‘Top Chef’ Boston preview: ‘The challenges are just gonna get harder’

“This is ‘Top Chef’ and I didn’t come here to toss salad,” jokes one of the aspiring cheftestants in the “Top Chef” Season 12 premiere, which will be set in Boston for the first time. “The challenges are just gonna get harder,” says another contender. Bring it on!

Based on Bravo’s season preview (which you can watch below), new judge Richard Blais is going to fit right in with returning judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. But which contestants will rise to the top and who will be smoked out of the kitchen?

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Let’s examine the winning and losing odds of this new crop of contestants, according to the predictions made by Gold Derby’s users in our ongoing “Top Chef” prediction contest.

Who will win ‘Top Chef’?

Of the 16 new cheftestants, Joy Crump has the best shot at winning with 6/1 odds. Second place goes to George Pagonis with 8/1 odds, while there’s a tie for third place between Rebecca LaMalfa and Aaron Grissom at 9/1 odds apiece. Click here to see more winning odds.

Which chef will be eliminated?

Based on her 4/1 odds, Keriann Von Raesfeld is your pick for who’ll have the unfortunate distinction of being eliminated first. Michael Patlazhan is in second place to get the boot with 11/2 odds, while Rebecca is in third place with 10/1 odds. Click here to see more elimination odds.

Win prizes predicting who will win (and lose) ‘Top Chef’ Season 12 in Boston

Disagree with any of those predictions? Then be sure to cast your own votes for who’ll win by using our easy drag-and-drop menu below. You can also predict who’ll be eliminated next and so much more by logging into your predictions and clicking on the “Top Chef: Season 12” button.

Whoever scores the most game points at the end of the season will win a $100 Amazon gift certificate. For prediction tips and advice, be sure to join the “Top Chef” discussion in our Gold Derby reality TV forum.

Season 12 premieres Wednesday night on Bravo. Watch the preview trailer below.

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