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Prepare your palate. Top Chef is returning to New Orleans for Season 11.

"Top Chef, in partnership with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation and the Louisiana Office of Tourism, are pleased to announce that the new season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning show will take place in New Orleans," the networked announced Friday. "The vibrant food scene of New Orleans will be a welcome addition in the 11th season of the series."

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Top Chef first packed up its knives and headed to the Big Easy for Season 5, where Hosea Rosenberg eventually won. Seattle hosted the Bravo hit series last season.

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