Top Chef New Orleans Cast Announced

By Kelly Dobkin  |  August 12, 2013
Credit: Bravo

Top Chef New Orleans has revealed part of its cast and its premiere date to the Times-Picayne this morning. The show will kick off on October 2 at 9 PM EST and the six castmastes revealed from the northeast were Stephanie Cmar (No.9 Park, Boston), Jason Cichonski (Ela Restaurant, Philadelphia), Nick Elmi (Philadelphia), Patricia Vega (Fishtail by David Burke, NYC), Janine Booth (NYC) and Bene Bartolotta (Bene Catering & Events, NYC). The remaining contestants will be announced by region over the next two days. Also revealed were some of this season's guest judges, including Jon Favreau, Lea Michele, Anthony Mackie, Questlove, Jacques Pepin, David Chang and Eddie Huang. Here's the trailer. Stay tuned for more cast announcements as they unfold, meanwhile read more on our thoughts about New Orleans as a food city right here.