We've known for a while that Wesley True, formerly of The Spence and currently at The Optimist, is on board as a cheftestepant for Season 13 of Top Chef, and now Bravo has made it official. A press release from the network includes a list of chefs who will compete in cities across California, along with a first look at the new season.
True is joined by two more Southern chefs on the new season: Isaac Toups of Toups' Meatery in New Orleans and Angelina Bastidas and Jeremy Ford of Piripi and Matador Room, respectively, in Miami. Although, Bastidas recently vacated her post at Piripi. The remaining 13 competitors are:
- Karen Akunowicz, Boston
- Carl Dooley, Boston
- Garret Flemming, Washington, D.C.
- Renee Kelly, Shawnee Mision, KS
- Phillip Frankland Lee, Los Angeles
- Marjorie Meek-Bradley,Washington, D.C.
- Kwame Onwuachi, Washington, D.C.
- Amar Santana, Orange County, CA
- Grayson Schmitz, New York City
- Jason Stratton, Seattle
- Frances Tariga-Weshnak, New York City
- Giselle Wellman, Los Angeles
- Chad White, San Diego, CA & Tijuana, Mexico
Top Chef returns with a two-night premiere December 2 and 3, and hour-long episodes will air each Thursday at 10 p.m. ET. This season includes stops in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, and Palm Springs. Atlanta expat and Top Chef lifer Richard Blais and Empire State South's Hugh Acheson will once again serve as judges, joining Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Richard Blais, and Emeril Lagasse.
The winner of Season 13 will claim $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, and a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.