It took a while, but Bravo finally announced that Top Chef Masters will return for a sophomore run with a definite return date. Foodies should watch out for the Top Chef spin-off on April 7 at 11pm. Then after the premiere, Top Chef Masters will move to its regular Wednesday night spot at 10pm.
Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will be added as a regular member of Top Chef Masters' judging panel, joining New York Magazine food critic Gael Greene, Saveur magazine editor-in-chief James Oseland, and British journalist and broadcaster Jay Rayner, who will all reprise their roles critiquing the show's world-renowned contestants.
Kelly Choi will also resume her hosting duties for the new season.
Top Chef Masters' October renewal didn't come as a surprise, as an average of 2.22 million tuned in to watch Rick Bayless' road to eventually snag the Top Chef Masters crown. Its diminutive 10-episode run was Bravo's highest rated first season of any reality competition on the network.
56-year-old Oklahoma native Bayless lorded it over Hubert Keller and Michael Chiarello on the show's final round on last summer's first season, where 24 world-renowned chefs competed.
On the final challenge, diners include each of the Top Chefs from the previous five seasons, Harold Dieterle, Ilan Hall, Hung Huynh, Stephanie Izard, and Hosea Rosenberg, as well as Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Simmons.
Bayless won the title of Top Chef Masters, plus $100,000 for his charity, Frontera Farmer Foundation.