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'Top Chef Texas' Premiere Date, Full Cast And Guest Stars Revealed


First Posted: 09/21/11 03:56 PM ET Updated: 11/21/11 05:12 AM ET

People have been buzzing about the possibility, and then the reality, of Top Chef Texas, for months. Now, finally, Bravo has released serious details about the ninth season of the chef competition. The show will premiere November 2nd, at 10 pm, just in time for National Deviled Egg Day. And Zagat Buzz is reporting that Top Chef Texas guest stars will include Charlize Theron, Pee-wee Herman, Cat Cora, John Besh, Tim Love and Patti LaBelle, a distinctly motley crew.

But most importantly, Bravo has released all the names and restaurant affiliations of the season's contestants. It's heavy on chefs from New York, LA, Chicago and Seattle. There are even two cooks from one pioneering Windy City eatery, MOTO. (Funny coincidence or an ingenious casting director strategy to drum up drama?) Despite the Texan setting, there are only two chefs from the Lone Star State, and just a handful of contestants from other states in the South.

The Top Chef Texas website has casting videos for all the contestants, but if you don't want to go that in-depth, here's a list of their names, with their restaurant affiliations and home towns.

Nyesha Arrington
– LA, Wilshire Restaurant

Lindsay Autry – West Palm Beach, Fla., Michelle Bernstein's at Omphoy Ocean Resort

Jonathan Baltazar – Long Beach, Calif., Heights Cuisine

Ty-Lör Boring – New York, Spasso

Molly Brandt – Hollywood, Fla., Allure of the Seas for Royal Caribbean

Chaz Brown – New York, Fatty Crab

Kimberly Calichio – New York, Fishtail

Beverly Kim – Chicago, Aria Restaurant

Chris Crary – LA, Whist Restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel

Andrew Curren – Austin, Texas, 24 Diner

Berenice deAraujo – Miami, Fla., Sra. Martinez

Janine Falvo – Atlanta, Ga., Briza Restaurant

Richie Farina – Chicago, MOTO

Sarah Grueneberg – Chicago, Spiaggia

Chris Jones – Chicago, MOTO

Edward Lee – Louisville, Ky., 610 Magnolia

Whitney Otawka – Cumberland Island, Ga., Greyfield Inn

Simon Pantet – Seattle, 22

Colin Patterson – Seattle, Sutra

Laurent Quenioux – LA, Vertical Wine Bistro

Paul Qui – Austin, Texas, Uchiko Restaurant

Keith Rhodes – Wilmington, N.C., Catch Restaurants

Grayson Schmitz – New York, Villa Pacri

Tyler Stone – Sacramento, Calif., Personal Chef

Heather Terhune – Chicago, Sable Kitchen and Bar

Chuy Valencia – Chicago, Chilam Bilam

Nina Vicente – Seattle, Spur Gastropub

Ashley Villaluz – Seattle, Sous Chef

Dakota Weiss – LA, 9:30 Restaurant and The Backyard

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