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May 24, 2012 07:28 PM

Top Chef Masters Season 4 July 25th

Premieres July 25th.

Bravo announced the contestants today:

· Chris Cosentino: Chef/ Partner Incanto Restaurant, San Francisco; Competing for Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research
· Clark Frasier: Owner of Arrows, Ogunquit, Maine; Competing for Outright Lewiston/Auburn
· Mark Gaier:Owner of Arrows, Ogunquit, Maine; Competing for Equality Maine Foundation
· Lorena Garcia: Owner of Lorena Garcia Cocina Restaurant, Miami; Competing for Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc
· Debbie Gold: Executive Chef of Kansas City’s The American Restaurant; Competing for Children’s TLC
· Kerry Heffernan: NYC Chef; Competing for City Harvest
· Thierry Rautureau: Chef/owner: Rover’s and Luc, Seattle; Competing for Food Lifeline
· Missy Robbins: Executive Chef: A Voce Madison & A Voce Columbus, New York; Competing for Grow to Learn NYC
· Art Smith: Executive Chef and co-owner: LYFE Kitchen and Southern Art Restaurants; Competing for Common Threads
· Sue Torres: Chef/Owner: Sueños, New York; Competing for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
· Takashi Yagihashi: Owner: Takashi Restaurant and Slurping Turtle, Chicago; Competing for the American Red Cross, benefitting the Japanese Tsunami Disaster Relief
· Patricia Yeo: Om Restaurant & Lounge/ Moksa Pan Asian Izakaya, Cambridge, Mass.; Competing for Heifer Project International

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  1. What qualifies these chefs as masters? I'm just wondering if there's any firm criteria.

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    1. re: Worldwide Diner

      Usu. they are established chefs who have been James Beard Award winners, or winners of other types of culinary achievements, and/or have received critical acclaim for their restaurants (e.g. 3 stars from NYT).

      They usually have more gravitas than the up-and-comers of Top Chef contestants.

      1. re: Worldwide Diner

        Technically, I don't believe any of them are Certified Master Chefs through the rigorous program run by the ACF. Most people refer to established (and well-known within the industry) chefs who have mentored and/or trained other chefs as "Master Chefs."

        As well, the name of the show is Top Chef Masters, not Top Master Chefs. (fwiw)

      2. I'm a huge fan of Chris Consentino. I have eaten at his restaurant. I like his championing of offal. I have enjoyed his TV appearances in the past, including the show Chefs vs City.

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        1. re: FoodPopulist

          I'm looking forward to him also.

          Art Smith competed before......that's kind of odd.

          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            Art Smith: "I made this once for Barack and Michelle, while celebrating Bono's birthday at Oprah's mansion. It was so delicious, Brangelina and the Dalai Lama asked me for the recipe. PS. I'm friends with Will Smith"

                1. re: Evilbanana11

                  "I cook for billionaires. I don't do budgets"

                2. re: Janet from Richmond

                  Last year, too, they selected some chefs that had previously competed and stated so at the beginning.

              1. oh, I can't wait! thanks for posting the info - i hadn't seen this. :)

                1. Thanks for posting. I was afraid that they weren't going to have a fourth season.

                  Chris Cosentino is the standout for me after a quick glance, and Art Smith should be fun. Patricia Yeo is working outside of Boston now, so I'll have a local to watch.

                  This is my favorite food reality show. There tends to be much less drama than the regular TC.

                  1. It's an interesting and very talented group of chefs. I'm a big fan of Takashi and Thierry Rautureau.