Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 18 — filmed in Portland during the pandemic and featuring Seattle’s own Shota Nakajimapremieres April 1. Here’s a rundown of all the “cheftestants” competing this time around. Find full bios and more at bravotv.com/top-chef.

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Shota Nakajima

HOMETOWN: Tokyo, Japan and Seattle 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Seattle 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef/owner, Taku

Brittanny Anderson

HOMETOWN: Richmond, Virginia 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Richmond, Virginia 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef and co-owner of Metzger Bar and Butchery, Brenner Pass, and Black Lodge, Richmond, Virginia. Leni, Washington, D.C.

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Nelson German

HOMETOWN: New York City 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Oakland, California 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive chef/owner, alaMar Kitchen and Sobre Mesa Afro-Latino cocktail lounge

Roscoe Hall

HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Birmingham, Alabama 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef/artist/father

Avishar Barua

HOMETOWN: Columbus, Ohio 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Columbus, Ohio 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive chef and general manager, Service Bar

Chris Viaud

HOMETOWN: Randolph, Massachusetts 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Milford, New Hampshire 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef/owner of Greenleaf and Culture

Byron Gomez

HOMETOWN: Central Islip, Long Island  

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Aspen, Colorado  

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive chef at 7908

Gabriel Pascuzzi

HOMETOWN: Portland, Oregon 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Portland, Oregon 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef/owner, Mama Bird, Stacked Sandwich Shop and Feel Good 

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Jamie Tran

HOMETOWN: Stockton, California 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Las Vegas, Nevada 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef/owner, The Black Sheep

Sasha Grumman

HOMETOWN: Newport Beach, California  

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Houston, Texas  

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive chef 

Dawn Burrell

HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Houston, Texas 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Partner/executive chef, Lucille’s Hospitality Group

Sara Hauman

HOMETOWN: Vista, California 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Portland, Oregon 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Head chef, Soter Vineyards

Maria Mazon

HOMETOWN: Born in Tucson, Arizona. Raised in Navojoa, Sonora   

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Tucson, Arizona   

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Executive chef/owner, BOCA Tacos y Tequila

Gabe Erales

HOMETOWN: El Paso, Texas 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Austin, Texas 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef

Kiki Louya

HOMETOWN: Detroit, Michigan 

CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE: Detroit, Michigan 

OCCUPATION/PROFESSION: Chef / consultant

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