The next season of Bravo's "Top Chef" should have a few familiar faces to Dallas diners.
Three local chefs are joining the "chef-testants" on the new season starting in November.
John Tesar (The Commissary, the upcoming Spoon), Joshua Valentine (pastry chef at FT33), and Danyele McPerson (sous chef at The Grape) will join the other contestants in Seattle and compete to win the Top Chef crown.
We're pretty confused by the addition of Tesar to the list of folks in this non-Masters class -- the dude has successfully opened his own restaurants in a major metro and is well enough known as "The Most Hated Chef in Dallas" (according, to D Magazine, at least).
Fort Worth's Tim Love, for instance, was on the first season of the Top Chef Masters version of the program and came back for a few Top Chef: Texas episodes. We're kinda curious as to why Tesar (who did serve five-star meals just a few years ago) doesn't earn a little bump up to the bigger leagues instead of battling with folks that haven't opened their own spots.
If you're ready to tune into the drama, Bravo will begin airing the series, titled "Top Chef: Seattle," on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m.
FYI, NBC Universal, who we work for, also owns Bravo.