When 'Top Chef: Texas' kicks off (Wed., Nov. 2, 10PM ET on Bravo), 29 contestants will be vying for a chance to compete for the coveted title and prizes on the popular Bravo reality series.
This season, Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson join Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio at the judges table.
In the first episode, appropriately titled 'Everything's Bigger in Texas,' the 29 chefs will be split into three groups and compete. The episode will end with only 12 of the 16 advancing, the final heat takes place in the second episode, 'The Heat is On.' Click here to see the list of potential contestants.
"Texas is really hot," Gail Simmons told AOL TV. "We shot the season in the middle of an insane heat wave and it was just an extraordinary feat that we got it done at all. But we had a ton of fun. We move around a lot, we see a lot of different parts of Texas, and I think we can show people sides of Texas that most people probably don't know, in terms of the food. Texas had a lot to offer. I was impressed. I had never been to Texas before in my life until we touched down for the first episode. It was exciting. I think the season will sort of shake up the 'Top Chef' formula -- a lot."
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