Finally time to see how your tax dollars were put to work by Bravo and its Magical Elves.
As you'll recall, we reported back in July that Governor Rick Perry's office, that bastion of small government, spent $400,000 to promote the state's brand in the upcoming and Texas-themed season of Bravo's Top Chef, produced by Magical Elves.
The show is set to hit the air November 2 at 9 p.m., starting with 29 chefs who are quickly chopped down to 16. Those 16 then compete in challenges and quick fires in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, the results of which will unfold through the fall and will be recapped fastidiously on this blog.
What else can we tell you? Guest appearances include Charlize Theron, Pee-wee Herman, Cat Cora, John Besh, Tim Love and Patti LaBelle. And two Texas chefs -- both from Austin -- compete.
Read on for the full list of chefs. More later, of course.
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