Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen; Bravo says put down your foamer and other assorted gizmos,. Taped from New York- It's time for Top Chef season 5. Scheduled to start up on November 12, which is a Wednesday. Gothamist: Top Chef: New York Revealed, Meet the Cheftestants! Top Chef : Season 5 With a new assorted cast of weirdoes and wannabes we are introduced to Melissa, Jill, Lauren, Fabio, Hosea, Richard, Gene, Radhika, Alex, Carla, Ariane. Leah, Jamie, Danny, Jeff, Patrick and Stefan (who looks frighteningly similar to the irritating Tom Collicchio). Bios : Stefan Bios : Tom Colicchio So. are you as excited as Bravo expects you to be or did the first 4 seasons of Collicchio do you in? I myself am only halfway interested as I am still nursing a grudge over the early dismissal last season of Manuel.