It'll be one of the most intense culinary battles yet, and when Top Chef Duels ignites August 6, judges Curtis Stone and Gail Simmons (along with chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson) will be joined by a top roster of A-List celebrities (and foodies!).
Who's on tap to taste the culinary creations of past Cheftestants? Special guests include actress Shailene Woodley and musicians Pink, Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Gary Holt and Rob Zombie.
Also featured this season are Andy Samberg along with the cast of FOX’s Brooklyn Nine Nine including Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Peretti and producer Dan Goor, as well as stars from ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy such as James Pickens Jr., Sarah Drew, Camilla Luddington, Jerrika Hinton and Kevin McKidd.
In each episode, two chefs will face-off in three rounds of head-to-head battles testing their skill, creativity and speed. Rivalries will be intensified as Top Chef Duels ups the ante and allows the competing chefs to each pick one mini-duel based on the other’s perceived weaknesses in the kitchen.
The third and final challenge of each episode will decide who moves on to compete in the ultimate high-stakes season finale where 10 chefs will be confronted with split second decisions as they lay it all on the line in the greatest challenge of their careers. In the end, only one chef will earn bragging rights and win the $100,000 grand prize and a culinary adventure that will be featured in Food and Wine magazine.
There will be plenty of more action beyond your standard television set, too. In a continuation of the competition, Bravo will add to its award-winning slate of companion digital video series with The Knockout, which gives eliminated chefs a chance to claim a spot in the Top Chef Duels finale on-air. Hosted by Wolfgang Puck, each week the most recently eliminated chef from the series will compete against the incumbent Knockout champion.
The winner of that battle moves on to face the next eliminated contestant, but in a twist on the format of Last Chance Kitchen, a chef only needs to win one battle to qualify for a place in The Knockout online finals. However, the more battles a chef wins, the better his/her chances of earning a spot back on the show. Only the ultimate winner of The Knockout will re-enter the “Top Chef Duels” Championship finale.
101: Richard Blais (Chicago runner up, All-Stars winner) vs. Marcel Vigneron (Season 2 runner up)
102: Shirley Chung (New Orleans finalist) vs. Brooke Williamson (Seattle runner up)
103: Mike Isabella (All-Stars runner up) vs. Antonia Lofaso (Chicago finalist)
104: CJ Jacobson (Miami contestant) vs. Stefan Richter (Season 5 runner up)
105: David Burke (Masters Season 5) vs. Takashi Yagihashi (Masters Season 4)
106: Tiffani Faison (Season 1 runner up) vs. Dale Talde (Chicago and All-Star contestant)
107: Nyesha Arrington (Texas contestant) vs. Jen Carroll (Las Vegas finalist)
108: Stephanie Izard (Chicago winner) vs. Kristen Kish (Seattle winner)
109: Kevin Gillespie (Las Vegas fan favorite) vs. Art Smith (Masters Season 1)
110: Championship Finale
Top Chef Duels is set to premiere Wednesday, August 6 at 10p ET/PT.
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