Top Chef (season 16)

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Top Chef (season 16)
Country of originUnited States
Original networkBravo
Original releaseDecember 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)
Additional information
Host(s)Padma Lakshmi
JudgesTom Colicchio
Gail Simmons
Graham Elliot
Nilou Motamed
No. of contestants15
Season chronology
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List of Top Chef episodes

Top Chef: Kentucky is the sixteenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. Initial details about the season and its cast were revealed on October 18, 2018.[1] The competition was filmed at various locations in Kentucky, including Louisville, Lexington, and Lake Cumberland.[2] The season finale took place in Macau, China.[3] Padma Lakshmi returns to host, with Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot, and Nilou Motamed forming the judging panel.[1] Due to being on maternity leave for the majority of filming, Top Chef regular Gail Simmons makes fewer appearances throughout the season.[1][4] Top Chef: Kentucky is slated to premiere on December 6, 2018.[1]


Top Chef: Kentucky features a cast of 15 new contestants.[1]

Name[3] Current Residence[3]
Eric Adjepong Washington, DC
Sara Bradley Paducah, Kentucky
Kelsey Barnard Clark Dothan, Alabama
Edmund "Eddie" Konrad Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pablo Lamon Miami Beach, Florida
Natalie Maronski Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Michelle Minori San Francisco, California
Nini Nguyen Brooklyn, New York
Brandon Rosen San Mateo, California
Kevin Scharpf Dubuque, Iowa
Caitlin Steininger Cincinnati, Ohio
Justin Sutherland St. Paul, Minnesota
David Viana Asbury Park, New Jersey
Adrienne Wright Boston, Massachusetts
Brian Young Boston, Massachusetts


  1. ^ a b c d e Fecteau, Jessica (October 18, 2018). "The Trailer for the New Season of Top Chef Is Here! Get an Exclusive Sneak Peek". People. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Fecteau, Jessica (February 14, 2018). "Bravo Reveals the Filming Location for the Next Season of Top Chef". People. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Gomez, Patrick (October 18, 2018). "Top Chef heads to Kentucky! A sneak peek at season 16". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Campbell-Schmitt, Adam (October 18, 2018). "Here's Your First Look at 'Top Chef' Season 16 in Kentucky". Food & Wine. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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