After 19 seasons of celebrity chef competitions, Bravo’s hit reality cooking competition show Top Chef and its producers are cooking up something even more delicious for its fans and viewers. Debuting this summer, some of your favorite Top Chef alums will compete to earn bragging rights as the ultimate Top Chef in a new spin-off series Top Chef Extreme. The cheftestants will be from the previous seasons of Top Chef hosted by Padma Lakshmi and Top Chef Masters hosted by Curtis Stone. The show is boiling up to be a culmination of all the ingredients from the past competition shows featuring head-to-head challenges pitting the chefs against each other until ultimately only one remains as champion of the Top Chef world.
Many celebrity chefs have teased the taste buds of American viewers during the Top Chef competitions and gone on to become industry pioneers and icons. Top Chef Judge Wolfgang Puck’s favorite and fan-favorite alum Kevin Gillespie has opened his own restaurant Gunshow in Atlanta since his appearance on season 6 of the show. Fellow Atlanta restaurant owner and executive chef Richard Blais also found success after competing on season 4 of Top Chef and season 8 of the All-Stars edition.
It has yet to be announced who will be competing in the show and whether these past culinary masterminds or others like Kristen Kish, Tiffani Faison, and Hugh Acheson will make an encore appearance to showcase their kitchen expertise. What also remains unannounced is which celebrity chef judges will weigh in with their culinary critiques. Tom Colicchio, Emeril Lagasse, and Gail Simmons currently preside over the competitions and appoint the crown of Top Chef. In the past the show has seen the likes of chef and TV personalities Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert lend a hand in judging and some fans could be holding out hope they may make a surprise return in Top Chef’s newest main course for TV. What is certain is that old rivalries will surely be revived and new ones will form as the cheftestants battle their way to the grand prize and title of ultimate Top Chef.
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