WATCH: 'Top Chef' New Orleans Kicks Off Today!

Padma Lakshmi searches for a local Cheftestant in our exclusive web series 'Padma's Picks.'

Top Chef Season 11 won't come to the small screen until October, but the competition is already underway—and you can see for yourself right now.

Bravo is thrilled to reveal our exclusive new web series Padma's Picks. The six-episode series finds host Padma Lakshmi going in search of a local Cheftestant. Throughout, Padma will sample the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Big Easy, while using her culinary expertise to select a local master for the competition.

The series has officially launched today—click here to watch the entire show now. We'll also be whipping up weekly recaps—check out the first entry here and come back for weekly critiques of each episode starting August 28th.

Padma is also hosting a Reddit Q&A starting at 2p ET. Have a burning question for her? Go here to submit your query. She will also join Andy Cohen tonight in the Watch What Happens Live clubhouse. Tune in at 11/10c to watch.

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