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'Top Chef: Texas': Bravo's Supersized Culinary Competition Premieres in November

Season 9 adds two extra judges, doubles the contestants, and gives eliminated chefs a second chance.

Top Chef Texas Padma Lakshmi Portrait - P 2011
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Bravo is pulling out all the stops to make sure it does the Lone Star state proud with its ninth season of its reality culinary competition, Top Chef: Texas, which shoots in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. The new season premieres Nov. 2 at 10 p.m.

STORY: 'Top Chef: Texas' Gives Eliminated Chef'testants a Second Chance

Already, the network has announced that chefs Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson will join Tom Colicchio, host Padma Lakshmi and food writer, Gail Simmons, on next season’s judging panel. And earlier this week, it announced all new viewer interactivity with the show and a new web series in which eliminated contestants get an opportunity to return to compete in the on-air finale.

STORY: 'Top Chef' Season 9 Goes Bigger in Texas With New Judges Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson

Now, Bravo announces that the season will start with 29 chefs competing for 16 spots on the actual competition. They’ll be judged by the panel and an all-star group of guest judges, including Charlize Theron, Pee-wee Herman, Cat Cora, John Besh, Tim Love, and Miss Patti LaBelle.

Watch the 29 hopefuls in their audition tapes at Bravotv.com.

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