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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 through California.

Returning to San Francisco and Los Angeles where the series began, the culinary competition will also make stops in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. The cheftestants will battle it out in iconic destinations across the Golden State to see if they have what it takes to earn the title and culinary bragging rights. Returning are host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio as well as judges Gail Simmons and Richard Blais. The competition will also feature California-based chefs, culinary stars and celebrities as guest judges throughout the season.

Season 12

"Top Chef: Boston" is Season 12 of the Bravo culinary competition series. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a "Top Chef" winner is joining the judging panel. Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the chef'testants guidance from a chef and a former competitor's point of view.



This season features some of the franchise's "hungriest" chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town's flourishing culinary scene. The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation and The Bull and Finch Pub, which served as the inspiration for "Cheers" and where exterior shots for the show were filmed. Mirroring Boston's own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first "Top Chef" food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the "Top Chef" kitchen. The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston's finest from the police and fire departments.

The stakes are higher than ever as "Top Chef" introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges, including actress Emmy Rossum, Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from "Cheers"), "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques P├ępin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

The chef'testants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of "Top Chef."

The "Top Chef: Boston" contestants include Doug Adams, Stacy Cogswell, Joy Crump, Ron Eyester, Gregory Gourdet, Aaron Grissom, Adam Harvey, Melissa King, Rebecca LaMalfa, Mei Lin, George Pagonis, Michael Patlazhan, James Rigato, Katsuji Tanabe, Keriann Von Raesfeld and Katie Weinner.

Additionally, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," the Emmy Award-winning, groundbreaking digital video series, sponsored by Hidden Valley Food and The Glad Products Company, and hosted by Tom Colicchio, returns for its fourth season. The companion series kicks off with a two-part redemption midseason and continues until part one of the finale. Each week, eliminated chef'testants face-off in a pressure-filled, battle royale to compete for the ultimate prize: redemption and a spot in the "Top Chef" finale.

"Top Chef" earned its eighth Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Reality - Competition category this year, continuing the network's record with nominations in the category for a tenth consecutive year.

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



TOP CHEF 13: CALIFORNIA: FACTS

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





Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio in "Top Chef: Boston" 'Top Chef' Season 13 Hits the Road in California — Set to premiere this fall, the new season of the Bravo reality competition series will feature the cheftestants battling it out in iconic destinations across the Golden State, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Read more...
"NeNe and Kim: The Road to Riches" cast members NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak Biermann Bravo Expands Slate with 10 New Series — The network has also renewed "Ladies of London" for Season 2, "Don't Be Tardy... " for Season 4, "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" for Season 8 and "Manzo'd with Children" for Season 2. Read more...
James Rigato in "Top Chef 12: Boston" 'Top Chef: Boston' Contestants Revealed — Premiering Wednesday, October 15, the wicked-awesome twelfth season of the Bravo reality competition series features some of the franchise's "hungriest" chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town's flourishing culinary scene. Read more...
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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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