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Apr 11, 2012 09:53 AM

Top Chef Season 10 location - probably not Boston

Being reported in the Boston Herald's "Inside Track" that the location seems to be going to Seattle or Portland, OR. (Thanks to hiddenboston for the FB link).

"That details are sketchy, but it appears Boston’s efforts to snag the 10th season of “Top Chef” have bottomed out. Word from the Left Coast is that Portland or Seattle will get the nod for the next season of Bravo’s popular cooking contest. Yawn. Apparently, the Hub and its local businesses failed to cook up the cash and a big enough sponsorship deal although we reported weeks ago that Boston Beer Company was onboard. We hear the winning city coughed up free hotel rooms. Yup, that’ll do it! Mayor Tom Menino’s office had no comment."

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  1. Whereever Top Chef goes for the next production I certainly hope they don't incorporate as much 'local' flavor as they did in Texas. They can have as much product placement with the show as they wish to, just keep the themes of the elimination challenges to something this side of ridiculous.

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    1. re: John E.

      AGREED. I really hope they got the message that the challenges need to be better than riding bikes and cross-country skiing and shooting at targets for ingredients.

      1. re: LindaWhit

        Well, if it ends up in Portland I'm sure they'll be very particular with the origins of the ingredients (they have their reputation to defend, y'know) and all the animals slaughtered for the meat will have Proper Names and Papers.

        If it goes to Seattle I'm sure we'll have all sorts of flying contests like cooking on a plane and cooking on computer-controlled equipment which you interface with remotely...

        In any case, it sounds like $$$ again is the focus and the show may yet turn out again to be a paid-advertisement for the city or state concerned, a la Texas...Let us hope our hopes are not dashed.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          You know what? The skiing and shooting challenge bothered me less than all of the Texas centric challenges.

      2. Too bad, I would have loved to have seen a vegetarian meal sourced from Russo's challenge.