Bravo has confirmed to us that there are two out lesbian/bi chefs among the 17 competitors on the sixth season of their popular cooking reality series, Top Chef: Las Vegas, premiering Wednesday, August 26th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
First is Preeti Mistry, a 33-year-old Executive Chef for the Bon Appetit Management Company at Google just south of San Francisco.
Preeti’s official Top Chef bio reads:
Next is Ashley Merriman, a 32-year-old chef at Branzino in Seattle, WA.
According to Ashley’s bio:
Padma Lakshmi is returning as the show’s host, and judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Toby Young are back, as well. Among the many special guests this season are Nigella Lawson and Natalie Portman.
Although there has never been an out lesbian/bi winner of Top Chef, the series has featured several lesbian/bi contestants in previous seasons, including Jamie Lauren, Lisa Fernandes, and Jennifer Biesty.
Top Chef: Las Vegas premieres August 26. Visit Bravo’s official Top Chef website for more info.