October 02, 2013 11:00 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
Finally, finally, Top Chef is back! And we’re not talking Top Chef Masters, as interesting as that reality rendition has proven. On tonight’s Top Chef premiere, we return to the original premise — young, often incompetent chefs striving to hone their culinary skills. And what better place to accomplish such a feat than in New Orleans?
It’s hard to believe, but we’ve already made it to the 11th season of Top Chef. And that’s not counting all the crazy spin-offs, such as Top Chef Masters and Life After Top Chef. Although the spin-offs have proven popular among the franchise’s most dedicated fans, it is the original format that really gets audiences excited. And that original format is exactly what we’ll witness during tonight’s Top Chef premiere.
That’s not to say that the new season of Top Chef will prove stale and unoriginal. To keep things fresh, this edition of the reality competition takes place in New Orleans. Such a setting should offer plenty of opportunities for the latest batch of hopefuls, for, as Tom Colicchio explains in a recently released preview, “New Orleans is famous for their food and there’s so many different influences here. There’s French, there’s Spanish, Creole, Native American…” Tom hopes that, surrounded by all these unique influences, the season 11 contestants will be able to “tap into the spirit of the food and the people and the culture of New Orleans.”
So, which challenges are in store for tonight’s season premiere? In Bravo’s sneak peek, Padma Lakshmi explains that contestants will be skipping the usual quickfire round and heading straight for the elimination challenge, which involves “cooking in the heart of the Louisiana swamp.” Pressure’s on!
Will you be tuning in for the Top Chef season 11 premiere? Leave a comment and let us know!
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