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[10/19/15 - 11:08 AM]
Bravo Media's "Top Chef" Returns to Its Roots in California with a Two-Night Season Premiere Event on Wednesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 3
The series will air regularly Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

[via press release from Bravo]

BRAVO MEDIA'S "TOP CHEF" RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS IN CALIFORNIA WITH A TWO-NIGHT SEASON PREMIERE EVENT ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 AND THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3

Emmy-Winning Companion Digital Video Series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" Returns on Thursday, December 3

Network Launches First-Ever Official Instagram Account @BravoTopChef Featuring Exclusive Custom Content

NEW YORK, NY - October 19, 2015 - Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning "Top Chef" embarks on an epic gastronomic road trip up the coast of California, kicking off with a two-night premiere event on Wednesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. 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 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. The series will air regularly Thursday nights at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For a sneak peek, visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-13/videos/top-chef-california-west-coast-here-we-come

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 @ChefJacquesLaMerde where the chef's fate was determined for the first time from fans on Instagram and a final California 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."

Meet the cheftestants:

· Karen Akunowicz - Boston, MA

· Angelina Bastidas - Miami, FL

· Carl Dooley - Boston, MA

· Garret Fleming - Washington, DC

· Jeremy Ford - Miami, FL

· Renee Kelly - Shawnee Mision, KS

· Phillip Frankland Lee - Los Angeles, CA

· Marjorie Meek-Bradley - Washington, D.C.

· Kwame Onwuachi - Washington, D.C.

· Amar Santana - Orange County, CA

· Grayson Schmitz - New York, NY

· Jason Stratton - Seattle, WA

· Frances Tariga-Weshnak - New York, NY

· Isaac Toups - New Orleans, LA

· Wesley True - Atlanta, GA

· Giselle Wellman - Los Angeles, CA

· Chad White - San Diego, CA & Tijuana, Mexico

*For more information on the cheftestants, please visit Bravotv.com/top-chef.

Directly following the second episode on Thursday, December 3 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, BravoTV.com will kick off the fifth season of the Emmy Award-winning, groundbreaking digital video series, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," sponsored by Hidden Valley(R) and Soy Vay, and hosted by Tom Colicchio. Each week, the eliminated cheftestants face-off in a pressure-filled, battle royale to compete for the ultimate prize - redemption and a spot back in the "Top Chef" finale.

Fans and foodies alike can join in the #TopChef social conversation by following the newly created Instagram account @bravotopchef. To celebrate the Instagram launch, @bravotopchef will roll out original custom content highlighting fan favorite moments from years past leading up to premiere. Fans can also follow @bravotopchef on Twitter and like the Top Chef Facebook page.

"Top Chef" can be seen on desktop, mobile and tablet at www.BravoTV.com, m.BravoTV.com, on BravoNow iPhone and iPad apps, as well as iTunes, Amazon, VOD and Hulu. Viewers who tune in on Wednesday, December 2 to the live premiere of "Top Chef" can enter for a chance to win tickets to the 2016 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. Details and rules for "Top Chef: Tune In To Win" can be found at: bravotv.com/TopChefTITW.*

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

About Bravo Media

Bravo Media is the premiere lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives the cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content that focuses on the network's passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital and pop culture. The network's diversified slate includes Bravo's first scripted series "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," scripted comedy "Odd Mom Out," and unscripted favorites such as Emmy award-winning "Top Chef," "Vanderpump Rules," "Below Deck," "Thicker Than Water" and the popular "Million Dollar Listing" and "The Real Housewives" franchises as well as the only live late-night talk show, "Watch What Happens Live." Available in 92 million homes, 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. Watch Bravo anywhere: On Demand, online or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980. For art, please visit: http://www.nbcumv.com/programming/bravo/top-chef?network=33132

* NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Void where prohibited. Open only to legal residents of the 48 US or DC who are 18 or older. Begins December 2, 2015 at 10:00 PM ET and ends December 3, 2015 at 2:00 AM ET. Limit 1 entry per person. For Official Rules, including odds and prize descriptions, visit bravotv.com/TopChefTITW. Sponsors: Bravo Media LLC, and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.





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