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'Top Chef Masters': Scoop on the new season from James Oseland, Ruth Reichl, and Curtis Stone

Can a brilliant cook make even a bowl of worms appetizing? We’ll find out this season on  Top Chef Masters , which premieres April 6 at 11 p.m. ET on Bravo. In one memorable quickfire, the stars of Discovery’s  Man, Woman, Wild visit the  Top Chef  kitchen and challenge the competitors to make a winning dish out of night crawlers, beetles, and other creepy-crawlies. "And guess who got to eat it all?" laughed Curtis Stone, the Australian chef (and onetime wannabe  Celebrity Apprentice ) who’s taking over as host of  Masters  this year, during a conference call with reporters. "I tell everybody this was the best job of my life. That was one of the worst days of the best job of my life." Even if  Fear Factor -inspired shenanigans aren’t your thing, there’s still plenty to look forward to on  Top Chef Masters  this year. Here are a few more tidbits about what’s coming up on Season 3: Read More... //insidetv.ew.com/2011/03/29/top-chef-masters-scoop/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ew%2Fhollywoodinsider+%28Entertainment+Weekly%2FEW.com%27s%3A+Hollywood+Insider%29

TOP CHEF MASTERS Season 3 First Look

Take a first look at photos  and a preview for Season 3  of  TOP CHEF MASTERS  which premiereon Wednesday, April 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and will move to its regular time period on April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.  Top Chef Masters  Synopsis:   Bravo’s "Top Chef Masters"  returns  with a  brand  new  format  and 12 new award-winning chefs hungry to compete for the title of "Top Chef Master" and win $100,000 for their charity. This season, the masters will no longer be judged on a scale, but in elimination style challenges just as the tried and true format of the original "Top Chef." In each  episode , money will be at stake, with the winners of every quickfire challenge winning $5,000 and elimination challenges winning $10,000 for their designated charities. As previously announced, celebrity chef Curtis Stone will serve as the newly appointed host of the series along with returning judge and culinary expert, James Oseland, and new series judge, the legendary food critic and author, Ruth Reichl. The third season of "Top Chef Masters" premieres on Wednesday, April 6 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and will move to its regular time period on April 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Read More... //www.daemonstv.com/2011/03/17/top-chef-masters-season-3-first-look/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+daemonstv+%28Daemon%27s+TV%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

Top Chef Masters Welcomes New Judge Ruth Reichl, New Format

Top Chef Masters is changing up its format and judges table for its upcoming third season, Bravo announced Wednesday. At the judges tables, famous food critic and author Ruth Reichl joins regular James Oseland and replaces departing judge Gael Greene. Greene, however, will return for one episode this season. As previously reported, celebrity chef Curtis Stone will join the show as the new host, replacing... //www.tvguide.com/News/Top-Chef-Masters-1030287.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Mad Men's Christina Hendricks to Dine on Top Chef Masters

Christina Hendricks will be heating up the competition on Bravo. The  Mad Men  star and her actor husband Geoffrey Arend will be the guests of honor on an episode of the upcoming third season of  Top Chef Masters , EW reports. The couple will reportedly be involved with a meal revolving around a '60s theme, referencing  Mad Men's  setting in its first season. The third season of  Top Chef Masters  also marks the debut of celebrity chef Curtis Stone as host. He steps in for former host Kelly Choi. A premiere date has yet to be announced. Hendricks has been nominated for an Emmy for her supporting role as the sexy and efficient office manager Joan Holloway and shares two Screen Actors Guild drama ensemble awards with the cast. Arend ( (500) Days of Summer ) will play Dr. Elliot Gross opposite Dana Delany and Jeri Ryan on the upcoming ABC medical drama  Body of Proof , premiering Tuesday, March 29 at 10/9c. //www.tvguide.com/News/Mad-Men-Hendricks-1030262.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Top Chef Masters' Winner Marcus Samuelsson on the Final Challenge and More...

'Top Chef Masters' named Marcus Samuelsson top dog for season 2 -- and along with a $100,000 prize for his charity, he can take away "bragging rights forever." Samuelsson joins Chicago chef Rick Bayless in the 'Masters' hall of winners. The Aquavit chef, beat out Rick Moonen and Susur Lee to earn money for the UNICEF Tap Project. He spoke to TV Squad about winning,how this ranks next to the State Dinner he cooked and what's next on his culinary journey. To Read More Click Here .

Marcus Samuelsson Wins 'Top Chef Masters'

Marcus Samuelsson narrowly won the second season of Top Chef Masters by beating the other two finalists - fan favorite Sensur Lee and seafood chef Rick Moonen - 17 and a half stars to 17 stars apiece. "It's the best feeling," the "world cuisine wizard" said of the win. "People all over the world will celebrate this with me, I guarantee that." On the finale, the three chefs were tasked to prepare three courses that best represented their journeys as chefs: their first significant food memory, the meal that made them decide to become chefs and a course that describes them as a chef.