From Vegas to DC, 17 Chefs Compete for 'Top Chef' Season 7
Glenn Diaz
Glenn Diaz
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Things get political - or not - on Bravo's Top Chef this season, when the cooking show heads to our nation's capital for its seventh run. 17 new chefs are in the mix to win the coveted Top Chef title as festivities kick off on June 16.

Unlike the tattoo-laden or bald guy-filled previous seasons, there doesn't seem to be a trend for this season's batch of chef-testants, with the competitors ranging from a promising 24-year-old sous chef at The Oval Room in DC to a 42-year-old two-time James Beard nominee.

The full list of contestants is after the jump:

  • Alex Reznik, 33 from Hollywood, California
  • Amanda Baumgarten, 27 from Los Angeles, California
  • Andrea Curto-Randazzo, 39 from Miami Beach, Florida
  • Angelo Sosa, 34 from New York, New York
  • Arnold Myint, 32 from Nashville, Tennessee
  • Ed Cotton, 32 from New York, New York
  • Jacqueline Lombard, 33 from Brooklyn, New York
  • John Somerville, 42 from West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • Kelly Liken, 33 from Vail, Colorado
  • Kenny Gilbert, 36 from Telluride, Colorado
  • Kevin Sbraga, 30 from Willingboro, New Jersey
  • Lynne Gigliotti, 51 from Hyde Park, New York
  • Stephen Hopcraft, 40 from Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tamesha Warren, 24 from Washington D.C.
  • Tiffany Derry, 26 from Dallas, Texas
  • Timothy Dean, 39 from Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tracey Bloom, 33 from Atlanta, Georgia

Tom Colicchio is still on deck as head judge, joined by Gail Simmons and Padma Lakshmi as host. French chef Eric Ripert also joins the judging panel. Still up for grabs are $125,000 furnished by Dial Nutriskin, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen plus bragging rights and the title of Top Chef.

Top Chef DC will conclude in Montreal, Canada, and, as is customary in DC, will be graced by several renowned/infamous politicians, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Assistant White House Chef and Food Initiative Coordinator Sam Kass, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie. MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and astronaut Buzz Aldrin have also been announced as guests.

Will President Obama himself appear this season? Tune in to find out.

Top Chef DC
premieres June 16 on Bravo.

(Image courtesy of Bravo)