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It’s always a guessing game to determine what city Top Chef will head to in any given season. Usually, the network will announce months ahead of time where the production crew will be shooting, and the same thing has happened for the Bravo reality program’s upcoming 11th season. On Friday, the network announced that Top Chef will be heading to New Orleans.
The move should be a nice change of pace for the cast and crew, who spent last year in the pacific northwest in Seattle and the year prior in various locations in Texas. Other season locations include New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago and Miami, among others. This won’t be the first time the Top Chef cast and crew have filmed in NOLA. The season 5 finale, in which Hosea Rosenberg (shockingly) beat out Stefan Richter and Carla Hall, was filmed in the famed city. The show has other ties to the location, as well, as it a city judge Emeril Lagasse has adopted.
Top Chef announced the news via the show’s blog, noting the famed TV program worked with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Louisiana Office of Tourism in order to make the location shoot happen.
“Bravo Media’s Top Chef, in partnership with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, are pleased to announce that the new season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning show will take place in New Orleans. The vibrant food scene of New Orleans will be a welcome addition in the 11th season of the series.”
Open auditions for Season 11 have already ended and if the program follows the airing timeline of the last few seasons, new episodes should begin airing in November. We’ll let you know if any more Top Chef: New Orleans information wafts our way.