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"Top Chef": Season 11 debuts Oct. 2 on Bravo

Melissa Hayer Published: September 27, 2013

The eleventh season of “Top Chef” premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 on Bravo.

Details, provided by Bravo, are as follows:

This season, the chefs bring their food expertise and skills to the city that is world-famous for its cuisine, New Orleans, where they battle for the ultimate title of Top Chef.

Returning to the judges table in NOLA for Top Chef Season 11 are lead judge Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and New Orleans’ own Emeril Lagasse, alongside host Padma Lakshmi.

This season will up the ante against the backdrop of the gastronomically diverse city of New Orleans – and the chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Jon Favreau, Lea Michele, Anthony Mackie, Questlove, Leah Chase, Paul Prudhomme, Jacques Pepin, David Chang, John Besh, and Eddie Huang as well as local legends Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John.

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