Top Chef
Season 19
Hosted byPadma Lakshmi
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14[2]
Original networkBravo
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The nineteenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef was first announced by Bravo and NBCUniversal on September 21, 2021.[1] The competition was filmed in Houston, Texas, which was not featured during the series' previous Texas-themed season, along with other areas near the city, such as Galveston Island.[1][2] A variation of Top Chef: Portland's rotating alumni judging panel was implemented.[1] The season is scheduled to premiere in early 2022.[2]

Filming for the season covered roughly five weeks, beginning in late September and completing at the end of October 2021.[2] The same COVID-19 protocols used for Top Chef: Portland remained in effect, requiring frequent tests for the coronavirus and masks to be worn by production staff.[1][2] The campaign to promote Houston as the next location for Top Chef was led by Houston First, who showed off the city to Magical Elves Productions and helped scout for potential sites to highlight during the season.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e Aurthur, Kate (September 21, 2021). "'Top Chef' to Film Season 19 in Houston, Feature All-Star Judges and Mentors". Variety. Retrieved September 21, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Morago, Greg (September 21, 2021). "Exclusive: 'Top Chef' to set its next season in Houston - and filming has already begun". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 21, 2021.