Sorry Houston, you are not top enough to rate a close-up on “Top Chef.”
The ninth season of Bravo’s hit food show will be called “Top Chef: Texas” and feature competition set against the backdrop of three Texas cities – Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.
That Houston was not included in the new chef competition series has been the subject of much curiosity and teeth gnashing (and a bit of outrage) with the culinary community, especially in Houston over the past month. Bravo would not even confirm that “Top Chef” would be set in Texas, let alone whether Houston would be included in the series.
But Tuesday morning Bravo issued its first official release about the new season, confirming that the competition would be set in the state that “does everything bigger.”
The cable network’s press release acknowledged the ongoing Texas speculation calling it “possibly the worst kept locale secret in this moment’s culinary universe.”
Now that Bravo has confirmed Texas as the subject of the next season of “Top Chef,” left unanswered is why Houston was shut out. A Bravo spokesperson would not address that question.
What is known about the new season is this: it will air later this fall and will include chef and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse and chef Hugh Acheson joining host Padma Lakshmi and judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. Bravo viewers will remember Acheson as a contestant in season 3 of “Top Chef Masters.”
Bravo will announce the cast and the series schedule at a later date.