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'Top Chef' Season 11 recap: Alligators, a swamp, egos and knives, oh my
'Top Chef' Season 11 recap: Alligators, a swamp, egos and knives, oh my

"Top Chef" season 11 kicked off Wednesday night in a swamp. There were alligators, frogs, a video of Padma Lakshmi dancing in the streets and Emeril Lagasse with a box of beignets. Oh yeah, this season's in New Orleans.  The winning prizes are still the same: a feature in Food and Wine magazine, a showcase at the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Colo., $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice and of course the title of Top Chef. And sweet-talking Aussie Curtis Stone is back judging with Lagasse, Tom Colicchio and Lakshmi. The casting directors did a decent job of finding some characters with some serious cooking chops. Contestant/rockabilly girl Sara Johannes has worked...

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