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Wolfgang Puck to Join Bravo’s 'Top Chef: Seattle'

Wolfgang Puck Portrait Oscars - P 2012
Misha Gravenor

He will judge for the series' 10th season and joins Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse.

Wolfgang Puck will be joining Bravo’s Top Chef: Seattle, as a judge for the series’ 10th season. The celebrity chef will be joining returning judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse, as well as host Padma LAKSHMI

The 62 year-old chef’s $400-plus million empire, including 20 fine dining establishments and 80 fast-causal restaurants, makes him a big get for the Bravo favorite. The show -- this season’s cycle is Top Chef: Seatle --   premieres November. 7. This is not Puck’s first stab at TV as he was a guest judge on Top Chef season six and competed on an episode of Iron Chef in 2004 and won.

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Puck has been the go-to caterer for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Governor’s Ball, the exclusive post Oscar bash, for 28 straight years where this year he introduced an Austrian chocolate cake that required the use of 3-D glasses to see an Oscar statue topper.

The “celebri-chef” is famous for opening the pioneering California-focused restaurant Spago in 1982, whose L.A. location has just been revamped by renowned interior designer Waldo Fernandez and which is having a soft opening this week, and launched a namesake restaurant last November at the Hotel Bel-Air.

Puck will help select, out of the 22 competing contestants, who will receive $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. You can catch Puck at the judges table Nov. 7 at10 PM ET/PT on Bravo.