Top Chef Masters wraps up its summer run tonight — more on that later — but for now, whet your appetite for the new season of Top Chef with the first clip from the 11th season of the show, set this time around in the Big Easy.
“I think this season we are trying to change it up,” host Padma Lakshmi teases to EW. “We’re making it more casual, trying to make it a little more personal. Kind of loosening up a little — and what better city to loosen up and let your hair down a little in than New Orleans?”
In the exclusive clip below, Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone is on board the Swamp Queen, alongside Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Emeril Lagasse as the new group of chefs from around the country face their first challenge of the season.