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Feb 1, 2012 03:53 PM

Top Chef in Seattle next season?

Rumor has it that they want to come to Seattle for Season 10.

With so many great up and coming talent in our local food scene. Which local cheftestants would we all like to see go up against Tom and Padma?

Also who would you think will be guest judges?

here is the link:

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  1. I don't know where to start. But first just being the "host" city really doesn't mean the chefs are all from the area. Another thing is this season of top chef is sucking , tonight there is a Pee Wee Herman pancake challenge and we have three or four, I think episodes left.. Nothing against Pee Wee but this type of episode should be early in the season.. Top Chef is turning in to a joke..For so many reasons..

    But maybe Top chef will reinvent its self next season and Seattle will be in the middle of it.

    One can only hope.

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    1. re: duvelusa

      Whether you like the way Top Chef is going or not, it would be a boon for Seattle host the show.

      It is a great showcase show, in that they use venues around the area, show shots of key attractions in every episode, etc. Certainly for the amount of money the article says it would take to underwrite the show (2-3 $100k), that is SO cheap for that kind of exposure.
      Come on Seattle, cough up the dough! Great ROI for sure.....

      1. re: gingershelley

        alot of people seem to be pissed about the fact that the current Top Chef Texas just filmed their finale here in Van and Whistler, even though TC always have the finale abroad, i don't get it

        1. re: vandan

          What people are pissed? Texans?
          I hadn't heard about this--I'm really looking forward to the Whistler scenes!

          1. re: christy319

            Yes ppl there ,Just do a search, like i said most seem to not have a clue that they always have done the finale abroad

        2. re: gingershelley

          Oh don't get me wrong, I think it would be awesome if next season was filmed here in Seattle.
          I'm just getting tired of the shtick and was venting ;)

      2. I would be surprised if Tom Douglas is NOT a guest judge.

        1. Yikes, they want the city to cough up 200-300K?? The show's a huge hit and must make $$$, given that they don't have to pay actors or screenwriters...they can't shell out for regular expenses?

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          1. re: christy319

            It's a huge shakedown racket, like the Olympics writ small.

            $300k seems low, but maybe that's just the city's expected contribution. The business community is expected to kick in serious value- I've heard from a local restaurateur whom I don't want to introubulate that among the items on the producers' checklist/wishlist is *10,000* hotel room/nights provided free of charge to the production - and that's just the start. The production doesn't pay for anything but the hosts and crews.

            1. re: terrier

              Looks like this is actually happening! So now the question is how to get on the invite list for some awesome dinners??!!?!!

              1. re: bluedog67

                Has the final decision been made, bluedog?

                1. re: firecracker

                  No clue of anything official, but the Padma, Tom, Gail sightings abound, plus sprinting chefs spotted at Whold Foods. Presumed true by most.

                  1. re: bluedog67

                    Eater Seattle has lots of dirt; they are apparently taping at an office park in Redmond. A friend saw Tom, Gail and Emeril at Walrus & Carpenter last night.

                2. re: bluedog67

                  Rumor is, they may be at farestart today. Or not. :)

                  1. re: akq

                    good guess, web site says "Closed for a private event". where did you score that juicy tidbit and how do I get in????

                    1. re: bluedog67

                      How can SEA CH'ers get invited to one of the events they put on? Hhmmm... I am going to do some research, and get back to you all!

                      1. re: gingershelley

                        I've been really curious about that too. It would be interesting to go & get to vote on which chef made the best whatever!

                        1. re: Bax

                          I was wondering the same thing! Maybe it's one of those things where you have to know someone.... please post if you find out anything!

                          1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                            When my friend saw them the other day I considered bribing her to ask how we get on restaurant wars...she would have done it, too.

                            Canlis is bought out tonight, and the windows are papered over. Hmmm....some filming going on?

                            1. re: christy319

                              Good dirt. I can hardly stand it! .....must get in.....

                            2. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                              I posted a request on Top Chef's facebook page to invite Seattle Chowhounder's to one of their TC judged events - perhaps if you all do the same, we can get their attention!

              2. Ooohhh...I wonder if Marcus Samuelsson is going to kill two birds with one stone and judge TC while he's here for his dinner @ Palace Ballroom next month! Exciting.

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                1. Gail Simons @ Cannon Tuesday Evening....