Top Chef Masters, Curtis Stone, Ruth Reichl and James Oseland
It's hotter in the kitchen this time around on Top Chef Masters.
In Wednesday's third season premiere, three of the 12 master cheftestants will fail to complete their Quickfire dishes (failures made all the more painful because the chefs are paired off in head-to-head combat). The group is then immediately hit with a round of Restaurant Wars.
Bringing out the contestants' competitive edge is just part of an overall revamp to the Top Chef spin-off, which arrives following viewership declines between the first and second seasons (2.2 million viewers vs. 1.6 million). Gone are host Kelly Choi, critics Gael Greene and Jay Rayner, the five-star rating scale and the tournament-style elimination. The masters are still playing for charity but, by design, they'll feel more...
Top Chef Masters
Top Chef Masters is changing up its format and judges table for its upcoming third season, Bravo announced Wednesday.
At the judges tables, famous food critic and author Ruth Reichl joins regular James Oseland and replaces departing judge Gael Greene. Greene, however, will return for one episode this season. As previously reported, celebrity chef Curtis Stone will join the show as the new host, replacing...
Christina Hendricks will be heating up the competition on Bravo.
The Mad Men star and her actor husband Geoffrey Arend will be the guests of honor on an episode of the upcoming third season of Top Chef Masters, EW reports.
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Bravo handed out renewals to seven original series Thursday, including Top Chef and The Rachel Zoe Project, The Millionaire Matchmaker.
Bravo Media President Frances Berwick also announced new seasons of Flipping Out, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist and Bethenny Ever After (a continuation of Bethenny Getting Married?) at the Television Critics Association's winter previews. Top Chef Masters has also been renewed for a third season, and the show will replace...
Top Chef Masters
Top Chef Masters will welcome back six Season 1 competitors along with 16 fresh faces for its upcoming second season, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Among those vying for the coveted title of Top Chef Master will be Graham Elliot Bowles, Wylie Dufresne, Ludo Lefebvre, Rick Moonen, Mark Peel and Jonathan Waxman, all of whom came up short during last summer's inaugural season. New contestants include Jody Adams, Sunsur Lee, Debbie Gold and Marcus Samuelsson. (See the full cast below.)
The show will welcome back judges Gael Greene, James Oseland and Jay Rayner as well as...