Richard Blais to Judge on this Season’s ‘Top Chef’

The new preview for season 12 of ‘Top Chef’ reveals that former contestant Richard Blais will be a judge

This season is sure to have some delicious challenges.

It’s official! While you’re counting down to the new season of Bravo’s Top Chef (which premieres on Wednesday, October 15 at 10 p.m. EST), check out the new trailer for season 12, released over the weekend. As it turns out, former Top Chef runner-up and owner of FLIP Burger Boutique, Richard Blais, will be a judge this season.

Blais took to Twitter to retweet some of his fans’ excited reactions about the news.

Top Chef Season 12 takes place in Boston, and will also feature host Padma Lakshmi and returning judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. This season also promises a host of surprise guest judges (many of whom are from the Beantown area) like Jacques Pépin, Jamie Bissonnette, Todd English, and Barbara Lynch.

The one local chef contestant this season is Stacy Cogswell, of the Regal Beagle.

Watch the preview of Top Chef season 12 here.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi