Big news for Top Chef
spin-off series featuring celebrity chefs competing for charity debuts Wednesday night at 10pm ET. I still have a bad taste in my mouth
from last season, largely due to Hosea's
undeserving triumph, so I'm eager to see if the cooking franchise will redeem itself.
Here's the skinny on Top Chef Masters
, courtesy of the LA Times
The cooking competition spinoff -- this one featuring "world-renowned chefs" -- has recruited a star-studded lineup of guest judges.
They include Neil Patrick Harris, Zooey Deschanel, Morgan Spurlock, "Lost" writers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, "Flipping Out's" Jeff Lewis, and all of the previous "Top Chef" winners. Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons will also appear.
With the large number of competitors, producers have tweaked the format of the original series. From Bravo's press release:
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 his or her choice.
What?! Mere "appearances" from Tom, Padma, and Gail? Who will run the show? Answer:
Food journalist Kelly Choi will host "Masters." New York Magazine food critic Gael Greene, Saveur magazine Editor in Chief James Oseland and British food critic Jay Rayner will judge.
As for Top Chef
proper, rumors are swirling
that season 6 will take place in Las Vegas. Or Seattle