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'Top Chef: New Orleans': Gail Simmons puts up with the heat for the gumbo

2 October 2013 11:36 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

In late May, Bravo's "Top Chef" arrived in New Orleans to film its 11th season, premiering on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in a city famed for fun, food and fabulous music. Production wrapped in early July.

But sitting as it does on the Gulf Coast in the Deep South of the U.S., the Big Easy is also known for warm weather -- and the "Top Chef" team could hardly have picked a toastier time of year.

Says judge Gail Simmons, a cook and former food journalist,to Zap2it, "It was incredibly hot outside. It was definitely taxing on our chefs that are cooking and on our production crew, shooting long hours and long days in 100-degree, 100 percent humidity weather. Otherwise, that was a small price to pay to get to do it in New Orleans.

"We mixed it up a lot. We're indoors; we're outdoors. We go into the countryside. »


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Spike TV Greenlights Original Series ‘Hungry Investors’

21 August 2013 11:12 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Spike TV has ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the new original series in which restaurateur Jon Taffer and expert chefs John Besh and Tiffany Derry reach out and help “diamond in the rough” failing restaurants meet their potential. Hungry Investors, produced by Eyeworks USA, goes into production this fall and will premiere in spring 2014. Each week, the Hungry Investors team puts two struggling restaurants to the test to prove they deserve a second chance at success. The enterprise that shows the most promise of turning things around earns a significant cash investment. Taffer also serves as an executive producer along with Jd Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic and DJ Nurre. »


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'Bar Rescue' Star Jon Taffer Lands New Spike TV Series

21 August 2013 10:20 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jon Taffer, the guru who helps revive struggling booze emporiums on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue," has landed another reality show with the network. Also read: Spike TV Announces Whitey Bulger, Benghazi Projects in Scripted Slate Taffer will team with celebrity chef John Besh and "Top Chef All-Star" vet Tiffany Derry for a new series, "Hungry Investors," which will premiere in spring 2014, Spike TV said Wednesday. Also read: 'Cops' to Class Up Spike TV Slate Starting in September On the series -- which has received an order for 10 one-hour episodes, and will be produced »

- Tim Kenneally

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'Top Chef': Season 11 heading to New Orleans

10 May 2013 3:44 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

It was only a matter of time. Now that New Orleans cooking’s veritable mascot Emeril Lagasse has been a regular judge on popular Bravo cooking reality series Top Chef for two seasons, it’s no surprise that the show will head to his adopted hometown for its 11th round. Lagasse, who owns three New Orleans restaurants, brought Cajun cooking into the mainstream with his shows on the Food Network, his best-selling cookbooks, and appearances on Good Morning America. Season 10 of Top Chef wrapped in February and was set in Seattle. Previous iterations of the show have featured San Francisco, »

- Laura Hertzfeld

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