Chefing Shows Come to Texas

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Guess who's not coming to town!
The big food TV news from over the weekend came from San Antonio (of all places), where it was revealed that Top Chef is currently filming. The news broke when a local blogger spotted Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio in a San Antonio bar, then promptly got into a fight with their Bravo handlers when she excitedly Tweeted about the celebrity sighting.

As generally tends to happen with tales of "little" people versus "mean" celebrities, the post from blogger SymiGoddess went viral across the Internet, and the cat was out of the bag regarding Top Chef's next filming locations.

But this morning, Eater amassed several bits of intel showing that San Antonio wasn't Top Chef's only filming location in Texas. Dallas and Austin are also supposedly on the radar, with "cheftestants" (side note: I'll be off taking a shower after forcing myself to type that word out) including Paul Qui of Austin's Uchiko.

As you would imagine, Houston has not been mentioned for inclusion in what people are now calling "Top Chef Texas." This is great news for me, as I once had a very tense exchange with Tom Colicchio after insulting his restaurant on Twitter and would now be ashamed to look at him in the face, but probably bad news for the rest of you.

However, a cooking show of a different color is headed to town soon.

A crew call went out last week for a new show filming in Houston and (once again, of all places) Deer Park called Deliciously Entertaining.

In syndication through TiVo, Deliciously Entertaining will be filming 13 HD episodes for six weeks starting on September 17, and the crew call listed eight different available positions including DP/Camera Operator, 2nd Camera Operator (B Camera) and Gaffer. While I don't really know what any of the other positions mean, you can find out more about them (and the show) at its website or by emailing producer Vonnie Maddox.

And, no, "host" was not one of the available positions for the show.



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Sarah Phillips
Sarah Phillips

I brought up the pay-for-play allegations, how dubious it was that they were skipping over the state's best restaurant city (Houston) on their Facebook page, and they hid my comments! How convenient of them...How about they do the right thing from the start, then they won't have to "hide" the truth?

Fatty FatBastard
Fatty FatBastard

Which of these judges has a twitter page?  It needs to be put on blast immediately.

J2773
J2773

Coming to Texas for good, quality restaurants and skipping Houston is like going to Florida to visit theme parks and skipping Disney World.

POOPOOPLATTER
POOPOOPLATTER

Houston is already a very viable food town. Montrose has the best restaurants in Texas and some of the best in the nation. The $$$ is already here via the energy industry. If TopChef skips Houston, it's their loss.

Smurfing74
Smurfing74

Crazy. Really, no Houston? I am hoping this just means Houston gets a show of it's own!

POOPOOPLATTER
POOPOOPLATTER

Recognition is a good thing and Houston deserves it. But.... staying off the radar has way more benefits than being on it. I don't want to fight the tourists getting a table at a restaurant.

Adrienne Byard
Adrienne Byard

If you'd like Houston to become a viable food town, you'd have to get used to some of that. Tourism = $$$, and $$$ = new restaurants.

Michael Enak
Michael Enak

Houston. We're just not Texas enough.

MadMac
MadMac

Mr. Enak, I like that. While were the 4th largest (#1 ignorred) city in America, I'm glad we're not associated with Jasper, Orange, Vidor, and (shudder) Dallas.

Wyatt
Wyatt

'cheftestants'

Whoever came up with this should be charged with a hate crime.

Jamie
Jamie

Get over yourself.

Ed T.
Ed T.

"...with 'cheftestants' (side note: I'll be off taking a shower after forcing myself to type that word out..."

Yes, some time ago I just started abbreviating it to 'chefts'. I didn't feel quite so dirty that way.

~EdT.

Adrienne Byard
Adrienne Byard

Seriously? They're in San Antonio and going to skip over Houston? Arguably the best eating city in Texas?

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I'm really hoping that the intel just didn't include any Houston tidbits, but it looks like they're skipping over Houston entirely. Oh well. Their loss.  :)

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