+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12

Thread: Top Chef Masters 2 (Premieres Wed. April 7th) - News and Speculation

  1. #1
    Magical Elf MFWalkoff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    16,382

    Top Chef Masters 2 (Premieres Wed. April 7th) - News and Speculation

    Season 2 premieres April 7th! Here's the list of chefs who are participating:
    Exclusive: 'Top Chef Masters' season 2 competing chef lineup

    by Kate Ward
    Feb 9 2010 05:15 PM ET

    Chicago chef Tony Mantuano, New York’s David Burke, and Los Angeles’ Susan Feniger are among the 22 renowned chefs set to compete on the upcoming second season of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. The lineup also includes six returning chefs from season 1: Graham Elliot Bowles, Wylie Dufresne, Ludo Lefebvre, Rick Moonen, Mark Peel, and Jonathan Waxman.

    Top Chef’s Gail Simmons will serve as a regular judge along with returning TCM judges Gael Greene, James Oseland, and Jay Rayner, and Kelly Choi (pictured) will return as host. Season 2 guest stars and judges will include Mekhi Phifer, Matt Groening, Hank Azaria, Andrew Zimmerman, Jason Lezak, Lynne Curtin, Alexis Bellino, Tamra Barney, and the cast of Modern Family.

    The second season of Top Chef Masters premieres April 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT before moving to its regular slot at 10 p.m. on April 14.

    The complete list of Top Chef Masters season 2’s 22 competing chefs:
    (bold — returning from season 1)

    Jody Adams – Rialto Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.
    Govind Armstrong – 8 oz Burger Bar, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Graham Elliot Bowles – Graham Elliot Restaurant, Chicago, Ill.
    Jimmy Bradley – The Red Cat, New York, N.Y.
    David Burke – David Burke Townhouse, New York, N.Y.
    Wylie Dufresne – wd~50, New York, N.Y.
    Susan Feniger – Street, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Debbie Gold – The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Mo.
    Carmen Gonzalez – Chef Consultant, New York, N.Y.
    Maria Hines – Tilth, Seattle, Wash.
    Susur Lee – Madeline’s, Toronto, Canada
    Ludo Lefebvre – Ludo Bites, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Tony Mantuano – Spiaggia, Chicago, Ill.
    Rick Moonen – Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev.
    Mark Peel – Campanile, Los Angeles, Calif.
    Monica Pope – t’afla, Houston, Texas
    Thierry Rautureau – Rover’s, Seattle, Wash.
    Marcus Samuelsson – The Red Rooster, New York, N.Y.
    Ana Sortun – Oleana, Cambridge, Mass.
    Rick Tramonto – TRU, Chicago, Ill.
    Jerry Traunfeld – Poppy, Seattle, Wash.
    Jonathan Waxman – Barbuto, New York, N.Y.
    So, it looks like there will be a Simpsons-themed challenge! Can't wait!
    "Whatever you are, be a good one." – Abraham Lincoln

  2. #2
    For Your Entertainment lobeck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Right here, right now
    Age
    49
    Posts
    14,903

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 - News and Speculation

    Two questions...

    1. Why are chefs from Season 1 being allowed to return?
    2. Lynne Curtin and Tamra Barney as guest judges? Let the Bravo cross-promotions begin...

  3. #3
    Magical Elf MFWalkoff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    16,382

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 - News and Speculation

    I don't see a problem with chefs returning for additional seasons. Maybe Rick Bayless should sit out since he won. But these chefs have already made their name in the industry, so for them this show is more for fun (and charity) than for any real glory.

    As for the Real Housewives, yuk, agreed. Bravo has other shows with less creepy stars that they can poach...
    "Whatever you are, be a good one." – Abraham Lincoln

  4. #4
    For Your Entertainment lobeck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Right here, right now
    Age
    49
    Posts
    14,903

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 - News and Speculation

    I wouldn't be necessarily averse to some of the Real Housewives being guest judges; it's just those two (and, really, the entire OC group, I guess) that I cannot stand. Now, if NeNe Leakes was a guest judge, I'd be all over that!

  5. #5
    FORT Fogey norealityhere's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    8,139

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 - News and Speculation

    Actually I think I could take Any of the real housewives over Alexis Bellino.
    She'd probably need to have her husband, Jim, there as she doesn't seem to be able to speak on her own.
    To Thine Own Self Be True

  6. #6
    Magical Elf MFWalkoff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    16,382

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 - News and Speculation

    A profile on Kelly Choi and Season 2:
    'Top Chef Masters' host Kelly Choi geeks out about New York's food scene for Bravo

    Cristina Kinon
    Saturday, April 3rd 2010, 4:00 AM

    Kelly Choi is so familiar with the ins and outs of the New York restaurant scene, she's practically a walking Zagat guide.

    "My friends and colleagues text me at all hours: ‘I'm in this neighborhood and I want to eat this kind of food - where should I go?' " Choi told the Daily News. "I'm constantly giving recommendations."

    Choi is the host of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters," a spinoff of the popular "Top Chef" series, that features 22 world-renowned chefs competing for a top prize of $100,000 for the charity of their choice. The chefs square off in weekly Quickfire and Elimination Challenges designed to test their basic abilities, versatility and innovativeness.

    Restaurant critic Gael Greene, culinary expert James Oseland and food critic Jay Rayner return as judges, and this season, the series' second, they will be joined by "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons.

    "Top Chef Masters" premieres Wednesday at 11 p.m., before moving to its regular 10 p.m. time period the following Wednesday.

    "I'm just thrilled about how this season turned out," said Andy Cohen, Bravo's senior vice president of original programming and development. "The personalities seem bigger this time around. We hit a great groove, and we really expect this season to be bigger than ever."

    Unlike last season, the preliminary rounds of the competition will last only four weeks, giving the audience six weeks to get to know the finalists. Also, six returning chefs will all come back in one episode for a shot at redemption.

    In addition to hosting "Masters," Choi, a former model, is a food journalist and the creator, producer and host of NYC TV's "Eat Out NY," in which she visits local eateries and prepares a meal with their chefs.

    "I'm around food 24/7," said Choi, who was born in Seoul, South Korea. "I hang out with chefs all the time. I could geek out about food constantly."

    Her favorite New York haunts include the Gramercy Tavern, for its "beautiful presentation," and Eleven Madison Park.

    Despite her love of cooking, her grueling schedule allows little time for it. When filming "Top Chef Masters," Choi is up at 4:30 a.m. and doesn't finish the day until almost - and sometimes well past - midnight.

    "I'm the host, so I'm the one that's there every single day," Choi said. "But I love it. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I wasn't doing it."

    Choi says she was a huge "Top Chef" fan from day one, and when she got the call from Bravo about hosting "Masters," her jaw dropped.

    "Kelly is a major foodie and someone who's been on our radar for a while," said Cohen. "She's known a ton of chefs on the master's level and above."

    This season's guest stars and judges include Mekhi Phifer, "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening and star Hank Azaria, Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern," the cast of ABC's "Modern Family," U.S. Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak and the cast of Bravo's "Real Housewives of Orange County," who will be judging a cocktail challenge.

    "Those ladies know their way around a cocktail," Cohen said of the "Housewives."

    Cohen says both "Top Chef" and "Masters" have gained a real following in the restaurant community, which makes both pretty painless to cast.

    "This is a show that people just want to be on," said Cohen. "Really talented chefs watch ‘Top Chef' and wonder what they would do in the challenges that we put forth. ‘Masters' makes it so they're not only able to come on and compete in all their favorite challenges, but they're doing it for charity, and they get the bragging rights.

    "Also, nobody on this show is looking to claw anyone's eyes out," added Cohen, "although there is a new competitive edge that enters into the show this season that we didn't see last year."

    The drama is ramped up, but so, too, is the food. Choi says that maybe it was the nature of the challenges or possibly the ingredients, but whatever it was, the dishes served up this season were better than ever.

    "I remember thinking, ‘I could eat this and die tomorrow and be satisfied,' " said Choi. "These chefs are so freaking good that even if they misfire, you're never going to get anything that's just not edible."

    Ultimately, Choi thinks "Masters" is the perfect prime-time entertainment for pretty much anyone who likes to eat. And who doesn't?

    "Food is a celebration of being with people-— everything is centered around the dinner table," said Choi. "People will watch because they want to feel good and they want to see geniuses at work. You watch this show and you'll feel inspired."
    "Whatever you are, be a good one." – Abraham Lincoln

  7. #7
    FORT Fogey momrek06's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Orange County, California
    Posts
    3,817

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 (Premieres Wed. April 7th) - News and Speculation

    Yea, I am excited for TCM2!!!

    YUCK, on the OC Housewives ...
    KAREN

  8. #8
    FORT Fogey momrek06's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Orange County, California
    Posts
    3,817

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 (Premieres Wed. April 7th) - News and Speculation

    Wait ... just noticed ... this is going to be on at 11pm? Then moves to 10pm after that ... ?
    KAREN

  9. #9
    Magical Elf MFWalkoff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    16,382

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 (Premieres Wed. April 7th) - News and Speculation

    Yes, the premiere is at 11, because of the Shear Genius finale at 10. Next week it returns to its usual 10pm slot for the season.
    "Whatever you are, be a good one." – Abraham Lincoln

  10. #10
    FORT Fogey momrek06's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Orange County, California
    Posts
    3,817

    Re: Top Chef Masters 2 (Premieres Wed. April 7th) - News and Speculation

    Quote Originally Posted by MFWalkoff;3871459;
    Yes, the premiere is at 11, because of the Shear Genius finale at 10. Next week it returns to its usual 10pm slot for the season.
    THANKS!!!
    KAREN

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.