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Emeril Lagasse Joining 'Top Chef' as a Full-Time Judge!

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Aug. 9 2011, Published 11:23 a.m. ET

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Emeril Lagasse will be bring his "Bam!" to Top Chef! The celebrity chef will be a full-time judge on this season's show.

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According to E! News, both Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson (a previous Top Chef Masters competitor) will be joining the judging panel.

Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Padma Lakshmi are all still on board, but there is one judge missing from Bravo's press release.

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Top Chef: All-Stars Anthony Bourdain isn't listed as a returning judge, but that judge's seat is typically in rotation.

Where will the show be set this time?

Rumors are swirling that the five judges will be headed to third separate cities in Texas — Austin, San Antonio and Dallas.

The new season is set to air this fall!

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