Sorry, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. There’s a new foodie city in town, and Bravo’s “Top Chef” is ready to give Denver its place in the culinary spotlight.
The Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Office of Film, Television and Media has announced that season 15 of “Top Chef” will be filmed in Denver (and also Boulder and Telluride), with production kicking off this spring and featuring the state’s brightest talent.
Scheduled to premiere later this year, the series is set to return with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and other judges Gail Simmons and Graham Elliot.
“We are always on the hunt for the next great culinary destination and Colorado is fast becoming a hotspot for young chefs and foodies, making it an ideal backdrop for our upcoming season,” says Shari Levine, executive vice president of current production for Bravo Media. “Our new ‘cheftestants’ will have an abundance of inspiration to pull from as they cook amid the awe-inspiring scenery and explore the burgeoning culinary scenes from cities to mountain resorts.”
Cathy Ritter, director of the Colorado Tourism Office adds: “Colorado is the ideal locale for ‘Top Chef’s’ first visit to the Rocky Mountains, and we cannot wait for viewers to experience the scenic beauty, hospitality and vibrancy of some of our thriving culinary destinations, including The Mile High City of Denver, Boulder and Telluride.”
Even though the state’s tourism office has agreed to give Bravo a 20 percent incentive, what this means for the food industry, hospitality and economy will be more than beneficial for Colorado.
“Top Chef” season 14, in which Los Angeles chef Brooke Williamson was named the winner, was a season-high for key demographics with 2.2 million total viewers. The finale was the most watched episode in more than three years. The network anticipates the 15th season will top that.