Everything's bigger in Texas! This season brings 29 chefs to the Lone Star state where only 16 will advance to the competition and earn a Top Chef coat. In this premiere episode, the chefs will be split into 3 groups and must excel in their challenge in order to move on to the competition. Some will advance, some will be on the bubble and get a second chance to cook, and some will go home. Returning this season are host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons from Food & Wine Magazine. Joining them this season are judges Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse.