The VIPP Report: A “Top” cooking competition show will move to Kentucky for Season 16

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“Top Chef” announces they are setting up shop in Lexington, Kentucky and will visit several cities in the Commonwealth including Louisville

By Sherlene Shanklin

With four episodes still ahead for the hit show “Top Chef” are now going where it’s never gone before.  Do you think that’s odd that they took distinguishable theme from “Star Trek”.  Weird or is it?  The science fiction television series’ main character was Captain Kirk played by Actor William Shatner.  He currently lives in Versailles, Kentucky near Lexington on a horse farm he owns.  So, it appears that Shatner and the show will be neighbors for a while.

“Top Chef” is heading to Lexington, Kentucky for Season 16.  The show will have a new batch of cheftestants battle it out for the coveted title of Top Chef with the thriving culinary scenes of Louisville, Lexington, and Lake Cumberland serving as the backdrop. Plus, with the Bluegrass State’s culinary traditions of bourbon and barbecue, this is sure to be the tastiest season of Top Chef yet.

So you better believe we’re excited to see what awesomeness Kentucky brings to Top Chef in Season 16. “We are always looking for rising culinary destinations and are looking forward to planting our flag in Kentucky and soaking up a diverse region of the country that we haven’t yet explored on Top Chef,” Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media, said in a statement. “Kentucky has a strong food identity and we know our incoming chefs will be inspired by the bourgeoning culinary scene, known for its innovative takes on Southern cuisine, melding flavors, and use of Kentucky’s agricultural bounty.”

Production on Season 16 of Top Chef is set to begin this spring with a premiere date later this year.  They are casting for that show and if you would like to be a part of it go to Bravotv.com/topchefcasting for more information.

If you become a cheftestant and you live in the Bluegrass please let me know.  If you have a story idea, send it to me at thevippreport@vippcommunications.com.  You can also follow me on Twitter @sherlenemediapr @thevippreport @vippcomm for real-time entertainment and community news.

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The VIPP Report: A team of leaders is expected to announce their involvement in bringing a NBA franchise to Louisville

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Special from Sherlene Shanklin, WHAS11 Television, ABC Affiliate

With the looming question that many in Kentucky want to know can the state support a National Basketball Association, (NBA) team?  The reason why I’m expanding the discussion from Louisville to the whole Commonwealth is because the players, (people involved) will have connections to both the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. I’ve figured out several names of the people involved but It can change and/or be updated by the time the public is made aware of their venture.

Remember, I said that there will be an announcement this week.  We only have a couple of days left in the week so I anticipate something in the next day if not today.  At the time of the announcement we will have the name(s) of the people involved which will create a collaborative team of influential people playing all the positions needed to be a real competitor in the game of having a professional team in Louisville.

Like in the Field of Dreams, we built the KFC Yum! Center so will they come or do they need another arena to make it happen?  We are getting closer to that announcement where the talk will turn into negotiations.  They still have a long way to go but this is now going to be moving forward instead of backwards.

To learn more about Louisville working to get a NBA team read my story below. 

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