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San Antonio and Top Chef: It’s Official

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So, here it is: We have now official information about the Bravo TV “Top Chef” filming in San Antonio — maybe one of the worst-kept “secret” events in town over the past couple of months, but exciting nevertheless to us all. Those invited attended film sessions, in various places, but were contractually bound to keep it their lips zipped.

Yesterday, the San Antonio Convention and Visitor’s Bureau released this account:

“The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning No.1 food show on cable, ‘Top Chef,’ will head to San Antonio for part of the ninth season. The Bravo series filmed the majority of the episodes for ‘Top Chef: Texas’ in San Antonio. Scheduled to air this fall, the series will drive major positive exposure for the city.

“’Top Chef’ provides an innovative way to promote San Antonio’s growing stature as a culinary destination to a broad audience,” says Mayor Julián Castro. “Our city’s historic character and unique cuisine will be highlighted in a creative way.”

Part of an overall approach that integrates multiple strategies to promote the city to national and international visitors, the “Top Chef: Texas” season is a result of a partnership among the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, the State of Texas Economic Development & Tourism division and the producers of the culinary competition phenomenon. The City and its burgeoning culinary scene will be well-positioned in the San Antonio episodes that may feature regional ingredients or local foods and other surprises.

“Top Chef All-Stars,” the eighth season of the series, averaged more than 3.2 million total viewers, 2.2 million adults 18-49 and was the No. 1 food show on cable among adults 18-49.  The show airs in 20 countries and also brings exposure for San Antonio through sweepstakes, digital media and other opportunities.

Season nine will also showcase many surprising twists and turns and never-before-seen challenges and events.  Returning to the judges table is host Padma Lakshmi and head judge, chef Tom Colicchio, alongside judges Gail Simmons and, new this season, famed chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse and critically acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson. “

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