Another year, another accolade: Bravo's Top Chef has once again been nominated for an Emmy. The show's 2019 nomination was announced on Tuesday (July 16). Top Chef has been nominated for Outstanding Competition Program.
The series will go up against The Voice, Rupaul's Drag Race, The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior and Nailed It. The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 22.
Season 16 of Top Chef featured Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Nilou Motamed and Graham Elliot. Longtime judge Gail Simmons missed out on most of Season 16 of Top Chef because she was busy welcoming her second child, son Kole Jack Abrams.
This marks the 13th straight year of being nominated in that category -- and the 28th nomination overall for Top Chef. Top Chef has won the Emmy Award in years prior for Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming in 2008, and Outstanding Reality - Competition Program in 2010.
"Who said it’s 13 is an unlucky number? Overjoyed and so appreciative of our 13th consecutive Emmy nomination," Gail said in a statement to The Daily Dish. "It never gets old, and I’m so thrilled to be part of the team who gets to make this outstanding show!"
Tom said, "It's always nice to be recognized for the hard work the entire team does and this season of Top Chef in Kentucky was no exception. Congratulations to everyone for their hard work resulting in our 13th consecutive Emmy nomination!"
Graham added, “Congratulations to Bravo, Magical Elves and the entire Top Chef family on their 13th straight Emmy nomination. I’ve been blessed to work alongside Tom, Gail and Padma for the last 3 seasons, experiencing firsthand the cuisine of some of the best chefs hailing from all corners of this great country. I’m humbled and honored to consider them friends and to be part of the team.”
Nilou added in a statement, "Absolutely thrilled to have been part of this phenomenal season, and over the moon about our Emmy nod — here’s to lucky number 13!"
And you can bet that Padma is VERY excited for the show's latest nomination, as she shared in a statement to The Daily Dish: “Thank you to the Television Academy for our 13th consecutive Emmy nomination for Top Chef. It’s an incredible honor to be recognized and I am so proud of our Top Chef crew. Here’s to lucky 13.”
She also made it evident by her enthusiasm on Twitter: