Howdy pardners. It's almost time for Top Chef to head on down to the Lone Star State and get super Texan on everyone, and that means it's time for some Season 9 previews. First up: everything's bigger down there, so that means twice as many contestants meet host Padma Lakshmi at the Alamo. But also twice as many will be cut, particularly in a mass elimination in the first episode. (Cue dramatic music, people swearing, references to how hot Padma is.) Then, Sacramento cheftestapant Tyler Stone doesn't make any friends by hacking some pork to pieces instead of butchering it properly.
Prepare yourselves: Top Chef Texas premieres November 2, but at least Eater's trusty cowboy-recapper Max Silvestri will be suffering through all of it with you.
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