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Posted at 6:00 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Where to watch "Top Chef"

By Justin Rude

Looking for a place to watch the debut of the locally shot seventh season of "Top Chef?" As expected, a handful of area restaurants with ties to the program will be screening the season opener.

Both the Oval Room, where season 7 contestant Tamesha Warren serves as sous chef, and Baltimore steak house Prime, which is owned by fellow contestant and District native Timothy Dean, will be showing the program at the bar. Bravo has put the kibosh on any big celebrations held at the restaurants of current cheftestants.

The same restriction is not in place for judge's restaurants, apparently. At Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, who is taking a regular spot at the judge's table this go-round, the show will be up on the flat screen every Wednesday along with a few specials, including Eric's Primo Margarita for $5 and the New Madeleine Strawberry Shortcake dessert for $7.

Good Stuff Eatery, season four contestant Spike Mendelsohn's burgers, fries and shakes joint, is throwing a public viewing party. The festivities will be hosted by Mendelsohn and will include an appearance by fellow Top Chef alumn Carla Hall, as well as a milkshake test bar to go along along with regular menu items. After the season premiere the restaurant will continue to show the program each week, but without any specials or promised appearances by former contestants.

Things are significantly lower key at Volt, season six runner-up Brian Voltaggio's Frederick eatery, which will simply be showing the program behind the bar while Voltaggio enjoys himself at the 2010 Aspen Food & Wine Classic.

Finally, while it's not directly related to the new season premiere, celebrity chef Susur Lee will be hosting a five course dinner at his D.C. restaurant Zentan on June 24. The meal will feature dishes from his appearance on the most recent season of "Top Chef Masters," including his winning Roast Chicken Curry dish. Reservations are available from 6 to 9 p.m. and will set you back a steep $140. No word on whether he will have a milkshake testing bar on hand, though.

-- Justin Rude

By Justin Rude  | June 15, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
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