Rogue submarines, demonic apartment buildings and a Sherlockian reboot aren't the only things new to your TV screen. A new season of food-centric TV is afoot. Here's the scoop:
"Chef Race": For one glorious moment, we thought this new BBC America show was pitting Jamie Oliver against Doctor Who in a transcontinental footrace. Alas, in reading the series description, we glommed onto the words Oliver and Doctor Who and completely skipped over the part about airing "on the same channel as." It sounds like fun, anyway. In this Oliver-produced show, eight Brits and eight Americans must cook their way from Santa Monica Pier to New York City in a series of kitchen challenges, first in teams, then solo. The new series kicks off with back-to-back episodes at 9 p.m. Oct. 2 (and a sneak peek at the pilot at 10 p.m. Sept. 29), before settling into its regular time slot at 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Details: www.bbcamerica.com/chef-race.
"Top Chef": Padma, Tom and the gang are back -- and they're bringing new judge Wolfgang Puck and San Francisco chef Lizzie Binder with them. The new season of "Top Chef" gets under way at 10 p.m. Nov. 7 in Seattle with a cast of 21 hopefuls that includes four Californians. Among them: three Los Angelenos and Binder, the native of South Africa whose resume includes stints at Jardiniere in San Francisco, The French Laundry in Yountville, Chez
The new series will air at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on Bravo. Details: www.bravotv.com/top-chef.
As for "Top Chef Masters," the finale airs Sept. 26 -- which, if you're reading this in print, was last night -- between finalists Chris Cosentino, San Francisco culinary hero and exec chef at Incanto, and Kerry Heffernan.