'Top Chef Masters' Second Season Contestants Announced
by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 10th 2010 12:30PM
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.