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    Top Chef

    Top Chef

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    Bravo (Returning October 15, 2014)
    Top Chef's eleventh season travels to the "Birthplace of Jazz" where chefs will compete in challenges that take advantage of the local culture and produce, and the rich culinary landscape Louisiana.

    Top Chef: New Orleans begins with 19 chefs in contention for the title. This season, instead of a qualifying round, two contestants of the 19 are winners from the pre-season Padma's Picks web show, which had 10 local chefs compete in head-to-head challenges. Each round will have challenges exploring Louisiana and its different influences – both musical and cultural cuisine. Produce, proteins and industries unique the region will be featured; and guest judges who range from celebrities, musical giants and elite chefs will evaluate the chefs' dishes.

    Padma Lakshmi continues as host, along with returning head judge Tom Colicchio, and judges Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse, and Hugh Acheson. The Top Chef title includes a feature in Food & Wine magazine, the opportunity for the winner to showcase his or her skills at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado, and $125,000 to help turn the winner's culinary dreams into reality. Top Chef is produced by Magical Elves Productions, whose Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serve as executive producers.

    Broadcast History (All times E/P):
    Seasons 8-11 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm
    Season 7, Episodes 10-14 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm
    Season 7, Episodes 1-9 – Wednesday, 9:00 pm
    Seasons 1-6 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm

    Awards:
    2014 Emmy Awards (66th)
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

    2013 Emmy Awards (65th)
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Glacial Gourmand")

    2012 Emmy Awards (64th)
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Fit for an Evil Queen")
    Nominated – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("Fit for an Evil Queen")

    2011 Emmy Awards (63rd)
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Give Me Your Huddled Masses")
    Nominated – Outstanding Directing for Reality Programming ("Give Me Your Huddled Masses")
    Nominated – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("Give Me Your Huddled Masses")

    2011 James Beard Awards
    Winner – Television Program, In Studio or Fixed Location (Season Seven)

    2010 Emmy Awards (62nd)
    Winner – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Masters Get Schooled" "Vivre Las Vegas")
    Nominated – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("Vivre Las Vegas")

    2009 Emmy Awards (61st)
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("The Last Supper")
    Nominated – Outstanding Directing for Reality Programming ("The Last Supper")
    Nominated – Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program (Host Padma and Co-host Tom)
    Nominated – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("The Last Supper")

    2008 Emmy Awards (60th)
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming ("Finale (Part 1)")
    Winner – Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming ("First Impressions")

    2008 James Beard Awards
    Winner – Television Food Special ("Top Chef Holiday Special")
    Nominated – Television Food Show, National and Local (Season Three)

    2007 Emmy Awards (59th)
    Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
    Nominated – Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming (Episode 209 ["Seven"])moreless
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    Top Chef Masters

    Top Chef Masters

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    Season Four: The Show relocates to Las Vegas, and the challenges will no doubt reflect the glitzy new atmosphere. Twelve chefs, some repeaters from seasons one and two, compete for cash prizes that will be donated to their selected charities. Each round has $15,000 up for grabs from Quickfire and Elimination challenges. The chefs compete singly or in teams for a spot in the final and a shot at the $100,000 grand prize with its Top Chef Master title.

    Top Chef Masters is the first of the Top Chef spin-offs. The series is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz who serve as executive producers. Season Three: Season three hits the grill with a sizzle and some major changes. The competition has been retooled so that it is closer to the mother ship in format, has a smaller group of chefs and the resident critics have been pared down to two. What has not changed are the chefs at the top of their games, unique challenges, and a star-studded guest critic list. 12 master chefs compete in Quickfire and Elimination challenges as each one vies for the title of Top Chef Master and $100,000 for his or her charity. This season's challenges will use some of the Top Chef favorites, only with master twists to match these chefs' superior skills. Curtis Stone joins as host, and food critic and author Ruth Reichl begins her tour as judge with James Oseland, who returns from seasons one and two. A Magical Elves production.

    Season Two: Season two has arrived, and not content to sit on their laurels, Magical Elves has cooked up new Challenges, Quickfires and intense pressures for the chefs, as well as allowed some familiar faces back into the kitchen. This time around there are only 22 chefs, and the heats will play out over four weeks, instead of six. The two chefs with the highest star scores from each heat will move to the six-week champions round from which the Top Chef Master will be named. Kelly Choi continues her duties as host. Gail Simmons joins the judges' panel full time; her skills burnishing an already stellar group comprising food critic Jay Rayner, culinary expert James Oseland and restaurant critic Gael Greene.

    Season One: Twenty-four master chefs at the pinnacle of their professions play for $100,000 awarded to the winner's favorite charity, and the title of Top Chef Master. Let the judges be judged. The first of Magical Elves' Top Chef franchise shows hits the airwaves this summer, and while it may seem very similar to the original, the differences will test these executive chefs in very different ways. During the first six weeks of competition, groups of four will vie in heats with the winner moving forward to the four week champions round. Each night has two parts, an amped twist on a previous Top Chef Quickfire challenge that measures basic skill sets, and then an elimination that tests ingenuity and creativity as the chefs attempt to please both the diners and judges in order to progress to the finals. Kelly Choi hosts this competition tailor-made for foodies with a panel of respected judges, and guest stars that range from the real thing to personalities from Bravo's other reality series including Top Chef judges and contestants.moreless
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    Chef Academy

    Chef Academy

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    This show follows Jean Christophe Novelli, a world renowned chef as he moves to Los Angeles to open up a test program for a culinary institute. He chooses 9 students to be test subjects - do they have what it takes?moreless
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