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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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tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Yay for the finale being in NOLA!
syako syako 8 years
Agreed with Pinky. Emeril rubs me the wrong way with the way he handled the Katrina aftermath. He definitely lost NOLA celebrity status for that!
pinky8486 pinky8486 8 years
I'm so happy they FINALLY picked New Orleans!!!!!! I hope they do a full season there!! I like Emeril but I wish they would have chosen someone that was more known for their great, local food and less for their celebrity.
cupcake345 cupcake345 8 years
If they are ending in New Orleans I can't think of a better judge than Emeril - I can't wait!!!
Food Food 8 years
I wonder what dynamic Emeril will bring to the show.
syako syako 8 years
Woo for New Orleans. It's a fitting place for a finale. I think I'm going to be spending the show doing this :drool: and feeling nostalgic for some actually good food. :(
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
huh a 'shocking twist' eh? i wonder what that's going to be. in any event, i think that it's nice that Emerill is going to be brought into the mix since it's his town, and i can't wait to see who wins.
amers230 amers230 8 years
i've never really found their "twists" to be that shocking, but i'm excited they're going to new orleans! i've never really eaten cajun food, so i'm excited to see what they come up with!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
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