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‘Top Chef Masters’ to start tonight

Chef Curtis Stone at a recent cooking demonstration at The Cook's Warehouse, courtesy The Cook's Warehouse

Chef Curtis Stone at a recent cooking demonstration at The Cook's Warehouse, courtesy The Cook's Warehouse

If you’ve been missing the “Top Chef” series, it returns tonight with “Top Chef Masters: Season 4,” set in Las Vegas. Twelve award-winning chefs will compete in this competitive culinary reality show to earn $100,000 for the charity of their choice.

Curtis Stone will return as judge and host this season just after wrapping up his hosting duties on the show “Around the World in 80 Plates.” James Oseland, editor-in-chief of Saveur, and Ruth Reichl, Editorial Advisor to Gilt Taste, also both return as judges this season. New to the judging panel are Francis Lam, an award-winning food writer and features editor for Gilt Taste, and Krista Simmons, food editor for the LAist.

This season, Atlanta will be represented by contestant Art Smith, of Southern Art & Bourbon Bar and by The Indigo Girls, who will join an episode as guest judges. Other guest judges this season include Sugar Ray Leonard, The B-52’s and Grub Street’s Alan Systsma.

Here’s a complete list of this season’s contestants and their selected charities:

  • Chris Cosentino – Chef/ Partner Incanto Restaurant, San Francisco; Competing for Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research
  • Clark Frasier – Owner of Arrows; Competing for Outright Lewiston/Auburn
  • Mark Gaier – Owner of Arrows; Competing for Equality Maine Foundation
  • Lorena Garcia – Owner of Lorena Garcia Cocina Restaurant; Competing for Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc
  • Debbie Gold – Executive Chef of Kansas City’s The American Restaurant; Competing for Children’s TLC
  • Kerry Heffernan – NYC Chef; Competing for City Harvest
  • Thierry Rautureau – Chef/owner: Rover’s and Luc; Competing for Food Lifeline
  • Missy Robbins – Executive Chef: A Voce Madison & A Voce Columbus; Competing for Grow to Learn NYC
  • Art Smith – Executive Chef and co-owner: LYFE Kitchen and Southern Art Restaurants; Competing for Common Threads
  • Sue Torres – Chef/Owner: Sueños;  Competing for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Takashi Yagihashi – Owner: Takashi Restaurant and Slurping Turtle; Competing for the American Red Cross, benefitting the Japanese Tsunami Disaster Relief
  • Patricia Yeo – Om Restaurant & Lounge/ Moksa Pan Asian Izakaya; Competing for Heifer Project International

Wednesdays, 10 p.m. on Bravo TV.

Will you be watching this season or are you Top-Chefed out? If so, any early predictions on the outcome?

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–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

7 comments Add your comment


July 25th, 2012
12:52 pm

I will but hoping they do away wirh all the funky set ups and just let them cook.

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Maria S.

July 25th, 2012
1:04 pm

Yes, I’ll be watching. DVR set and ready to record.


July 25th, 2012
10:08 pm

To TERRY, the “French Chef in a Hat”& owner too! Well good luck for yourself and hopefully another award for at monetary wins ! So to at places into or reopen onto the areas eastside ,or to other stuff of businesses?


July 26th, 2012
8:36 am

Art Smith is adorable and quirky and funny … I’ve only ever eaten his food once (at Southern Art), and I quite enjoyed it, but he’s the kind of chef that you want to root for based on personality ;)

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July 28th, 2012
10:25 pm

The producers of Top Chef are headed towards “jump the shark” territory. The last season had some pretty silly moments, the “80 Plates” show was unwatchable, and now a Top Chef Masters series with only one Master, Art. I have watched every episode of the Top Chef, and this current incarnation of Top Chef is looking pretty weak. What’s with all the over the top gay characters lately? Not that there is anything wrong with being gay. And should professional “master” chefs be oogling patrons, as every master chef seemed to do in this episode?