This season, 15 returning chefs will compete for the largest cash prize in Top Chef history.

By Bridget Hallinan
Updated February 10, 2020
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After the filming location, cast, and air date were announced late last year, season 17 of Top Chef is almost here. This time around, we’ll see 15 All Stars head to Los Angeles so they can once again compete for the ultimate title, with Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, and Tom Colicchio back as judges. The official premiere date is March 19—but today, Bravo gave us a sneak peek of what’s to come in the new trailer.

The chefs returning this season include Eric Adjepong, Karen Akunowicz, Jennifer Carroll, Stephanie Cmar, Lisa Fernandes, Kevin Gillespie, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Jamie Lynch, Brian Malarkey, Nini Nguyen, Joe Sasto, Angelo Sosa, Bryan Voltaggio, and Lee Anne Wong. The trailer kicks off with chefs including Voltaggio and Gourdet saying they’re ready to be winners this time, not runner-ups, and Carroll explaining how she’s evolved over the past 10 years.

“So which one of you said you would never do this again?” Colicchio jokes as he faces the whole cast.

The rest of the trailer is packed with frantic sautéing, chopping, and plating shots we’ve come to expect from the competition show, and it looks like there’s definitely going to be drama along the way, too. The challenges are reportedly harder this season—think creating a tribute for the late food critic Jonathan Gold and mastering Kaiseki for Carol & Niki Nakayama (the chefs behind N/Naka). It will all be for a $250,000 cash prize, which is the largest in Top Chef history. (For comparison, Kelsey Barnard Clark, the winner of Top Chef season 16, won $125,000.) In addition, Top Chef winners also receive a spot at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, as well as a feature in the magazine.

You can expect to see a lot of guest star appearances throughout the season, including Randall Park and Ali Wong, the stars of Netflix’s chef-centered romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe; actor and director Jon Favreau; singer and TV host Kelly Clarkson; actor and restaurateur Danny Trejo; chef Nancy Silverton; food writer Ruth Reichl; chef Marcus Samuelsson; chef Ludo Lefebvre; Food & Wine’s Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis; chef Dario Cecchini; and chef Stephanie Izard, who previously won season four of Top Chef and earned the “Fan Favorite” title on the season four reunion special.

The season 17 winner will be determined during the finale in Italy—another first for the show. Stay tuned for our forthcoming coverage and recaps once the season begins.

Top Chef airs on Bravo on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.