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"Top Chef: The Cruise" Adds New Chef'testants And Announces First Onboard Activities

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The recently announced "Top Chef: The Cruise" is gaining momentum with the addition of four new chef'testants to an already impressive roster of Top Chef Alums.  "Top Chef All Stars" winner Richard Blais, "Top Chef Just Desserts" season one winner Yigit Pura, "Top Chef: Texas" winner Paul Qui, and " Fan Favorite" winner Fabio Viviani join hosts Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, along with 11 previously announced Alums, on this first-ever culinary journey setting sail April 11, 2013 from Miami, Florida.  For sneak peek of the cruise visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-9/videos/all-chefs-on-deck

During the voyage, guests will have a chance to participate in interactive events and onboard activities.   Guests will have the ultimate "Top Chef" experience with behind-the-scenes kitchen tours, and a chance to experience what it's like to be on the hit competition series by watching and participating in live "Quickfire" challenges.  Fans will also have the chance to ask their burning questions to the judges, Masters and chef'testants, who will participate in a Q&A session.  Additionally, DJ and Top Chef Master, Hubert Keller will host an evening dance party, and passengers can put their taste buds to the test with an exclusive "Dining in the Dark" experience that will surely enlighten the senses. 

Last month, Bravo Media, Celebrity Cruises, Magical Elves and Rose Tours announced the inaugural launch of "Top Chef: The Cruise" aboard the modern, luxurious Celebrity Constellation.  Taking place from April 11-15, 2013, the one-of-a-kind culinary vacation experience invites fans of the Emmy-winning "Top Chef" reality competition series the chance to break bread and rub elbows with the show's judges and chefs. 

Blais, Pura, Qui and Viviani join previously announced hosts, Colicchio and Simmons, and past chef'testants of "Top Chef," "Top Chef Masters" and "Top Chef Just Desserts," Hubert Keller, Tim Love, Jennifer Carroll, Tiffany Derry, Chris Hanmer, Michael Isabella, Spike Mendelsohn, Hosea Rosenberg, Angelo Sosa and Casey Thompson.  With the most recent chef additions, fans of the franchise will be treated to the entire cast of Bravo's upcoming docu-series "Life After Top Chef," Blais, Carroll, Mendelsohn and Viviani, premiering October 3 at 10pm ET/PT, who will be onboard the cruise. 

The culinary journey aboard the Celebrity Constellation sails roundtrip from Miami, Florida, with stops in Key West, Florida and Cozumel, Mexico.  Staterooms are on sale at www.topchefthecruise.com. Additional information can also be found at the site.

About Bravo:   Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980.  For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BravoPR.

About Celebrity Cruises:      Celebrity Cruises' iconic "X" is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all created to provide an unmatchable experience for vacationers' precious time. One of the fastest-growing cruise lines, Celebrity offers vacations visiting all continents. Celebrity's fleet currently consists of 10 ships, with an additional Solstice Class ship, Celebrity Reflection, scheduled to join the fleet in fall 2012. For more information, visit www.celebritycruises.com or www.facebook.com/celebritycruises.

About Magical Elves:        Magical Elves is the production team behind some of the highest quality reality programming on television. Since the company was founded in 2001, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz have been nominated for numerous Emmys, culminating in a win in 2010 for Outstanding Reality Program or Competition for "Top Chef." Current Elves series include "Top Chef Masters," "Around the World in 80 Plates" and "Gallery Girls" for Bravo, "Braxton Family Values" for WEtv, "The Real L-Word" for Showtime, "3" for CBS, and "Fashion Star" for NBC. Other notable credits include the major motion picture releases ' Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" and " Katy Perry: Part of Me."

About Rose Tours      Rose Tours is a leader in Entertainment Cruises, striving to bring fans closer to the entertainers they love in an intimate and exclusive environment.  Producing events for artists including New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, Rick Springfield, Boyz II Men and many more; Rose Tours provides a once in a lifetime experience for fans.

SOURCE Celebrity Cruises

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