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‘Top Chef’ cast: Meet the Season 20 all-star contestants

Bravo’s top boss is back for its milestone 20th season and, this time around, 16 of the greatest competitors from different global editions of the cooking competition have re-joined the cast.

The all-stars competition was filmed in 2022 in London, marking the first time that the flagship edition of top boss has gone abroad for an entire season, and has been described by Bravo as “the fiercest showdown the culinary series has seen.”

Padma Lakshmi is back as host on the Emmy and Critics Choice Award-winning series, as is head judge Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons.

The cast is made up of winners and finalists, representing 11 different top boss versions around the world who will vie for the ultimate “World All-Stars” title.

top boss will see the 16 chefs return to the kitchen to battle it out throughout London, with the hopes of then moving on to the grand finale in Paris, France.

Speaking on set during the filming of the 20th top boss in September 2022, head judge Colicchio revealed how the chefs’ past experiences on the show can help them in the new competition.

“Well, they’ve already been on the show, so they understand a little bit,” he told Newsweek. “There’s always an advantage once you’re on, you know what you’re in for, sort of.”

Colicchio added that “most people don’t see” how difficult the process of filming top boss is, saying: “You know, the bosses are there [in the kitchen]they’re on two days, off one, but the day they’re off [they have] interviews all day long.

“And so they’re cooking, they’re on their feet, they’re running around, they’re stressed out. They’re getting feedback, you know, every time they cook. It’s usually when you get halfway through, you ‘re exhausted.”

Colicchio continued saying that the chefs need a “certain marathon endurance” to be able to get through the competition.

So who are the 16 bosses who have signed themselves up for the new episodes?

Newsweek has everything you need to know about the chefs taking part in top boss Season 20, including where you’ve seen them before.

top boss Season 20 cast

Hometown: Soucelles, France
Current city of residence: Angers, France
Occupation/profession: Executive chef and owner, Les Petits Prés
Last season: Winner, Top Chef France season 10

Hometown: Irbid, Jordan
Current city of residence: Amman, Jordan
Occupation/profession: Chef and owner, Alee
Last season: Winner, Top Chef Middle East & North Africa season 3

Hometown: Paducah, Kentucky
Current city of residence: Paducah, Kentucky
Occupation/profession: Chef and owner, Freight House
Last season: finalist, Top Chef Kentucky season 16

Hometown: Beirut, Lebanon
Current city of residence: Lake Worth, Florida
Occupation/profession: Private chef
Last season: Winner, Top Chef Middle East & North Africa season 5

Hometown: Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Current city of residence: Milan, Italy
Occupation/profession: Private chef
Last season: finalist, Top Chef Italy season 2

Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Current city of residence: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Occupation/profession: Chef and co-owner, Grassroots Restaurant Group
Last season: Winner, Top Chef Canada season 1

Hometown: Lublin, Poland
Current city of residence: Lublin, Poland
Occupation/profession: Owner, Cookshe
Last season: Winner, Top Chef Poland season 7

Hometown: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Current city of residence: London, United Kingdom
Occupation/profession: Owner, Catering on the Hill
Last season: Winner, Top Chef Brazil season 2

Bravo’s top boss is back for its milestone 20th season and, this time around, 16 of the greatest competitors from different global editions of the cooking competition have re-joined the cast.

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