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Bravo Announces Judge Lineup For Top Chef: Masters

Last month, news broke that Kelly Choi would host the upcoming Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef: Masters. In a statement released this morning, Bravo has confirmed this as fact and also revealed the star lineup of judges for the new show.

Joining Choi on the judging panel will be former New York magazine restaurant critic Gael Greene, British food critic Jay Rayner, and Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland. The culinary competition will follow the format of the original Top Chef series, but its contestants will be award-winning, widely known chefs, competing head to head for the title of Top Chef Master. As for the cheftestant lineup, The Feedbag has reported rumors of participating chefs.

Many have appeared on Top Chef as judges: Wylie Dufresne of WD-50, Scott Conant of Scarpetta, celebrity chef Todd English, and Michelle Bernstein of Michy's. Other possible competitors include seafood czar Rick Moonen, Hawaiian cuisine titan Roy Yamaguchi, Chris Lee of Aureole, Florida vet Norm Van Aken, Texas chef Tim Love, and possibly even Tom himself.

I'm getting excited about the lineup of both the judges and the rumored cheftestants. Do you feel the same way? Which chefs would you love to see on the show?


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spryeater spryeater 8 years
wow, fooz, you sound like you have major obsession with kelly. i think she rocks and will be awesome!! sounds like you need to go to some major therapy to work out your insecurities with posting nasty comments on the webosphere
fooz fooz 8 years
How many chefs has Kelly choi spread her legs and mouth to?
fooz fooz 8 years
Kelly Choi is a VAPID, VAIN, stupid Host. THe only way Bravo picked her up is they needed someone on the cheap. There’s no way they could have vetted Kelly Choi. Choi is untalented. Just read the comments on her. Viewers don’t tune into her
fooz fooz 8 years
I don't know this blog writer but dude, Jake, you are right on target. Couldn't agree with you more about the choice of Kelly choi. I went to Columbia with her. Choi PINED after JOSH KELLY now at espn. He dumped her for a gorgeous blonde, and Choi screamed at Elliott in the Columbia hallways. choi was a laughing stock at school and she then got hired for ONE month at NEWS 12 BRONX by Camilo Pombo. I saw Choi's air checks then ( about 6 years ago) Man she Sucked! Choi is NO sincere soul. She is not 32 as wikipedia states and she slummed around NYC writing freelance after news 12 trying to make it some how before she begged Arick Wierson at NYC TV for a shot. PEOPLE at NYC TV (not management) do not think highly of CHOI. CHOI goes to these RED CARPET EVENTS in evening gowns TRYING BEGGING CRYING, "LOOK AT ME PLEASE I AM KELLY CHOI." She has no purpose at these events and paparazzi friends of mine remark they take her pix because she just bares leg at the male photogs. How many wanna bet CHOI will crash and burn or just end up marrying a rich old geezer like JULIE CHEN OR WENDI DENG. Pathetic.
wunami wunami 8 years
It would be interesting to see Tom Colicchio in this show, but I don't necessarily think that Bravo would risk putting him in the lineup in case he gets sent packing early. Or they could put it on the show and sort of rig it so he doesn't get cut early if he's not doing that well.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
i would def. tune in for this show
verily verily 8 years
To answer the other question, I totally want to see Tom Colicchio and the Top Chef staple guest chef, Eric Ripert, compete.
clew001 clew001 8 years
wow! who is she? she's gorgeous (minus all the eye makeup).
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Strangely, after making that comment, Wylie D. failed to bug me at all on last night's Top Chef episode.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Strangely, after making that comment, Wylie D. filed to bug me at all on last night's Top Chef episode.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Sounds like an "Iron Chef" for BRAVO.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Well my question is do all of these big time chefs live in the same house together? And have to be in a stew room? I just don't think it can have the exact same concept and work.
Ultress Ultress 8 years
(and i have to admit. padma has grown on me over the seasons.)
Ultress Ultress 8 years
ugh. kelly choi? seriously? she's dumb as a post and has nothing intelligent to say about food. makes padma look and sound like a rocket scientist. boo.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
There's no way Tom would go on this show! He's a little to proud and I don't think he could face the shame of losing Top Chef: Masters and then judging people on Top Chef.
LemonOut LemonOut 8 years
I hope Michelle Bernstein and Scott Conant get some tough criticism - I would love to see how they would take it, since they have no hesitation to be really rude to the Top Chef contestants.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
i had no idea they were planning a spin off! exciting :)
verily verily 8 years
I would totally tune in.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
*get* not *gets*
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
This is totally mean, but I kind of want to see Wylie Dufresne gets his sideburns kicked. He's always bugged me as a judge on Top Chef.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this may be one spin-off that i would watch - i think that it would be interesting to see how really well known chefs adapt to the quick pace of the show. remember the D-list awards or whatever when tom had to do a quick fire? i think that it was interesting then, and would be just as interesting in a show format.
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