Today, Bravo revealed the contestants for the upcoming fifth season of Top Chef Masters, and New Orleans has its very own cheftestapants. Yes, Sue Zemanick of Gautreau's will take on the likes of Richard Sandoval, Bryan Voltaggio, and David Burke, among others. Check out her official Bravo profile here, and while you're there... Feast your eyes upon Bravo's HUGE reveal: Zemanick apparently has a new venture called Ivy opening this summer. Que? Eater NOLA has been hearing rumors from reputable sources for some time now that Gautreau's owner Patrick Singley is opening a new restaurant and bar at the former Wolfe's/Marti's/Peristyle space in the Quarter (1041 Dumaine), but there's no word on if this is also Gautreau's new venture, or when it will open, but sounds like we'll be finding out very soon.UPDATE: Ivy will be located in the former Vizard's space Uptown. Full story here.
Unlike the regular seasons of Top Chef, the Masters cheftestapants will compete for $100,000 going to their charity of choice. The Times Pic reports that Zemanick will compete for Gulf Restoration Network. Also new to the competition this year, an online competition, dubbed "Battle of the Sous Chefs," will feature the chefs' sous, competing to win advantages for their bosses in the Top Chef Masters game. Sous chef Nick Lama will rep for Zemanick.
Zemanick was recognized as one of the top ten best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2008, and has garnered five James Beard nominations. She also appeared on Season 3 of Top Chef Masters. The new season debuts on July 24.
· Top Chef Masters Season 5 Contestants Announced [-EN-]
· Gautreau's Sue Zemanick To Compete (Again) On 'Top Chef Masters' [NOLA.com]
Sue Zemanick [Photo: JBF Official Website]