Top Chef Celebrates 20th Season With Hot Sauce Collab

With its 20th season premiering on Bravo on March 9th, one of the culinary world's most iconic reality competition series, "Top Chef," is treating its fans to something hot. Launched just a week ahead of the season premiere, Bravo collaborated with HEATONIST – the same hot sauce aficionados that curated the lineup for Sean Evan's Youtube talk show, Hot Ones – to give Top Chef fans a piece of the Emmy Award-winning show that they can bring home to their own kitchens. 

Developed under the guidance of Mei Lin — the series' season 12 winner and founder of UMAMEI, a Los Angeles-based small-batch XO sauce company — the flavors are all sure to be winners.

The collaboration only raises the heat for what is set to be a nail-biting 20th season. For the first time ever, Top Chef all-star contestants representing the show's numerous international adaptations will be coming together to compete in London and Paris for the show's ultimate World All-Stars title.

The trio

When asked about the collaboration, the CEO and Founder of HEATONIST Noah Chaimberg said that they were thrilled to curate hot sauces for the show. "Top Chef has been one of the most respected shows on TV since it first premiered, so we couldn't have been more excited when NBCUniversal approached HEATONIST about a hot sauce collaboration," says Chaimberg. 

Unlike the Hot Ones series lineup, where celebrities are often brought to tears by the sauces' Scoville levels, the Top Chef x HEATONIST sauces are intended for professional cooking  — but that doesn't mean they don't pack some heat.

Flavors include the Herbs Hot Sauce, a mix of green herbs, citrus, and jalapeno; the Peppercorn Hot Sauce, which blends peppercorns, ginger, and fruity habanero; and the Garlic Hot Sauce, described as an umami bomb of garlic, jalapeno peppers, and ghost pepper. This trio can be used in a variety of ways including marinades, adding some heat to a sandwich, or can even in cocktails. 

If you're looking to get your hands on these limited-edition sauces, you can purchase a 5 fluid-ounce bottle for $12 or a three-pack for $30 from any of HEATONIST's New York City locations or the HEATONIST website.