Bravo to Air Live 'Top Chef' Finale
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Bravo, in its first attempt in history, will be giving Top Chef fans the opportunity to witness how season three culminates as it airs the finale live this fall.

Currently, five, including tonight’s elimination, out of the 15 contestants have already been axed.  With challenges getting more complicated, the tension and suspense build up week by week.

Looking back, Top Chef’s past two editions used pre-taped finale format.  Although Bravo did not reveal the motive behind its upcoming move, many speculate that the decision to broadcast the finale live was a reaction to the spoilers exposed previously.  Last season, one of the show’s prize sponsors, Food & Wine magazine, posted an online interview that divulged Ilan Hall as Top Chef’s season two winner, two days prior to the airing of the pre-taped finale on Bravo.

Meanwhile, Bravo has ordered another serving of Top Chef, which will take place in Chicago.  The expected renewal is due to the strong ratings its current third edition has drawn.  The third season premiere episode has averaged 2.024 million total viewers and 1.407 million viewers in the 18-49 key demographic of adults.  Summing up its first four broadcasts, Top Chef season three has averaged 2.069 million total viewers.

Casting for the fourth season is already underway.  The reality show’s nationwide casting tour began on Sunday in Atlanta and will continue in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles over the next few weeks.

Hosted by Padma Lakshmi, Top Chef features chefs as they compete against each other in weekly challenges.  Judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notable food and wine experts, they must avoid weekly eliminations and prove themselves worthy of the $100,000 cash prize, and other perks.  Ted Allen and Gail Simmons serve as judges, joining Tom Colicchio as head judge.

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: RealityTV World
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