Team Top Chef

The first two groups of three compete for a spot among the final 16 cheftestants.

Nov 2, 2011

Hellooo Top Chef: Texas fans! I should probably introduce myself. My name is Monica and I'm Senior Editor here at I'm also a huge "foodie" and Top Chef fan (been working here since Season 3.) I'll be your recapper for the season.

This is what I wore to work today, just so all my colleagues knew what time it was. It's Top Chef: Texas time! I'm finally recovered from a stellar season of Just Desserts, and am ready for a new season, new format, new judges! 

So, let's get to it. 29 -- yes, 29 -- cheftestant hopefuls arrive in San Antonio, the Alamo to be exact.

Watch producer Chris Gallivan explain why we chose Texas:

Thanks, Chris!

The 29 hopefuls are greeted by Padma who tells them how the new season will work. They'll be broken into three groups, competing in different challenges.