Cheftestants announced for 'Top Chef DC'
They came. They cooked. Now Bravo has announced the names of the new cheftestants for "Top Chef DC" and the start of the new season: June 16.
Among the 17 chefs are two locals, sort of. Tamesha Warren, 24, is a native of Barbados but works as a sous-chef for chef Tony Conte at the Oval Room. Timothy Dean, 39, grew up in Washington -- he graduated from Howard University -- and now is the chef-owner of Prime, a steakhouse in Baltimore, and he plans to open a second location this summer in the District.
Along with 15 others, the pair will face palate-defying challenges, including taking over the concession stands at Nationals Park, going inside CIA headquarters at Langley and receiving out-of-this-world direction, literally, from a NASA astronaut who is orbiting Earth.
At least until we get to know (and love or hate) the contestants, we can focus on the season's guests, which were also announced. Chef-restaurateur Eric Ripert will be a regularly appearing judge, replacing the irritating Brit, Toby Young. Also in the lineup: Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Assistant White House Chef and Food Initiative Coordinator Sam Kass, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie.
Plus, we know about at least one special guest judge, but mum's the word. Stay tuned.
-- Jane Black
May 13, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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