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Premiering Wednesday, October 15, the wicked-awesome twelfth season of the Bravo reality competition series features some of the franchise's "hungriest" chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town's flourishing culinary scene.



James Rigato Top Chef 12: Boston
August 20, 2014

NEW YORK, NY — Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" will premiere its 12th season in Boston on Wednesday, October 15th at 10PM ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a "Top Chef" winner is joining the judging panel. Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the chef'testants guidance from a chef and a former competitor's point of view.

This season features some of the franchise's "hungriest" chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town's flourishing culinary scene. The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation and The Bull and Finch Pub, which served as the inspiration for "Cheers" and where exterior shots for the show were filmed. Mirroring Boston's own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first "Top Chef" food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the "Top Chef" kitchen. The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston's finest from the police and fire departments.

The stakes are higher than ever as "Top Chef" introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges, including actress Emmy Rossum, Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from "Cheers"), "Watch What Happens Live" host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques P├ępin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

The chef'testants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of "Top Chef."

Meet the Chef'testants:

Doug Adams, 29 - Portland, Oregon

Stacy Cogswell, 33 - Boston, Massachusetts

Joy Crump, 46 - Fredericksburg, Virginia

Ron Eyester, 40 - Atlanta, Georgia

Gregory Gourdet, 39 - Portland, Oregon

Aaron Grissom, 27 - Los Angeles, California

Adam Harvey, 29 - New York, New York

Melissa King, 30 - San Francisco, California

Rebecca LaMalfa, 32 - Chicago, Illinois

Mei Lin, 28 - Los Angeles, California

George Pagonis, 31 - Washington, D.C.

Michael Patlazhan, 31 - Brooklyn, New York

James Rigato, 29 - White Lake, Michigan

Katsuji Tanabe, 33 - Los Angeles, California

Keriann Van Raesfeld, 28 - San Jose, California

Katie Weinner, 35 - Salt Lake City, Utah

Additionally, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," the Emmy Award-winning, groundbreaking digital video series, sponsored by Hidden Valley Food and The Glad Products Company, and hosted by Tom Colicchio, returns for its fourth season. The companion series kicks off with a two-part redemption midseason and continues until part one of the finale. Each week, eliminated chef'testants face-off in a pressure-filled, battle royale to compete for the ultimate prize: redemption and a spot in the "Top Chef" finale.

"Top Chef" earned its eighth Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Reality - Competition category this year, continuing the network's record with nominations in the category for a tenth consecutive year. Tune in to the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, August 25 at 8p.m. ET/PT on NBC to see if "Top Chef" wins the award.

Can't wait until October for your "Top Chef" fix? Tune in to "Top Chef Duels" tonight at 10pm ET/PT. DC Restaurateur Mike Isabella and LA Restaurateur Antonia Lofaso have a long, storied 'Top Chef' history, discovering that they were distant cousins on "Top Chef All Stars." Mike's victory prevented Antonia from moving to the "All Star" finale and now she's back to take him down in the Duel. These competitive cousins go head-to-head in an Italian-themed smack down where Michael Chiarello joins the judges as well as the chefs' families to pick the winner. Who will win this family feud?

"Top Chef" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serve as executive producers.
 



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