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AIRED ON 12/6/2018

Season 16 : Episode 1

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Show Summary

Top Chef Season 16 explores Kentucky and the state's unique cuisine and traditions. The season's flavors include celebrity diners, renowned chefs, racetracks, bourbon, and challenges with new tasks and rewards. The season also features an excursion to Nashville, and a finale in Macau, China.

Top Chef: Kentucky begins with 15 chefs in contention for the title. The chefs will compete in a new version of the fan favorite Restaurant Wars: a three-team Restaurant Wars. The blind taste test returns, as well as double eliminations. New to the competition is a unique farm-to-table challenge that requires the chefs to tend to their own gardens. Each round's challenges take advantage of the state's rich cultural history and local ingredients. Locations include visits to Rupp Arena at the University of Kentucky, Churchill Downs and Keeneland racetracks, Maker's Mark distillery, and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Guest judges and diners range from superstar chefs to sports stars, musicians, and celebrities.

Padma Lakshmi continues as host and judge, along with returning head judge Tom Colicchio. Gail Simmons and Graham Elliot return as judges, along with new judge Nilou Motamed; a food, travel and leisure consultant, formerly Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine and Epicurious magazines. The Top Chef title includes a $125,000 award, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, an appearance at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado, a $50,000 prizing package from Williams Sonoma, and a headlining spot on the Williams Sonoma Culinary Stage at BottleRock in Napa Valley, California. Top Chef is produced by Magical Elves Productions; Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Kriley, Doneen Arquines, and Tara Siener serve as executive producers.

Broadcast History (All times E/P):
Season 16 – Thursday, 9:00 pm
Season 15, Episodes 9-14 – Thursday, 9:00 pm
Season 15, Episodes 1-8 – Thursday, 10:00 pm
Season 14, Episodes 6-14 – Thursday, 9:00 pm
Season 14, Episodes 1-5 – Thursday, 10:00 pm
Season 13, Episodes 7-15 – Thursday, 9:00 pm
Season 13, Episodes 2-6 – Thursday, 10:00 pm
Season 13, Episode 1 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm
Season 12, Episodes 12-15 – Wednesday, 9:00 pm
Season 12, Episodes 1-11 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm
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 (Displaced from its regular time slot by Bravo's Work of Art: the Next Great Artist.)
Seasons 1-6 – Wednesday, 10:00 pm

Awards:
2018 Emmy Awards (70th)
Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

2017 Emmy Awards (69th)
Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

2016 Emmy Awards (68th)
Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

2015 Emmy Awards (67th)
Nominated – Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

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"])

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