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Top Chef fans who insist the show is more concerned with cooking than controversy may have to reconsider their position after reviewing the just-released list

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No Seattle Chefs on Top Chef Contestant List

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Top Chef fans who insist the show is more concerned with cooking than controversy may have to reconsider their position after reviewing the just-released list of Season 10 cheftestants.

Among the chefs who competed for Top Chef status in Seattle was John Tesar, a talented 54-year old who D Magazine last year named the "Most Hated Chef in Dallas." The story lead anecdote neatly conveyed the Mansion alum's legendary volatility: When a top Dallas restaurateur dropped by Tesar's new burger joint, the evening ended with Tesar shouting after him, "You're a fucking pussy, Nick. Fuck you"--and a manager calling 911. Sounds like great television. (As best as I can tell from public records, Tesar apparently avoided any run-ins with the law during filming.)

Tesar isn't the only Dallas chef on the contestant list: Two veterans of Stephen Pyles' kitchens also participated in the Seattle circus. Other chefs from the U.S. Southwest include Kuniko Yagi; Brooke Williamson; Carla Pellegrino and Micha Fields. Another three chefs hail from Colorado. The East Coast is also well-represented, with three chefs from Washington D.C.; two chefs from New York (including Gina Keatley, a dietician and founder of a nutrition advocacy organization); and two chefs from Boston.

But none of the 21 chefs have ties to the Pacific Northwest. Napa resident Lizzie Binder, a native South African who cooked at Chez Panisse and The French Laundry, comes closest to serving as a regional representative.

During Top Chef's last season, a trio of aspiring winners from Seattle were axed during the first episode. Bravo has not yet revealed whether the elimination process will follow the same format this season.

The first episode airs Nov. 7.

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