Bravo is headed back to the kitchen. Today, the network announced they’ve renewed Top Chef for a 15th season.
The popular cooking competition series is currently in its 14th season, with host Padma Lakshmi and judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Richard Blais, and Graham Elliot.
In addition to the renewal, Bravo announced they are looking or chefs to compete in the new season. Meet and greets will take place in San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, and Washington DC.
Read more from Bravo below:
NEW YORK – January 24, 2017 – Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series “Top Chef” is embarking on a nationwide search for the utmost talented and emerging chefs to compete on season 15 of the high-stakes culinary competition series. This year’s chef meet and greets will take place by appointment at restaurants of alumni and friends of “Top Chef” in Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
Currently in its 14th season and airing Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT, “Top Chef” is averaging more than 2 million total viewers, up 4% versus the prior season. The season premiere (12/1/16) was the most watched season premiere in over five years in total viewers.*
“Top Chef” season 15 chef meet and greets are as follows:
Chicago – Sunday, January 29 from 10am-2pm
Sarah Grueneberg, “Top Chef” Season 9 Finalist
1020 West Madison St. Chicago IL 60607
Portland – Monday, January 30 from 10am-3pm
Gregory Gourdet, “Top Chef” Season 12 Finalist
525 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97204
Pittsburgh – Wednesday, February 1 from 10am-3pm
Chef Richard DeShantz’s täkō
214 6th St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
San Fransisco – Wednesday, February 1 from 10am-3pm
Traci Des Jardins, “Top Chef Masters” Season 3 Finalist
101 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94129
*in the Presidio on the Main Post
Washington D.C. – Friday, February 3 from 10am-3pm
Marjorie Meek Bradley, “Top Chef” Season 13
Smoked and Stacked
1239 9th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20001
Dallas – Saturday, February 4 from 10am-3pm
John Tesar, “Top Chef” Seasons 10 and 14
5680 North Central Expressway Dallas, Texas 75206
New York – Monday, February 6 from 10am-3pm
Silvia Barban, “Top Chef” Season 14
387 Myrtle Ave Brooklyn, NY 11205
New Orleans – Monday, February 6 from 10am-3pm
Isaac Toups, “Top Chef” Season 13 Finalist
1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70113
*Source: Nielsen L7 data, “Top Chef” premieres only. Season 9 premiered on 11/2/11.
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.”
What do you think? Do you watch Top Chef? Are you glad it’s been renewed?