Before someone is told to pack their knives and go on tonight’s Top Chef premiere, the 19 chefs of season 11 had to unpack their knives in the show’s fully stocked (and fully intimidating) New Orleans kitchen.
In the exclusive video below, we learn what it’s like to step into that kitchen for the very first time. These first-class chefs are used to knowing where (and what) everything is in the kitchen, but this is a whole new world. “I’ve never seen so many different types of equipment,” Galatoire’s chef Michael Sichel says in the clip. “I come from traditional cooking — you know, a stove and an oven and I’m ready to roll. But over here, they had gadgets I’ve never seen before.”
Meet the chefs below:
Top Chef season 11 premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.