Season eleven of “Top Chef” will launch on February 19 during primetime. The individual episodes will feature new judges and tasks – and more Michelin stars than ever before. The judges and guests will turn the M6 show into a gathering of top chefs. However, the contestants who aim to join their ranks will stand in the spotlight.
Never before have more stars shined brightly on “Top Chef”: when season eleven launches on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 on M6, eight stars will be on the panel of judges alone. The new judge, chef Paul Pairet, has three Michelin stars. Hélène Darroze and Michel Sarran each have two stars. They have been judges for many seasons, as has host and co-judge Philippe Etchebest, whose restaurant also carries a star. And there’s more: the top chefs who will participate in the new episodes of “Top Chef” and accompany or test the 15 contestants contribute another 24 stars.
These top chefs always come into play when things get serious for the contestants – for example, when they have to prepare an entire fish from mouth to tail, or a dish in which vegetables take center stage and meat becomes a side dish; or when they have to prepare tempting desserts or a meal made of ingredients that should have been thrown away. With such new tasks, M6 adds a breath of fresh air to a show that has been delivering one success after the other for eleven years. The individual episodes of the past season attracted an average of 3.3 million viewers, and “Top Chef” scored the highest ratings in six years. This year, the actual show will be accompanied on linear television by the show “Top Chef qui sublimera les produits de nos regions” with Stéphane Rotenberg, and by “À la table des top chef”, which will be exclusively available via the online platform 6play. In this show, ten participants from previous seasons will open the doors to their restaurants or kitchens.