"Top Chef: Charleston" is Season 14 of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series.

The series takes on the culinary hotspot of Charleston, South Carolina, for the new season. In an unparalleled twist, eight acclaimed chefs from across the country will unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption. Sitting at the judges table for season 14 are host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons who are joined by new judge and "Top Chef Masters" alum, Graham Elliot.

This season is the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new when 16 talented cheftestants descend upon the city of Charleston to battle it out for $125,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the coveted title of "Top Chef." Along with the return of the daunting Sudden Death Quickfire, high-stakes challenges include cooking for BBQ king Rodney Scott to the tunes of country music artist, Darius Rucker, a tribute honoring Edna Lewis and a holiday-themed Feast of Seven Fishes dinner. Always upping the ante, one landmark challenge calls for the contestants to cook for a room full of culinary greats in hopes of landing the highly lauded prize of serving their winning dish at the coveted James Beard House in New York City. From a shrimp and grits cook off to a biscuit blowout, the chefs dive deep into the roots of Lowcountry cuisine to prove to the judges, the world, and themselves that they have what it takes to conquer their competition.

Throughout the competition, the chefs serve up food for culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Daniel Humm, William Guidara, Jeremiah Tower, Dominique Ansel, Sean Brock, Frank Lee, Richard Blais, Chris Cosentino, Michael Voltaggio, Hugh Acheson, BJ Dennis, Carrie Morey, Nilou Motammed, Mike Lata, John Currence, Alexander Smalls, Michael Cimarusti and Michael Solomonov.

Towards the end of the season, the cheftestants will also have the opportunity to vie for the "Top Chef Fan Favorite" title, voted upon by viewers on BravoTV.com. The winner will be announced on the finale night on "Watch What Happens Live" and will receive $10,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water.

The "Top Chef 14" contestants include the following new chefs to the show: Silvia Barban, Emily Hahn, Jamie Lynch, Annie Pettry, Sylva Senat, Gerald Sombright, BJ Smith and Jim Smith. The eight returning chefs include Sam Talbot, Casey Thompson, Amanda Baumgarten, Brooke Williamson, Sheldon Simeon, John Tesar, Shirley Chung and Katsuji Tanabe.

The series is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines and Casey Kriley serving as executive producers.




FACTS

Network: Bravo
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: February 15, 2006
Seasons: 14
Production Company: Magical Elves Productions





'Top Chef: Charleston' Reveals 8 Returning Chefs — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will bring back veterans Sam Talbot, Casey Thompson, Amanda Baumgarten, Brooke Williamson, Sheldon Simeon, John Tesar, Shirley Chung and Katsuji Tanabe. Read more...
'Top Chef' Heads to Charleston for Battle of Old Versus New — Premiering Thursday, December 1, the fourteenth season of the Bravo culinary competition series will see eight acclaimed chefs from across the country unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption. Read more...
'Top Chef 13' Returns to Its Roots in California — Premiering Wednesday, December 2, the new season of the Bravo culinary competition series travels to Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Read more...
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mrscheff says:
How Dare you send a Cheff home and Keep a Cheater.....Alex? Everyone in America See's it your show is loosing creditbility. First the peapuree bull **** and now he didn't even cook. He's so stupid he told the judges they were having pork when in fact it was lamb now come on my kindergartener could get that straight.
pandora says:
Does anyone think it's interesting that one of the pictures on Bravos website now features two past runner-ups with this season's Ed and Kevin? If it means that those two are also runner-ups, all I can think is, what-a-shame, that means Angelo won.
maggie says:
fabio should have won.not because he is italian,but his food was so down to earth.not everyone eats what antonio made.

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