'Top Chef' Heading to New Orleans

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After soaking up the flavors of the Pacific Northwest with Top Chef: Seattle, Bravo's culinary competition is heading to the bayou next for a season set in New Orleans.

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"The vibrant food scene of New Orleans will be a welcome addition in the 11th season of the series," Bravo said in a statement.

One of the culinary jewels of the United States, New Orleans already has connections to the reality series. Season 5 ended with a two-part finale set in the city, and guest judge Emeril Lagasse owns several restaurants in the area.

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