Floyd Cardoz, George Mendes, and Suvir Saran Will Compete on Top Chef Masters


Now that Top Chef All-Stars is kind of, sort of beginning to draw to a close, Bravo wants us to start thinking about the next season of Top Chef Masters.

Per a release, the network has announced its lineup for its third season, which will be hosted by Curtis Stone, possibly the smarmiest Australian ever to have been behind both a kitchen range and a television camera.

Joining Stone as judges on the show, which premieres April 6, will be Saveur‘s James Oseland and Ruth Reichl of Ruth Reichl fame. Also, in a triumph for fans of Mad Men and very cool women, Christina Hendricks will be appearing for a ’60s-themed episode, which will probably exploit era-appropriate food like oysters Rockefeller and rumaki.

As for the chefly lineup, it is as follows:

– Hugh Acheson – Chef/ Partner: Five& Ten, The National, Gosford Wine – in Athens, GA and Empire State South, Atlanta, GA; Competing for Wholesome Wave Foundation

Floyd Cardoz – Former Executive Chef/Partner- of Tabla and soon-to-be Executive Chef/Partner of a new Danny Meyer restaurant; Competing for Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund

– John Currence – City Grocery Restaurant Group, Oxford, MS Competing for No Kid Hungry

– Traci Des Jardins – Chef/Co-owner of Jardinière, Mijita Cocina Mexicana and Public House and Manzanita, San Francisco, CA; Competing for La Cocina

George Mendes – Chef/Co-Owner of ALDEA, Manhattan, NY; Competing for Charity: Water

– Mary Sue Milliken – Co-Chef/ Owner: Border Grill Restaurants and Truck, Los Angeles, CA; Competing for Share Our Strength

– Naomi Pomeroy – Owner: Beast in Portland, OR; Competing for Seed Savers Exchange

Suvir Saran – Executive Chef: Dévi, New York, NY; Competing for Agricultural Stewardship Association

– John Rivera Sedlar – Owner: Playa, Los Angeles, CA; Competing for American Diabetes Association

– Alex Stratta – Executive Chef: Stratta, Las Vegas, NV; Competing for Faster Cures, part of the Milken Prostate Cancer Foundation

– Celina Tio – Chef/Owner: JULIAN Restaurant, Kansas City, MO, Competing for Harvesters

– Sue Zemanick – Executive Chef: Gautreau’s, New Orleans, LA; Competing for the Louisiana SPCA

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