If the roster of contestants for this season of "Top Chef" is any indication, Washington is getting some more respect as a food city.

Bravo announced the 17 people vying for the Top Chef title on the 13th season of the series, and the nation's capital is the home of three of them: Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Garret Fleming and Kwame Onwuachi.

Meek-Bradley is the executive chef at Ripple in Cleveland Park and Roofers Union in Adams Morgan. In 2014, she was named a James Beard semifinalist for rising star chef of the year, as well as a contender for Food & Wine's best new chef for the mid-Atlantic region.

Fleming is the executive chef at Barrel, a bourbon bar on Capitol Hill. His resume also includes Lincoln and the Pig.

Onwuachi, who has spent time in the kitchen at New York's Eleven Madison Park and Per Se, has yet to open his Washington dining spot. The Shaw Bijou is scheduled to debut on Ninth Street NW at the end of November.

Boston, Miami, New York and Los Angeles each claim two chefs among the chef-contestants, but no city other than D.C. has three. For a complete list of contestants, head over to Bravo.

This season, which will begin with a two-night premiere Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, finds the chefs taking a coastal road trip through California. Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio (did you know he's getting "roasted" at Union Market next week?) return, alongside judges Gail Simmons, Richard Blais and Emeril Lagasse.

If you keep track of such things, George Pagonis, executive chef and partner at D.C.'s Kapnos and Arlington's Kapnos Taverna, was the only local contestant in Season 12 of "Top Chef." He was eliminated in the season premiere before making a surprise reappearance in episode 9, eventually going out in episode 12.

"Top Chef" premieres Dec. 2-3 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.  After that, it airs at 10 p.m. Thursdays.