Padma Lakshmi to Eat Her Way Through New Orleans in Search of 'Top Chef' Material

 Joe Pugliese

Top Chef fans hungry for another helping of the hit Bravo reality series won't have long to wait.

The cable net has announced that the upcoming season, set in the culinary paradise known as New Orleans, will begin airing on Wed., Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. Back again to judge are Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and New Orleans native Emeril Lagasse, alongside host Padma Lakshmi

Once again, a digital companion series will affect the on-screen drama -- just as it does on the currently airing Top Chef Masters and its Battle of the Sous Chef web show.

Padma's Picks will feature Lakshmi visiting some of New Orleans best restaurants to find ten of the best chefs in the city. Those chefs will battle head-to-head, and the competition winner will earn a coveted spot on Top Chef New Orleans.

Padma's Picks begins streaming on Wed., Aug. 14, on BravoTV.com.

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