Catch our first look at this season's contestants and a peek at last year's winner after the jump ...
This year, Padma and Tom will run the show from Chicago. We checked out the lineup of Top Chef wannabes and sighed to see another contestant with spikey hair (Stephen, meet Richard), another guy into molecular gastronomy, and many contestants with ties to New York City.
Do you think the cast could be a bit more diverse? Do you have any early favorites to win this year?
Also, Kitchn tipster Carol wrote in to tell us: "Tre Wilcox of Top Chef Season 3 was on the Iron Chef competition between Kent & Kevin Rathbun and Bobby Flay. He was the Rathbun brothers' sous chef. And they won! Vindication for Tre at last!" Anyone else catch Tre on Food Network?
And what's up with Hung, winner of Top Chef Season 3? He's cooking this month at Solo in New York City.