It’s been just over a month since Padma crowned fan favorite Stephanie Izard
the fourth Top Chef. But filming has already begun for Season 5—setting sixteen “cheftestants” loose in Manhattan for the long-awaited Top Chef: New York
While notoriously tight-lipped Bravo has little to say about the upcoming season, details are starting to leak, whetting our appetites for celeb-chef sightings—beginning, of course, in Brooklyn. In ever-trendy reality show fashion, Top Chef is housing its contestants in Williamsburg. By night, the chefs will shack up in the Twenty Bayard
condo complex on McCarren Park; by day, they’ll work out of the Benjamin Hotel
, descending on Midtown and hightailing, no doubt, to the nearest Whole Foods.
Meanwhile, former Top Chef stars are keeping themselves busy. Last season’s resident molecular gastronome Richard Blais
just ended a gig with Garrett Popcorn, promoting liquid-nitrogen-frozen “Popcornsicles”
in New York; Season 3 giant CJ
is hosting an August all-you-can-eat “Highbrow Barbeque”
on the Hudson. Some of the hardest-fighting finalists have already found restaurant success. Spike Mendelsohn
involved his whole family in the opening of D.C.’s comfort diner Good Stuff Eatery
, while first Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle’sPerilla
has become a Greenwich Village neighborhood favorite.
And if you’ve ever wanted a lesson from a Bravo-approved instructor, the CIA
’s Astor Center outpost is offering cooking classes
with Top Chef alums all summer—so you can perfect your foam technique with Season 2 pretty-boy Marcel
or chat about spice combos with Chicago’s spunky Dale
Season 5 filming began on July 21st and generally lasts about six weeks—so there’s plenty of time for chef-stalking. New York readers, have you spotted Top Chef around the city? Let us know.