Top Chef: New Orleans is the upcoming eleventh season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was announced on May 10, 2013. Filming took place from early May through late July. The season will premiere on October 2, 2013.
On May 13, 2013, it was announced that state and local tourism offices would pay a total of $375,000 to sponsor the upcoming season. The state's contribution came from a recovery fund established by BP after the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
In addition to the return of the Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, Bravo launched a new web series called Padma's Picks. Debuting on August 14, 2013, the competition, presided over by host Padma Lakshmi, featured ten New Orleans chefs competing for the chance to join the official lineup of contestants and represent the city.
|Season 11 opens with chefs battling for culinary honors in New Orleans. Here, the foodies must cook…|
|The chefs prepare gumbo and try to please the palate of New Orleans chef Leah Chase. Later, they…|
|The chefs reinvent items on a worst food-trends list. Later, they must replicate dishes from a…|
|The chefs learn about Vietnamese cuisine, culture and customs, then serve up a multicourse…|
|There are culinary tricks and treats when the chefs must cater a Halloween party for actress Lea…|
|The foodies create dishes from the creole tomato. They must then impress cooks at chef John Besh's…|
|The chefs participate in a culinary version of musical chairs. Later, they prepare dishes for…|
|The chefs must whip up hot sauce for musician Dr. John. The focus is then pork when they cook up a…|
|The "Restaurant Wars" challenge tasks the chefs to create pop-up eateries. The judges' panel…|
|The foodies create dishes that remind them of home. Appearing: actor Anthony Mackie and chef Leah…|
|Musician Questlove samples various poultry drumsticks. Later, the chefs serve up food fare to…|
|The chefs serve up étouffée, then honor local cuisine by preparing two types of seafood. Chef John…|
|Culinary figure Jacques Pepin arrives to test the chefs' techniques based on one of his favorite…|
|The chefs create po' boys, then are tasked to prepare their personal culinary visions on a plate.…|
|The chefs battle for a new car in tests presented by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. Later, the…|
|The remaining chefs land in Hawaii, where they prepare food fare featuring Spam. Also: a double…|
|In the Season 11 finale, the remaining two chefs open pop-up restaurants, after which the winner is…|