* Chef Kelly Liken, 33, recently made her first appearance on “Iron Chef.” Originally from Steel City, Liken is well-known to Colorado foodies, thanks to her eponymous restaurant. Her favorite recipe is Parmesan-mascarpone tortellini with spring vegetables and crispy artichokes, and she loves to prepare grilled foods as well.
* Brooklyn native Alex Reznick, 33, is executive chef at Ivan Kanes Café Was in Los Angeles. He enjoys pairing local, seasonal ingredients with classic French techniques to create honest, Californian bistro cuisine. His favorite dish is avocado panna cotta with pickled ramps and tomato.
* Kevin Sbraga, 31, is executive chef at the uniquely named Rat’s Restaurant at the Grounds for Sculpture in his hometown of Willingboro, New Jersey. The self-proclaimed “Barack Obama of the cooking game,” Sbraga’s favorite recipe is asparagus and morels.
* Just 24 years old, Tamesha Warren is the sous chef at Washington, D.C., power restaurant The Oval Room. A native of Barbados, Warren serves modern American food with French and Asian influences with a nod toward molecular gastronomy. Her favorite recipe is white asparagus soup.
Other cheftestants include Andrea Curto-Randazzo, 39, Lynn Gigliotti, 51, Kenny Gilbert, 36, Stephen Hopcraft, 40, Jacqueline Lombard, 33, Arnold Myint, 32, Angelo Sosa, 35, and John Somerville, 42.
Good luck to all the competitors. Top Chef season 7 premieres Wednesday, June 16, 2010, on Bravo. Let us know who you’ll be rooting for here or on Facebook.