Top Chef

Season 9 Episode 3


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 16, 2011 on Bravo



  • Notes

    • The day after this episode aired, Magical Elves effectively did an about face over disputed information in their contract with Texas over which they had filed a suit against the Texas Attorney General's office on October 3, 2011. Once Texas was named the ninth season location, some newspapers and blogs questioned how much taxpayer money had gone into luring the production to the state, and if any cities were shunned because they hadn't ponied up the bucks. Governor Rick Perry's office released a few details, but referred the full contract to the AG's office to clear what could be released legally. On September 21, 2011, Attorney General Greg Abbott determined the full contract, except for redacted personal information, was cleared for release under the Freedom of Information Act. Magical Elves promptly sued to prevent the release, citing documents that detailed confidential negotiations, stating it would cause the company competitive injury.

      On November 17, 2011, Magical Elves quietly released the brand integration agreement document to The Dallas Observer. Along with the usual protective and preventative language, it revealed a $400,000.00 payment from the Office of the Governor via TM Advertising, the state's ad agency for the tourism office. San Antonio city chipped in an additional $200,000.00 for extra coverage during the season. The agreement called for two Texas cities to have three episodes apiece, with San Antonio taking up the remaining eight episodes of the regular season. One episode had to feature San Antonio's Culinary Institute and another use a San Antonio chef as a guest judge. At least two episodes had to end with a verbal instruction to visit Bravo's Top Chef site for more information about visiting Texas.

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