Hosted by model and activist Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef pits the best chefs in America against each other through a series of challenges, often themed around the city where filming takes place. The chefs’ work is evaluated by a panel of judges including celebrity chef Tom Colicchio and food writer Gail Simmons. Drama ensues as the contestants live and work together, competing for the ultimate prize of $250,000.
- Debut year: 2006
- Seasons: 19 seasons and counting
- Network: Bravo
- Filming location: San Francisco, LA, Miami, Chicago, New York City, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Texas, Seattle, New Orleans, Boston, Charleston, Colorado, Kentucky, Portland, and Houston
- Where to watch: Bravo, Hulu, and Peacock
Visit Top Chef‘s Bravo website.