The Daily Dish

Get a Taste of Top Chef

Culinary competition hits the road this week.


If you dream of Quickfire wins, Restaurant War strategies, and your own seat at the Judges' Table, your ship (or rather, your truck) is about to come in.

The fourth annual Top Chef: The Tour kicks off this Friday in St. Louis and rolls on to 19 more cities before wrapping up in June. The interactive foodie experience will give fans of the show a chance to meet cheftestants, get behind-the-scenes secrets from the show, and tackle their own Top Chef-inspired challenges (get ready to test your olfactory chops). Fans can also get up close and personal with their favorite cheftestants, and for the first time ever, they'll get the chance to channel their inner Colicchio, judging a clash between former contestants (first up, Season 4's Nikki Cascone will face off against Season 6's Hector Santiago in St. Louis).

Foodies can get even more hands-on, picking up samples from Castello Blue Cheese and Buitoni pasta, hitting a Top Chef-themed putting green, or exploring a high-tech interactive kitchen station including games, iPad apps, and offerings from Top Chef University. And since life's more fun when you share, fans who snap photos and share them via Foodspotting will be able to unlock a special Top Chef Tour badge.

Tickets are free, but are limited, so be sure to check www.bravotv.com/thetour to see when the Top Chef Tour hits your city.