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Top Chef Houston’s Last Chance Kitchen winner named after a two-part, half-dumb episode

A recap of the final Last Chance Kitchen, including questions such as: Why did they throw in that dumb dumb twist? And why isn’t Top Chef’s Last Chance Kitchen just part of Top Chef, like Untucked is tacked on to RuPaul’s Drag Race?

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Top Chef Houston: all-stars will return, Padma defends filming in Texas

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.

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Top Chef Portland’s winner admits ‘discriminatory’ actions after relationship with employee

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.

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Top Chef’s all-star panel should stay. So should these reality TV changes.

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.

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