Fans have long fantasized about getting the chance to cook in the iconic Top Chef kitchen. Now, 24 lucky and talented superfans will be doing just that — with the help of some familiar faces — in the new Bravo series Top Chef Amateurs, which premieres with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, July 1 at 9/8c, immediately following the Season 18 finale of Bravo's Top Chef in Portland. You can get a special first look at Top Chef Amateurs on Thursday, May 27 at 9/8c.
Hosted by longtime Top Chef judge Gail Simmons, Top Chef Amateurs will feature home cooks from all walks of life — from formerly working in the CIA to currently serving lunch in the school cafeteria. In each 30-minute episode, two amateur chefs will go head-to-head to put their culinary skills to the test in fan-favorite challenges previously seen on Top Chef, such as creating a dish inspired by one of the seven deadly sins, the mise-en-place race, and the blind taste test.
But they won't be doing it alone. Each amateur will be paired with a Top Chef All Star, who will help them bring their dishes to life. The finalists, frontrunners, and fan favorites appearing this season include Eric Adjepong, Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Shirley Chung, Stephanie Cmar, Tiffany Derry, Joe Flamm, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kwame Onwuachi, Dale Talde, and Isaac Toups.
The amateur who wows the Judges' Table will go home with "the ultimate culinary bragging rights," as Gail describes in the above trailer for the series, as well as $5,000 furnished by season-long prizing sponsor Wells Fargo.
Check out everything you can expect from Top Chef Amateurs in the above trailer. And be sure to tune in to Top Chef as the Season 18 competition heats up with new episodes airing every Thursday at 8/7c, or catch up on the Bravo app.
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