Top Chef Texas will start with 29 contestants

Besides adding its own Redemption Island to give eliminated contestants a chance to return, Top Chef Texas will follow in the footsteps of other reality shows by making casting part of the first episode.

That will start with 29 chefs, who will be narrowed to 16. The casting videos for those 29 chefs are now online.

Bravo doesn’t explain how the narrowing will happen in its announcement–will that happen after a single challenge in the first episode?–but just says that “16 will go on to compete.” The first episode airs Nov. 2 at 10.

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