August 15, 2012 12:31pm PT by Seth Abramovitch
'Top Chef' Hits the High Seas With Fan Cruise
If you're one of millions addicted to the nail-biting, mouth-watering drama of Bravo's Top Chef, but have long felt deprived of the show's key ingredient -- tasting its food -- then Top Chef: The Cruise might be the vacation for you.
A five-day journey at sea that sets sail from Miami on April 11, 2013, the cruise will stop at Key West and Cozumel, Mexico, and feature the Emmy-winning reality show's judges, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, as its hosts. Those hoping to catch Padma Lakshmi conquering a surfing machine, however, will be disappointed: the host and model will not be on board.
Here's who will: Top Chef Masters Hubert Keller and Tim Love, plus eight "chef'testants" -- including audience favorites like season four's Spike Mendelsohn, season six's Jennifer Carroll and season seven's Angelo Sosa and Tifanny Derry, all of whom appeared on Top Chef All-Stars.
Guests will get the chance to "savor events such as interactive 'Quickfire' cooking challenges, culinary demonstrations, question-and-answer sessions, Top Chef menus and celebrity's own award-winning cuisine," according to the cruise website.
Tickets for the cruise -- a joint effort of Bravo Media, Celebrity Cruises, Magical Elves and Rose Tours -- go on sale on Aug. 16, and range from $699 per person for a shared interior stateroom to $5,999 for a Penthouse Suite with Veranda.
Bon voyage and bon appetit.