For those curious as to just where this season of Top Chef is being shot here in New York City, here's what I wrote about it for the Village Voice this past July.*
First it was the revelation that MTV's traveling petri dish, The Real World, was settling in Red Hook. Now comes word that Bravo's slightly more sophisticated but no less melodramatic reality hit Top Chef is heading to Williamsburg.
According to Gothamist, production assistants have been seen moving equipment into the new ultra-chic 20 Bayard condo building near McCarren Park. When confronted, the PA's reportedly insisted they were just shooting a mayonnaise commercial (incidentally the same thing frequent Top Chef celebrity guest Rocco DiSpirito often tells women to get them to go home with him).
The building features an 8,000 square foot garden, gym, dog washing station and plenty of power outlets perfect for plugging in and recharging Padma Lakshmi each night.
*Yes, I'm really scraping the bottom of the barrel in my attempt to stall while I find some decent new material to work with.