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'Top Chef Masters' Ruth Reichl: 'It's hard to be a chef if you don't have a generous soul'

Ruth Reichl has spent most of her adult life -- and all of her career -- putting her experiences with food into words. As a former food guru for the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, the celebrated editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine until its confounding demise in 2009, and now editorial advisor for the Web's Gilt Taste, Reichl's writings have advised and tantalized international foodies for decades.When Bravo offered her a judging stint on Season 3 of Top Chef Masters, Reichl signed on as a lark and enjoyed it so much that she's back for the series' fourth session now airing on Wednesdays. And thanks to her decades-long reign at the epicenter of food culture, she's found plenty of familiar faces in the new crop of contestants."A lot of these chefs are people whose careers I know well," Reichl tells Zap2it, "so for me, it's an interesting group. And as the field narrows,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/top-chef-masters-ruth-reichl-its-hard-to-be-a-chef-if-you-dont-have-a-generous-soul.html