It’s almost time to bust a move with Padma, Gail and Tom!
Just last week, we were wondering when we’d find out more about the newest season of Top Chef and it looks like someone was listening! Bravo just announced that Top Chef Season 11: New Orleans will premiere Wednesday, October 2 at 10pm. In addition to announcing *some* of this season’s chef’testants and sharing a super fun Mardi Gras-themed video promo, Bravo has also announced a new twist: “Padma’s Picks”, a pre-premiere digital video series to kick-off the season. Available on BravoTV.com, Padma’s Picks will feature host Padma Lakshmi as she visits some of The Big Easy’s most celebrated eateries to find 10 of the most up-and-coming chefs to compete for one coveted spot on the actual show. Fans will be able to watch all 6 episodes online this Wednesday, August 14.
Now, as I mentioned, Bravo has only released some of the chef’testants so far and plans to release each group by region over the next two days. By Wednesday, August 14, we should have all the names including the winner of Padma’s Picks.
Today, the Northeast Region chefs:
Stephanie Cmar, 28 – Boston, MA
Patricia Vega, 29 – New York, NY
Janine Booth, 25 – New York, NY
Jason Cichonski, 27– Philadelphia, PA
Nick Elmi, 32– Philadelphia, PA
Bene Bartolotta, 37 – New York, NY
Returning to the judges table in NOLA for Top Chef Season 11 are lead judge Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and New Orleans’ own Emeril Lagasse, alongside host Padma Lakshmi. The chefs will be serving up food for entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Jon Favreau, Lea Michele, Anthony Mackie, Questlove, Leah Chase, Paul Prudhomme, Jacques Pepin, David Chang, John Besh, and Eddie Huang as well as local music legends Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John.
Last Chance Kitchen will also be back so you’ll be able to follow along on BravoTV.com to watch your favorite ousted chefs fight for redemption and a coveted spot in the finale.
And now, the video you’ve been waiting for, the first Top Chef Season 11: New Orleans promo!