Top Chef cheftestant Amanda Baumgarten.(Cookstr)

Know we’re a day late, but the new season of Top Chef premiered Wednesday night (in Washington, D.C.!!!), and I can confirm, via official Bravo spokesperson, that the two contestants who seem like they would be Jewish—Alex Reznik (born in Russia, moved to Brooklyn) and Amanda Baumgarten—are, in fact, the two Jews.

Both survived the first episode handily. And in fact, Reznik received special props from the judges for his Elimination Challenge dish: A deconstructed version of, yes, his mom’s borscht.

Top Chef [Bravo]