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13513428-mmmain.jpgHere's a super-long behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of the premiere of Top Chef New Orleans. Magical Elves co-founder Dan Cutforth explains the new twist of showing video of the judges' deliberations in the stew room (which was actually Tom Colicchio's idea): "We're always trying to think of ways to keep the show fresh without destroying the integrity of the show... We really had concerns about whether it might backfire. We almost didn't do it and then we kind of pressed on." Also a choice quote from Padma Lakshmi: "I smell like bug repellent... I don't smell yummy at all." [Times Pic]

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