Bravo renews 'Top Chef' for a seventh season, announces casting tour
By Reality TV World staff, 10/06/2009
Bravo has announced it has renewed Top Chef for a seventh season and is launching casting calls for the reality culinary competition's new edition.
While the network isn't confirming her participation yet, Top Chefhost Padma Lakshmi doesn't appear to expect her newly-announced "medical miracle" pregnancy to prevent her from hosting the seventh season.
"During the course of filming Top Chef, I gain 15 lbs., so I'm used to needing two dress sizes," she toldPeople in New York on Monday. "Now I'll just need three: my fat size, my skinny size and my super size."
Top Chef's renewal comes as little surprise given the show currently ranks as the top-rated series at the now Project Runway-less network. Top Chef: Las Vegas -- the show's currently-airing sixth edition -- has averaged 3.26 million total viewers and 2.29 million viewers in the Adults 18-49 demographic since it premiered in late August.
Top Chef's seventh-season casting calls will begin on October 18 in San Francisco and continue through November 15 with additional stops in Miami, Chicago, Washington, New York, Dallas, and Los Angeles.
The dates and locations of Top Chef's seventh-season casting tour are:
San Francisco Sunday, October 18, 10AM-2PM The Parlor
Miami Sunday, October 25, 10AM-2PM Club 50 at Viceroy Miami
Chicago Monday, October 26, 10AM-2PM Wells on Wells
Washington D.C. Wednesday, November 4, 10AM-2PM Occidental Grill & Seafood at Willard InterContinental Hotel
New York Sunday, November 8, 10AM-2PM CraftSteak
Dallas Wednesday, November 11, 10AM-2PM Abacus
Los Angeles Sunday, November 15, 10AM-2PM Craft Restaurant