People Exclusive

Top Chef: Texas – Take a Sneak Peek!

10/24/2011 at 03:30 PM EDT


It's said that everything is bigger in Texas – and the upcoming season of Bravo's Top Chef set in the Lone Star State is no exception. It's also way tougher, too.

The 29 chefs chosen for the ninth season were stunned to learn upon arriving in San Antonio that they'd first have to pass a cooking challenge before even earning a spot as a contestant. (Watch a clip above.)

"This season's raising the level of intensity pretty fast," said contestant Chaz Brown, after hearing that the original pool will be whittled down to 16.

Competitor Molly Brandt had a more blunt take.

"This is really f----- up," she says in the clip. "I don't want to have to be cooking for that spot."

And one potential competitor has already established that he's not there to make friends.

"I know I'm good," says Tyler Stone. "A lot of people, they mistake my confidence for arrogance, but that's just 'cause they don't like the fact that I'm as good as I am and half their age."

Top Chef: Texas premieres Nov. 2.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Most Beautiful!
  • Chelsea Clinton is Pregnant!
  • Exclusive Royal Tour Diary

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus

From Our Partners

Watch It

What to Watch Today

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters