Two episodes of Bravo Media’s popular reality show “Top Chef” that were filmed in Juneau this past August will be aired this week and next week on the Bravo network. The first episode airs Wednesday, Feb. 6, and the second on Feb. 13.
The show was filmed at different locations around Juneau, including the Governor’s House, Tracy’s Crab Shack, Gold Creek Salmon Bake and the Mendenhall Glacier. The show’s celebrity chefs and host Padma Lakshmi were on site for the filming, along with four chef contestants (“cheftestants”). The show pits 21 aspiring chefs against each other in various cooking challenges as they compete for the title of “Top Chef,” an honor that includes a $125,000 prize, a feature in a gourmet food magazine, and a showcase at a food and wine event in Aspen, Colo.
In last week’s episode, “Chefs, ahoy!” the cheftestants boarded an Alaska-bound cruise ship, taking on challenges that included making something delicious out of iceberg lettuce. Most of the prior episodes this season, Season 10, were filmed in Seattle.
In this week’s episode, “Kings of Alaska,” the final four cheftestants arrive in Juneau, and are challenged to prepare local seafood such as king crab and salmon. As part of the show’s design, the cheftestants must win over not only the celebrity judges (Sean Brock, Emeril Lagasse, Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio) but also an assembled team of local judges.
Locals who were directly involved with the show’s filming in August as judges or crew were unable to discuss the topic — or even admit they were aware of the filming — due to non-disclosure agreements they signed with Bravo. That gag order will be lifted after the first episode airs Wednesday; to read a first-hand account of one local’s experience as a production assistant on the set, check out Thursday’s Arts & Culture section.
According to local listings, Episode 14, “Kings of Alaska,” airs at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, on Bravo. Episode 15, “Glacial Gourmand,” the Elimination Challenge, airs at 10 p.m. Feb. 13.
For more information on “Top Chef,” visit www.BravoTV.com.