Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef will premiere its 12th season in Boston on Wednesday, October 15th at 10 pm ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio and host Padma Lakshmi, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson. For the first time ever, a Top Chef winner is joining the judging panel.Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the cheftestants guidance from a chef and a former competitor's point of view.

Top Chef - Netflix

Type: Reality

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2006-03-08

Top Chef - Top Chef (season 10) - Netflix

Top Chef: Seattle is the tenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was announced on September 19, 2012, and premiered on November 7, 2012. The competition was initially filmed in Seattle, Washington before moving to Juneau, Alaska for three episodes, and then concluding in Los Angeles, California. Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, the web series introduced in the previous season which puts the eliminated contestants against each other in head-to-head challenges to battle for a chance to re-enter the main competition, also returned. The winner continued to compete in the season finale. In addition, viewers could vote each week for chefs eliminated from the Last Chance Kitchen to move on in the “Save a Chef” competition. The winner of the final vote was “saved”, and earned a spot in the final round of the Last Chance Kitchen. In the season finale, Kristen Kish was declared the Top Chef, defeating Brooke Williamson. Sheldon Simeon was voted Fan Favorite.

Top Chef - Contestants - Netflix

The cast of the tenth season of Top Chef initially consisted of 21 contestants. After the qualifying challenges in the first episode, the pool of chefs was narrowed down to 15. Former Top Chef competitors Josie Smith-Malave (Top Chef: Los Angeles), Chris “CJ” Jacobson (Top Chef: Miami), and Stefan Richter (Top Chef: New York) joined the competition during the second episode. Brooke Williamson, Sheldon Simeon, and John Tesar later returned to compete in Top Chef: Charleston. All three made it to the final part of the season, where Tesar finished in fourth, Simeon finished third, and Williamson was the season's winner.

Top Chef - References - Netflix