Top Chef 5 currently filming in New York

The fifth season of Top Chef has made itself at home in Brooklyn, and is currently in production. That means that there have been chef sightings in the New York City area, although perhaps the biggest news is how few of them there are, especially in a city like New York.

Last week, Eater published a report from someone who saw the chefs at Whole Foods, where they’re apparently continuing to shop this season. An actual sign proved it was them: At the Bowery Whole Foods, there was “a sign announcing that anyone entering the store would automatically agree to being filmed for a production by ‘Magical Elves,'” Eater says. And Time for Cheese spotted the chefs at Craft, Tom Colicchio’s restaurant.

When they’re not cooking, the “cast has definitely been living for about two weeks now in a terraced duplex penthouse in Williamsburg overlooking McCarren Park,” The New York Observer reports, citing “an extremely well-placed source” who says the chefs are “leaving around 8 or 9 in the mornings for a soundstage in Greenpoint and coming straight back in the evenings.”

Top Chef: A Peek at the Cheftestants In Action [Eater]
Top Chef Star Struck [Time for Cheese]
Top Chef Cast Quiet In Williamsburg: ‘They’re Not Allowed To Talk To Anyone’ [Observer]

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