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Bravo Receives Astounding Seven Primetime Emmy Award Nominations Across Top Chef and Vanderpump Rules


July 12, 2023

First-Ever Series Nomination for VANDERPUMP RULES, Which Received Two Nominations for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – July 12, 2023 -- Bravo Media earned seven nominations Tuesday morning from the Television Academy, marking the first ever series nomination for “Vanderpump Rules,” which received nods for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing.  

“Top Chef” continued its 18th consecutive year of recognition by the Academy with an Outstanding Reality Competition Program nomination for the milestone 20th season. Padma Lakshmi secured her 15th nomination, and third straight nomination for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. With three other nominations in casting, picture editing and directing, this year’s nods bring the culinary competition series’ Emmy nomination total to 52*.

Both series were recognized for their milestone seasons. “Top Chef” celebrated its 20th season with “World All-Stars” bringing together winners and finalists from “Top Chef” versions around the world to vie for the ultimate title. Lakshmi also recently announced her exit after 19 seasons and 17 years, leaving an undeniable impact on the series. “Vanderpump Rules” marked its 10th season with record ratings reaching over 11.7 million total viewers to date across all platforms and featured an unprecedented series first as cameras picked up after a scandal rocked the friend group and jolted the zeitgeist.  

Please see below for list of nominations:

“Top Chef”:

  • Outstanding Reality Competition Program
  • Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program
  • Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program
  • Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program

“Vanderpump Rules”:

  • Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
  • Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program 

Please see below for the reactions from producers and stars:

“Vanderpump Rules”:

  • Lisa Vanderpump, Star & Executive Producer: “It’s such an extraordinary accomplishment for the whole team who has worked on ‘Vanderpump Rules’ for the past 11 years to be nominated – the cast and the crew, both in front of the camera and behind. It has been a labor of love, and I never minimize the importance of every component of the show. I’m truly overwhelmed and thankful to have been acknowledged by our peers.”
  • Alex Baskin, Executive Producer and Founder of Production Company 32 Flavors: “This nomination proves that real stories are the most compelling of all, and as a team, from the network through the production and post personnel, we pride ourselves on capturing and presenting life as it happens.”

“Top Chef:

  • Padma Lakshmi, Host & Executive Producer: “I’m over the moon here in Sicily!!! I am elated and honored to be nominated for both shows since ‘Taste The Nation’ is my passion project and it’s my last hoorah on ‘Top Chef.’  Thank you so much to everyone who voted and supported us, both my crews!! It feels great to end my tenure on ‘Top Chef’ with a nomination for the show. And even sweeter to get a nom as a host!! Maybe this could be the year?! And to make things even incredibly more special is the nomination for ‘Taste the Nation’, a show built from an idea in my head to fruition with so much help and love from my whole team. Woo hoo!!!!! I’m going to celebrating tonight in Italy!!!!”
  • Tom Colicchio, Head Judge & Executive Producer: "Thank you to the Television Academy for recognizing ‘Top Chef’ with five nominations this year. This season was incredibly special as it marked our milestone 20th season with World All-Stars. I am so proud of this season and grateful to our production team who work incredibly hard to make this show year after year.”   
  • Gail Simmons, Perennial Judge & Co-Executive Producer: “I’m overjoyed about ‘Top Chef’s five Primetime Emmy nominations this morning! We are forever pushing to make our show better, stronger and above all tastier. Season 20’s World All-Stars was our most ambitious adventure yet! Especially proud of our devoted chefs and crew, recognition from the Academy and our peers proves their vision and hard work truly pays off!”
  • Casey Kriley & Jo Sharon, Co-CEOs of Magical Elves: “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Television Academy with five Emmy nominations for ‘Top Chef.’  Season after season, our cast and crew at Magical Elves continue to elevate the series and these nominations are a testament to their hard work and dedication.  This year is especially meaningful, not only because it was our 20th season, but it was also our last with Padma Lakshmi, who was recognized with a nomination for her role as host, and leaves behind an incredible legacy on the series.”   

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*Including “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen”