Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio aren’t the only familiar faces returning for the next season of Top Chef, as some of the show’s most celebrated chefs are returning for one more chance at the title. TV Guide Magazine reports that the upcoming eighth season of Top Chef is an all-star edition featuring eighteen runners-up from previous seasons.
Top Chef All-Stars will take place in New York City, with No Reservations host and upcoming comic book author Anthony Bourdain alternating with Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons as a regular judge. Additional famous faces include Jimmy Fallon and Sesame Street regulars Cookie Monster, Telly and Elmo, presumably as guest judges.
“Because we know them, it’s very hard to criticize them,” Colicchio told TV Guide of the new season’s familiar cast. “The good part is, it’s consistently better food.”
The cast will be revealed tonight (September 22) during the Top Chef DC reunion special. The new season premieres on Wednesday, December 1 at 10/9c on Bravo.
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