: "Now that filming in Vegas is complete, Bravo is ready to announce the 17 cheftestants competing in the upcoming Top Chef 6, debuting this Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. EDT. Unsurprisingly, the soon-to-be reality stars are better looking than ever, and building on the success of last season's Team Europe, we have a Frenchie in the mix. There are more exec chefs and chef/owners representing a wider swath of the country, and oh goodness, it looks like there are brothers competing. Bryan Voltaggio is a cheftestant with a restaurant caleed VOLT while Michael Voltaggio comes from LA's Bazaar."
Here's the list:
Laurine Wickett, San Francisco
Profession: Chef / Owner Left Coast Catering
Culinary Education: A.O.S Culinary Arts, C.I.A
Preeti Mistry, San Francisco
Profession:: Executive Chef, Google, Bon Appetit ManAgement Company
Ron Duprat, Hollywood, Fla. and Naples, Fla.
Profession: Executive Chef
Hector Santiago, Atlanta, Ga.
Profession: Chef-Owner, Pura Vida ~ Latino Tapas Restaurant & Bar
Bonus: Santiago has two James Beard nominations for "Best Chef, Southeast."
Jesse Sandlin, Baltimore, Md.
Profession: Executive Chef, Abacrombie Fine Foods
Jennifer Carroll, Philadelphia, Pa.
Profession: Chef de Cuisine 10 Arts by Eric Ripert
Robin Leventhal, Seattle, Wash.
Profession: Chef, Artist and Teacher
Ash Fulk, New York City
Profession: Sous Chef at Trestle on Tenth
Eli Kirshtein, Atlanta, Ga.
Profession: Executive Chef, Eno Restaurant and Wine Bar
Michael Isabella, Washington, D.C.
Profession:: Executive Chef, Zaytinya
Jennifer Zavala, Philadelphia, Pa.
Profession: Executive Chef, El Camino Real
Culinary Education: Self-Taught
Eve Aronoff, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Profession: Chef-Owner, Eve
Mattin Noblia, San Francisco, Calif. (native of France)
Profession: Owner, Iluna Basque
Culinary Education: C.A.P. de cuisine in southern France, the Basque Region
Kevin Gillespie, Atlanta, Ga.
Profession: Executive Chef & Partner, Woodfire Grill
Michael Voltaggio, Los Angeles
Profession: Chef de Cuisine at Bazaar by Jose Andres
Bonus: Voltaggio has quite the impressive resume, with a number of culinary awards, include the "AAA 55 Diamond" and "Mobil Award." In addition, he was finalist for the James Beard "Best New Restaurant" award.
Bryan Voltaggio, Urbana, Md.
Profession:: Chef/Partner, VOLT Restaurant
Ashley Merriman, Seattle, Wash.
Profession:: Chef at Branzino in Seattle, Wash. (though her bio also says she works for Alex Guarneschelli in NYC).