Toby Young replaces Ted Allen as judge for Top Chef New York, which will have 17 contestants

When Top Chef 5 debuts in November, it will have a new fourth judge: Toby Young, who replaces Ted Allen on the panel, which still includes Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and host Padma Lakshmi.

British journalist and food critic Young is the author of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, which Bravo’s press release mentions, but it doesn’t say anything about Ted Allen. It does, however, promise appearances by “Martha Stewart, Foo Fighters, Jean-Georges, Eric Ripert, Rocco DiSpirito, Wylie Dufresne, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Natasha Richardson,” who all “will be featured this season.”

The fifth season, which debuts Nov. 12 and was filmed in New York, has the series’ biggest cast yet: 17 chefs. They range in age from 21 to 44, and in the press release, Colicchio says “we’ve upped the ante because this is our home turf so the pressure’s on for the chefs to impress us.”

Big Apple, Big Stakes – Bravo’s “Top Chef: New York” Premieres… [Bravo press release]

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