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Emeril Lagasse Joins 'Top Chef: Texas' As Judge

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 9th 2011 2:30PM
Emeril LagasseEmeril Lagasse, a man known to enjoy kicking it up a notch or two, has joined Bravo's 'Top Chef' as a new judge. Lagasse and fellow new addition Hugh Acheson will join Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons as 'Top Chef' takes on Texas.

'Top Chef: Texas' breaks the formula and takes on three Texan cities -- Austin, San Antonio and Dallas -- as opposed to one.

This isn't the first time Emeril has teamed with 'Top Chef.' The famous chef appeared in the Season 5 finale as a guest judge.

Promising "many surprising twists and turns and never-before-seen challenges and events," Bravo has yet to reveal the premiere date for 'Top Chef: Texas' other than the supremely vague "fall."

One of the surprises? Well, Pee-Wee Herman was spotted around San Antonio with judges earlier this summer.

'Top Chef' is going up against 'American Idol,' 'The Amazing Race,' 'So You Think You Can Dance,' 'Project Runway' and 'Dancing With the Stars' for an Emmy in the Outstanding Reality Competition Program category.

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August 22 2011 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fantastic. Bam BS aside, Lagasse is an excellent chef and will bring some needed character to the show. Padma is stunning, and will never go. If you don't think so you're either a racist or not attracted to beautiful females.

August 09 2011 at 9:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Happy that Emeril will judge, but give Padma her walking papers. She has no culinary education or background, no personality, ugly, no talent and phony. She is not an asset to this show. She must have had some private moments with a Bravo executive to get this gig.
Stopped watching a year ago because of her.

August 09 2011 at 9:22 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Seriously??? Wow. I think I just got back an hour each week.

August 09 2011 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like must miss mindless garbage tv to me.

August 09 2011 at 8:51 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Gee, I wish they would get rid of Padma Lakshmi. But even if she stays on Top Chef, for God's sake get her off of the cooking channel tv show, Melting Pot. She absolutely stinks as a cook and as one who attempts to teach others to cook. The few times I have watched her, I almost died laughing when she cooked an entire meal and then admitted that she had left out an important ingredient. But she told the audience, "Never mind, YOU can add it when YOU cook." She is just lousy on that show and I don't watch Top Chef anymore either.

I like Emeril but like the others, he is rushing around trying to recapture his popularity. Seems like Guy Fieri just swooped in and stole everyone's top spots with his triple D.

August 09 2011 at 8:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I'm trying to keep an open mind, but Emeril always wants it to be about Emeril. He doesn't always play well with others, and being one of five doesn't sound feasible for him.

August 09 2011 at 8:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rhett C. Bowling

Hey! Gail Simmons is looking HOT!

August 09 2011 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bruce Feher

Emeril needs to write a diet book and follow it.....

August 09 2011 at 7:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

i love this show, id watch without emeril but with him is a bigger incentive..been watching hime for 13 years

August 09 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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