Top Chef Returning Chefs Season 14 Charleston

Top Chef Season 14: Find Out Which Returning Chefs Are Back for Seconds

Top Chef is cooking up a battle of old vs. new in Season 14 — and now we know who’s on the “old” side.

Eight returning chefs who came up short on previous seasons of Top Chef are back to compete with eight newcomers in the new season of Bravo’s cooking competition, debuting Dec. 1 at 10/9c. And on Thursday, the network revealed the names of the eight Top Chef alums who are looking for redemption.

The returning chefs are:

* Sam Talbot (Season 2), from Brooklyn, NY

* Casey Thompson (Season 3 and Season 8), from Napa Valley, CA

* Amanda Baumgarten (Season 7), from Chicago

* Brooke Williamson (Season 10), from Seattle

* Sheldon Simeon (Season 10), from Lahaina, HI

* John Tesar (Season 10), from Dallas

* Shirley Chung (Season 11), from Orange County, CA

* Katsuji Tanabe (Season 12), from Los Angeles

Plus, Bravo released a full trailer for the new season — set in Charleston, SC — that promises both fantastic food (host Padma Lakshmi says one meal is the best she’s ever had on the show) and plenty of fireworks between the veterans and newbies.

Who’s your early favorite to take home the title of Top Chef? Check out the list of cheftestants, then hit the comments to make your picks.  

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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10 Comments
  1. Glad to see Sam, Casey, Brooke and Shirley back, bout could do without the rest…

  2. ggny says:

    No Fabio? Or the other Voltaggio brother? Or Stefan!? I am not impressed

    • LADY_in_MD says:

      I think the Voltaggio brothers are too busy now they are opening a new steak place here in Maryland at the MGM that’s opening in December
      Brian has 3 or 4 restaurants in the area although I think one might have closed down

    • Brock Hard says:

      They don’t need this show anymore. They’re way successful now with their own restaurants.

  3. aadil says:

    Only excited about Sam. Every one else ok but nothing too excited about.

  4. jj says:

    some great names! Really glad to see shirley, sheldon, casey, and brooke. Though I would have loved to see kevin gillespie back again. While she likely wants ‘redemption’ for the decision, to me Amanda Baumgarten will always be remembered as the chef who put sherry in a dish for children

  5. Jennifer says:

    It would be very helpful if you put a photo beside the names of the returning chefs. I’m sure i know them all. But do not know anybody’s last names.

  6. kn1231 says:

    I still can’t stop thinking about how Brooke was robbed, so I’m happy to see her back and unless she’s had a major personality change, she’ll be one of the ones I’m rooting for.