Meet the Top Chef: Portland contestants and all-star judges in first trailer
Bravo's Top Chef is getting ready to pack its knives and go to Portland.
Though the restaurant industry has recently taken a hit due to the coronavirus pandemic, foodies can rejoice that the Emmy-winning reality competition show is back to highlight 15 prestigious chefs representing a diversity of food from around the country.
Mixed in with the standard location-inspired challenges — like a nod to the Oregon Trail — are acknowledgments of the state the world is in right now, with cheftestants making meals for hundreds of frontline workers, and the group educating themselves on the city's Pan-African cuisine.
In addition to the usual judge's panel consisting of Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons comes a collection of Top Chef all-stars including Richard Blais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, Dale Talde, and Brooke Williamson.
While this season was shot during the pandemic, viewers can still expect appearances from master chefs like José Andrés and Alice Waters. And, of course, the show couldn't come to Oregon and not have Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein stop by for a Quickfire Challenge.
Season 18 will kick off with two weeks of supersized premieres, the first being on Thursday, April 1 from 8-9:15 p.m. ET/PT, and the second to be followed by the Emmy-winning digital companion series Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, available on BravoTV.com and on demand at the conclusion of each episode starting April 8.
Watch the exclusive trailer for Top Chef: Portland above, and see below for more information on the new cast of competitors.