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[08/12/13 - 08:04 AM]
Bravo Media's "Top Chef" Goes Marching in... to New Orleans on Wednesday, October 2 at 10 PM ET/PT
This season kicks-off with a new pre-premiere digital video series, "Padma's Picks," sponsored by Cigna and available on BravoTV.com beginning Wednesday, August 14.

[via press release from Bravo]

BRAVO MEDIA'S "TOP CHEF" GOES MARCHING IN... TO NEW ORLEANS ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 AT 10 PM ET/PT

New Digital Video Series "Padma's Picks" Enables One Local Chef'testant To Compete On-Air - Available on BravoTV.com Wednesday, Aug. 14

Emmy-Nominated Companion Digital Video Series "Last Chance Kitchen" Returns

NEW YORK, NY - August 12, 2013 - Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series, "Top Chef," is back and heads to New Orleans for season 11 on Wednesday, October 2 at 10PM ET/PT. This season kicks-off with a new pre-premiere digital video series, "Padma's Picks," sponsored by Cigna and available on BravoTV.com beginning Wednesday, August 14. "Padma's Picks" gives one of New Orleans' most talented chefs the opportunity to cook their way on to the actual show. Host and Judge Padma Lakshmi visits some of The Big Easy's most celebrated establishments to find 10 of the best and brightest chefs from New Orleans. These chefs will then battle head-to-head to make it to the "Cigna GO YOU Challenge" finale of "Padma's Picks" with the ultimate winner earning a coveted spot on this season's cast. For a sneak peek at the new season, go to http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-11/videos/top-chef-comes-to-new-orleans.

Returning to the judges table in NOLA for Top Chef Season 11 are lead judge Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and New Orleans' own Emeril Lagasse, alongside host Padma Lakshmi. This season will up the ante against the backdrop of the gastronomically diverse city of New Orleans - and the chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Jon Favreau, Lea Michele, Anthony Mackie, Questlove, Leah Chase, Paul Prudhomme, Jacques Pepin, David Chang, John Besh, and Eddie Huang as well as local legends Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John.

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." Following are the first 6 chefs from the Northeast who will compete for the title of "Top Chef." The remaining chef'testants will be revealed by region each day this week on Bravotv.com through Wednesday, August 14 when fans can visit the site to check out all 6 episodes of "Padma's Picks" and find out who the final chef'testant will be.

NORTH EAST CHEFS

- Stephanie Cmar, 28 - Boston, MA

- Patricia Vega, 29 - New York, NY

- Janine Booth, 25 - New York, NY

- Jason Cichonski, 27- Philadelphia, PA

- Nick Elmi, 32- Philadelphia, PA

- Bene Bartolotta, 37 - New York, NY

Additionally, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," the Emmy-nominated groundbreaking digital video series sponsored by Toyota and hosted by Tom Colicchio, returns for its third season. Each week, two eliminated chef'testants face-off to compete for the ultimate prize - redemption and a spot in the "Top Chef" finale. Fans can follow the "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" challenges on BravoTV.com, as well as join in the social conversation and see what the chef'testants have to say during the competition by following @bravotopchef on Twitter or liking the Top Chef Facebook fan page. The series can be seen on desktop, mobile and tablet at www.BravoTV.com, m.BravoTV.com, on BravoNow iPhone, iPad and Android apps, as well as iTunes, Amazon, VOD, Xbox, Hulu, Playstation, Connected TVs and wireless carriers.

Magical Elves return to produce "Top Chef." Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serve as executive producers.

Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BravoPR.





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[10/02/14 - 08:32 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: "Criminal Minds," "Stalker" Push CBS to Top Spot
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[10/02/14 - 08:16 AM]
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[10/02/14 - 08:06 AM]
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[10/02/14 - 08:04 AM]
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[10/02/14 - 08:01 AM]
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[10/02/14 - 08:01 AM]
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[10/02/14 - 07:47 AM]
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[10/02/14 - 07:37 AM]
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[10/02/14 - 07:36 AM]
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[10/02/14 - 07:03 AM]
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[10/01/14 - 09:02 PM]
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[10/01/14 - 04:44 PM]
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[10/01/14 - 04:36 PM]
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[10/01/14 - 03:15 PM]
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[10/01/14 - 02:41 PM]
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