It's official! Bravo has finally announced that it has renewed its reality cooking series, Top Chef, for season 6. The news doesn't really come as a surprise since the network already announced open casting call dates and locations for the new season in February. Still, it's comforting to know that Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, lead judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young will all reprise their roles for the show's upcoming season. And similar to previous seasons, season 6 will also feature a group of "cheftestants" competing for a grand prize to help them launch their own restaurant.
Aside from the renewal of Top Chef, Bravo also announced the premiere of Top Chef Masters, the spin-off series that will pit 24 world-renowned chefs against each other and see how well they fare in the tried and true format of Top Chef. Premiering Wednesday, June 10 at 10pm on Bravo, Top Chef Masters will feature guest stars and judges Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Zooey Deschanel, Lost writers and executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, Jeff Lewis, and for the first time, all past Top Chef winners will be together during an episode. The series will also showcase chef'testant fan favorites as well as appearances by Top Chef's Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons.
"On Top Chef, the biggest names in the industry join us as guests to pass judgment on the chef'testants," executive producer Dan Cutforth said in a statement. "Now we'll get to see how they handle equally tough challenges."
"We are thrilled to have such an amazing line up of celebrated chefs putting their reputations on the line for their charities," executive producer Jane Lipsitz added. "Top Chef Masters will take the kitchen competition to the next level."