From Jennifer Justus, The Tennessean
: Make some snacks and plan a viewing party, foodies, because homeboy Arnold Myint has made it to Top Chef: Washington D.C.
The chef/owner at PM, ChaChah and Suzy Wong’s House of Yum is one of 17 contestants who will compete on Bravo’s upcoming season, beginning on June 16 at 8 p.m. CST.
Expect guest appearances from Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, among others. Meanwhile, challenges will have chefs in the concession stands at the Nationals stadium, inside CIA headquarters, and accepting a mission from an NASA astronaut orbiting Earth .
Cookbook author, actress and host Padma Lakshmi will again preside over the judge's table, alongside Tom Colicchio, chef/owner of Craft restaurants (and recent recipient of James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef). Also joining the judges table this year is Eric Ripert, award-winning chef and owner of the Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City.
For more information on the series, visit www.bravotv.com/top-chef
. The full list of contestants follows.
Alex Reznik, 33 – Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in Hollywood, CA Amanda Baumgarten, 27 – Hometown/Resides in: Los Angeles, CA Andrea Curto-Randazzo, 39 – Hometown: Vero Beach, FL/Resides in: Miami Beach, FL. Angelo Sosa, 34 – Hometown: Connecticut; Resides in New York, NY. Arnold Myint, 32 – Hometown/Resides in: Nashville, TN. Ed Cotton, 32 – Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in New York, NY. Jacqueline Lombard, 33 – Hometown: Boston, MA/Resides in Brooklyn, NY. John Somerville, 42 – Hometown/Resides in: West Bloomfield, MI. Kelly Liken, 33 – Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA/Resides in: Vail, CO. Kenny Gilbert, 36 – Hometown: Cleveland, OH/Resides in: Telluride, CO Kevin Sbraga, 30 – Hometown/Resides in: Willingboro, NJ. Lynne Gigliotti, 51 – Hometown: Philadelphia, PA/Resides in Hyde Park, NY. Stephen Hopcraft, 40 – Hometown: Cleveland, OH.; Resides in Las Vegas, NV Tamesha Warren, 24 – Hometown: Barbados; Resides in Washington D.C. Tiffany Derry, 26 – Hometown: Beaumont, TX/Resides in: Dallas, TX Timothy Dean, 39 – Hometown: Washington D.C./Resides in Baltimore, MD Tracey Bloom, 33 – Hometown: Rochester, NY/Resides in Atlanta, GA