They cooked through the sweltering Texas heat and endured snow and ice in Whistler. Now, for the season nine finale of Top Chef: Texas, the "chef-testants" travel to the world-recognized culinary destination of Vancouver to battle it out for the coveted title of Top Chef and $125,000 in prize money.
Tourism Vancouver and partners the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism British Columbia, Tourism Whistler and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts are proud to announce that Vancouver is the featured destination for the final two episodes of Bravo's culinary competition series Top Chef: Texas. The show airs on Bravo USA, February 22 and 29 (finale) at 10pm ET/PT, and Food Network Canada, March 5 at 10pm ET/7pm PT, and March 12 (finale) at 9pm ET/6pm PT.
Both episodes were filmed in January around the city under brilliant sunny skies and at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. The episodes highlight local ingredients, some of Vancouver's notable resident chefs, "beauty shots" of the destination, and plenty of kitchen drama as the final few chefs compete for the top honour.
"Attracting major broadcast opportunities is a growing focus for Tourism Vancouver's marketing strategy because of the huge audiences we can reach," said Walt Judas, Tourism Vancouver's vice president of Marketing Communications and Member Services. "A show like Top Chef is an incredible endorsement of Vancouver's culinary offerings. It not only gets people around the world talking about the destination, but also helps them learn about the kinds of experiences they can have here. This in turn has the potential of moving travellers along the path to actually booking a trip to Vancouver."
"It is wonderful to see British Columbia's culinary tourism experiences showcased to millions of viewers in the U.S., across Canada and overseas through this popular show," said Pat Bell, British Columbia's Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation. "Partnerships like this provide us with an invaluable opportunity to promote the best our province has to offer in a fun and creative manner. We hope the finale shows will inspire viewers to book touring holidays in B.C. and enjoy our local food and wine."
Now in its ninth season, the U.S. culinary competition series Top Chef is the No. 1 rated food show on U.S. cable television. The show airs in more than 20 countries with each episode repeating an average of 12 times. Chefs from around the U.S. compete against each other in culinary challenges and are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry, including Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. One or more contestants are eliminated in each episode. The Emmy award-winning show began its ninth season in Texas with chefs competing in culinary challenges across the state.
In Canada, watch the Vancouver episodes of Top Chef: Texas on Food Network Canada on March 5 (7pm PT) and March 12 (6pm PT). In the U.S., watch on Bravo USA on February 22 (10pm PT) and February 29 (10pm PT).
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