11/02/2011 05:58 pm ET | Updated Jan 02, 2012

Meet The Six Chicago Chefs Heading To 'Top Chef: Texas'

In past seasons of "Top Chef," we've had one, two or sometimes zero Chicagoans to root for. On the upcoming ninth season filmed in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas, we have a whopping half dozen--but there's no telling how long they'll stick around. 

Because everything's bigger in Texas, the producers decided to start the show with 29 hopefuls who have to cook their way into 16 cheftestant spots. In other words, mass elimination.

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