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Bravo Renews ‘Top Chef’ for Season 13

Casting call for cooks begins its boil Feb. 3 in Nashville and Seattle

Start sharpening your knives now, unknown culinary pros: Bravo Media has renewed cooking competition “Top Chef” for Season 13.

The next wave comes to a simmer — and TV sets — in fall 2015. Meanwhile, its open casting call for talent kicks off on Feb. 3 in Nashville and Seattle.

A day later, Part 2 of the three-part Season 12 finale from Mexico will air. On it, the remaining three chefs take a surprise visit to the lush organic farm, Purisima de Jalpa on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, that supplies the top restaurants in the region, Bravo said. For their Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create two dishes with chocolate: one sweet and one savory.

In the last Elimination Challenge before the Season 12 finale, the final three chefs create a six-course progressive menu, with each dish highlighting one different Mexican ingredient. However, tensions flare when one chef gets the short end of the stick, the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment channel continued.

Joining the panel for Season 12’s last-gasp are guest judges Richard Blais and Eduardo Palazuelos, as well as acclaimed chefs Zarela Martinez, Enrique Farjeat, Marco Beteta, and Bricio Dominguez.

Here is the audition schedule:
Nashville: Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
1210 McGavock Street
Nashville, TN 37203

Seattle: Tuesday, Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2576 Aurora Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Chicago: Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
2039 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

Brooklyn: Tuesday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
369 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Los Angeles: Tuesday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
225 North Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

“Top Chef” is produced by Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are executive producers.