From press releases
Your chance to see what really was happening in San Antonio when Bravo TV was in town is coming up Wednesday on Bravo TV.
At that time, according to Bravo TV press report, 29 chefs will do their stuff. They’re accompanied by guest judges and stars, including Charlize Theron, Pee-wee Herman, Cat Cora, John Besh, Tim Love and Patti LaBelle, along with returning series host Padma Lakshmi and head judge, chef Tom Colicchio as well as Gail Simmons. Celebrity chef/restaurateur Emeril Lagasse and critically acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson also join the crew in this take on Texas.
This is a record number of chefs (including two from Austin and none from San Antonio) who will see if they have what it takes to become an official chef’testant and qualify to wear the Top Chef coat. Only 16 will go on to compete across the Lone Star State – in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. The two Austin chefs competing are Andrew Curren, 24 Diner, and Paul Qui, from Uchiko.
Head judge Tom Colicchio says, “Just like Texas, this will be our biggest season ever.”
Adds host Padma Lakshmi, “I’m so excited for everyone at home to get a glimpse of all the great and talented chefs. This season is bigger and better than ever! Yum!”
The “Top Chef: Texas” chef’testants will be skewered down week by week as they compete to out-flavor, out-cook and out-do their competition. The winning chef will receive $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of “Top Chef.”