Drumroll Please! Season 19 of Top Chef is Heading to…

TOP CHEF -- Season:18 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio -- (Photo by: Stephanie Diani/Bravo)
TOP CHEF -- Season:18 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio -- (Photo by: Stephanie Diani/Bravo) /

Seemingly before the last tear of joy has been shed on each season’s finale of Top Chef, fans of the show turn their attention to the next season and begin speculating, hoping, dreaming about the next locale. Well, wait no more! Top Chef Season 19 will be planting its culinary flag in…

Houston, Texas!

While the folks at Magical Elves, the production company behind Top Chef, have generously kept fans sated in between Seasons 18 & 19 by introducing us to relatives Top Chef Amateurs on Bravo and Top Chef Family Style on Peacock, there’ll no doubt be some comfort in knowing that production is underway on Top Chef Houston.

Joining Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, and Tom Colicchio in the country’s fourth-largest city will be Top Chef Portland finalist and Houston’s own Dawn Burrell, Season 7 Fan Favorite and Texas native Tiffany Derry, Top Chef Miami winner Hung Huynh, Top Chef Chicago winner Stephanie Izard, Top Chef All Stars victor Melissa King, Top Chef Seattle champion Kristen Kish, Season 13 cheftestant and Top Chef Portland alumni judge Kwame Onwuachi, Season 2 Fan Favorite Sam Talbot, Top Chef Seattle runner-up Brooke Williamson, and Claudette Zepeda from Season 15 in Colorado.

Coming off what was arguably the most popular season of Top Chef, filmed under challenging conditions dictated by being in production at the height of the pandemic, the show looks to build on that momentum and continue to be the gold standard of cooking competition shows. Earning five Emmy nominations for Top Chef Portland is the proof in the pudding and confirmation that Top Chef is still making magic after 15 years.

So the obvious good news is that we have a destination for Top Chef Season 19 and know that Top Chef is heading deep in the heart of Texas or, more specifically Houston, but the bad news is that we still have to wait until sometime in 2022 to enjoy the fruits of team Top Chef’s labors. As has been the case through 18 seasons, the wait will undoubtedly be well worth it.