'Top Chef: Seattle's' Padma Lakshmi: 'There's always a couple of odd ducks in the beginning'

It's probably better known for its coffee, but the largest city in Washington state reveals a thriving food scene in "Top Chef: Seattle," premiering Wednesday, Nov. 7, on Bravo."I didn't know very much about Seattle, but I loved how serious everyone was about the food," says host Padma Lakshmi, who also judges the competition along with Tom Colicchio, Hugh?Acheson, Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons and newcomer Wolfgang Puck. "It's a fantastic food town. Of course, we all know about the amazing seafood: the salmon, the crab, the oysters. By the way, I was not a big oyster eater, but I have become one because of my time in Seattle."RELATED: Meet the 'Top Chef: Seattle' contestantsThe first episode, however, opens in Los Angeles, where 21 aspiring contestants gather hoping to win a spot among the finalists in Seattle. In a new twist, Colicchio, Acheson, Lagasse and Puck cull the herd by taking the chefs into their restaurant...


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