Top Chef Masters cast announced; guest judges include Lost producers, Neil Patrick Harris

Bravo has announced the format and cast of Top Chef Masters, its spin-off series that’s a competition between world-renowned chefs. The network previously announced the series’ new host and judges.

The competition is for charity–the winner gets $100,000 for his or her charity–and will unfold over 10 episodes starting in June. Bravo’s press release reveals the show’s format: “The first six episodes will consist of four chefs competing against each other to name one winner. The six winners of each episode will then meet up for the final four weeks when one person will get eliminated each episode until the finale where one winner is crowned Top Chef Master.”

The show will feature guest judges including Neil Patrick Harris and Lost producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, plus Bravo stars, including all five Top Chef winners.

The famous chefs, some of whom have appeared on the show as guest judges in the past, are Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill, Chicago, Ill.), Wilo Benet (Pikayo, San Juan, Puerto Rico), John Besh (Restaurant August, New Orleans, LA), Graham Elliot Bowles (Graham Elliot Restaurant, Chicago, Ill.), Michael Chiarello (Bottega Restaurant, Yountville, Calif.), Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Los Angeles, Calif.), Wylie Dufresne (wd~50, New York, N.Y.), Elizabeth Falkner (Orson, San Francisco, Calif.), Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys, San Francisco, Calif.), Christopher Lee (Aureole, New York, N.Y.), Ludo Lefebvre (Ludo Bites, Los Angeles, Calif.), Anita Lo (Annisa, New York, N.Y.), Tim Love (The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Fort Worth, Texas), Rick Moonen (Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev.), Nils Noren (French Culinary Institute, New York, N.Y.), Lachlan McKinnon Patterson (Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.), Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards Grill, Napa Valley, Calif.), Mark Peel (Campanile, Los Angeles, Calif.), Douglas Rodriguez (Alma de Cuba, Philadelphia, PA), Michael Schlow (Radius Restaurant, Boston, Mass.), Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two, Chicago, Ill.), Suzanne Tracht (Jar, Los Angeles, Calif.), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto, New York, N.Y.), and Roy Yamaguchi (Roy’s Restaurants, San Diego, Calif.).

Bravo Dishes Premiere of “Top Chef Masters”… [Bravo press release]

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