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Old 01-03-19, 09:18 PM
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Top Chef: Kentucky (Bravo) -- Season 16 Thread -- Premieres 12/6/18




For season 16, Bravo's Top Chef heads to the state of Kentucky as 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale showdown in Macau, China. The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series returns with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot, Nilou Motamed and Gail Simmons.

Padma and Tom continue to keep the chefs on their game with an exciting season full of curveballs, double eliminations and the earliest and first ever three team Restaurant Wars. The cheftestants work to impress the judges and notable guests as they bet it all at Kentucky's famous racetracks, Churchill Downs and Keeneland, cook for Laila Ali at the Muhammad Ali Center, and compete in a buzzer beater showdown for roaring fans at the University of Kentucky's Rupp Arena with Hall of Famer, Coach Calipari. At Maker's Mark's iconic bourbon distillery, the chefs celebrate two Kentucky mainstays as they are tasked with putting their spin on classic dishes including burgoo, Benedictine, hoe cakes and dumplings. In addition, the blindfold taste test is back as the chefs must identify a variety of herbs and spices for a KFC-inspired Quickfire. Emmy-Award Winner Lena Waithe is on hand for a Quickfire challenge reimagining the Hot Brown and Below Deck's Captain Lee Rosbach and Captain Sandy Yawn join the cheftestants for a house boat challenge in Lake Cumberland. Embarking on a road trip to Nashville, the chefs hit the Grand Ole Opry stage dishing up delectable delights to musicians Hunter Hayes and Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill, along with his wife, model Lily Aldridge. And for the first time ever, the chefs grow their own produce and must use their harvests in one of the final Kentucky challenges. The top five chefs then travel to Macau, China, to the heart of fusion-food, to battle it out for the title of "Top Chef."


New season of Top Chef premiered almost 1 month ago. It's now 5 episodes in. I'm sure no one will be watching.

Tonight is a new episode (1/3/19)
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Old 01-03-19, 11:30 PM
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Re: Top Chef: Kentucky (Bravo) -- Season 16 Thread -- Premieres 12/6/18

I'm always watching. So glad with the two who got the boot!
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Re: Top Chef: Kentucky (Bravo) -- Season 16 Thread -- Premieres 12/6/18

I’m watching as well. Don’t really have a favorite though this season.
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Old 01-05-19, 05:17 PM
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"Last chance Kitchen" is always worth catching (I watch it on youtube). This week there were two episodes (the parts were not clearly identified on youtube, so watch out). The winner of this week's episode will go back on the show next week; the returning player will be revealed on the show.
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Old 01-07-19, 10:28 AM
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Re: Top Chef: Kentucky (Bravo) -- Season 16 Thread -- Premieres 12/6/18

This is the only US broadcast cooking show I still watch. Thankfully, series recording saved me with this one. I had no idea the new season was starting up.

Good season so far. No real annoying contestants to make the show harder to watch.
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Re: Top Chef: Kentucky (Bravo) -- Season 16 Thread -- Premieres 12/6/18

Enjoying this season.
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I'm enjoying it, I like the location. Good idea to do Kentucky
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Re: Top Chef: Kentucky (Bravo) -- Season 16 Thread -- Premieres 12/6/18

Top Chef Season 15 Contestant Fatima Ali Dies at 29 | The Daily Dish

Fatima Ali from Top Chef season 15 died at age 29 from cancer. She had battled it for the past 2 years.

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RIP

Been following her story for a while now. Sad to hear she passed.
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Re: Top Chef: Kentucky (Bravo) -- Season 16 Thread -- Premieres 12/6/18

What I found curious about the Ali challenge was that if you didn't count the chefs or the judges table there didn't seem to be a single person of color in that room.
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I didn't notice that, and I usually tend to. What I want to know if how do I get myself to these tasting events!?!
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Going against precedent, the final "Comeback Kitchen" for the season gives the decision on who's coming back (usually they save the reveal for the next episode, -and it comes at the Final Four).
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Re: Top Chef: Kentucky (Bravo) -- Season 16 Thread -- Premieres 12/6/18

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What I found curious about the Ali challenge was that if you didn't count the chefs or the judges table there didn't seem to be a single person of color in that room.
I commented on that as well while I was watching. I'm assuming it was a charitable fundraiser but it was still a bit cringey.
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I loved Eddie so much, sad to see him go. This seems to be a really strong group of chefs left.
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I hope Eric takes it. I hope Sara does not. Laila Ali, very pretty.
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