Everyone’s favorite reality cooking show — I said “cooking,” so “The Great British Baking Show” doesn’t count! — returns March 19 with an all-star cast.
Bravo’s “Top Chef” is returning for its 17th season, taking place in Los Angeles and with a cast of cheftestants who devotees will recognize from previous years.
While Colorado isn’t getting too much love this season, fans should recognize one contestant from Season 15, which took place around the Centennial State: Joe Sasto, based in L.A., returns for Season 17.
And Gregory Gourdet, the “Top Chef” Season 12 runner-up, makes a comeback this year. Gourdet is based in Portland but operated an outpost of his Departure restaurant for two years in Denver until it closed last March.
Here’s the rest of the Season 17 “Top Chef” cast, along with where their season was filmed and where they are based:
- Eric Adjepong (Season 16: Kentucky), Washington, D.C.
- Karen Akunowicz (Season 13: California), Boston, Mass.
- Jennifer Carroll (Season 6: Las Vegas, Season 8: All Stars, and Last Chance Kitchen Season 7), Philadelphia, Penn., and Washington, D.C.
- Stephanie Cmar (Season 11: New Orleans), Boston, Mass.
- Lisa Fernandes (Season 4: Chicago), Brooklyn, N.Y.
- Kevin Gillespie (Season 6: Las Vegas), Atlanta, Ga.
- Jamie Lynch (Season 14: Charleston), Charlotte, N.C.
- Melissa King (Season 12: Boston), San Francisco, Calif.
- Brian Malarkey (Season 3: Miami), San Diego, Calif.
- Nini Nguyen (Season 16: Kentucky), New York, N.Y.
- Angelo Sosa (Season 7: Washington D.C. and Season 8: All Stars New York), San Diego, Calif.
- Bryan Voltaggio (Season 6: Las Vegas), Frederick, Md.
- Lee Anne Wong (Season 1: San Francisco and Last Chance Kitchen Season 7), Maui, Hawaii
The new season premieres March 19 at 8 p.m. on Bravo.
Incidentally, on that same day, the first “Top Chef” Food & Wine Festival kicks off at Universal Studios Hollywood.
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