Isaac Toups, the chef and owner of the casual Cajun bistro Toups' Meatery (845 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-252-4999; www.toupsmeatery.com), will compete on the season of Top Chef airing on the Bravo network beginning Dec. 2. The show's 13th season features a California road trip, including competitions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Palm Springs area.
Toups hails from Rayne, Louisiana and honed his skills at Emeril's Delmonico. He spent a decade with Emeril Lagasse's restaurant group before opening Toups Meatery in 2012 with wife Amanda. He was a semi-finalist in 2014 and 2015 for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: South.
Season 11 of Top Chef was filmed in New Orleans and featured competitors Justin Devillier of La Petite Grocery and Balise, Nina Compton, who recently opened Compere Lapin and Michael Sichel of Galatoire's and Galatoire's 33 Bar and Steak.