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Bravo’s Top Chef Returns for Season 19 in Houston — Watch the Trailer

Bravo's Top Chef Returns for Season 19 in Houston — Watch the Trailer

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that appears to hold true for the new season of 最高のシェフ.

Bravo’s Emmy-winning reality series returns to the Lone Star state for its 19th season, bringing 15 of the country’s most talented chefs to Houston — the nation’s fourth largest city — for the most prestigious culinary competition on television.

人々と Food & Wine have a joint exclusive first look at the trailer for the season, which kicks off with a supersized premiere on March 3.

This is the second 最高のシェフ season that has taken place during the ongoing pandemic, but COVID-19 plays a part in the upcoming season in a whole new way.

I lost my scene of smell and taste,” contestant Jackson Kalb says in the trailer, referencing a common side effect of COVID-19. “I am terrified.

Top Chef Contestants

Top Chef Contestants
クレジット: NBC/Bravo

Back again this year is host パドマラクシュミ, head  judge Tom Colicchio, と グッドディッシュ'NS Gail Simmons.

毎週, the trio will be joined on the judging panel by a former 最高のシェフ 勝者, ファイナリスト, or favorite. Returnees include Nyesha Arrington, Dawn Burrell, Kelsey Barnard Clark, Adrienne Cheatham, Tiffany Derry, Joe Flamm, Gregory Gourdet, Hung Huynh, Stephanie Izard, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Ed Lee, Maria Mazon, Shota Nakajima, Nini Nguyen, Kwame Onwuachi, Sheldon Simeon, Brooke Williamson, and Claudette Zepeda.

A local or national culinary icon will also judge each week. Renowned chefs Daniel Boulud, Wylie Dufresne, Carlotta Flores, Bricia Lopez, Eric Ripert, Marcus Samuelsson, and Alexander Smalls are slated to give their expertise, while acclaimed Houstonian chefs Ope Amosu, Aaron Bludorn, Irma Galvan, Greg Gatlin, Robert Del Grande, Christine Ha, Trong Nguyen, Hugo Ortega, Monica Pope, Chris Shepherd, Kiran Verma and Chris Williams will also appear.

Food & Wine‘s Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis joins the judges for the final challenge.

Top Chef Judges

Top Chef Judges
クレジット: NBC/Bravo

As for the new cheftestants, they come from all across the country with a range of culinary experiences and training. The roster includes Ashleigh Shanti (Asheville, ノースカロライナ州), Buddha Lo (ブルックリン, ニューヨーク), Damarr Brown (シカゴ, イリノイ), Evelyn Garcia (ヒューストン, テキサス), Kalb (天使たち, カリフォルニア), Jae Jung (ニューヨーク, ニューヨーク), Jo Chan (オースティン, テキサス), Leia Gaccione (Morristown, ニュージャージー), Luke Kolpin (シアトル, ワシントン), Monique Feybesse (Vallejo, カリフォルニア), Nick Wallace (ジャクソン, ミシシッピ), Robert Hernandez (サンフランシスコ, カリフォルニア), Sam Kang (ブルックリン, ニューヨーク), Sarah Welch (デトロイト, ミシガン), and Stephanie Miller (Bismarck, ノースダコタ).

They’ll be put to a sea of 最高のシェフ‘s iconic challenges — from making space-friendly dishes for former NASA astronauts, feeding Houstonians at an Asian Night Market, and spotlighting Nigerian cuisine to honor Houston being home to the largest Nigerian population in the country, to paying tribute to the state’s female trailblazers, heading out to the Gulf with Colicchio for an unforgettable fishing experience, and seeing if the chef can put their own spin on beloved staples popularized in Houston (like BBQ, biscuits, queso and the classic Tex-Mex original, the fajita).

Top Chef Contestants

Top Chef Contestants
クレジット: NBC/Bravo

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The competition’s signature challenge, Restaurant Wars, ups the ante with an open kitchen concept where the chefs must cook for a full dining room of guests, while also catering to an intimate tasting table for the judges.

Last Chance Kitchen, 最高のシェフ‘s Emmy-winning digital companion series hosted by Colicchio, will be back as well, meaning at least one eliminated chef will have the chance to get back into the game after packing their knives and going.

季節 19 の 最高のシェフ premieres Thursday, 行進 3 (8 午後. と) ブラボーで.