The rumors swirling about Season 17 of Bravo’s “Top Chef” are true; earlier this fall, Eater heard that the series was filming in the Southern California area and would include veterans of the show including San Diego’s own Brian Malarkey and Angelo Sosa. An official announcement has just revealed that both local chefs will be competing on the upcoming season, dubbed All Stars LA, which will feature 15 “finalists, front runners and fan favorites from seasons past”. Premiering on Thursday, March 19 from 10 to 11:15 pm ET/PT, the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series is back with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons.
Tune in to see how Brian Malarkey, who competed on Season 3: Miami and just opened Animae and Herb & Sea and Angelo Sosa, an alum of Season 7: Washington D.C. and Season 8: All Stars New York, who helms Death by Tequila in Encinitas, will fare against well-known former competitors that include Bryan Votaggio, Lee Anne Wong, and Jennifer Carroll.
To coincide with the premiere, Universal Studios Hollywood and Bravo are partnering on the the first-ever Bravo’s Top Chef Food & Wine Festival to be held March 19 and 20, 2020. In January, the show will open a new location of Top Chef Quickfire in Philadelphia at the Concourse at Comcast Center. Run by national food service and hospitality company Spectra, it will offer a menu influenced by dishes that have been prepared on the show by past cheftestants.