The premiere of the new season of The best chef There are less than 8 weeks left, and we have an exclusive preview of what will come this season.
The 16th season takes place in Kentucky and features host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot and Nilou Motamed with Gail Simmons making minor appearances due to maternity leave.
This winter, 15 chefs compete for the coveted title, coming from cities across the country such as Philadelphia, Miami Beach, Boston and Brooklyn.
One participant, who is from Bluegrass State, tells the camera in the preview clip: "I am the girl from Kentucky, I would like to earn it for my state."
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The season seems to have many ups and downs, and Lakshmi announces that there will not be two, but three restaurants competing in the famous Restaurant Wars challenge this year, an unprecedented event.
Guest judges include Dear white peopleS Lena Waithe, chef Emeril Lagasse and country singer Hunter Hayes.
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Simmons makes a special appearance through the webcam, showing her growing baby belly: "I'm literally a few days away," she says. The Canadian chef and her husband Jeremy Abrams received son Kole Jack Abrams on May 23.
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In February, Bravo announced that the new season would take place in Kentucky for the first time.
"We are always looking for culinary destinations on the rise and we hope to plant our flag in Kentucky and absorb a diverse region of the country that we have not yet explored in The best chef"Said Shari Levine, executive vice president, current production, Bravo Media." Kentucky has a strong food identity and we know our incoming chefs will be inspired by the flourishing culinary scene, known for its innovative take on southern cuisine, the fusion of flavors and the use of Kentucky's agricultural wealth. "
Here is the complete list of contestants and their home cities:
Eric Adjepong – Washington, DC
Sara Bradley – Paducah, KY
Kelsey Barnard Clark – Dothan, AL
Edmund "Eddie" Konrad – Philadelphia, PA
Pablo Lamon – Miami Beach, FL
Natalie Maronski – Philadelphia, PA
Michelle Minori – San Francisco, CA
Nini Nguyen – Brooklyn, NY
Brandon Rosen – San Mateo, CA
Kevin Scharpf – Dubuque, IA
Caitlin Steininger – Cincinnati, OH
Justin Sutherland – St. Paul, MN
David Viana – Asbury Park, NJ
Adrienne Wright – Boston, MA
Brian Young – Boston, MA
The best chef premieres on December 6 at 9 p.m. ET in Bravo.