The Emmy award-winning series will test its new batch of culinary talent in the Bayou City.
Not that Houston’s culinary scene needed the validation, but when the hit TV series Top Chef selected Space City to film its 19th season – it sure got it.
Top Chef, if you aren’t familiar, is a reality TV series wherein “cheftestants” compete amongst one another in cities across the nation in a variety of cooking challenges in front of a panel of judges and culinary experts. For its upcoming season, expected to premier on Bravo sometime in 2022, the show is being produced in none other than the City of Houston
“‘Top Chef’ Season 19 is in production in Houston, the 4th largest city in the U.S. The racial and ethnic diversity of Houston’s population is represented in the city’s vibrant culinary scene, making it a perfect backdrop to inspire our next wave of cheftestants,” the network said in a press release. “We hope to showcase the rich heritage of Houstonians through the food that defines them.”
The new season will also see the return of some Top Chef vets to oversee the culinary talent, those of which include: Dawn Burrell, Tiffany Derry, Hung Huynh, Stephanie Izard, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Kwame Onwuachi, Sam Talbot, Brooke Williamson, and Claudette Zepeda.
“I cannot think of a more perfect pairing than Top Chef and the City of Houston. Both represent a celebration of cuisine, culture and innovation,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “We are proud of the diverse community and unique heritage that makes our city such a hot culinary destination — from classics like Tex-Mex and barbecue to local inventions like Viet-Cajun and Japanese Tapas. As any Top Chef contestant will tell you, the best food is born out of passion, and Houstonians exemplify this idea with every dish we create.”
The new season is currently in the process of filming. Be sure to tune into the premier on Bravo next year!