The “Top Chef” cooking competition show is coming to Kentucky. According to People Food, the Bravo show will be filming its next season in Lexington, Louisville and Lake Cumberland, starting this spring.
The episodes will air later this year.
On Twitter, local chef Samantha Fore of Tuk Tuk Lexington immediately tweeted to judges Gail Simmons, Padma Laksmi and Tom Colicchio “can we feed you?”
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Shari Levine, executive vice president for Bravo Media, told People that the magazine picked Kentucky for it’s “strong food identity and we know our incoming chefs will be inspired by the burgeoning culinary scene, known for its innovative takes on Southern cuisine, melding flavors and use of Kentucky’s agricultural bounty.”
Kentucky tourism commissioner Kristen Branscum said that the state’s food culture is “a hidden gem” in a state best known for bourbon and horses. “Our robust agricultural offerings and unique approach to food in every region of the state, combined with Kentucky’s natural outdoor beauty, will surprise and delight the ‘Top Chef’ viewers.”
Casting for Season 16 is underway and you can apply at bravotv.com/topchefcasting.
“Top Chef” airs at 9 p.m. Thursdays on Bravo.