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Details about 'Top Chef' season 15

December 7, 2017 Updated: December 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm
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FILE - In a Thursday, May 14, 2015, file photo, television personality Padma Lakshmi attends the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment 2015 Upfront, in New York. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, five members of a Teamsters local accused of intimidating the staff and crew of “Top Chef” while it was filmed in Boston last year were indicted on federal extortion charges. The Teamsters also are accused of yelling profanities and racial and homophobic slurs at host Padma Lakshmi and the crew while they filmed at Steel & Rye, a restaurant in the Boston suburb of Milton. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

"Top Chef" makes its Bravo channel debut at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Brother Luck - executive chef and owner of Four by Brother Luck in Colorado Springs - will join 14 other "cheftestants" in the TV competition. 

The 15th season of the Emmy Award-winning series takes chefs on a road trip to Denver, Boulder, Telluride and Aspen.

- Host is Padma Lakshmi; judges are Tom Colicchio (head judge), Gail Simmons and Graham Elliot.

- Guest chefs and culinary stars making appearances include: Curtis Stone (head judge of "Top Chef Jr."), Naomi Pomeroy, Richard Blais ("Top Chef: All-Stars" winner), John Besh, Bruce and Eric Bromberg, David Kinch, Adam Perry Lang, Johnny Iuzzini, Wylie Dufresne, Paul Liebrandt, Michael Voltaggio ("Top Chef" season six winner), Bryan Voltaggio ("Top Chef Masters" finalist), Chris Cosentino ("Top Chef Masters" season four winner) and Nilou Motamed.

- Colorado culinary stars appearing include: Troy Guard, Alex Seidel, Hosea Rosenberg ("Top Chef" season five winner), Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, Keegan Gerhard, Jen Jasinski ("Top Chef Masters" finalist) and Frank Bonanno.

- New this season: the "Top Chef Fan Favorite" title. Toward the end of the season, viewers can vote for their favorite cheftestant at BravoTV.com. The winner will be announced on the final night, "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," and will receive $10,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water.

- Get social: Join in the #TopChef social conversation by following @bravotopchef on Twitter and Instagram, and by liking the Top Chef Facebook page. "Top Chef" can be seen on desktop, mobile and tablet at BravoTV.com, on the Bravo Now app for iPhone, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Xbox One and Roku, as well as iTunes, Amazon, Hulu and VOD.

Top Chef reward

Hosea Rosenberg, was the executive chef at Jax Fish House in Boulder when he became a contestant in 2009 on "Top Chef." After winning season five he launched Bacon, Inc. in 2010, where he offered catering, consulting and private chef services until 2014. His Blackbelly restaurant opened in 2011. In early November he opened his second eatery, Santo. We talked to Rosenberg about the aftermath of wining the reality series.

Question: How did winning "Top Chef" change your career path?

Answer: It's impossible to quantify or list all of the things that changed in my life because of "Top Chef." It was truly a life changing event for me. Most importantly, it opened a lot of doors and gave me more freedom than I had prior to going on the show.

Q: How long did you or do you still have to not say much about the production/process of the show?

A: You are forever under contract as far as what you can and can't say. You are not allowed to say much at all before it airs. And once it has aired, you are only really allowed to comment on what was shown. They do their best to keep the show exciting and watchable and don't want all the secrets out.

Q: Is any part of the show scripted?

A: None of it.

Q: Were you able to take breaks during the production?

A: No breaks other than spending time home in between the regular filming and filming the finale. But during that break, you were not allowed to say anything to anyone about what was going on with the show.

Q: What was the cash prize for winning season five:

A: $100,000

Q: How did you use the money?

A: To launch my own company.

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