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Sharpen up the knives and claws; "Top Chef" returns for another season of culinary wizardry and competitive back-biting on Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. The 11th season of the Bravo series will find "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi and her team of judges -- Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse -- marching into New Orleans to test the contestants' skills against the backdrop of the Big Easy. See video: Pee-wee Herman Returns to the Alamo on 'Top Chef' Celebrity judges for the upcoming season include Jon Favreau, "Glee" star Lea »

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