Meet the 'Top Chef' Season 13 contestants

by Christine McDow
Dec 2, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. ET
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Get to know all of the Top Chef Season 13 contestants.

1 /17: Renee Kelly

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1/17 :Renee Kelly

Renee Kelly is a chef/owner of a restaurant in Meriam, Kansas, who originally went to school for premed.

2 /17: Isaac Toups

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2/17 :Isaac Toups

Isaac Toups is a chef/owner in New Orleans, Louisiana, who loves making Cajun cuisine.

3 /17: Frances Tariga-Weshnak

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3/17 :Frances Tariga-Weshnak

Frances Tariga-Weshnak is an executive sous chef in NYC who speaks six languages.

4 /17: Wesley True

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4/17 :Wesley True

Wesley True is an executive chef living in Atlanta, Georgia, whose favorite dessert is pumpkin pie.

5 /17: Garret Fleming

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5/17 :Garret Fleming

Garret Fleming is an executive chef in Washington, D.C. with a background in Italian, French and Baltic cuisine.

6 /17: Kwame Onwuachi

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6/17 :Kwame Onwuachi

Kwame Onwuachi is a chef/owner of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. and owned his own business at age 20.

7 /17: Jeremy Ford

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7/17 :Jeremy Ford

Jeremy Ford is an executive chef who worked in a French restaurant while speaking no French.

8 /17: Angelina Bastidas

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8/17 :Angelina Bastidas

Angelina Bastidas is an executive chef from Miami, Florida, who learned how to cook from her grandmother.

9 /17: Phillip Frankland Lee

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9/17 :Phillip Frankland Lee

Phillip Frankland Lee is a chef/owner of a restaurant in California who has appeared on Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen.

10 /17: Amar Santana

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10/17 :Amar Santana

Amar Santana is an executive chef of a restaurant in California who migrated as a 10-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

11 /17: Chad White

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11/17 :Chad White

Chad White is a chef/owner at restaurants in California and Mexico who wants to create eclectic urban food.

12 /17: Karen Akunowicz

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12/17 :Karen Akunowicz

Karen Akunowicz is a 2015 James Beard Award winner living in Massachusetts who calls herself a queer femme lady.

13 /17: Giselle Wellman

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13/17 :Giselle Wellman

Giselle Wellman is an executive chef in Southern California who was trained partially by chef Mario Batali.

14 /17: Marjorie Meek-Bradley

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14/17 :Marjorie Meek-Bradley

Marjorie Meek-Bradley is an executive chef in Washington, D.C. who likes to cook with organic foods.

15 /17: Jason Stratton

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15/17 :Jason Stratton

Jason Stratton is an executive chef from Washington state who has worked under several great chefs like Bruce Naftaly (Le Gourmand).

16 /17: Carl Dooley

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16/17 :Carl Dooley

Carl Dooley is from Boston, Massachusetts, and is about to open his first restaurant.

17 /17: Grayson Schmitz

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17/17 :Grayson Schmitz

Grayson Schmitz is a freelance chef living in New York City who is back for her second shot at Top Chef.