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Making It To embrace the theme of sharing, hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman have the contestants create a dozen unique cookies for a cookie swap in this new episode of the unscripted arts and crafts series. 8 p.m. NBC
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Top Chef The finalists are challenged to cook the finest meal they’ve ever prepared in the season finale of the culinary competition. 8 p.m. Bravo
Good Girls Rio (Manny Montana) gets fed up and takes action. Also, Dean (Matthew Lillard) forges an unexpected alliance with Stan (Reno Wilson). Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman star in this new episode. 9 p.m. NBC
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Top Chef Amateurs Frequent “Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons hosts this new half-hour spinoff which premieres with two back-to-back episodes. In each episode, two amateur chefs compete in challenges inspired by past “Top Chef” episodes. and 11 p.m. Bravo
Reunion Road Trip: Back in Scrubs Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke and Donald Faison, who portrayed J.D. Dorian, Elliot Reid and Christopher Turk on the medical comedy that ran from to first on NBC, then on ABC — reunite for a quest to find Rowdy, the show’s taxidermied dog. With appearances from costars Judy Reyes and Robert Maschio. 9 p.m. E!
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Top Chef features chefs from around the country vying for the ultimate title. The past 17 seasons showed chefs participating in difficult group challenges and cooking their best meals for elite culinary masters. Now, new chefs are back to battle it out in Portland, Oregon, for Top Chef Season Heres everything we know about the premiere time and how fans can watch.
When is Top Chef Season 18 premiere date?
Despite the coronavirus (COVID) pandemic, the production team made Top Chef Season 18 work. According to Parade, the series premieres on April 1, , at 8 p.m., and it will continue each week on Thursday nights.
This season marks the first time the shows filming in Portland. Fifteen new cheftestants are taking center stage, with two of them already based in the city theyre filming in. And it looks like the challenges are brand new, too.
The chefs will be put to the test in a variety of new challenges this season, including celebrating PDX’s Pan-African cuisine, feeding hundreds of frontline workers, a surf and turf elimination challenge honoring the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and crabbing on the Oregon Coast in a tribute to culinary icon and Oregonian James Beard, Bravo explains, according to Parade.
Fans adore restaurant wars week, too, and it sounds exciting this season. The network explains chefs will have to adhere to a micro-restaurant concept with a seven-course menu.
How to watch Top Chef Season 18
RELATED: ‘Top Chef: Portland’: Meet the Season 18 Cheftestants
How can fans watch Top Chef Season 18 once it airs? The episodes will air on Thursday nights on Bravo. For those who want to stream it online, Toms Guide recommends Sling TV, Fubo TV, Hulu With Live TV, and AT&T TV as options.
For Canadians, the Top Chef Season 18 premieres on Food Network Canada the same day, but a few hours later in the night. Those in the U.K. can watch via the Hayu streaming service starting on April 2.
Those who tune in on April 1 are in for a lively first episode. Bravo posted a preview of the chefs having to work together with some unlikely ingredients during one of their first challenges. And it looks like there could be some clashing flavors and personalities as the chefs try to bring together their culinary roots to make one cohesive dish per team.
Who are the judges?
While all the contestants are new on Top Chef Season 18, the judges remain the same. Padma Lakshmi is, once again, the host and a judge, and Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons return as the other head judges.
Other alumni will guest judge, too. Richard Blais will return, according to Parade, as will season 15 finalist Carrie Baird, season 8 finalist Tiffany Derry, season 17 finalist Gregory Gourdet, season 17 winner Melissa King, season 10 winner Kristen Kish, and season 14 winner Brooke Williamson.
And, of course, famous chefs will join in the fun to guest judge and provide mentorship to the cheftestants. José Andrés, Massimo Bottura, Gabriel Rucker, and Alice Waters are a few of the famous folks fans will see.
We cant wait to watch the Top Chef hopefuls battle it out this season!
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Top Chef, the reality cooking competition that’s turned chefs across the country into celebrities, will officially film its next season in Houston.
Rumors about the upcoming season’s Houston setting have swirled for weeks, after gossipmongers DeuxMoi posted a tip hinting at plans to film the show in Space City to their Instagram account. That rumor was officially confirmed today via a press release, alongside the announcement that the show’s 19th season will premiere on Bravo sometime in
As fans may remember, two Houston chefs competed on the last season of Top Chef, filmed in Portland. Former Rosalie chef Sasha Grumman was eliminated from the competition early, but chef Dawn Burrell made it all the way to the finale. That was, of course, before the season was mired in controversy after allegations that Gabe Erales, season eighteen’s winner, had engaged in inappropriate conduct while helming his Austin restaurant. In addition to those allegations came claims that Magical Elves, the production company that produces Bravo, was aware of the misconduct.
As for the next season, Burrell will make a comeback as a “Top Chef All-Star,” who will “lend guidance and expertise” to the contestants among other previous competitors.
“I cannot think of a more perfect pairing than Top Chef and the city of Houston. Both represent a celebration of cuisine, culture and innovation,” Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said in a statement. “We are proud of the diverse community and unique heritage that makes our city such a hot culinary destination.”
Stay tuned for more details on Top Chef: Houston’s premiere date — and which restaurants the show will showcase.
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Top Chef to Film Season 19 in Houston, Feature All-Star Judges and Mentors
After safely and successfully filming its most recent season last year in Portland, Ore., “Top Chef,” Bravo’s Emmy-winning culinary competition, has moved to Houston for Season Production has begun there, and the show will premiere next year.
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons are all returning to adjudicate the new group of cheftestants. Also coming back will be a variation of last season’s “Top Chef” all-star judging panel, in which alumni of the show joined its bubble as guest judges and mentors. The idea was born out of pre-COVID vaccine necessity, but proved to be popular with the show’s fans. Tiffany Derry, Hung Huynh, Stephanie Izard, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Kwame Onwuachi, Sam Talbot, Brooke Williamson and Claudette Zepeda are among the alumni who will appear on “Top Chef’s” 19th season, with more names to be announced later.
Houston chef Dawn Burrell, who was a runner-up last season, will also appear as one of the returning alumni.
Season 9 of “Top Chef” filmed in several cities in Texas — Austin, San Antonio and Dallas — but did not go to Houston. In a Variety story earlier this year about producing “Top Chef” during the pandemic, Bravo executive Matt Reichman said the “Top Chef” braintrust — network executives, the show’s producers and its production company, Magical Elves — scout cities years in advance, in “a never-ending cycle” of preparation.
Bravo provided a statement from Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, about the shows arrival there. “I cannot think of a more perfect pairing than Top Chef and the City of Houston. Both represent a celebration of cuisine, culture and innovation,” he said. “We are proud of the diverse community and unique heritage that makes our city such a hot culinary destination — from classics like Tex-Mex and barbecue to local inventions like Viet-Cajun and Japanese Tapas. As any Top Chef contestant will tell you, the best food is born out of passion, and Houstonians exemplify this idea with every dish we create.”
According to Bravo, “Top Chef” will once again film under “CDC guidance, all state and local orders, as well as NBCUniversal’s own safety guidelines.”
From Magical Elves, CaseyKriley, Jo Sharon, DoneenArquines, Hillary Olsen and Gaylen Gawlowski serve as “Top Chef” executive producers.
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Top Chef: Portland
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Top Chef: Portland is the eighteenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. It was first announced by Bravo on September 28,  The season was filmed in Portland, Oregon, and surrounding areas, including the Hood River Fruit Loop, Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, Tillamook Bay, Tualatin Valley, and Willamette Valley wine country. The winner received US$,
The season reflected the impact of the COVID pandemic on the food industry. Numerous production changes were made to ensure the safety of everyone involved with filming. Due to the difficulty of bringing in guest judges and diners for individual episodes while observing pandemic safety protocols, in addition to series mainstays Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Padma Lakshmi, the season features a rotating judging and dining panel consisting of various Top Chef alumni.
Top Chef: Portland premiered on April 1, , and concluded on July 1,  In the season finale, Gabe Erales was declared the Top Chef, defeating Shota Nakajima and Dawn Burrell. Nakajima was voted Fan Favorite.
Production ran from early September through late October  In response to COVID, a comprehensive health and safety plan was developed by Bravo and Magical Elves Productions in accordance with CDC guidelines, state and local orders, and safety policies from NBCUniversal. According to Magical Elves Productions co-CEO Casey Kriley, the company spent six months planning how to film during the pandemic. The cast and production crew, totaling around people, were kept isolated in a bubble, similar to those used for sporting events, at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Portland. They were tested for the coronavirus every other day. Due to the size of the production crew, the departments were broken up into separate zones that worked at different times.
Sanitation protocols were changed. The judges were not allowed to share plates of food; tasting spoons had to be discarded after every taste; and contestants were each given their own individual spice containers, instead of sharing them. Other production changes included curbside pickup and delivery from Whole Foods Market instead of in-store shopping; the exclusion of challenges involving large dinners, tasting events, and crowds; as well as a bigger kitchen set and judges' table to allow for more social distancing. According to Colicchio and Simmons, nobody became ill during filming.
The producers were committed to their decision to go with Portland, Oregon, as a host for Top Chef, despite ongoing civil unrest in the city including protests over the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. While the show was able to avoid the protests, which were largely concentrated to downtown Portland, the producers did not anticipate the effects of the Oregon wildfires, which "[threw] a massive curveball" into the production schedule. At times, the producers were unable to shoot outdoors, or even indoors, due to the smoke caused by the wildfires, forcing them to shift the schedule and filming locations around.
Top Chef: Portland features 15 new contestants. The cast consists entirely of executive chefs and restaurant owners, and is the first season of Top Chef to not include any sous-chefs among the competitors.
|Brittanny Anderson||Richmond, Virginia||Richmond, Virginia|
|Avishar Barua||Columbus, Ohio||Columbus, Ohio|
|Dawn Burrell||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||Houston, Texas|
|Gabriel "Gabe" Erales||El Paso, Texas||Austin, Texas|
|Nelson German||New York City, New York||Oakland, California|
|Byron Gomez||Central Islip, New York||Aspen, Colorado|
|Sasha Grumman||Newport Beach, California||Houston, Texas|
|Roscoe Hall||Chicago, Illinois||Birmingham, Alabama|
|Sara Hauman||Vista, California||Portland, Oregon|
|Kiki Louya||Detroit, Michigan||Detroit, Michigan|
|Maria Mazon||Tucson, Arizona/Navojoa, Sonora||Tucson, Arizona|
|Shota Nakajima||Tokyo, Japan/Seattle, Washington||Seattle, Washington|
|Gabriel Pascuzzi||Portland, Oregon||Portland, Oregon|
|Jamie Tran||Stockton, California||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Chris Viaud||Randolph, Massachusetts||Milford, New Hampshire|
|Contestant||Elimination Challenge Results|
^Note 1: The chef(s) did not receive immunity for winning the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2: Following Episode 5 of Last Chance Kitchen, Jamie returned to the competition.
^Note 3: Due to the tournament-style format of the Elimination Challenge in Episode 10, no top or bottom dishes were determined. The winner of each round was declared safe, while the loser of the final round was eliminated.
^Note 4: Since the judges could not decide on a losing dish, all three chefs moved forward to the finale.
- (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned "Top Chef".
- (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
- (WIN) The chef won the Elimination Challenge.
- (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
- (IN) The chef was not selected as one of the top or bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge and was safe.
- (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
- (OUT) The chef lost the Elimination Challenge.
In December , about a month after filming ended in Portland, Gabe Erales, who would end up winning the competition, was fired from his executive chef position at Comedor in Austin. The day after the finale aired, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Erales "admitted to having a consensual sexual relationship" with a female coworker at Comedor in the summer of He later reduced the employee's work hours "based on her performance," Erales said, while he "continued to communicat[e] with her in an unprofessional manner." Philip Speer, his former business partner and chef at Comedor, confirmed that Erales was terminated due to "repeated violations of the company's ethics policy as it relates to harassment of women." Erales apologized on Instagram for his behavior, while the show declined to comment. Hostess and fellow producer Padma Lakshmi finally spoke on that matter. "As someone who has been sexually harassed, this topic is a serious one and merits openness," Lakshmi wrote at the time. "We filmed Top Chef in October of last year & were not aware of the allegations now coming out about Gabe. This should be investigated & the network should consider its best action." She added that "no one has alleged sexual harassment on the record or otherwise to Bravo/Top Chef and we judges didn't have any indication of inappropriate behavior from Gabe during his time on set."
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Exclusive: 'Top Chef' to set its next season in Houston - and filming has already begun
While the show’s chef contestants have not yet been named, Bravo announced that series host Padma Lakshmi will return with head judge Tom Colicchio as well as Gail Simmons at the judge’s table. Houston chef Dawn Burrell, who competed in the finale for the most recent “Top Chef” set in Portland, Ore., will be among the chef all-stars appearing on the series.
Bringing the reality show to Houston is a huge get for the city and could help restart the tourism engine that lost nearly all its steam during the pandemic.
“I cannot think of a more perfect pairing than ‘Top Chef’ and the city of Houston. Both represent a celebration of cuisine, culture and innovation,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “We are proud of the diverse community and unique heritage that make our city such a hot culinary destination — from classics like Tex-Mex and barbecue to local inventions like Viet-Cajun and Japanese tapas. As any ‘Top Chef’ contestant will tell you, the best food is born out of passion, and Houstonians exemplify this idea with every dish we create.”
Locking in Houston for “Top Chef” was the result of a carefully calibrated campaign by Houston First, the local corporation that promotes the city’s tourism and convention trade. The timing could not be more advantageous, said Michael Heckman, Houston First president and CEO.
“Anyone who has watched the show knows that it makes the destination look like a place you’ll want to travel to,” he said.
That could be lucrative to Houston once the show airs. “At a minimum you’re looking at tens of millions of dollars in positive (public relations),” he said. After a devastating 18 months that saw restaurants and bars shut down and thousands of hospitality jobs lost, “Top Chef” could be the perfect recipe for restoring the restaurant industry’s luster and economic clout.
For months, Houston First has been secretly showing off the city to the staff of Magical Elves, the production company responsible for “Top Chef.” That Houston was being considered for the show has been a topic of hot but quiet buzz within the foodie community as dozens of key leaders were abiding by strict confidentiality agreements.
More than different locations were scouted as potential sites to highlight on the series or feature as part of the competition. Houston chefs, celebrity personalities and restaurateurs will be tapped to lend location color to the production. Magical Elves will bring a production and talent crew of about to Houston; an additional 60 local workers will be hired for various aspects of filming the series.
This isn’t the first rodeo in Texas for “Top Chef.” Season 9 in was set in Texas with filming in San Antonio, Dallas and Austin. Houston was conspicuously left out of “Top Chef: Texas,” which makes the new season even sweeter. Diversity was key for “Top Chef” brass, which noted the city’s melting-pot food scene that embraces both abundant food traditions as well as the Hispanic, Nigerian, Indian, Vietnamese, and Chinese heritages that call Houston home.
Twelve of the series’ 14 episodes will be shot in the Houston region, including an episode set on Galveston Island. Contestants for the new season will be announced at a later date and actual filming will cover about five weeks, completing at the end of October. COVID protocols will be in effect; staff will be regularly tested and the crew will wear masks.
Because of pandemic precautions, there are no ticketed events during “Top Chef” filming; the public will not have access to the production.
While it’s not known if a local chef will be among the contestants, Burrell, a finalist and fan favorite during “Top Chef: Portland,” said she hopes a Houston chef will make the cut. Appearing on the show, she said, can be a life-altering opportunity.
Food in Houston
“It boosted my career beyond what you can imagine. I appreciate all the doors it opened,” said Burrell, who, along with chef Sasha Grumman, represented Houston on the series set in Portland.
Burrell, who hopes to open her new restaurant Late August in early , said the show will bring the culinary recognition to Houston that it fully deserves.
“Houston hosting ‘Top Chef’ will solidify our place on the culinary scene,” she said. “We all know what Houston is, its diversity and the wealth of restaurants and chef talent we have. Maybe the nation doesn’t know that and it’s high time they do.”