About the Show
Top Chef is back and better than ever! A new season kicks off with two back-to-back episodes on Thursday, December 3 beginning at 9 E/P.
Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judges Gail Simmons and Richard Blais are destined for sunny California where they’ll host 17 cheftestants on the culinary ride of a lifetime.
The thirteenth season will bring harder challenges and even more delicious dishes as the cheftestants fight to become this year’s Top Chef.
Padma Lakshmi is known internationally as an actress, food expert, model and award-winning writer. She established herself as a food expert early on in her career, having hosted two successful cooking shows and writing a best-selling cookbook.Read More
Tom Colicchio returns as lead judge for Food Network's Top Chef and also serves as mentor to the competing chefs on the series, guiding them through their various challenges.
In July of 1994, Colicchio, along with partner Danny Meyer, opened Gramercy Tavern in Manhattan's Gramercy Park neighborhood. His cooking at Gramercy earned consistent recognition; after three nominations for James Beard's Best Chef NY Award, he won it in 2000.