It's official ... Top Chef Season 7 will not be filming in Dallas. After a highly-publicized round of auditions for the most popular reality television food show on cable, BravoTV made it official this week that Season 7 would be filmed in Washington, D.C.
Last October, casting directors for Top Chef held auditions for Season 7 at Kent Rathbun's Abacus restaurant in Dallas - leading many to speculate Dallas was on the radar for a possible shooting location. After all, casting directors had never traveled to Dallas, much less Texas, to audition talent.
Top Chef contestants vie for a six-figure grand prize, a feature in Food & Wine magazine and appearance at the Food & Wine expo in Aspen, Colo. Local chefs who auditioned for a spot on Season 7 include young stand-outs Chef Mo Assi from Lawry's, The Prime Rib, and Fort Worth chefs Asdren Azemi from Ruffino's and Travis Purdin from the Reata. Bravo has yet to announce the names of Season 7's cheftestants who will compete for the prize.
While in Dallas, Top Chef also auditioned for the premiere season of Top Chef: Just Desserts, the second Top Chef spin-off and will follow pastry chefs as they compete against each other in a series of confectionary-themed challenges. The Dallas auditions for "desserts" featured renowned St. Louis Chef Mathew Rice (my fav) and local pastry chef Brooke Brooks, the inventor of Cupcake Caps at www.cupcakecaps.com (another one of my favs).
In what cities would you like to see future seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts filmed?
Read more about those who auditioned in Dallas for Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts here.