Top Chef Season 11 Premieres Tonight: Miami Represents

Top Chef Season 11 premieres tonight. Miami has three reasons to celebrate.
Season 11 of Top Chef, the Bravo cooking competition that paved the way for the cooking-show craze, premieres tonight. This time, the cheftestants compete in New Orleans, where regulars Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons are joined by Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson.

Though some critics scoff at Bravo's television lineup, which includes mainly Real Housewives cast members drinking Pinot Grigio and stabbing one another in the back, the cable network started out producing quality shows such as Inside the Actors Studio and Top Chef, which has won two Emmys.

Top Chef has also launched the careers of many of the chefs on the show, including Jeff McInnis, Lindsay Autry, Bryan Voltaggio, and Fabio Viviani. It can be argued that a talented toque would have risen to the top of his or her game organically, but there's no denying that their stint on television put them on a career fast track.

This season offers Miamians a few chefs with local connections to root for:

See also: Top Chef Season 11 Miami Open Call: Michelle Bernstein Gives Us Advice

Bret Pelaggi: New to Miami and Top Chef.
Bret Pelaggi, a native of Massachusetts and graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, spent most of his career at Boston restaurants such as L' Espalier, Kingfish Hall, Sibling Rivalry, and Chiara before moving to Miami to further his career, according to his Top Chef bio.

Janine Booth: Miami-trained chef.
Janine Booth is from Perth, Australia, and is working on opening a restaurant in New York City, but the blond beauty studied culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu in Miami and worked in Miami restaurants alongside former Top Chef alum Jeff McInnis.

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"premieres tonight at 19 p.m."

19 p.m.? Really? Does anyone at New Times even check anything before it's posted? Top-notch journalism again.

D.f. Basora
D.f. Basora

There was also another from Hialeah who worked in Miami in the Seattle season. Unless you don't consider Hialeah part of Miami dade? Last I checked it was.

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

D.f. Basora, she was from Palm Beach and so was the restaurant she worked for. Last time we check there is a whole county between Miami-Dade and Palm Beach.

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D.f. Basora

Two seasons ago there was a chef from Michelle Bernsteins restaurant who went far. "Several seasons"? Drama queen much?

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