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Something to look forward to - Top Chef Masters

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Most of you have probably heard about this, but starting June 10, Bravo will have a Masters version of Top Chef, with truly professional chefs competing against each other for $100k. Here's a list of who's signed up so far:

Rick Bayless, Frontera Grill, Chicago
Wilo Benet, Pikayo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
John Besh, Restaurant August, New Orleans
Graham Elliot Bowles, Graham Elliott, Chicago
Michael Chiarello, Bottega Restaurant, Yountville, CA
Michael Cimarusti, Providence, Los Angeles
Wylie Dufresne, wd-50, New York City
Elizabeth Falkner, Orson, San Francisco
Hubert Keller, Fleur de Lys, San Francisco
Christopher Lee, Aureole, New York City
Ludo Lefebvre, Ludo Bites, Los Angeles
Anita Lo, Anissa, New York City
Tim Love, The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Fort Worth, TX
Rick Moonen, Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Nils Noren, French Culinary Institute, New York City
Lachlan McKinnon Patterson, Frasca Foood & Wine, Boulder, CO
Cindy Pawlcyn, Mustards Grill, Napa Valley, CA
Mark Peel, Campanile, Los Angeles
Douglas Rodriguez, Alma de Cuba, Philadelphia
Michael Schlow, Radius Restaurant, Boston
Art Smith, Table Fifty-Two, Chicago
Suzanne Tracht, Jar, Los Angeles
Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto, New York City
Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s Restaurants, San Diego

This list is from Restaurant Hospitality (http://restaurant-hospitality.com/new...). The URL will give you the entire article.

I suspect this show will produce a lot of new threads and heavy discussions. Let's hope it lives up to its potential and doesn't get ruined by product endorsements...

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    1. It already has spawned conversation - see this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/610437

      1. Sorry 'bout that - the URL doesn't work because you have to register (free).

        1. Should have done a search first. Perhaps this thread should be added to the original.

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          1. re: cmvan

            I didn't realize they were actually going to have GOOD chefs...I had heard about the spinoff months ago, they are also going to do a junior for children.

            I'm excited to have another forum to root for John Besh! He's not my only favorite, lots of great ones! I'm surprised at some of those names, and I'm surprised for the people I DON'T see.

            I'm also a little disapointed....money not going to charity?

            Anyone have a favorite on that list? I don't know much about Tim Love, wasn't he in the Capsicum battle with Morimoto? If that was him, I thought it a little weird...all or almost all of his plates were directly from his restaurant's menu. Makes me think he wouldn't do so great in the "think on your feet" atmosphere.

            1. re: sommrluv

              Sure there were a lot of floaters in the group of standard top chef cheftestants, but I think it's a little harsh to not consider at least some of them to not be good.

              1. re: sommrluv

                In the other thread they said the money WAS going to charity and that was the primary reason a number of the chefs were participating. What makes you think otherwise?

                1. re: sommrluv

                  I'm also a little disapointed....money not going to charity?
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                  The money IS going to charity - see the "About" here: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-maste...

                  1. re: sommrluv

                    <I'm surprised at some of those names, and I'm surprised for the people I DON'T see. >

                    The characteristics that make someone a great chef and restaurateur are not necessarily the same ones that make for a terrific TV chef. Perhaps some of the names you didn't see are missing because they are terrified of the camera? Others may have contracts with other tv stations or groups that prevent their appearance in a Bravo show, and some may have had scheduling conflicts!

                    1. re: ChefJune

                      Good point, Chef June!

                      Guess I need to make a point of coming here more often! From my experience with celebrities, and those who want to be one, participating in this kind of event and donating that money to charity is fabulous PR, and deservedly so. That it wasn't stated was glaring, charmed girl. (this wasn't the only place I had seen a press release or statement they were going to compete for cash and/or prizes, and seeing the above statement, I Assumed that was the final word, money going to the contestants.

                      I'm very much pleased LindaWhit posted an article to the contrary...I shall go see it now.

                2. Ok, I am so excited about this TOP CHEF MASTERS, can't wait

                  My Favorites...

                  John Besh, Restaurant August, New Orleans

                  Michael Chiarello, Bottega Restaurant, Yountville, CA

                  Wylie Dufresne, wd-50, New York City

                  Elizabeth Falkner, Orson, San Francisco

                  Hubert Keller, Fleur de Lys, San Francisco

                  Christopher Lee, Aureole, New York City

                  Tim Love, The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Fort Worth, TX

                  Michael Schlow, Radius Restaurant, Boston

                  Suzanne Tracht, Jar, Los Angeles

                  Jonathan Waxman, Barbuto, New York City

                  Roy Yamaguchi, Roy’s Restaurants, San Diego