Top Chef Masters Premieres On 19 September On Arena TV
Australian chef Curtis Stone will be seen on our screens in his role as host on Top Chef Masters from Monday 19 September on Arena TV.
Curtis took over the role of host from Kelly Choi. I was never a fan of Kelly’s as you rarely saw her eat the food.
Top Chef Masters is different from Top Chef in that the cheftestants are highly respected chefs.
Jay Rayner fans will be disappointed to know that he has been fired from the show, the reason being because Curtis Stone is Australian they only wanted one foreign accent on the show. Here is a cracker of a interview with Jay Rayner for eater.com, and love him even more for saying there was to much hype around David Chang.
Gael Greene has also been replaced by Ruth Reichl.
The Contestants are:
Hugh Acheson – Chef/ Partner: Five& Ten, The National, Gosford Wine – in Athens, GA and Empire State South, Atlanta, GA; Competing for Wholesome Wave Foundation
Floyd Cardoz – Former Executive Chef/Partner- of Tabla and soon-to-be Executive Chef/Partner of a new Danny Meyer restaurant; Competing for Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund
John Currence – City Grocery Restaurant Group, Oxford, MS Competing for No Kid Hungry
Traci Des Jardins – Chef/Co-owner of Jardinière, Mijita Cocina Mexicana and Public House and Manzanita, San Francisco, CA; Competing for La Cocina
George Mendes – Chef/Co-Owner of ALDEA, Manhattan, NY; Competing for Charity: Water
Mary Sue Milliken – Co-Chef/ Owner: Border Grill Restaurants and Truck, Los Angeles, CA; Competing for Share Our Strength
Naomi Pomeroy – Owner: Beast in Portland, OR; Competing for Seed Savers Exchange
Suvir Saran – Executive Chef: Dévi, New York, NY; Competing for Agricultural Stewardship Association
John Rivera Sedlar – Owner: Playa, Los Angeles, CA; Competing for American Diabetes Association
Alex Stratta – Executive Chef: Stratta, Las Vegas, NV; Competing for Faster Cures, part of the Milken Prostate Cancer Foundation
Celina Tio – Chef/Owner: JULIAN Restaurant, Kansas City, MO, Competing for Harvesters
Sue Zemanick – Executive Chef: Gautreau’s, New Orleans, LA; Competing for the Louisiana SPCA