In the tradition of other reality shows like American Idol
, Dancing with the Stars
and So You Think You Can Dance
, which have all taken their contenders on the road, Bravo is likewise sending its Top Chef
s out of the kitchen and straight to the hungry folk of 20 cities across America. Traveling aboard its very own official 18-wheeler semi-truck, Top Chef: The Tour
hits the road starting this Saturday, June 21. Its first stop is the Whole Foods Market of the Birchwood Shopping Center in Jericho, Long Island, New York.
Here's a list of all the other cities on the Top Chef
Tour route and the dates for each stop:
July 1: Boston, MA
July 4: Philadelphia, PA
July 9: Pittsburgh, PA
July 12: Columbus, OH
July 16: St. Louis, MO
July 19: Denver, CO
July 26: Phoenix, AZ
July 30: San Diego, CA
Aug. 2 & 3: San Francisco, CA
August 8: Los Angeles, CA
August 16: Des Moines, IA
August 23: Detroit, MI
August 27: Madison, WI
Sept. 3 & 4: Chicago, IL
September 13: Raleigh, NC
September 20: Tampa, FL
September 24: Orlando, FL
September 27: Atlanta, GA
TBD: New York, NY
At each stopover, select Top Chef
testants will host a total of four live interactive shows, covering everything from the obligatory cooking demonstrations (Top Chef
being a cooking skill competition and all), gourmet pointers, show secrets, and of course, perhaps the most anticipated part of them all, the food sampling. Of the four shows, three will be conducted for attending fans while the remaining other will be held privately for cable affiliates.
All tour shows will emanate directly from the specially-commissioned 48-foot long, self-sufficient Top Chef
Tour truck. Furnished with its own state-of-the-art kitchen, the monster vehicle seats 38 guests at any one time but can address as many as 300 in an open-air setup. Either way, the HD cameras on board deliver all the Top Chef
live shows to more viewers via the accompanying 42” HD screens.
"We're excited to provide our cable affiliates and food enthusiasts with an interactive gourmet cooking experience from cable's number one food show," Brian Hunt, NBC Universal's senior vice president for Marketing & Sales Strategy of their TV Networks Distribution, said. "This tour is a unique promotional opportunity designed to bring the hit series to life for fans throughout the country."
Those interested to attend the Top Chef
Tour series may log on to www.bravotv.com/thetour to sign up for free admission.
-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image Courtesy of NBC)