The popular Bravo series, “Top Chef” will be mainly based in Portland for its 18th season. They will also be making the most of Oregon’s varied culinary scene by visiting the Tillamook coast, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Tualatin and Willamette Valley wine country. The new season will feature Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons who will serve as the judging panel, as well as some former winners and finalists. Kristi Turnquist (OregonLive) caught up with the Bravo production in its 18th season. Read more about it here.