If the Tweets on Twitter are to be believed, the sixth season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef has reportedly begun filming on location in Las Vegas. And apparently Los Angeles Times reporters are believers too, saying that filming for Season Six will begin today.
Las Vegas has already been an integral part of Top Chef history. The Season One finale took place at the MGM Grand and most of the season’s shows have found Las Vegas chef’s represented in the kitchen including Season One runner up Tiffani Faison, Season Two runner up Marcel Vigneron, Season Three winner Hung Huynh, and Season Five chef Eugene “Gene” Villiatora.
Althought the host site has not been officially named, the newly opened M Resort in Henderson, Nevada is rumored to be the site of the chef-on-chef competition.
Other reports have Top Chef filming in Seattle, Washington. However, it’s possible that both stories are true. Bravo TV has announced both a “Top Chef Junior” and “Top Chef Master” series – spin-offs of the original TV show that targets a different caliber of culinary king and viewer.
“Top Chef Master” will begin airing June 10 and will feature 24 prominent Las Vegas chefs, including Hubert Keller, Rick Moonen, Roy Yamaguchi and Ludo Lefebvre.
Keller has Fleur de Lys restaurants in San Francisco, his home, and at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; Moonen co-owns rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay; Yamaguchi has two Roy’s Restaurants in Las Vegas and Lefebvre recently left Lavo at The Palazzo in Las Vegas to open Ludo Bites in Los Angeles.
Stay tuned to Las Vegas Backstage Access for more Top Chef details.
For the fifth season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennigton and his TV crew are bringing their production trucks back to Las Vegas. And this time they won’t just be assisting a local family but also aiding the Las Vegas Three Square food bank.
On March 3 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition had their kick-off rally that took place at the Fremont Street Experience, complete with warm words from Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. Wright Custom Homes is overseeing the new Las Vegas build and even though there are more than 500 laborers ready to assist, they are still accepting volunteers to work on the current project.
During season two of the series, in 2004, Las Vegas resident Patricia Brodbent’s home near Cheyenne and Webster was transformed by the ABC home improvement program. Brodbent, a single mother recovering from cancer, has adopted several children with various medical issues including HIV. And the ability to live her dream all began with a knock on the door.
On March 10 in Las Vegas there will be another knock on the front door of a valley home and another family will have their life changed forever. In the rapid action style of the show, demolition is scheduled for March 12 with the project planned for completion just 2 weeks later.
During the rebuild, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will be collecting food donations at the spectator area of the construction sight to benefit Three Square. Three Square is a Southern Nevada food distribution hub that to date, has distributed more than 10 million pounds of food to families in need.
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sunday’s at 8 p.m. on ABC affiliate KTNV Channel 13.