On Wednesday, November 12, the fifth season of Top Chef returns with a supersized episode beginning at 10pm ET. This season, the show will take place in one of the most diverse and cultural cities in the country, New York City. The contestants will be competing for the ultimate grand prize: $100,000 in seed money to help open a restaurant, furnished by the makers of the Glad family of products, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of Top Chef.   The names of the contestants have been released but one heads home on the first episode. Though Bravo hasn’t revealed who it will be, there are clues that point to one chef in particular.

** WARNING! SPOILERS BELOW! **

The Baltimore Sun has reported that local Maryland chef Jill Snyder is part of the cast of Top Chef this season.  Snyder is the executive chef for Red Maple, a Baltimore restaurant.  In a previous interview with the newspaper, Snyder spoke about the food that she creates at Red Maple.  “You don’t want something that you have to cut with a fork and a knife,” she said. “Generally, we serve everything with chopsticks so you can just kind of take a bite, maybe leave it for a second and take another bite, and it’s done.”

Unfortunately for Snyder, it seems that her time on the show is very limited.  A cast list of 16 was revealed but it was rumored that 17 appear on the first episode and one is eliminated in the quickfire challenge.  Since Jill Synder’s name does not appear on any official list of the 16 chefs competing this season, it seems that she is the unlucky one to head home first.

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– Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

Source: The Baltimore Sun
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