Bravo's Top Chef Season 21 set in Wisconsin will premiere at 8 p.m. March 20 on Bravo with new host Kristen Kish, head judge Tom Colicchio and perennial judge Gail Simmons. Episodes will air every Wednesday and will be available the next day on Peacock. 

This season's cheftestants will take their shots at culinary dishes honoring the state's traditions, local staples and fresh produce. In Madison, the chefs will pull together a high-end, clever take on a supper club menu and visit a farmer’s market to do their shopping for a special Quickfire with guest judge W. Kamau Bell.

Always pushing boundaries, one challenge tasks the chefs to make dishes that are works of art honoring renowned architect and Wisconsin native Frank Lloyd Wright. Another challenge brings in Chef Matty Matheson (“The Bear”) as a guest judge.

They'll travel across the state to go head-to-head at a cutthroat cheese festival featuring some of Wisconsin’s Award winning cheesemakers, showcase the versatility of Door County cherries and Wisconsin-grown cranberries and elevate five different types of sausages at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers alongside their Famous Racing Sausages® Race. The cheftestants will also observe a Wisconsin institution – an old-fashioned Door County fish boil before creating their own with some help from some “Top Chef” alums.

Familiar faces

The elite rotating judging and dining panel this season includes Madison's own Tory Miller (Graze), Joe Papach and Shaina Papach (The Harvey House), 2023 James Beard Best Chef Midwest winners Andrew Kroeger and Itaru Nagano (Fairchild) as well as Dane Baldwin, Charlie Berens, Ryan Braun, Paul Bartolotta, Dominique Crenn, Curtis Duffy, Clea Duvall, Emeril Lagasse, Hunter Lewis, Bricia Lopez, Carrie Nahabedian, Justin Pichetrungsi, Sofia Roe, Sean Sherman, Adam Siegel, Helmi Smeulders, Art Smith, Brittany Snow, Elena Terry, Christina Tosi, Erick Williams and David Zilber.  

For the first time in series history, the cheftestants will have the opportunity to win a cash prize at every Quickfire Challenge and immunity will now be up for grabs at the Elimination Challenges, making the winning chef safe in the next episode. Making the stakes even higher, Colicchio and Simmons will also lend their expertise as they join Kish at Quickfire Challenges for the back half of the season.


More about season 21

Digital companion series, “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen,” hosted by Tom Colicchio, will return with a new twist as a new chef tries to break into the competition. Directly following the premiere, debuts a brand-new digital aftershow, “The Dish with Kish,” where Kish will be joined by a “Top Chef” alum to break down all the culinary action from the latest episode.

The partnership with Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation was made in cooperation with Travel Wisconsin, Visit Milwaukee, Destination Madison, Destination Door County, Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association.  

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