“Top Chef” is Heading Abroad for its 20th Season

Padma Lakshmi at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmys
Padma Lakshmi at the 71st Annual Primetime Emmys. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (10405774be)

Top Chef is going global. 

For 19 seasons, the culinary competition has put chefs through their chopping paces as they attempt to find the best in the U.S. But with a milestone year coming up, the show is going big instead of going home. 

Host, Padma Lakshmi, and judges, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, will be packing their passports as Top Chef heads to London for its 20th season. 

“We’ve always wanted to do a season of Top Chef with winners, finalists and frontrunners, but to take that concept for the 20th season one step further with cheftestants from localized versions across the world has been a dream come true,” stated Ryan Flynn, senior vice president of current production for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, in a statement. “And what better place to host World All-Stars than London, a global stomping ground and renowned food city, offering our cheftestants access to the UK’s exceptional ingredients and international flavors.“

In another change to the menu, the upcoming season will feature contestants from all over the world. More than 20 countries have aired their own version of Top Chef and, as the “World All-Star” title suggests, the 16 competitors will have appeared in their local adaptations. 

Top Chef: World All-Stars will begin filming in August, ahead of a 2023 premiere.