Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning “Top Chef” takes on the culinary hotspot of Charleston, South Carolina, for the new season. In an unparalleled twist, eight acclaimed chefs from across the country will unpack their knives alongside eight chefs from seasons past, who have never won the prestigious title and are back for redemption. Sitting at the judges table for season 14 are host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons who are joined by new judge and Top Chef Masters” alum, Graham Elliot.
This season of “Top Chef” is the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new when 16 talented cheftestants descend upon the city of Charleston to battle it out for $125,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino®, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the coveted title of “Top Chef.” Along with the return of the daunting Sudden Death Quickfires, high-stakes challenges include cooking for BBQ king Rodney Scott to the tunes of country music artist, Darius Rucker, a tribute honoring Edna Lewis and a holiday-themed Feast of Seven Fishes dinner. Always upping the ante, one landmark challenge calls for the contestants to cook for a room full of culinary greats in hopes of landing the highly lauded prize of serving their winning dish at the coveted James Beard House in New York City. From a shrimp and grits cook off to a biscuit blowout, the chefs dive deep into the roots of Low-Country cuisine to prove to the judges, the world, and themselves that they have what it takes to conquer their competition.
Throughout the competition, the chefs serve up food for culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Daniel Humm, William Guidara, Jeremiah Tower, Dominique Ansel, Sean Brock, Frank Lee, Richard Blais, Chris Cosentino, Michael Voltaggio, Hugh Acheson, Nilou Motammed, Mike Lata, John Currence, Alexander Smalls, Michael Cimarusti, Michael Solomonov, Francisco Ruano, Ray Garcia and Ricardo Munoz Zurita.
Towards the end of the season, the cheftestants will also have the opportunity to vie for the “Top Chef Fan Favorite” title, voted upon by viewers on BravoTV.com. The winner will be announced on the finale night on “Watch What Happens Live” and will receive $10,000 furnished by S.Pellegrino®.