Entertainment Weekly got its hands on the line-up for Season 2 of Top Chef Masters, which will premiere on April 7. Of the 22 competitors, six were featured on Season 1.
The six returning chefs, Jonathan Waxman, Mark Peel, Rick Moonen, Ludo Lefebvre, Wylie Dufresne, and Graham Elliot Bowles, will be joined by New Yorkers Jimmy Bradley, David Burke, Carmen Gonzalez (who, technically, is a “chef consultant”), and Marcus Samuelsson. Intriguingly, the line-up names Samuelsson’s restaurant as The Red Rooster, rather than Aquavit, suggesting he’s picked a name for the Harlem restaurant he’s reportedly planning to open.
The line-up, which follows below, is fine, but more exciting is the news that The Simpsons‘ Matt Groening and Hank Azaria will appear as guest-judges, which allows us to hope against hope for a challenge incorporating Duff beer, doughnuts, and Krusty burgers.
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.