Top Chef 9 filming in Texas, including San Antonio and Austin

Top Chef‘s ninth season is being filmed in Texas, including in Austin and San Antonio, where Pee-Wee Herman made a guest appearance.

The season started filming in late June, when Eater reported that someone tweeted that Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, Emeril Lagasse, and Tre Wilcox were at a restaurant, and that caused a near-fight and lots of drama, thanks to a Bravo publicist who was apparently convinced that filming a TV show in a city means you can dictate the actions of that city’s residents. The person who tweeted wrote about the experience in a long blog post, and it’s a great read.

There have been other sightings of the show’s stars in San Antonio. Eater has identified some of the contestants and reports that the show’s restaurant wars episode will be filmed July 26 in Austin, which was revealed thanks to a charity auction for tickets to attend.

As to Pee-Wee, last night, Anne Thompson reported from Comic-Con that Pee-Wee Herman, aka Paul Rubens, filmed an episode of Top Chef at the Alamo. If that seems random, you don’t remember this hilarious scene from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.

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