Less than two months before Top Chef Masters season 2 kicks off, Entertainment Weekly has revealed the list of the top-caliber chefs that will be competing for the title of, well, Top Chef Masters. If there was much bickering and not-so-professional attitude on the regular Top Chef last season (yes, this guy named Mike Isabella, among others), again prepare to be dazzled by top-quality dishes and less animosity between these world-renowned chef-testants.

Among the 22 competitors are six returning chefs from Top Chef Masters‘ inaugural season, including Graham Elliot Bowles,  Wylie Dufresne, Ludo Lefebvre, Rick Moonen, Mark Peel, and Jonathan Waxman. Among the more notable names in the lineup, meanwhile, are Chicago chef Tony Mantuano, New York’s David Burke, and Los Angeles’ Susan Feniger.

Here’s the rest of the field:

Jody Adams – Rialto Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.
Govind Armstrong – 8 oz Burger Bar, Los Angeles, Calif.
Graham Elliot Bowles – Graham Elliot Restaurant, Chicago, Ill.
Jimmy Bradley – The Red Cat, New York, N.Y.
David Burke – David Burke Townhouse, New York, N.Y.
Wylie Dufresne – wd~50, New York, N.Y.
Susan Feniger – Street, Los Angeles, Calif.
Debbie Gold – The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Mo.
Carmen Gonzalez – Chef Consultant, New York, N.Y.
Maria Hines – Tilth, Seattle, Wash.
Susur Lee – Madeline’s, Toronto, Canada
Ludo Lefebvre – Ludo Bites, Los Angeles, Calif.
Tony Mantuano – Spiaggia, Chicago, Ill.
Rick Moonen – Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mark Peel – Campanile, Los Angeles, Calif.
Monica Pope – t’afla, Houston, Texas
Thierry Rautureau – Rover’s, Seattle, Wash.
Marcus Samuelsson – The Red Rooster, New York, N.Y.
Ana Sortun – Oleana, Cambridge, Mass.
Rick Tramonto – TRU, Chicago, Ill.
Jerry Traunfeld – Poppy, Seattle, Wash.
Jonathan Waxman – Barbuto, New York, N.Y. *

Among the changes for this season of Top Chef Masters is Food and Wine Magazine’s Gail Simmons bagging a regular spot as judge, alongside returning Gael Greene, James Oseland, and Jay Rayner, and Kelly Choi. Among the guest stars and judges, meanwhile, Mekhi Phifer, Matt Groening, Hank Azaria, Andrew Zimmerman, Jason Lezak, Lynne Curtin, Alexis Bellino, Tamra Barney, and the cast of Modern Family.

Top Chef Masters season 2 premieres April 7 at 11pm before moving into its regular 10pm spot the following week.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
(Image courtesy of Bravo)

Glenn Diaz

Staff Writer, BuddyTV