'Top Chef' Houston: Here Are All the Chefs Competing This Season
They say everything's bigger in Texas, so we're anxious to see if that holds true for the cooking competitions when Top Chef hits the Lone Star State later this year. Today, the Bravo series announced its official premiere date and cast for the upcoming 19th season in Houston. Mark your calendars, because the Emmy-winning reality show is returning on March 3, 2022.
Padma Lakshmi is back as host and will sit at the Judges' Table alongside Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, with some Top Chef all-stars and local and national culinary icons also filling seats each week. They'll be critiquing the cheftestants' takes on challenges inspired by everyting from football to NASA to dinosaurs to Gulf Coast seafood and Houston's rich variety of food traditions.
"In the all-new season, the chefs will put their expert take on iconic regional dishes, while also being immersed in the ethnic diversity that has come to define Houston's culinary identity," the premiere date announcement explains. "With the city being home to the largest Nigerian population in the country, the chefs will be put to the test for a quickfire spotlighting Nigerian cuisine and an elimination challenge tasking them to feed Houstonians at an Asian Night Market that draws inspiration from some of the cities' largest Asian communities. The chefs must also mess with Houston, Texas by putting their own spin on beloved staples including BBQ, biscuits, queso and the classic Tex-Mex original, the fajita, which was popularized in the city."
Take a sneak peek at Top Chef in Houston below:
The winner of Top Chef receives $250,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and a feature in Food & Wine, as well as an appearance at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. So who will be vying for that title? Check out each of the 15 cheftestant bios (courtesy of Bravo) to see if your city, state, or even favorite restaurant is represented this season:
Season 19 of Top Chef in Houston airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Bravo beginning March 3, 2022. Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen will stream immediately following each episode starting March 10. Find more information at bravotv.com/top-chef.