Bravo announces 'Top Chef: Texas' cast, series to debut November 2
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/21/2011
Bravo has revealed the identities of the 29 chefs who will be competing on the reality cooking competition Top Chef: Texas, which will premiere on Wednesday, November 2 at 10PM ET/PT.
In addition, the network has announced Top Chef: Texas will borrow a page from the Survivor handbook and introduce a Redemption Island-like twist in which eliminated contestants will face-off two at a time and compete in a series of off-air challenges in attempt to return to the show's on-air finale and resume competing for the grand prize.
While 29 chefs will begin competing on Top Chef: Texas, only 16 of them will be selected to become actual "chef'testants" -- contestants who will be afforded the chance to wear the Top Chef coat and compete across the state in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.
Padma Lakshmi will be reprising her role as host, while head judge and chef Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons will also be returning for the series' ninth season.
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