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Bravo's Top Chef Heads to Kentucky and Brings Along Some Fab A-listers: Get Your First Look at the New Season

Padma, Tom, Gail, Graham, and a new batch of Cheftestants are bringing the heat in Season 16.

Your First Look at Top Chef Kentucky!

Welcome to the Bluegrass State! Bravo's Top Chef is heading to Kentucky for Season 16, home of bourbon, college basketball greatness, and one of the biggest horse races in the world, when it premieres Thursday, December 6 at 9/8c. 

Get ready to meet a whole new batch of 15 talented chefs from all across the country looking to be crowned Top Chef. They'll compete against the backdrop of the diverse Kentucky culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington, and Lake Cumberland. 

Is Kentucky the new Hollywood? Because Season 16 of Bravo's Top Chef is filled with so much star power. So many famous faces will be part of the Cheftestants' journey this season, including Laila Ali, Lena Waithe, Lily Aldridge, Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill, Eric Ripert, Emeril Lagasse, and the University of Kentucky's head men's basketball coach John Calipari. We'll even see some familiar faces to Bravo fans as Below Deck's Captain Lee Rosbach finally joins forces with Below Deck Mediterranean's Captain Sandy Yawn for a house boat challene in Lake Cumberland.

Of course, your favorite Bravo's Top Chef judges will be back to join this Kentucky adventure, including Padma Lakshmi, Tom ColicchioGraham ElliotGail Simmons, and Nilou Motamed. They're throwing all of the twists, surprises, and curveballs at the chefs this season, including shocking double eliminations and the earliest and first-ever three-team Restaurant Wars. 

So who will take home the top prize in this sweet 16 of a season? Find out when Bravo's Top Chef returns Thursday, December 6 at 9/8c. 

Until then, see everything that's in store for the Cheftestants in Kentucky, above. Then check out Season 15's Joe Flamm and Adrienne Cheatham's thoughts on this season's location, below.

Top Chef's Joe Flamm and Adrienne Cheatham React to Season 16's Location
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