The Bravo reality cooking show, Top Chef has announced the beginning of a new season which is being set in Portland.
“#TopChef is headed to Portland April 1st!” Top Chef said.
However, the season returns with fifteen cheftestants also, host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons will all be back to help determine who will be crowned this season’s Top Chef.
MCZ also gathered, that they will also be joined for the first time ever by an elite rotating judging and dining panel made up of Top Chef all-star winners, finalists, and favorites, including Richard Blais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, Dale Talde, and Brooke William
Meet the Top Chef Season 18 cheftestants,
Brittanny Anderson – Richmond, VA
Avishar Barua – Columbus, OH
Dawn Burrell – Houston, TX
Gabe Erales – Austin, TX
Nelson German – Oakland, CA
Byron Gomez – Aspen, CO
Sasha Grumman – Houston, TX
Roscoe Hall – Birmingham, AL
Sara Hauman – Portland, OR
Kiki Louya – Detroit, MI
Maria Mazon – Tucson, Arizona
Shota Nakajima – Seattle, WA
Gabriel Pascuzzi – Portland, OR
Jamie Tran – Las Vegas, NV
Chris Viaud – Milford, NH
Head judge Tom Colicchio says “could be one of the best collections of chefs we’ve had on the show in 18 seasons”