Sixteen hot new chefs take to the kitchen along with Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Ted Allen - let the flames begin. The newest crop of 16 rising chefs from across the country take on the windy city of Chicago.
Returning to the kitchen, cookbook author, actress and host Padma Lakshmi presides over the judge's table alongside head judge Tom Colicchio, renowned culinary figure and chef/owner of Craft Restaurants; judge Gail Simmons, of Food & Wine Magazine; and judge Ted Allen, Emmy-winning cookbook author and TV personality.
In what will prove to be the most exciting season yet, some of the biggest and most respected chefs will guest star on Top Chef: Chicago.
The 16 Top Chef: Chicago cheftestants will be skewered down week by week as they compete to out-flavour, out-cook and out-do their competition.
Season 4 Chefs
(See below for links to bios)
Andrew D'Ambrosi, 30, from New York City, New York
Antonia Lofaso, 31, from Los Angeles, California
Dale Talde, 29, from New York City, New York
Erik Hopfinger, 38, from San Francisco, California
Jennifer Biesty, 35, from San Francisco, California
Lisa Fernandes, 27, from New York City, New York
Manuel Trevino, 33, from New York City, New York
Mark Simmons, 29, from New York City, New York
Nikki Cascone, 35, from New York City, New York
Nimma Osman, 26, from Atlanta, Georgia
Richard Blais, 35, from Atlanta, Georgia
Ryan Scott, 28, from San Francisco, California
Evangelos "Spike" Mendelsohn, 27, from Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Izard, 31, from Chicago, Illinois
Valerie Bolon, 32, from Chicago, Illinois
Zoi Antonitsas, 30, from San Francisco, California