Top Chef

The Kitchen’s Heating Up for Top Chef Season 16

Things are heating up in the kitchen as Top Chef races to Kentucky for season 16, express from the US, Friday December 7 at 1:35pm.


Get ready to meet a whole new batch of 15 talented chefs from all across the U.S. looking to be crowned Top Chef. They’ll compete against the backdrop of the diverse Kentucky culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington, and Lake Cumberland.

Is Kentucky the new Hollywood? Because Season 16 of Top Chef is filled with some serious star power! So many famous faces will be part of the Cheftestants’ journey this season, including Laila Ali, Lena Waithe, Lily Aldridge, Kings of Leon’s Caleb Followill, Eric Ripert, and Emeril Lagasse. We’ll even see some familiar faces to Arena fans as Below Deck‘s Captain Lee Rosbach finally joins forces with Below Deck Mediterranean‘s Captain Sandy Yawn for a house boat challene in Lake Cumberland.

Of course, your favorite Top Chef judges will be back to join this Kentucky adventure, including Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot, Gail Simmons, and Nilou Motamed. They’re throwing all of the twists, surprises, and curveballs at the chefs this season, including shocking double eliminations and the earliest and first-ever three-team Restaurant Wars.

This season Top Chef will once again feature the special web series Last Chance Kitchen, hosted by Tom Colicchio, which will be available on Arena’s website immediately following each episode.

Last Chance Kitchen is a companion web series featuring challenges in which the eliminated chefs compete for a chance to re-enter the main competition. The champion of the Last Chance Kitchen returns to compete in the Top Chef season finale.

So who will take home the top prize in this sweet 16 of a season? Find out when Top Chef returns Friday December 7 at 1:35pm.