MANY ARE BEGINNING TO TAKE NOTE ON the city's culinary scene. Bravo’s Top Chef will be entering its 19th season, and Houston is the next destination for the popular show. The theme this season places a focus on diversity and culture, and as we hold the title for the nation’s most diverse city, the Bayou City was the perfect match (obviously).
BravoTV said in a statement that season 19 is already in production, noting that Houston is currently the fourth largest city in the U.S. "The racial and ethnic diversity of Houston’s population is represented in the city’s vibrant culinary scene, making it a perfect backdrop to inspire our next wave of cheftestants. We hope to showcase the rich heritage of Houstonian's through the food that defines them."
Top Chef is no stranger to the city, as Chef Dawn Burrell was a finalist in season 18. She will make a return this upcoming season, as a “Top Chef All-Star,” where she will lend a hand to the new competitors, per Eater Houston.
The upcoming season will bring in a new batch of talented chefs from all over town, challenging all to see who will be crowned as the next Top Chef. The season is set to air in 2022 with the return of host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons.
The release notes that Houston is "a truly international metropolis where travelers can taste more than 140 different types of food, and become immersed in cultural traditions from around the world." Highlighting the array cultural spaces ranging from the barbecue in Freedman’s Town to the Vietnamese and Cajun influences in Asiatown.
Mayor Sylvester also shared his excitement on the news, saying that the hit television show is “perfect pairing.”
“We are proud of the diverse community and unique heritage that makes our city such a hot culinary destination — from classics like Tex-Mex and barbecue to local inventions like Viet-Cajun and Japanese Tapas," says the mayor. "As any Top Chef contestant will tell you, the best food is born out of passion, and Houstonians exemplify this idea with every dish we create.”
For more information on Bravo’s Top Chef, visit Bravo TV’s website.