Primetime Emmy Award-winning "Top Chef" returns to New York City for
season eight with host Padma Lakshmi and head judge chef Tom Colicchio,
alongside judges Gail Simmons and, new this season, best-selling author and
chef Anthony Bourdain.
The powerhouse of chef'testants going head-to-head include Carla Hall (season five finalist), Spike Mendelsohn (season four, top five), Fabio Viviani (voted fan fave, season five) and Marcel Vigneron (season two finalist), just to mention a few (full list below).
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"With seven seasons of ‘Top Chef' under our belt, the timing feels right for an All-Stars edition," said Colicchio. "It has all the elements to be our best season yet. Getting Tony Bourdain to serve as a judge throughout the season was the icing on the cake."
"Top Chef" offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series features aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef."
The 18 "Top Chef All-Stars" include:
"Top Chef All-Stars" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serve as executive producers.