Top Chef Texas premieres this Wednesday on Bravo at 9pm, and Eater Austin has a few reminders for you regarding this culinary coup, including details on an Uchi + Uchiko watching event and an important note for you DVR addicts.
This season will feature two Austin chefs, Andrew Curren of 24 Diner and Paul Qui of Uchiko. The first episodes begin in San Antonio with the show then moving to Dallas and eventually Austin.
First, a warning tweeted today alerts us that your usual DVR subscription to Top Chef will not catch the new season. You must add "Top Chef Texas" this time.
In a funny message from Top Chef, they asked former cheftestapant Stephanie Izard for advice to this year's crop. "Just have fun & drink a lot. Worked for me," she says.
If you'd like to support Paul Qui and the Uchi + Uchiko staff while rooting for him, each week they are hosting watching parties at both locations. Both restaurants will serve "Top Chef Socials," a menu much like their popular "Sake Social" menus. Uchiko will install TVs in the restaurant just for the viewing events each week while Uchi will project Top Chef on their patio. The Top Chef Socials will be available on Uchi's patio only."
Lastly, here's a preview of the first episode, including an official sighting of Paul Qui in the background at the Alamo. It's going to be quite a slaughter there - over half of the contestants are axed in the first episode, leaving some to say "Oh shit," and "This is really fucked up." Any bets on what minute into the show one of the chefs says "Remember the Alamo!"
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