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"Top Chef: California" is Season 13 of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series.

This season embarks on an epic gastronomic road trip up the coast of California. With nearly 1000 miles traveled, the unprecedented six-city expedition challenged the cheftestants' culinary skills like never before as they journey across the Golden State, stopping in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the series first began, along with San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Returning
"Top Chef" judges and host for Season 13
Top Chef judges and host for Season 13
to the judges table for season 13 are host Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio, alongside judges Gail Simmons, Richard Blais and Emeril Lagasse.

From cooking for top food writers under the Hollywood sign to serving MC Hammer on the Oakland waterfront and Chrissy Teigen in Palm Springs, the chefs go knife-to-knife in iconic destinations and agricultural regions across the state to prove they have what it takes to out-cook their competition. Along with the return of the Sudden Death Quickfire challenge, the culinary showdown ups the ante this season with the most daunting Restaurant Wars ever. Additional pressure-filled challenges include catering the ultimate gay wedding in Palm Springs officiated by Lakshmi, a plating challenge inspired by chef Jacques LaMerde where the chef's fate was determined for the first time from fans on Instagram and a final Calif. elimination paying homage to Hubert Keller's San Francisco institution Fleur De Lys.

Throughout the season, the chefs will be tasked with serving up food for culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including Hugh Acheson, Max Silvestri, Ludo Lefebvre, Dana Cowin, Michael Cimarusti, Jose Andres, John Besh, Art Smith, Javier Plascencia, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Voltaggio, Jacques LaMerde, Bill Chait, Jonathan Waxman, Martin Yan, Adam Fleischman, Traci Des Jardins and Hubert Keller.

This season features a record number of executive chefs and chefs de cuisine battling it out for $125,000 furnished by San Pellegrino, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the coveted title of "Top Chef."

The "Top Chef 13" contestants include Amar Santana, Angelina Bastidas, Carl Dooley, Chad White, Frances Tariga-Weshnak, Garret Fleming, Giselle Wellman, Grayson Schmitz, Isaac Toups, Jason Stratton, Jeremy Ford, Karen Akunowicz, Kwame Onwuachi, Marjorie Meek-Bradley, Phillip Frankland Lee, Renee Kelly, and Wesley True.

"Top Chef" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as executive producers.


Network: Bravo
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: February 15, 2006
Seasons: 13
Production Company: Magical Elves Productions

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mrscheff says:
How Dare you send a Cheff home and Keep a Cheater.....Alex? Everyone in America See's it your show is loosing creditbility. First the peapuree bull **** and now he didn't even cook. He's so stupid he told the judges they were having pork when in fact it was lamb now come on my kindergartener could get that straight.
pandora says:
Does anyone think it's interesting that one of the pictures on Bravos website now features two past runner-ups with this season's Ed and Kevin? If it means that those two are also runner-ups, all I can think is, what-a-shame, that means Angelo won.
maggie says:
fabio should have won.not because he is italian,but his food was so down to earth.not everyone eats what antonio made.

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