When does it start and how can I watch?

SEASON 18 of Bravo’s Top Chef will premiere on Thursday, April 1.

Contestants will be cooking up a storm in “picturesque” Portland, Oregon, according to showrunners.

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi


Top Chef host Padma LakshmiCredit: Getty Images – Getty

When does Top Chef season 18 premiere?

Season 18 will debut on Thursday, April 1, with a “supersized” episode on Bravo that begins at 8 pm.

There will be 15 executive chefs and restaurant owners from across the country who will display their unique sets of skills.

Head judge Tom Colicchio says this “could be one of the best collections of chefs we’ve had on the show in 18 seasons.”

Who are the season 18 contestants?

Kiki Louya, Sasha Grumman, and Sara Hauman

  • Brittanny Anderson (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Avishar Barua (Columbus, Ohio)
  • Dawn Burrell (Houston, Texas)
  • Gabe Erales (Austin, Texas)
  • Nelson German (Oakland, California)
  • Byron Gomez (Aspen, Colorado)
  • Sasha Grumman (Houston, Texas)
  • Roscoe Hall (Birmingham, Alabama)
  • Sara Hauman (Portland, Oregon)
  • Kiki Louya (Detroit, Michigan)
  • Maria Mazon (Tucson, Arizona)
  • Shota Nakajima (Seattle, Washington)
  • Gabriel Pascuzzi (Portland, Oregon)
  • Jamie Tran (Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • Chris Viaud (Milford, New Hampshire)
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“The chefs will be put to the test in a variety of new challenges this season, including celebrating PDX’s Pan-African cuisine, feeding hundreds of frontline workers, a surf and turf elimination challenge honoring the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and crabbing on the Oregon Coast in a tribute to culinary icon and Oregonian James Beard,” reads the description of the show.

Chris Viaud of season 18 of Top Chef


Chris Viaud of season 18 of Top ChefCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Who hosts Top Chef?

Host Padma Lakshmi and judge Gail Simmons also return for the new season.

Colicchio, who’s been with the show since season one, will return as the head judge. He is a well-known chef who has won a number of awards.

Lakshmi, who lives in New York City with her daughter,  is an Emmy-nominated food expert, television host, producer and best-selling author.

Simmons is a trained culinary expert, food writer, and television personality.

They will be joined by an “elite rotating judging and dining panel” made up of Top Chef All-Star winners, finalists, and favorites.

The winning chef will receive $250,000 among other prizes.

How can I watch Top Chef?

The show is also streaming all its seasons on Hulu and Amazon Prime with a subscription.

Some old episodes are also available on NBC and Bravo, along with previous competition highlights.

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The show will premiere on Bravo but can be watched on Sling TV and Hulu with Live TV.

View more information: https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/2445479/top-chef-bravo-season-eighteen-padma-lakshmi/

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