Report: ‘Top Chef’ to be filmed here

Bravo’s “Top Chef,” the popular reality series that puts budding talent on the grill, will shoot in Las Vegas, according to reports.

Filming for season six will begin Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The host site has not been disclosed, although there has been speculation that newly opened M Resort is involved.

Rising stars in the Las Vegas culinary community have played a prominent role in previous seasons, which were shot in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, Chicago and New York City.

Hung Huynh of Restaurant Guy Savoy won season three while three other Las Vegans finished second: Tiffani Faison of Tao Bistro (season one), the villainous Marcel Vigneron of Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand (season two) and Stefan Richter, a member of Bellagio’s creative team when it opened, last season.

And who can forget the drama provided by quirky scoundrel Stephen Asprinio, who hooked viewers with his stuffy pursuit of perfection.

Another upcoming “Top Chef” spinoff has several Las Vegas star chef connections.

“Top Chef Masters,” which begins airing June 10, will feature 24 prominent chefs, including Hubert Keller, Rick Moonen, Roy Yamaguchi and Ludo Lefebvre.

Keller has Fleur de Lys restaurants in San Francisco, his home, and Mandalay Bay; Moonen co-owns Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, Yamaguchi has two Roy’s Restaurants in Las Vegas and Lefebvre recently left Lavo at The Palazzo to open Ludo Bites in Los Angeles.

BENEFIT CONCERT

There have been several developments in the case of celebrity impersonator Trina Johnson-Finn, who has been jailed almost two months in Suriname.

Her May 7 trial date has been changed due to a new judge being assigned to her case. She will appear in court May 5 to learn when she will have a new judge.

She has been incarcerated on charges of being involved in a concert that advertised her as Toni Braxton. Her contract with the booking agent stipulated she should not be promoted as the real Toni Braxton.

There are health concerns. In a letter to her husband, Raymond Finn, a Las Vegas real estate agent, she said she’s lost 14 pounds. She was recently moved to a new prison facility that allowed her to have her own cell.

A May 2 benefit concert is scheduled at the ranch of longtime “Legends in Concert” operator John Stuart.

It will run from noon to 8 p.m. General admission is $10.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

KVVU-TV, Channel 5’s new evening anchor, Olivia Fierro, made her debut Wednesday. “We had our biggest 11 p.m. ratings number (since adding an 11 p.m. newscast in September),” said news director Adam Bradshaw.

Fierro replaces Shelley Bruner, who notified the station last year that she would not be seeking a contract renewal. Fierro, a native of Whittier, Calif., was a morning anchor at KTVK in Phoenix for the past six years. She will join John Huck on the 5, 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts.

SIGHTINGS

Paris and Nikki Hilton, at Britney Spears‘ concert at MGM Grand Garden on Saturday with Paris’ beau Doug Reinhardt and Jeff Beacher, in from Biloxi, Miss., where the road show version of “Beacher’s Madhouse” performed on Friday. Look for Jason Bracelin‘s review of Spears’ concert in Monday’s Review-Journal. … American Idol” judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson, and “AI” host Ryan Seacrest, at XS nightclub (Encore) on Friday. … Superstar Kenny Chesney, joining members of Bon Jovi in the green room Friday. Also there: model and television host Leeann Tweeden. … Barry Manilow, catching lunch with friends Saturday at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas. At another table: country rock music singer Jimmie Lee. … Milo Ventimiglia and Masi Oka of NBC’s “Heroes,” with a group that included British import and Tony Award nominee Ben Chaplin. … DJ AM, making his residency debut at Rain Nightclub (Palms) Friday in front of a packed house. … Kissy Simmons, the lead in the upcoming “Lion King” at Mandalay Bay, in the audience Friday at “Voices” (Hilton) featuring Earl Turner and Lani Misalucha.

THE PUNCH LINE

“It’s so hot, I called up the CIA and begged to be waterboarded.” — Craig Ferguson

Norm Clarke can be reached at 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

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