Season 7 of Top Chef Takes Place in Washington D.C.

Posted on June 13, 2010

Top Chef DC

Season 7 of Top Chef will take place in Washington D.C. Padma Lakshmi presides over the judge's table alongside head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons. Eric Ripert, award-winning chef and owner of the acclaimed Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City, is joining the series as a regular guest judge this season. Episode 1 of Season 7 will air on Wednesday, June 16th.

Season 7 features appearances by Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie. The challenges including taking over the concession stands at the Nationals stadium, going inside the CIA's closely guarded headquarters and a challenge from a NASA astronaut orbiting Earth.

The winning chef will receive $125,000 furnished by Dial Nutriskin, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of "Top Chef."
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