Bravo finally announced a November 12, 2008 premiere for season five today, along with the new contestants. The press release also nixes any hopes of Ted Allen's return (I know some of you will be happy), since he's moved to Food Network with his own show. The new judge will be Toby Young (Wikipedia article), it should be interesting if Anthony Bourdain is asked back as a guest judge.
Speaking of guest judges and celebrities, some of our favorites will be back along with some new names: Martha Stewart, Foo Fighters, Jean-Georges, Eric Ripert, Rocco DiSpirito, Wylie Dufresne, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Natasha Richardson.
Only a month-and-a-half to go, let the countdown begin!
Here's the Bravo press release, as well as the new contestants: http://www.bravotv.com/Top_Chef/season/5/about/index.php