From All-Stars to Lone-Stars Top Chef is headed to Texas.
Fans hungering for a taste of Season 9 have some new information to satiate them until Top Chef returns -- the ninth season of the Emmy-Award winning (and recently nominated once again) show will head South, to the great state of Texas.
Whether Padma Lakshmi will be donning a cowboy hat remains to be seen, but we know she'll be saddling up with the regular judges chef Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and new two new faces -- famed chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse and critically acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson. Emeril is known for bringing the heat, and Hugh's certainly not known for holding back (just relive some of his best zings from his run on Top Chef Masters for a refresh), so it seems like they'll fit right in.
And since everything's bigger and such the competition will be in not one, but three cities -- Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. We hope the cheftestants cowboy boots are made for walking (sorry, had to!)
What other Texas-style beans are there to spill? Season 9 also promises many surprising twists and turns and never-before-seen challenges and events when it returns in the fall.
Think everything is better in Texas (including Top Chef)? Battle it out in our Tweet Battles.
Always makes me sad when I see stuff in Texas that doesn't come to Houston?! We are the fourth largest city in the US. Doesn't make sense that you wouldn't come here.
The fact that you filmed in Texas and did not make a stop in Houston is insulting. We have had chefs on Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Desserts yet we are not included in the Texas Top Chef is baffling. It will probably be a great season because everything is bigger & better in Texas and not that it matters much but you all have definitely just lost a loyal viewer who happens to live in and love Houston.
Why would Top Chef come to Texas and skip the 4th biggest city with over 9000 restaurants? Yes Houston!! Com'n Bravo, show us some love too!!
I am a fan of the show and have been from the beginning...I am wondering how the folks who are guests at the parties become guests at the parties (if that makes sense). They always have something where they cater and event with 200 people (or something along those lines) and I'm wondering how do you go about being one of the 200 people?
I can't wait!! I am still trying to find information on how to be a crowd person or the one that sits in the restaurant to taste all the food. I have been a Top Chef fan since season 1. So much of a fan that my trips to New York and Chicago revolved around Top Chef. This is too close to me...I mean its in my own backyard of San Antonio and the great state of Texas...I can not let this oppurtunity pass me by. Any information anyone has please let me know!!
Yay! I'm so excited! I've been waiting for news on TC! I loved All-Stars, but all of the other spin-offs are cheap substitutes for the real thing. Now I have something to look forward to!
All I ask is -- don't overdo the Texas/Southwestern thing, particularly the non-innovative kind. There was an early season of, what was it, Top Chef Masters?, where my interest was completely killed by the way the Texas chef was constantly in the stereotype corner with his dishes. Dallas has a number of renowned chefs, as Tom should know d----d well after having a Dallas restaurant, and even when they cook in a Southwestern vein, it's unpredictable and impressive. Get you a little Dean Fearing, a little Kent Rathbun, and you'll have something I'll actually want to watch
I can't wait to watch the new season!!! As a native Texan, Season 9 better do my state proud - and I better see at least one barbeque challenge...and by barbeque, I mean low and slow - none of that gas grill crap.
Howdy and welcome to Texas! How do we get invited to any of the dinners?? I'd love to meet Tom, Padma and the crew!!
I really do hope they are saving Houston for the finale destination, cause I really doubt they would skip Htown while in Texas. Looks like the show finally took my advice off these blogs and came to Texas. You're welcome folks.
I love Top Chef and I can't wait to see the next season. Please somebody tell me when it is going to start. I like Top Chef Masters, but I can do without Top Chef Deserts.
Please tell me you're going to have a gourmet trailer focused episode. In Austin, our food trailers are a happening thing with unbelievable quality.
Missing Houston is a mistake. They are doing some serious food there.
The fact that Bravo/Top Chef is snubbing Houston -- unquestionably the top restaurant/food scene in the state (and the only Texas city to consistently make top 10 restaurant cities lists) -- makes the allegations that it is only filming in the Texas cities that paid the money to have it film in their city, all the more believable.
Shame on Bravo / Top Chef. Shame.
What! You're passing up Houston -- the best restaurant/food scene in the state -- for mediocre restaurant cities like San Antonio and Austin? (no offense to residents of those cities, but ask any real foodie or check any restaurant cities ratings and Houston is tops in Texas.) Something is very dubious with that...
Dallas, there's nothing to be envious of. Houston has some of Austin's laid-back vibe, more Fortune 500 companies than Dallas, and the best cultural/arts and food scene in the state. Plus the greenery and nice tall trees Dallas lacks. If Bravo wants to skip it, their loss. However, all Texas cities were asked to pay to be on the show, and Houston refused... assume that's why. Plus it's said Houston didn't fit the "Texas stereotype" well enough... it's too international of a city.
Anyone who has lived in a really great food city, knows that Texas food just isn't! Hard to find anything worth eating here especially in Houston. Thank God I'm an excellent cook!
Why wouldn't they go to whichever city paid them the most? This isn't a restaurant review show. They have chefs and celebrities come to them from all over the place. They don't need to be close to the most best restaurants in order to film a handful of great chefs battling it out, in their own kitchens, with their own cameras, with basic ingredients....
Another Top-Chef-since-first-season-fan who is shocked that Houston has been left out of the Texas season. How about at least an official explanation from Bravo as to the reasoning??
I am thrilled that you filmed in Texas. I wish I could have seen it though! :) Next time, Come visit Ft. Hood!!! :) Can't wait to see it!
How can we be a part of the show? For example, to be one of the guests at restaurant wars. Love that you are in Texas. Come to Fort Worth!!!!
Big fan of the show. Wish you would have included El Paso - the only Texas city with real Mexican flavors.
YESSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! finaly top chef will be back this fall, I've been jonesing so bad . And texas is a great pic I hear Austin has a great foodie culture and food truck scene. cant wait
Love the fact the TC is coming to Texas, finally someone is spotlighting the amazing upcoming chefs in my state. However, Houston is being skipped?? If Houston is too international and doesn't fit the Texas stereotype, this all the more reason to include Houston and show people that Texas is not all cowboys and Southerners.
I am very excited that Texas is TC's next destinantion!! However, the fact that Houston is not featured is a little bit curious. If Houston is too international and doesn't fit the Texas stereotype, then all the more reason to feature Houston and let people see that Texas is not all cowboys and Southerners.
It's crazy to me that Top Chef has yet to come to Philadelphia. Cheese steaks aside, Philadelphia has a very well-known, eclectic food scene. It has arguably the best restaurant scene after NYC. We have phenomenal Italian (south Philly), Asian (Chinatown- both Chinese and other ), American, French, Brazilian, Mexican, Greek, Thai, Middle Eastern, etc. cuisine. You have incredible culinary creativity in the city. In a city with very few TV/movie celebrities, Philadelphians hold their chefs and Phillies/Eagles players up on a pedestal. Philadelphia's home to Iron Chef Jose Garces and Morimoto opened a place by the same name. Top Chef judge Eric Ripert is the culinary director for 10 Arts, a restaurant who claims Top Chef hothead Jen Carroll as its executive chef. Famous restaurateur/Top Chef guest judge Stephen Starr owns 17 restaurants in Philly (w/ 2 more to open in Fall 2011). Other famous chefs/restaurateurs include Marc Vetri and Susanna Foo. Top Chef DC winner Kevin Sbraga is a local, and is looking to open a place in Rittenhouse Square.
Food aside, Philadelphia also offers some great filming locations. Within the last 5 years, a number of movie companies have moved to Philadelphia because of its diversity. Movies are shot here seemingly every week these days with stars like Jack Nickelson, Reese Witherspoon, and Jason Statham. Center City is a walkable place with fantastic skyscrapers, and the Old City neighborhood is beautiful. The South Philly area is a very down-to-earth blue collared area, and the Art Museum neighborhood is hip and trendy.
Great photo opportunities for Top Chef include City Hall w/ its glowing neon yellow clock, the Avenue of the Arts, Boathouse Row, the Comcast Center, the Ben Franklin/Walt Whitman Bridges, Lincoln Financial Field/Citizen's Bank Park, the Philadelphia Art Museum (home to the Rocky Steps), Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Reading Terminal Market!!!, South Street, Rittenhouse Square/Franklin Square/Washington Square/Logan Square, the Cira Centre w/ its LED fascade, the historical UPenn campus, etc.
Nine seasons in, there is no excuse Bravo. Get your act together. Top Chef Philadelphia- Season 10.
BRAVO, you have GOT to be kidding me. You have a food competition called "Top Chef Texas" and completely ignore the fourth largest city in the country with the largest melting pot and the most exciting food around. What do you have against Houston? Because somehow the haunts that the famewhores in "Most Eligible Dallas" are far superior than than exciting and eclectic cuisine coming out of Houston? UNBELIEVABLE. Talk about a huge, Texas-sized missed opportunity, and glad to read on this page that I am not alone in calling y'all out on your humongous error.
Yes!!!!! I've been saying all along TC needs to come to Austin (hello, founding whole foods?) so excited!!! Wish I could have been one of the guests on the show though. I'd have loved to meet Tom and Hugh.
No Houston? So what? Houston, where was all that pride when Top Chef came-a-knocking? Yes, it's a big city; a dirty one with a high crime rate. More huge, ugly buildings, no great architecture, and apparently no desire to represent Texas. You're just pissed Houston is the ugly stepsister of Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin. So excited for Top Chef: TEXAS, whether Houston is or not.
I love Top Chef -- I have been addicted since season 2! I totally get the visit to Austin - can't skip the home of one of TC's biggest partners (Whole Foods) and Dallas has some great offerings for foodies...but San Antonio over Houston -- sorry no way - don't get it at all!!!!! Sorry to sound like a broken record but I too am pretty peeved about the Houston diss!!! I live in Houston and lived in Dallas for 15 years and I still love Dallas but ther is a LOT more culturally going on in Houston that definitely warranted it being on the list -- sorry to the Houston HATERS!!!!