Season 10 Premiere: Battle For Seattle

Out of 21 chefs, 15 are headed to Seattle to compete

Season 10 Premiere: Battle For Seattle

Top Chef Seattle premiered Wednesday night, but we didn’t get a taste of the city just yet. The 21 chefs chosen to take part in the 10th season were split into groups and sent to judges’ restaurants at various locations to compete for the Top Chef chef coats and the shot to compete the rest of the season in Seattle.

I was pretty nervous when I first heard there were going to be 21 chefs. But that’s how it’s been going the past few seasons. A larger number of chefs compete on the premiere to move on. This season gave us the best format yet, however. As I mentioned, the chefs were split into groups of four and sent to complete tasks for judges Tom Colicchio, Hugh Acheson, Emeril Lagasse, and Wolfgang Puck, new this season . Here’s how that went:

Group 1

Judge: Tom Colichio
Location: Los Angeles
Task: Work in Tom’s kitchen so he can size up how they get around in one


  •  Anthony
  • John
  • Micha
  • Lizzie
  • Jorel

Cut: Jorel and Anthony

Group 2

Judge: Emeril Lagasse
Location: Las Vegas
Task: Make a fantastic soup


  • Josh
  • Stephanie
  • Kristen
  • Tina
  • Jeffrey

Cut: Tina and Stephanie

Group 3
Judge: Hugh Acheson
Location: Atlanta
Task: Make an amazing salad


  • Danyele
  • Sheldon
  • Bart
  • Brooke
  • Gina

Cut: Gina

Group 4

Judge: Wolfgang Puck
Location: Beverly Hills
Task: Create an omlette


  • Kuniko
  • Carla
  • Daniel
  • Eliza
  • Chrissy
  • Tyler

Cut: Daniel

So that means 15 chefs will compete in Seattle next week. Here they are:

Chrissy Camba
Elizabeth Binder
Danyele McPherson
Eliza Gavin
Jeffrey Jew
John Tesar
Josh Valentine
Kristen Kish
Kuniko Yagi
Micah Fields
Sheldon Simeon
Bart Vandaele
Brooke Williamson
Carla Pellegrino
Tyler Wiard