The competition is definitely heating up when Bravo's Top Chef returns for Season 16 on December 6. Why? Well because Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen is back — with higher stakes and, of course, some familiar faces. Season 15 Cheftestants Carrie Baird and Brother Luck, as well as Season 14 Cheftestant Jim Smith, will unpack their knives and return to the kitchen for a chance at redemption and a shot at the title. Hosted by Tom Colicchio, Last Chance Kitchen will give chefs the chance to get back in the competition thanks to fast-paced challenges that will offer the contestants the chance to prove they have what it takes to stay in the game.
Check out what's to come this season on Last Chance Kitchen, sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch, above. And you can catch it weekly on Bravotv.com when it premieres
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I like the choice of returning chefs this season. They're all really good, but also recent enough that none of their personalities would overshadow the new chefs. It will be a fair fight whoever wins, no favorites.
There are two episodes of LCK this week -- the 4 chefs do their own mini-Restaurant Wars, and there's another double elimination.
Then, the chefs who are still in the competition are brought to LCK (surprise!) to help the remaining two chefs complete their 3-course Restaurant Wars menus. (Spoiler: There's a twist when Nini draws Justin's knife to be on her team.)
We don't see which chef won b/c they will be re-entering the competition, so it will be revealed at the beginning of next week's Top Chef.
My interpretation of the edit, for whatever that is worth, leads me to believe it will be Brother that enters the main competition. Also, the Bravo contestant page is spaced oddly, as if enough room to insert someone else.
I applaud Brother for saying enough is enough and walking. The show took a good thing and blew it up into a circus, and there's such a thing as asking the chefs to jump through too many hoops in the name of 'good TV'. It's the same problem as with this season's Restaurant Wars, which got expanded but there was no payoff.
Yes, good for Brother for finally jumping off the hamster wheel. They really have turned it into a circus. Good article that you’ve shared. I agree with all that he says.
This season's LCK challenges all sound off whatever got the new arrival eliminated. In that sense, I disagree with that article's position that it makes the whole thing more sketchy. Really quite the opposite. It makes it so the judges cannot be accused of designing the challenges to favor one chef's style/strong-suit over another's. I hate bringing back old season competitors though. I guess what it is really about is driving traffic to bravo's website more than it really is about the competition.
Still rooting for Brandon, though you would have never gotten me to eat those parts. I despise pig's feet and the idea of eating an ear is just such an unpalatable thought I would hurl as soon as it touched my tongue.
I'm surprised Tom named the chef re-entering the competition in the LCK episode. Usually they make it a cliffhanger for the next show. Michelle comes back to the competition next week, and Eddie is done. He took it well.