The latest season of Top Chef will debut on Bravo on October 2, 2013. Set in the Big Easy, the season is sure to put cheftestants to the test by challenging them to tackle some of NOLA’s most beloved culinary specialties. If you thought risotto sent people packing their knives, can you imagine what will happen when competitors are tasked with taking on gumbo? I’m pretty sure they’ll roux the day.
The competitors include Bene Bartolotta formerly of Circo, Ramon Bojorquez of NINE-TEN, Shirley Chung formerly at China Poblano, Jason Cichonski of Ela, Nina Compton of Scarpetta Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Stephanie Cmar of No.9 Park, Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, Nick Elmi formerly of Rittenhouse Tavern, Carlos Gaytan of Mexique, Brian Huskey of Picca, Louis Maldonado of Spoonbar, Carrie Mashaney formerly of Cascina Spinasse, Bret Pelaggi formerly of Chiara Bistro, and Patricia Vega of David Burke Fishtail.
Good luck to all the aspiring Top Chefs. We’ll be tuning in to cheer you on. Diners, have you eaten at any of these chefs’ eateries? Share your experience here or over on Facebook.