‘Top Chef Just Desserts’ starts tomorrow and more ‘Top Chef’ news
Calling all “Top Chef Just Desserts” fans! Get set for the first episode of Season 2 tomorrow night on Bravo TV.
Gail Simmons returns as host this season, which pits 14 pastry chefs against one another to compete for the $100,000 prize. Johnny Iuzzini, Hubert Keller and Dannielle Kyrillos will serve as judges. Previews also include a shot of Atlanta’s own Hugh Acheson as a guest judge.
This season’s challenges will have contestants cooking for Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz, pastry chef Francois Payard and chef Cat Cora.
Sadly there won’t be any hometown favorites like Cherokee Town and Country Club’s Heather Hurlbert to root for like last season. But, I’ll be watching nonetheless.
Who’ll be watching with me?
In other top chef news…
- It looks like Hugh Acheson did more than just make a guest judge appearance on “Top Chef Just Desserts.” Bravo TV announced that he will join Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi as a regular judge on the upcoming season of “Top Chef,” which was filmed in Texas. After the announcement, Hugh tweeted, “Prepare for lots of smart*** comments!” and “Just figured out why I was in Texas… I was wondering. They just kept giving me food to try. I:)” Just one more reason to watch!
- “Top Chef All-Stars” winner Richard Blais told Eater Atlanta recently that his new restaurant being developed in partnership with Concentrics Restaurants will be called The Spence. He explained that “spence” is a synonym for larder and refers to a place where families gather to eat together. The restaurant is slated to open this coming winter.
- And, in case you missed it, John Kessler reported last week that Art Smith, former “Top Chef Masters” contestant, will be opening a restaurant in late September called Southern Art at the Intercontinental Hotel.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog
– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team.