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Top Chef moves to LA, returns in October, and will be hosted by Padma Lakshmi

Top Chef will return for a second season in October, Bravo announced yesterday. In addition to getting a new host, the series is moving from San Francisco to LA. Production “will commence this month in Los Angeles on thirteen episodes,” Bravo said in a press release. The show’s return “is scheduled for October 2006.” Tom …

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Bravo VP confirms Katie Lee Joel is leaving Top Chef, says it’s to “pursue other opportunities”

Bravo’s Andy Cohen, the networks VP of programming and production, confirmed on his blog that Katie Lee Joel will not return for Top Chef 2. Her departure was rumored last week. Cohen says Joel is exiting to “pursue other opportunities.” Of course, few phrases are more full of shit than that one; every spin-controlling corporation …

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