As is always the case with any new season of Top Chef, the location city is a highly anticipated reveal. Today, we got the big news from Bravo that for it’s 12th season, Top Chef will be headed to…Boston!! Chef’testants will battle it out knife-to-knife in the “Birthplace of the American Revolution” to see if they have what it takes to earn the title and culinary bragging rights.
“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. “’Top Chef’ will showcase the many facets of the city which in turn will bring its fresh, unique flavor to Season 12.”
According to Bravo’s announcement, Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons return for Season 12, which begins production this Spring. The series will also feature guest judges including Boston-based chefs and celebrities, as well as top entertainers and culinary stars throughout the season. “Top Chef” Season 12 is set to premiere this Fall on Bravo.
It’s interesting that there’s no mention of judges Emeril Lagasse or Hugh Acheson who have both appeared in the past two seasons. Also no mention of last season’s addition to the judging table: Wolfgang Puck. Perhaps some of these names will still pop up as guest judges or perhaps producers are looking for a fresh set of celebrity guest judges. Possible Boston-area big-name chefs who could appear include:
Ming Tsai, Chef at Blue Ginger
Jasper White, Chef at Jasper White’s Summer Shack
Todd English, Chef at Olive’s
Gordon Hamersley, Chef at Hammersley’s Bistro
Ken Oringer, Chef at Clio
Jody Adams, Chef at Rialto
Barbara Lynch, Chef at No. 9 Park
Then, of course, there’s the Top Chef alums who hail from Beantown. Perhaps one or more of these familiar faces will make an appearance:
Season 1 runner-up and Season 8 contestant Tiffany Faison
Season 10 winner Kristen Kish
Season 11 contestant (and Kristen Kish’s good buddy) Stephanie Cmar
We’ll be keeping an ear to the ground to bring you any more news we have about Top Chef Season 12! Boston Strong!!