The next season of "Top Chef" will debut Wednesday, Aug. 6, on Bravo. Rather than adhering to its normal formats, the upcoming season, called "Top Chef Duels," will pit former chef-testants from past seasons as well as "Top Chef Masters" against one another.
Several match-ups with Chicago ties are scheduled. In the fifth episode David Burke (David Burke's Primehouse) will duel against Takashi Yagihashi (Slurping Turtle, Takashi). In the eighth episode, "Top Chef Chicago" winner Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat, Little Goat) will face off against "Top Chef Seattle" winner Kristin Kish, who graduated from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. In the ninth episode, Art Smith (Table Fifty Two) will take on Kevin Gillespie, a fan favorite from "Top Chef Las Vegas."
Notable guest judges include Shailene Woodley, Andy Samberg, Pink and Rob Zombie. The full lineup, released by Bravo TV, is below.
Episode 101: Richard Blais (Top Chef Chicago runner- up and Top Chef All-Stars winner) vs. Marcel Vigneron (Top Chef Season 2 runner up)
Episode 102: Shirley Chung (Top Chef New Orleans finalist) vs. Brooke Williamson (Top Chef Seattle runner up)
Episode 103: Mike Isabella (Top Chef All-Stars runner up) vs. Antonia Lofaso (Top Chef Chicago finalist)
Episode 104: CJ Jacobson (Top Chef Miami contestant) vs. Stefan Richter (Top Chef Season 5 runner up)
Episode 105: David Burke (Top Chef Masters Season 5) vs. Takashi Yagihashi (Top Chef Masters Season 4)
Episode 106: Tiffani Faison (Top Chef Season 1 runner up) vs. Dale Talde (Top Chef Chicago and Top Chef All-Star contestant)
Episode 107: Nyesha Arrington (Top Chef Texas contestant) vs. Jen Carroll (Top Chef Las Vegas finalist)
Episode 108: Stephanie Izard (Top Chef Chicago winner) vs. Kristen Kish (Top Chef Seattle winner)
Episode 109: Kevin Gillespie (Top Chef Las Vegas fan favorite) vs. Art Smith (Top Chef Masters Season 1)
Episode 110: Championship Finale
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