Top Chef Mexico to Premiere Feb 18 on NBC Universo, Hosted by Ana Claudia Talancón

Top Chef Mexico, A Culinary Competition that Embarks Viewers on a Gastronomical Tour Throughout México, Premieres Thursday, February 18 at 9PM/8C

NBC UNIVERSO, the modern entertainment and sports cable channel for Latinos, announced today the network premiere of the first season of “Top Chef Mexico” on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 9pm/8c. Hosted by actress Ana Claudia Talancón, the 13 episode reality competition television series is based on Bravo’s international franchise Top Chef and is produced by Cinemateli Content. Professional chefs will compete against each other in various cooking-themed challenges and judges will eliminate one chef, until the last remaining contestant wins the coveted title of “Top Chef México.”

“I am proud to be part of this exquisite project that shows México on a better light. Top Chef México showcases our culture, our traditions and the love we have for Mexican cuisine. Viewers will be delighted with the contestants’ talent, professionalism, their passion and will get to know first class chefs”, said Ana Claudia Talancón.

Judges (Top Chef Mexico) Martha Ortíz, Guillermo González Beristain, Ana Claudia Talancón (host), Aquilez Chávez and Juantxo Sánchez

Judges (Top Chef Mexico) Martha Ortíz, Guillermo González Beristain, Ana Claudia Talancón (host), Aquilez Chávez and Juantxo Sánchez

The future of the 16 cheftestants will be in the hands of four judges, renowned chefs:

  • Guillermo González Beristain
  • Aquiles Chávez
  • Juantxo Sánchez
  • Martha Ortíz

The cheftestants will live throughout six weeks, isolated from their homes, restaurants and social

life and will share rooms in an exclusive hotel next on the Alameda Central, one of the most emblematic plazas of Mexico City. Each episode is broadly comprised of two culinary challenges, a quick fire and elimination. The Quick-fire Challenge is designed to test the Chef’s culinary skills under pressure and the Elimination Challenge will determine which Chefs will move on in the competition.

The winning chef is selected based on several factors including flavor, technique, presentation and concept development based on the challenge requirements. They are also judged on their ability to work together with the other participants. In this occasion, in “Top Chef México, chefs compete for a cash prize of $1,000,000 Mexican pesos and a feature in Travel & Leisure Mexico magazine.

Top Chef MexicoFoodies can start engaging on social media using the hashtag #TopChefMex and find more content about the show in Spanish on NBC UNIVERSO’s Facebook NBC UNIVERSO and 

To obtain additional information, fans can also visit

In addition to enjoying the episodes on TV, subscribers of NBC UNIVERSO on participating cable, satellite, and telco services will also be able to view episodes of “Top Chef México” on Video on Demand, as well as on and the NBC UNIVERSO NOW app by entering the subscriber’s log-in information.

To find NBC UNIVERSO on your satellite, telco or cable TV channel lineup, go to Channel 410 on DIRECTV; Channel 838 on DISH Network; Channel 3009 or 3010 on AT&T U-verse; and visit for the NBC UNIVERSO channel number on your local cable TV listings.
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Susie Albin-Najera is the creator and editor of The Mexico Report, an award winning travel blog showcasing news, deals and resources for the modern traveler. Najera is a writer, author, travel blogger, marketing and public relations specialist and producer. Najera serves on the host committee for Maestro Cares, founded by singer Marc Anthony and producer Henry Cardenas; and on the advisory board for Corazon de Vida, providing aid to children in Mexico. She is also the creator of 'The Real Heroes of Mexico' showcasing community heroes in Mexico and producer of Latino Thought Makers. Najera has been recognized by the Mexican Consulate and Mexico Tourism Board for fostering positive relations between countries and her dedication to showcasing Mexico as a premiere destination. She can be reached at

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