'Top Chef' Season 5 News: 17 More Cheftestants, No Ted Allen

20081001-top-chef-season5.jpgNovember 12th is the big day. Seventeen new cheftestants—from all over the world and with exotic-sounding names like Fabio and Hosea—will compete on New York turf. Padma, Tom, and Gail will all be back, but in Ted Allen's place comes British journalist and author Toby Young.

The show sounds like a party. Expect cameos from: Martha Stewart, the Foo Fighters, Jean-Georges, Eric Ripert, Rocco DiSpirito, Wylie Dufresne, Jean-Christophe Novelli, and Natasha Richardson. After the jump, check out the list of cheftestants.

17 New Cheftestants on 'Top Chef'

Alex, 33 - Hometown: New York, N.Y.; Resides in Los Angeles, Calif. Ariane, 41 - Hometown/Resides in: Verona, N.J. Carla, 44 - Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.; Resides in Washington, D.C. Danny, 26 – Hometown/ resides in: New Hyde Park, N.Y. Fabio, 30 - Hometown: Florence, Italy; Resides in Moorpark, Calif. Gene, 33 – Hometown: Whitmore Village, Hawaii; Resides in Las Vegas, Nev. Hosea, 34 - Hometown: Taos, N.M.; Resides in Boulder, Colo. Jamie, 30 - Hometown: New York, N.Y.; Resides in San Francisco, Calif. Jeff, 30 – Hometown: Niceville, Fla.; Resides in: Miami, Fla. Jill, 28 - Hometown: Latrobe, Pa.; Resides in Baltimore, Md. Lauren, 24 - Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio; currently stationed at Fort Stewart Leah, 27 - Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.; Resides in New York, N.Y. Melissa, 28 – Hometown: Md.; Resides in Boulder, Colo. Patrick, 21 - Hometown: Quincy, Mass.; Resides in Hyde Park, N.Y. Radhika, 28 - Hometown/Resides in: Chicago, Ill. Richard, 27 - Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.; Resides in San Diego, Calif. Stefan, 35 – Hometown: Tampere, Finland; Resides in Santa Monica, Calif.