Bravo takes Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio to The Big Easy for this season of Top Chef, premiering tomorrow at 10/9 c. Chef Emeril Lagasse also joins the team in New Orleans, along with locals chefs Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Michael Sichel of Galatoire’s. They competed against other New Orleans chefs to get a spot on the show, and as you’ll see in the video below, are granted immunity on the first challenge – to cook a dish highlighting a Louisiana legacy. Padma and Tom throw the contestants Mardi Gras beads with different proteins, like alligator and turtle, on them. The group then sets out to source their meats and start cooking.
This season also promises culinary stars and celebrity guest judges, including Jon Favreau, Lea Michelle, Questlove, Leah Chase, Paul Prudhomme, Jacques Pepin, David Chang, John Besh and local legends Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John.