3 L.A. Chefs to Star on Upcoming Season of Top Chef

Bravo’s cooking show will feature local chefs Mei Lin, Katsuji Tanabe, and Aaron Grissom when it premieres in October

Bravo announced its chef lineup for the 12th season of their Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef today, which will be set in Boston and feature 16 “cheftestants” competing for the show’s top prize.

This year, 3 of those chefs are from Los Angeles, and each boasts a rather unique background. Here’s the rundown on which hometown heroes to cheer for while tuning in.

Top Chef: Boston premieres on October 15. Check out a sneak peek here.

Katsuji Tanabe, 33, Los Angeles
Where You’ve Seen Him: At his Mexican Kosher restaurant near Pico-Roberston, Mexikosher, where he serves as chef and owner. Born and raised in Mexico City, the half-Japanese Tanabe is one of the more eccentric Latino chefs in town these days, known for introducing L.A.’s Jewish (and non-Jewish) community to beef carnitas tacos and harissa salsa. This isn’t his first on-camera appearance, either: Tanabe won an episode of the cooking show Chopped last year.

Mei Lin, 28, Los Angeles
Where You’ve Seen Her: Lin is the sous chef at Michael Voltaggio’s Ink. on Melrose, where she’s worked since 2011, rising to become one of main anchors in the always-bustling kitchen. The Michigan-native also helped launch at pop-up dinner series this year called Koshō and was named one of Eater’s 2014 Young Guns.

Aaron Grissom, 27, Los Angeles
Where You’ve Seen Him: Grissom became the executive chef at North Hollywood’s Bow & Truss earlier this year. His current menu riffs on traditional Spanish-Latin flavors with dishes like scallop ceviche, basque clams with chorizo, and salmon croquettes. Previously, the self-taught chef worked at Dirty Oscar Annex in Tacoma, Washington before moving to L.A.