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Top Chef Masters Starts This Friday On Arena

Top Chef Masters is back and it is on Arena TV on Friday nights. The Top Chef franchise is one of my favourite shows so it will be a nice way to end the week.

Also Curtis Stone fans will be pleased to know he is still the host of the series.

Here’s all the information:

Foxtel’s Arena is spicing things up this month, with 13 new award-winning chefs ready to compete for bragging rights on the new season of Top Chef Masters, premiering this Friday August 23 at 8.30pm.

Aussie heartthrob celebrity chef Curtis Stone is back as series host alongside new head critic Gail Simmons, with returning judges James Oseland, Ruth Reichl, and Francis Lam, and new judge, food and dining editor Lesley Suter.

In the fifth season the stakes are higher and there even are more dishes to serve up. In a new twist, each Master will have his or her sous chef compete in an online competition, “Battle of the Sous Chefs,” hosted by Hugh Acheson. These online episodes will screen exclusively at

This time it’s on the sous chefs to serve up the best plate. The results of each online episode directly impacts the Masters, awarding them advantages, such as immunity and sometimes, disadvantages, depending on their sous chef’s performance.

Every online episode of “Battle of the Sous Chefs” leads up to the next television episode of Top Chef Masters, and explores the uniquely interdependent relationship between a Master chef and his or her sous chef.

In this season, the Master chefs face off in some of the most difficult and unique challenges seen thus far and they’re serving up food for some top entertainers and celebrity guest judges including, Busy Philipps, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lindsay Price, the cast of Days Of our Lives and Ali Larter.

The series pits 13 world-renowned chefs against each other to see how well they fare in fierce culinary competition. Each week will whittle down the chefs until the finale where one winner is crowned “Top Chef Master” and receives the grand prize of $100,000 for their charity.

Top Chef Masters, premiering this Friday August 23 at 8.30pm on Arena TV.


1 mahlia { 08.19.13 at 2:51 pm }

Curtis is a great host. And the Top Chef series and spin offs really know how to do a challenge

2 Culinary Boner { 08.19.13 at 3:28 pm }

Am I the only person on this planet who wants Kelly Choi back?

3 PollyB { 08.20.13 at 10:14 am }

Yes CB! LOL 😉

4 Culinary Boner { 08.20.13 at 12:08 pm }

Thought so, PollyB, thought so.
*goes back to day dreaming about the way Kelly would curl her upper lip in a dismissive sneer when she was actually trying to smile*

At least Gail is still on this show.

5 PollyB { 08.20.13 at 7:17 pm }

I do agree with you re Gail, CB.