Top Chef season 14 will take place in Charleston

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Top Chef season 14 will take place in Charleston. According to a press release from Bravo Media, the Charleston-based season will premiere later this year.

Bravo Media Executive Vice President for Current Production Shari Levine says, "Charleston is the perfect location to inject our next batch of chefs. We know Charleston and are excited by the food, people, and possibility it brings with its rich cultural and historical background which has played an important role in shaping South Carolina’s unique cuisine.”

Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and fellow judges Gail Simmons and Richard Blais are all returning, and we suspect filming will begin this spring. 

Now, a few predictions.

Here's who we think will absolutely make an appearance:
Sean Brock (Husk, McCrady's, Minero)
Mike Lata (FIG, The Ordinary)
Robert Stehling (Hominy Grill, Chick's Fry House)
Jason Stanhope (FIG)
Nathalie Dupree (cookbook author)
Martha Lou (Martha Lou's)
Rodney Scott (Scott's Bar-B-Que)
BJ Dennis 
Bill Murray
Danny McBride

Likely cameos:
Jeremiah Bacon (Macintosh, Oak Steakhouse)
Josh Keeler (Two Boroughs Larder)
Kevin Johnson (The Grocery)
Clammer Dave or Mark Marhefka or both
Jeff Allen (City Paper writer)
Josh Walker (Xiao Bao Biscuit)
Bear Barrow (local gadabout and Brown Water Society member)
Jed Portman (Garden & Gun editor)

Cameos we'd like to see:
Jill Mathias (Chez Nous)
Michelle Weaver (Charleston Grill)
Lauren Mitterer (Wildflour)
Kenyatta McNeil (Nana's Seafood and Soul)
Sean Mendes (Roadside Seafood)

Potential food truck appearances:
Roti Rolls
Short Grain
Outta My Huevos

Beer that'll get a shout out:
We'd say COAST or Holy City, but chances are it'll be Westbrook

Possible locations:
Bowens Island
Scott's Bar-B-Que
Waffle House
Middleton Place
Whitepoint Gardens
The Griffon (fingers crossed)
GrowFood Carolina

Products we know will show up:
Boiled peanuts
Greg Johnsman's Jimmy Red Grits
Celeste Albers' milk
Glenn Roberts' grains
Jack Rudy Cocktail Co.
Bittermilk
Callie's Biscuits
High Wire liquor

Products that should show up:
Grand Marnier
Croakies

Things that should not show up:
Jestine's
Hyman's 
Robert Carter's coconut cake
Summerville's Sweet Tea Trail
Bourbon (we're a rum town)
Oyster roasts with the Lee Bros.
Mt. Pleasant

As CP's web editor Sam Spence said, stay tuned for some interesting Southern Charm meets Top Chef crossover episodes. 

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