Top Chef Masters coming back for season two (with a new judge)
by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2009 2:02PM
As far as I can tell, from comments on this site and other sites I've looked at, Top Chef Masters wasn't loved by fans half as much as fans love the original Top Chef. I think fans want two things from their food competition shows: more conflict and a sense that the contestant isn't necessarily a "master" at cooking (though being a chef is fine). For the most part, the chefs on the first season of Masters were nice and professional, and I think that the fact that they're all great chefs already zapped some of the tension that usually comes with the judging segments of the show. Plus the chefs competed in sections, not usually all against each other.
But Bravo must have gotten enough feedback to justify for another season (indeed - the ratings were the best ever on Bravo for the first season of a competition show) and a second season is coming. Kelly Choi will be back as host, as will judges Gael Green, James Oseland, and Jay Rayner. Joining them will be Food & Wine's Gail Simmons, a judge on the regular Top Chef.
Will you "watch what happens" this season?