Five Chicagoans Advance in “Top Chef”

Six local chefs in running to make top 16 of reality show

The latest season of Bravo's "Top Chef" is set in Texas, but it's already clear that Chicago will be a force on the foodie show..

Five Chicago chefs competed in the season premiere Wednesday night, and all five chefs advanced to the next round.

"Top Chef" has a new format this season, with 29 chefs competing to make the round of 16 that will then compete for top honors.

The five local chefs that advanced Wednesday include:

One more Chicago chef, Aria's Beverly Kim, will compete next week for a coveted spot in the round of 16.

"Top Chef" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.

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