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June 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM

What should Top Chef contestants do in Seattle?

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It’s all over but the announcements for Top Chef in Seattle. There’s been no formal acknowledgment that the show will be filming here, but the list of local sightings keeps growing, from anonymous sources (our own and others) to sightings of host Padma Lakshmi and of the show’s judges (latest edition: Gail Simmons at Canon last night) to consultants roaming Melrose Market and leased spaces in Redmond.

Now, let’s move on to the question fellow food writer Sonja Groset raised on her Facebook page: Now that they’re here, what should they do here? “I want the cheftestants to stay at the Edgewater and fish in Elliott Bay from the windows for a cooking challenge,” Groset wrote. My favorite suggestion from her respondents: “Squid jigging and foraging for mushrooms!”

On the stereotypical side, here’s what we’d expect to see:

1. Throwing fish at Pike Place Market.

2. Coffee challenge at Starbucks.

3. A booth at the Bite of Seattle (or head skyward for dinner service at the Space Needle?)

4. Since they’ve already had a brush with Nathan Myhrvold, perhaps a visit to the Modernist Cuisine kitchens? Tech fix at the Microsoft cafeterias?

5. Salmon bake (they can get a double-header of Seattle style by doing it with Tom Douglas at Salmon-Chanted Evening).

Where do you think the chefs should go? Or, if you’ve seen them around town, fill us in on where they’ve been.

File photo: Top Chef’s Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio, courtesy of Scott McDermott/Bravo

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