO
  • Sarah Grueneberg, 29 — Chicago, IL, Spiaggia
  • Chris Jones, 30 — Chicago, IL, MOTO
  • Edward Lee, 38 — Louisville, KY, 610 Magnolia
  • Whitney Otawka, 30 — Cumberland Island, GA, Greyfield Inn
  • Simon Pantet, 30 — Seattle, WA, Twenty-Two Doors
  • Colin Patterson, 37 — Seattle, WA, Sutra
  • Laurent Quenioux, 51 — Los Angeles, CA, Vertical Wine Bistro
  • Paul Qui, 30 — Austin, TX, Uchiko Restaurant
  • Keith Rhodes, 39 — Wilmington, NC, Catch Restaurants
  • Grayson Schmitz, 27 — New York, NY, Exec. Chef
  • Tyler Stone, 22 — Sacramento, CA, Personal Chef
  • Heather Terhune, 39 — Chicago, IL, Sable Kitchen and Bar
  • Chuy Valencia, 25 — Chicago, IL, Chilam Bilam
  • Nina Vicente, 29 — Seattle, WA, Spur Gastropub
  • Ashley Villaluz, 25 — Seattle, WA, Sous Chef
  • Dakota Weiss, 35 — Los Angeles, CA, 9:30 Restaurant and The Backyard

The roster includes mostly older, more experienced chefs, many of them from well-known restaurants. There are even two chefs from the same restaurant! Do you think this season has the potential to be just as interesting as the last?

Photo courtesy of Bravo

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