TOP CHEF Season 11 Premieres in New Orleans
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The stars have aligned for New Orleans and Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef as it prepares to launch season 11 of the culinary competition series, and locals are Being asked to tune in to help create a ratings bonanza. NOTMC is requesting that every business with a television and every person at home tune into the show on Bravo at 9:00 p.m. Central on October 2, and then throughout the season.
After bringing the show to New Orleans for its finale in 2008, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) was instrumental in bringing the show back for season 11 in 2013. The show premieres on Bravo onWednesday, October 2.
"New Orleans has always been proud of the fact that the Top Chef finale episode in 2008 garnered the best ratings the show had ever received," said Mark Romig, President and CEO of NOTMC. "Now we have an opportunity to best ourselves and help make sure this entire season has the best ratings ever. We are urging everyone in the city to tune in all season."
Fifty-three locations were filmed in New Orleans throughout the season, along with segments in nine Louisiana cities including Baton Rouge, Lafitte, Chalmette, Gretna, Harahan, Husser, Lacombe, Metairie, and Slidell.
Two local chefs, Michael Sichel of Galatoire's and Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, were chosen to compete in a pre-premiere digital video series, "Padma's Picks," sponsored by Cigna and Available onBravoTV.com. "Padma's Picks" gives New Orleans most talented chefs the opportunity to cook their way on to the actual show. Host and Judge Padma Lakshmi visits some of the Big Easy's most celebrated establishments to find ten of the best and brightest chefs from New Orleans.