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Mega Top Cheffage: Season Five Cheftestants NAMED

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    Mega Top Cheffage: Season Five Cheftestants NAMED

    Bravo has just announced the 17 contestants for the upcoming fifth season of Top Chef, which takes place in New York City and premieres on November 12. Of course, Bravo hasn't released any last names, but the first names, ages and locations (and restaurants) are more than enough to get to know the new crop of reality stars.

    As suspected, Absinthe's Jamie Lauren is on the show, but this time around, she's the only contestant from the Bay Area (was it the poor showing last season?). Looking through the rest of the roster, most have been already outed (between the three Eaters, we named about 11), and as usual, the 17 chefs hail from around the country—Vegas, Jersey, Ohio, etc.—but SoCal did score four locals this time around. And in other incredibly less exciting news, Bravo has replaced the traitor Ted Allen (he's on Food Network now) with food critic and author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Toby Young.

    Jamie Lauren
    Age: 30
    Hometown: New York City
    Resides in: San Francisco
    Position: Executive Chef, Absinthe Brasserie and Bar
    Culinary Education: A.O.S. Culinary Arts, C.I.A.
    Favorite Simple Recipes: For spring: Asparagus salad with charred onion vinaigrette, Burrata cheese, wild arugula and speck.
    Bio: Jamie works as the Executive Chef at Absinthe, one of the busiest restaurants in San Francisco. Born in New York City and trained in classic French technique, she believes in cooking from within. Jamie loves to work with local and seasonal ingredients and focuses most of her menu around organic foods. She enjoys participating in local charitable events and using her talent to support important causes. Her favorite thing to eat is Indian food and she is obsessed with onions.

    And the rest...

    Richard
    27 - Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.; Resides in San Diego, Calif.
    Fun Fact: Richard’s motto in the kitchen is, “Keep it simple (stupid).”

    Ariane
    41 - Hometown/Resides in: Verona, N.J.
    Fun Fact: Loves the beach, her fam, and, of course, her four-star restaurant CulinAriane.

    Carla
    44 - Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.; Resides in Washington, D.C.
    Fun Fact: When Carla's not busy running Alchemy Caterers, she loooves making pies.

    Danny
    26 – Hometown/ resides in: New Hyde Park, N.Y.
    Fun Fact: Danny's fav summer recipe? Fresh calamari salad.

    Gene
    33 – Hometown: Whitmore Village, Hawaii; Resides in Las Vegas, Nev.
    Fun Fact: Gene’s cooking philosophy has always been “think outside the box.”

    Hosea
    34 - Hometown: Taos, N.M.; Resides in Boulder, Colo.
    Fun Fact: Hosea’s not just a foodie - he’s brainy. He has his BS in Engineering Physics.

    Jeff
    30 – Hometown: Niceville, Fla.; Resides in: Miami, Fla.
    Fun Fact: Jeff started his culinary career at age 15, peeling shrimp and cleaning squid on Florida fishing boats.

    Jill
    28 - Hometown: Latrobe, Pa.; Resides in Baltimore, Md.
    Fun Fact: Jill’s dream is to own a resort that serves great food and offers rides in her hot air balloon.

    Lauren
    24 - Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio; currently stationed at Fort Stewart
    Fun Fact: If Lauren were a food, she’d be a box of chocolates. Why? Because "you never know what you're going to get, but it's always going to be good!"

    Leah
    27 - Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.; Resides in New York, N.Y.
    Fun Fact: Leah’s favorite dish is good ol’ homemade pasta.

    Melissa
    28 – Hometown: Md.; Resides in Boulder, Colo.
    Fun Fact: Melissa loves to travel, and likes cooking because it makes people happy.

    Patrick
    21 - Hometown: Quincy, Mass.; Resides in Hyde Park, N.Y.
    Fun Fact: Patrick, this season’s youngest contestant, likes to make his dishes into works of art.

    Radhika
    28 - Hometown/Resides in: Chicago, Ill.
    Fun Fact: Radhika’s cooking style is globally eclectic with a huuuuge spoonful of love.

    · Top Chef Season Five [Bravo]
    · The Great Top Chef Map: A Look at the Outed Cheftestants [~ESF~]
    · All Top Chef Coverage [~ESF~]

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