If you think all the dishes and kitchen drama on Bravo's Top Chef are already exciting, then better hike up the anticipation because the reality show is set to super-size things with the launch of Top Chef Masters tonight. Twenty-four world-renowned chefs will see battle in good ole Top Chef format, and cold cash is involved during every elimination - the winners of eliminations will be awarded cash donations for their charities.
On Top Chef Masters, everything on the regular Top Chef is upped one notch. During the first six episodes, four chefs will compete against each other to name one winner. The six winners from each episode will then meet on the final four weeks, during which one person will get eliminate each episode until the finale where one chef is crowned Top Chef Master. The winner will receive $100,000 for the charity of their choice.
Every episode of Top Chef Masters will also include two challenges - a twist on the Quick-fire challenge on the regular Top Chef and a unique culinary trial featuring unusual and exotic foods or demanding clients. While the first will test the chef's basic abilities, the second is designed to assess their versatility. The food will be tasted and evaluated accordingly.
Joining the 24 chef-testants are host Kelly Choi and judges Gael Greene, Jay Rayner, and James Oseland. On the first episode, he four chef-testants in competition are Hubert Keller of Fleur de Lys in San Francisco, Christopher Lee of Aureole in New York; Tim Love of the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Fort Worth, Texas; and Michael Schlow of Radius in Boston. The first quick-fire challenge has something to do with desserts, with Girl Scouts acting as judges.
So what do you think? Will you be tuning in for Top Chef Masters tonight?