Padma searches New Orleans for a local chef to compete with the Season 11 cast. She asks some of the more famous chefs around town who they think would be a good cheftestant, and they offer up cadidates who then compete for the final slot in this season's New Orleans cast.

You can watch the show here: Padma's Picks | Bravo TV Official Site. They are also available at Bravo's On Demand channel on many cable systems.

This is a pre-season web series that is 6 episoodes long -- all 6 episodes are already uploaded at as of today, so you can take your time watching them, or watch them all in one sitting.

Top Chef New Orleans premieres Wed. October 2nd at 10PM.