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Cheftestants announced for 'Top Chef DC'


The cast of the new season that begins June 16. (Bravo)

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.

Excited?

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

By Jane Black  |  May 13, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
Categories:  Chefs , Media , Television  | Tags: Jane Black, chefs, media, television  
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Comments

Buzz Aldrin was great on "Dancing with the Stars."

I will certainly not miss Toby Young. He should stay in England.

Posted by: swissmiss150 | May 13, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Chef Ed Hardy (originally from Richmond/ DC now in Manhattan) on this years' show!?!

Posted by: RegionRatDC | May 13, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I second the Ed Hardy nomination! Horrible oversight by Bravo to leave him out.

Posted by: ras4q | May 13, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Special guest judge huh? I'm guessing Michelle, after her Iron Chef appearance...

Posted by: jhorstma | May 14, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I hope that we get a bunch of super extreme close-ups of contestants faces, like they do with the current "masters" show, so that we can feel really uncomfortable being so obscenely close to them.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 14, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

This is exciting - first, the show is starting up again and second, it's in DC! I'll be a happy camper watching the competition and getting a few peeks of my beloved DC from afar!

Posted by: MrsKirby | May 14, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

It seems like there are few too many celebrity judges. It will be interesting to see if they have the chops for the job. I would like to see Anthony Bourdain back on the show more regularly.

Posted by: PSURoss | May 14, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

One word. Padma. Paaaadmaaa. (spoken in the same tone of adoration used after my first taste of deep fried spinach at Rasika.)

Posted by: David90 | May 14, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

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