Top Chef
Overview Episodes

"Top Chef" heads to New Orleans for its 11th season. The competition features 20 cheftestants, 19 chosen before the season and the 20th earning a spot through an online series, "Padma's Picks," featuring 10 New Orleans-based chefs competing in head-to-head battles with the ultimate winner, as chosen by judge Padma Lakshmi, rounding out the cast. Joining Lakshmi on the "Top Chef" judging panel are Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and noted New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse. As always, the contestant who survives the weekly eliminations to earn the title of Top Chef wins a cash prize.

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