Top Chef 19 is being filmed in Houston, Texas, with the return of all-stars, including Dawn Burrell, Kristen Kish, Kwame Onwuachi, Brooke Williamson, and Sam Talbot. Host Padma Lakshmi has been defending the show’s presence in Texas after the state effectively banned abortion.
Top Chef Portland concluded with Dawn Burrell, Gabe Erales, and Shota Nakajima competing in one final challenge for the show’s $250,000 prize. After the winner was announced, details emerged about why that person was fired from a restaurant late last year. Padma Lakshmi wants Bravo to investigate.
The all-star panel on Top Chef and the new format for Restaurant Wars are two things I’d like to see stick around even after the world returns to normal. Here are other ideas, from studio audiences to guest judges, Summer House to Below Deck.
Top Chef Portland has been near-perfect, everything I want from both a reality competition and Bravo’s marquee reality series: great challenges; strong, likable contestants; and several surprises.
The physical distancing on Top Chef Portland’s set changes from moment to moment, an inconsistency that’s similar to the mixed messages that reality TV shows produced during C0VID-19 have been sending.
An interview with Magical Elves executives about Top Chef season 18, which filmed in Portland last fall.
Bravo announced that Gail Simmons will be hosting Top Chef Amateurs, and revealed other details—including all-star contestants who will appear on this amateur competition.