Episodes to Air February 28, March 7 and March 14 on Bravo

22 February 2019

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LAS VEGAS, NV (Feb. 22, 2019) – MGM COTAI, one of MGM Resort International’s newest integrated resort destinations in Macau, China, will be featured in the final three episodes of Bravo’s Top Chef, Season 16 airing Thursday, February 28 and March 7 at 8 pm, with a special 90-minute season finale on March 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. For a sneak peek, click here.

During this season of the Emmy Award-winning series, contestants traveled to Kentucky to compete in a variety of culinary challenges throughout the state, making stops in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland. For the final three episodes, the remaining cheftestants journey overseas to the region of Macau in China, a destination with a rich and unique culinary history of Chinese and Portuguese cultures. There they will battle it out in an epic showdown where one winner is crowned the champion.

Top Chef is one of the most respected and watched culinary shows on television and we are thrilled to have been chosen by the show as they brought the cast and crew to Macau for the first time,” said Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings Limited Grant Bowie. “With the cheftestants showcasing their incredible culinary skills at the various iconic spots of MGM COTAI, Top Chef will put us center stage with their global fans. We also thank judge Chef Graham Elliot for bringing all of his peers to his Coast restaurant at our resort to sample his culinary delicacies.”

The season finale episodes will include:

  • MGM COTAI’s luxurious SKYLOFTS, where the cast was hosted and treated to a variety of VIP experiences;

  • Quickfire challenges in the resort’s Vista, a spacious meetings and events room which overlooks the resort’s stunning reflective pool; and MGM MACAU’s Grand Ballroom;  

  • Elimination challenges onstage at MGM Theater, Asia’s first dynamic theater with the world’s largest indoor LED screen, and in Top Chef host Graham Eliott’s Coast restaurant;

  • A final judges’ table at Five Foot Road, MGM COTAI’s exquisite Sichuan restaurant, where the season’s winner will be announced;

  • Culinary challenges filmed throughout Macau’s top sightseeing destinations including Red Market, Macau Tower and Restaurante Litoral;   

  • Star-studded talent on the three-part finale include the show’s host Padma Lakshimi, head judge Tom Colicchio of Craftsteak at MGM Grand and Heritage Steak at The Mirage; judge Graham Elliot of Coast Restaurant at MGM Cotai; judge Nilou Motamed, chef Mitsuharu Tsumura of Aji at MGM Cotai, along with Jowett Yu, Abe Conlon, Alexander Smalls, Dan Hong, May Chow, Alvin Leung and FOOD & WINE Magazine Deputy Editor Melanie Hansche.

Director of the Macau Government Tourist Office Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes said, “We are glad that Macau is featured in Top Chef, elevating the city’s designation as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy.  During Top Chef’s epicurean adventure, our city’s talented chefs and community partners share stories and insights on Macau’s culinary diversity with a focus on our unique Macanese cuisine. We hope the viewers will be inspired to come and visit so they can experience all of the great culinary experiences our city offers and more.” 

Top Chef airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.  For more information on the show, resort or city, visit Top Chef , MGM COTAI or Macau online. 

About MGM China Holdings Limited
MGM China Holdings Limited (HKEx: 2282) and is a leading developer, owner and operator of gaming and lodging resorts in the Greater China region. We are the holding company of MGM Grand Paradise, SA which holds one of the six gaming concessions/subconcessions to run casino games in Macau. MGM Grand Paradise, SA owns and operates MGM MACAU, the award-winning premium integrated resort located on the Macau Peninsula and MGM COTAI, a contemporary luxury integrated resort in Cotai, which opened in early 2018 and more than doubles our presence in Macau. 

MGM China is majority owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage in Las Vegas. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at www.mgmresorts.com.

About MGM COTAI
MGM COTAI is the latest addition to the MGM portfolio in China. Designed as the “jewelry box” of Cotai, it offers approximately 1,400 hotel rooms and suites, meeting space, high end spa, retail offerings and food and beverage outlets as well as the first international Mansion at MGM for the ultimate luxury experience. MGM COTAI also offers Asia’s first dynamic theater and a spectacle to wow every guest who steps foot in the resort. MGM COTAI is being developed to drive greater product diversification and bring more advanced and innovative forms of entertainment to Macau as it grows as a global tourist destination. MGM COTAI is the largest property and the first mega-size complex project in Macau to achieve the China Green Building Design Label Three-Star Certification.

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Media Contacts:
Ashley Farkas
MGM Resorts International
702-692-6700
afarkas@mgmresorts.com

Rebecca Boswell
Bravo Media’s “Top Chef”
818-684-2510
Rebecca.Boswell@nbcuni.com