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There’s only one thing hotter than Chrissy Teigen, and that’s Chrissy Teigen in the kitchen. (Seriously: just check out her Instagram for proof.) So it’s only fitting that for her gig as quick-fire guest judge on Top Chef, things definitely get, in Teigen’s words, “sweet and sticky.”

In an exclusive clip from Top Chefs upcoming all-new episode (airing Jan. 7), Teigen judges a date challenge. (As in the small, wrinkly brown fruit.) Taking place in the Coachella Valley — otherwise known as the “date capital” of the country — the model-slash-foodie seems more than ready to take on her judge responsibilities, teasing up a storm with host Padma Lakshmi and kicking off —in true Top Chef fashion — a totally unconventional challenge.

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So what’s in store? Riffing off the episode’s romance-driven theme, the cheftestants have to use dates to tell the story of their best romantic date ever. And judging by the way one chef totally loses his cool over Teigen, love is definitely in the air. Check out the clip below to see who the lovestruck cheftestant is, and to preview the episode featuring a big wedding for 25 gay couples in Palm Springs.

Top Chef airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.

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