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'Top Chef' heading to Boston for season 12

Cheftestants, brush up on your chowder recipes — season 12 of Top Chef is shipping up to Boston.

Bravo announced today that the reality series will makes its New England debut next season, with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons returning to oversee the culinary competition.

“Boston has always been at the top of our wish list as a location for Top Chef, not only because of its rich historical significance, but also because of its robust and ever-growing culinary scene,” said Shari Levine, SVP of Current Production for Bravo in a statement. “Top Chef will showcase the many facets of the city which in turn will bring its fresh, unique flavor to season 12.” READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Estrellas': Why is the Spanish-language spinoff so different?

Bravo’s Top Chef may have just wrapped up its eleventh season, but the popular reality cooking competition is about to get a Latino-themed makeover when Top Chef Estrellas premieres on Telemundo Feb. 16. And there’s more to the show than the lilt of Spanish to distinguish it from its English-language counterpart. The trailer for this incarnation of Top Chef promises “spicy new ingredients,” like a a blonde who seductively tears off her chef coat, a hunky guy who appears shirtless, and a handful of fully-made up Spanish TV stars who prance around in the kitchen in high heels.

If all this sounds more like what you’d see on a telenovela than an episode of Top Chef, that’s not by accident. In fact, several surprising — and potentially polarizing — changes have been made to the show’s format so as to appeal to Latin audiences.


'Top Chef Estrellas' sets premiere date


Telemundo’s version of Top Chef, Top Chef Estrellas, now has a premiere date: The new show will first air on February 16 at 8 p.m ET. The series will focus on eight Hispanic celebrities competing in the kitchen to raise money for charity as Aylin Mujica, star of telenovelas including Aurora and Marina, hosts. Contestants will cook in the same New Orleans kitchen the original Top Chef uses and will even use the same crew as the Bravo version of the show.

Watch a trailer for the series below: READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef' preview: Jon Favreau helps cheftestants find their voices -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


This season of Top Chef has been one big party down in New Orleans. In this week’s episode, actor/director Jon Favreau stops by and asks the cheftestants to dig deep to put their own culinary visions on a plate.

In this exclusive clip from Wednesday night’s episode, Favreau first gets a little personal with the final five chefs while enjoying some food truck oysters. Take a look below:

'Top Chef': Lea Michele pays a visit to the Big Easy

It’s Halloween in New Orleans, and what better way to celebrate than with Glee star (and admitted Top Chef superfan) Lea Michele? The funny girl joins the chefs in her kitty costume best on tonight’s episode for a masquerade ball. Check out an exclusive clip below and find out tonight which chefs impressed and who will pack their knives.

'Top Chef' premiere: New chefs recall their first time in the kitchen -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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': A new crop of chefs hit the bayou in New Orleans -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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.


'Top Chef' meets 'Royal Pains': Gail Simmons heads to the Hamptons

It was only a matter of time. Those Hamptons residents on Royal Pains sure know how to throw a good soiree, and who better to be in attendance than Top Chef Masters judge Gail Simmons. Simmons plays herself in the clip below, staying in character by asking guest star Perrey Reeves if the fancy cocktails are free. Check it out:

'Top Chef': Season 11 heading to New Orleans

It was only a matter of time. Now that New Orleans cooking’s veritable mascot Emeril Lagasse has been a regular judge on popular Bravo cooking reality series Top Chef for two seasons, it’s no surprise that the show will head to his adopted hometown for its 11th round. Lagasse, who owns three New Orleans restaurants, brought Cajun cooking into the mainstream with his shows on the Food Network, his best-selling cookbooks, and appearances on Good Morning America. Season 10 of Top Chef wrapped in February and was set in Seattle. Previous iterations of the show have featured San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New York, Las Vegas, Washington, D.C., and various locations in Texas during season 9.

Here’s the full statement from Bravo: READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef' exit interview: Eliminated chef talks about evolution and getting 'back to cooking'

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t keep reading unless you want to know who was eliminated from Top Chef last night.


'Top Chef' exit interview: Chef talks emotional final episode and the beauty of Alaska

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t keep reading unless you want to know who was eliminated from Top Chef last night.


'Top Chef' renewed for 11th season

Despite many of your vows to boycott Top Chef after this year’s most controversial elimination, the long-running Bravo cooking competition will live to see more Quickfires, Last Chance Kitchens, disastrous risottos, and shoulder-bearing Padma outfits. Bravo is ordering an 11th helping of the series, although the location hasn’t yet been announced.

Where do you want to see Tom and all that name-brand stainless steel cooking equipment go next? Boston? Atlanta? Overseas?

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'Top Chef' contestant talks elimination and cruise cooking

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t keep reading unless you want to know who was eliminated from Top Chef last night.



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