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Emeril to Judge Top Chef Finale in New Orleans

Listen up Top Chef fans: yesterday Bravo released highly anticipated news about the fifth and current season of Top Chef. On Feb. 18, the four remaining cheftestants will head to New Orleans for the final two shows of the season. Expect the episodes to be "supersized" with "a shocking twist that changes the face of game."

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse is the guest judge. Although the finale does not air until Feb. 25, it was already filmed. Of the experience, Emeril said:

In Louisiana, we have an amazing selection of local ingredients: andouille sausage, frog legs, turtle, catfish, and rabbit. I was interested in seeing if the chefs would venture out and really try to explore our local flavors and culture.

The challenge for some was finding a balance between the bold spices we love and their own personal style. All I can say is that you'll definitely want to go back for seconds for some of their final dishes!

There are still eight cheftestants remaining, but things are sure to heat up on tonight's restaurant wars episode, and definitely when they head to Louisiana. Are you excited to watch the NOLA finale? What do you think about Lagasse's participation on the show?


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