Top Chef Season 11 Premieres in New Orleans

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New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation Urges Locals to Gather Around the Television for the Premiere of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ October 2

City of New Orleans and state of Louisiana are stars of Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ season 11 as the popular food show locates in the Crescent City

The stars have aligned for New Orleans and Bravo’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series ‘Top Chef’ as it prepares to launch season 11 of the culinary competition series, and locals are being asked to tune in to help create a ratings bonanza. NOTMC is requesting that every business with a television and every person at home tune into the show on Bravo at 9:00 p.m. Central on October 2, and then throughout the season.

After bringing the show to New Orleans for its finale in 2008, New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC) was instrumental in bringing the show back for season 11 in 2013. The show premieres on Bravo on Wednesday, October 2.

“New Orleans has always been proud of the fact that the Top Chef finale episode in 2008 garnered the best ratings the show had ever received,” said Mark Romig, President and CEO of NOTMC. “Now we have an opportunity to best ourselves and help make sure this entire season has the best ratings ever. We are urging everyone in the city to tune in all season.”

Fifty-three locations were filmed in New Orleans throughout the season, along with segments in nine Louisiana cities including Baton Rouge, Lafitte, Chalmette, Gretna, Harahan, Husser, Lacombe, Metairie, and Slidell.

Two local chefs, Michael Sichel of Galatoire’s and Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery, were chosen to compete in a pre-premiere digital video series, “Padma’s Picks,” sponsored by Cigna and Available on “Padma’s Picks” gives New Orleans most talented chefs the opportunity to cook their way on to the actual show. Host and Judge Padma Lakshmi visits some of the Big Easy’s most celebrated establishments to find ten of the best and brightest chefs from New Orleans.

“I ask every citizen of our fine city to show your pride and love of New Orleans by gathering with family and friends and tuning in to Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ at 9:00 p.m. on October 2,” said Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans. “By doing so, we will help show the nation and the world that our first-class city supports this exciting program which showcases our uniquely wonderful way of life.”

Many famous national and international chefs will be spotted during the season including New Orleans locals Emeril Lagasse, John Besh, Leah Chase, John Folse, Susan Spicer, and others.

The show is a love story to New Orleans and gives nods and bouquets to many of the city’s neighborhoods, as well as its food, architecture, music, art, and nightlife.

‘Top Chef’ will feature returning host and judge Lakshmi, alongside lead judge, Tom Colicchio, and series judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and New Orleans’ own Lagasse. So where will ‘Top Chef’ go from New Orleans for this season’s finale show? Stay tuned and don’t forget to watch!

About New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC)
NOTMC promotes the city as a leisure tourism destination throughout the year. Annually, NOTMC’s marketing campaigns include strategic print, broadcast, and Internet advertising and public relations. Website:;;; Social Media:;; YouTube:

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