Top Chef 3 will start with an all-star competition

The third season of Bravo’s Top Chef will begin with an all-star competition between contestants from the previous two seasons.

The network announced today that Harold Dieterle, Stephen Asprinio, Tiffani Faison, and Dave Martin will face off against Ilan Hall, Sam Talbot, Elia Aboumrad, and Marcel Vigneron. With the exception of Stephen, that’s each show’s top four. They’ll compete “in a $20,000 cook-off for charity,” according to a Bravo press release. That “concludes with the two teams serving their meals to” the new cast.”

That new Top Chef 3 cast was also announced today. All of the show’s 15 chefs are in their late 20s and 30s. The youngest is 27; the oldest is 39. That’s a break from last season, which was won by a 24-year-old and featured chefs ages 23 to 46.

The all-star competition airs June 6 at 10 p.m. ET, with the regular show debuting one week later, on June 13. Besides moving to Miami Beach, the show is adding Ted Allen as a judge.

Bravo’s “Top Chef 3 Miami” Premieres with 15 Hot New Chefs Wed, June 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT [Bravo press release]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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