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'Top Chef Masters' Second Season Contestants Announced

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:30PM
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If you were to make a second season of a cooking competition show, would you bring back several contestants from the first season of the show? That's what Bravo is doing when they launch the second season of 'Top Chef Masters' on April 7. Entertainment Weekly has the list of chefs that will compete on the show and it features several familiar names.

First the newbies: the new chefs include Marcus Samuelsson, Jody Adams, Govind Armstrong, Jimmy Bradley, David Burke, Susan Feniger, Debbie Gold, Carmen Gonzalez, Maria Hines, Susur Lee, Tony Mantuano, Monica Pope, Thierry Rautureau, Ana Sortun, Rick Tramonto, and Jerry Traunfeld. The returning chefs are Wylie Dufresne, Graham Elliot Bowles, Mark Peel, Jonathan Waxman, Ludo Lefebvre, and Rick Moonen.

Fans are torn about this show. They love the original 'Top Chef' but they're not sure if they want to watch pros compete every week when there are no real stakes involved. The setup of the show, where only a group of certain chefs compete against each other (they don't all compete against each other at the same time) is also something fans aren't quite keen on, but at the same time it's good to see a cooking competition show without so much fighting and snarkiness and emotional breakdowns.

I might watch this one because Adams is from a rather well-known restaurant in Cambridge, MA, Rialto.

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i loved it too, Nick, and I ended up visiting a few of my favorite chef's restaurants as a result. While in Chicago last fall I went to Art Smith's Table 57 (really good) and then later in the fall while in San Francisco, I had the pleasure of going to Hubert Keller's Fleur de Lys (and got to meet the chef and his wonderful front-of-house wife, and he is all that and more). Both experiences were thrilling. I had already been to Rick Bayless' Frontera in Chicago which is an absolute must.

So I am psyched to find more chefs whose restaurants I can put on my bucket list.

February 11 2010 at 7:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I loved Top Chef Masters, and cannot wait for more. Sure you may not necessarily know all the chefs involved, and it might seem rather hap-hazard how they're grouped together, but at it's core it's still a cooking competition with established chefs. It's fun to see how they handle quick fire challenges, and then the main challenge, and then finally progress to cook against the top chefs in each round.

It made me want to visit a lof of these chef's restaraunts and try their food. And it also inspired me to want to learn to cook. Bravo to Bravo!

February 10 2010 at 11:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ugh...I didn't care much for the format nor for the contestants. I'll watch, and as long as it doesn't take away from the real Top Chef show, I'm ok with it.

February 10 2010 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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