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Top Chef Season 12 to film in Boston

The 12th season of the hit cooking show Top Chef will film in Boston, Bravo announced.

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Bravo on Wednesday announced that Season 12 of its hit show Top Chef will be taking place in Boston.

The aim of the James Beard Award-winning cooking series is to discover the next great American chef.

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In partnership with the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, so-called "cheftestants" will battle it out knife-to-knife to see if they have what it takes to earn the title and culinary bragging rights.

According to Bravo, Padma Lakshmi returns as host; Tom Colicchio returns as Head Judge and Gail Simmons returns as Judge. The show will also feature several guest judges, including Boston-based chefs and top celebrities. Production for Season 12 kicks off this spring and the show will premiere on Bravo this Fall.

"Boston has always been at the top of our wish list as a location for Top Chef, not only because of its rich historical significance, but also because of its robust and ever-growing culinary scene," Shari Levine, SVP of Current Production for Bravo, says in a statement. "Top Chef will showcase the many facets of the city which in turn will bring its fresh, unique flavor to Season 12."

Jennifer Levy, Bravo’s senior vice president of production, told the Boston Globe on Tuesday that Fenway Park and Plimouth Plantation are on the list of potential filming locations.

"The great sports culture will be fun inspiration," Levy said.

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