By now, you know Charleston-based chef Emily Hahn (Warehouse) will be competing on the newest season of Top Chef premiering December 1 on Bravo. With the latest teaser for the show, Hahn is seen calling out other chefs for having “no filter,” weeping over “You fucking insensitive people,” and declaring, “I'm not a rookie chef. I'm ready to prove that I'm fucking good at it.” In addition to Hahn’s camera time, local chefs Sean Brock and Mike Lata make an appearance.
Last week Bravo revealed the new season, filmed in Charleston, would pit newbies against veteran contestants from previous seasons. Now, according to People, the returning “fan favorite” contestants are: NYC/Maine chef Sam Talbot from season 2; Napa-based chef Casey Thompson from season 3; Amanda Baumgarten of season 7 (who formerly worked for fellow Top Chef alum Brian Malarkey at Herringbone in La Jolla, California); LA chef and restaurateur Brooke Williamson, Hawaii chef Sheldon Simeon, and Dallas’s John Tesar, all from season 10; Las Vegas chef Shirley Chung (season 11), and Katsuji Tanabe of LA’s Mexikosher from season 12.
Hahn will be joined by newcomers Silvia Barban (Brooklyn, NY), Jamie Lynch (Charlotte, NC/Charleston), Annie Pettry (Louisville, KY), Sylva Senat (Philadelphia, PA), BJ Smith (Portland, OR), Jim Smith (Montgomery, AL), and Gerald Sombright (Marco Island, FL).