Bravo's 'Top Chef Masters' Premieres This June

"Top Chef Masters," the spin-off series of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning No. 1 food show on cable, "Top Chef," will premiere on Wednesday, June 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The judges' table has finally turned - and we'll see what happens when these top chefs are now on the other side. "Top Chef Masters" will pit 24 world-renowned chefs against each other and see how well they fare in the tried and true format of "Top Chef."

In each episode, money will be at stake for the chefs, with the winners of eliminations being awarded cash donations for their charities. The first six episodes will consist of four chefs competing against each other to name one winner. The six winners of each episode will then meet up for the final four weeks when one person will get eliminated each episode until the finale where one winner is crowned Top Chef Master. The winning chef will receive $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

"Top Chef Masters" will feature guest stars and judges Neil Patrick Harris, Zooey Deschanel, "Lost" writers and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, "Flipping Out's" Jeff Lewis, and for the first time, all past "Top Chef" winners will be together during an episode. The series will also showcase chef'testant fan favorites as well as appearances by "Top Chef's" Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons.

Read more to see a list of the contenders...

Following are the 24 "Top Chef Masters" competing chefs:

- Rick Bayless - Frontera Grill, Chicago, Ill.

- Wilo Benet - Pikayo, San Juan, Puerto Rico

- John Besh - Restaurant August, New Orleans, LA

- Graham Elliot Bowles - Graham Elliot Restaurant, Chicago, Ill.

- Michael Chiarello - Bottega Restaurant, Yountville, Calif.

- Michael Cimarusti - Providence, Los Angeles, Calif.

- Wylie Dufresne - wd~50, New York, N.Y.

- Elizabeth Falkner - Orson, San Francisco, Calif.

- Hubert Keller - Fleur de Lys, San Francisco, Calif.

- Christopher Lee - Aureole, New York, N.Y.

- Ludo Lefebvre - Ludo Bites, Los Angeles, Calif.

- Anita Lo - Annisa, New York, N.Y.

- Tim Love - The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Fort Worth, Texas

- Rick Moonen - Rick Moonen's RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev.

- Nils Noren - French Culinary Institute, New York, N.Y.

- Lachlan McKinnon Patterson - Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.

- Cindy Pawlcyn - Mustards Grill, Napa Valley, Calif.

- Mark Peel - Campanile, Los Angeles, Calif.

- Douglas Rodriguez - Alma de Cuba, Philadelphia, PA

- Michael Schlow - Radius Restaurant, Boston, Mass.

- Art Smith - Table Fifty-Two, Chicago, Ill.

- Suzanne Tracht - Jar, Los Angeles, Calif.

- Jonathan Waxman - Barbuto, New York, N.Y.

- Roy Yamaguchi - Roy's Restaurants, San Diego, Calif.


source: The Futon Critic

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