Top Chef 7: Washington, DC
This season captures the varied tastes of Washington D.C. and features appearances by some of the town's top names including Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie.
Once again Padma Lakshmi presides over the judge's table alongside head judge and chef Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons of Food & Wine magazine. Joining the series as a regular guest judge is Eric Ripert, award-winning chef and owner of the acclaimed Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City.
Season 7 Video
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Washington, D.C. Cheftestants
Alex Reznik, 33, From Brooklyn, NY; Resides in Hollywood, CA
Amanda Baumgarten, 27, From: Los Angeles, CA
Andrea Curto-Randazzo, 39, From Vero Beach, FL; Resides in: Miami Beach, FL.
Angelo Sosa, 34, From Connecticut; Resides in New York, NY.
Arnold Myint, 32, From: Nashville, TN.
Ed Cotton, 32, From Boston, MA; Resides in New York, NY.
Jacqueline Lombard, 33, From Boston, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY.
John Somerville, 42, From: West Bloomfield, MI.
Kelly Liken, 33, From Pittsburgh, PA; Resides in: Vail, CO.
Kenny Gilbert, 36, From Cleveland, OH; Resides in: Telluride, CO
Kevin Sbraga, 30, From: Willingboro, NJ.
Lynne Gigliotti, 51, From Philadelphia, PA; Resides in Hyde Park, NY.
Stephen Hopcraft, 40, From Cleveland, OH.; Resides in Las Vegas, NV
Tamesha Warren, 24, From Barbados; Resides in Washington D.C.
Tiffany Derry, 26, From Beaumont, TX; Resides in: Dallas, TX
Timothy Dean, 39, From Washington D.C.; Resides in Baltimore, MD
Tracey Bloom, 33, From Rochester, NY; Resides in Atlanta, GA