If you can’t get enough of cooking competition shows, then you’re in luck because yet another incarnation of Top Chef is on the way. Top Chef Duels (TCD) is set to debut on August 6 on the Bravo Network.
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Fact No. 1: The cast is a bunch of familiar faces. You’ll recognize the chef-testants from previous seasons, dating all the way back to season 1. There are also a few celebrity chefs from Top Chef Masters thrown in for good measure.
Fact No. 2: Don’t expect the traditional quickfire and elimination challenges. What’s unique about TCD is that each episode is a head-to-head cooking battle between two competitors. According to the network press release, the challenges are “designed to test their passion and imagination in the kitchen.”
Specifically, each episode will feature three rounds of cooking. The first two rounds allow each chef to pick a challenge. This is intended to include strategy as a key ingredient. The chef can choose the challenge to be an advantage to him- or herself, or he/she could choose it to be a disadvantage to the opposing chef. It will be interesting to see how the choices pan out.
The third round rules are dictated by the show’s creators; however, it’s a critical round because only the winner of round three moves into the finals.
Fact No. 3: No one is really out of a Top Chef competition until they lose in the online second-chance kitchen. This time, it’s called “The Knockout,” hosted by the original celebrity chef himself, Wolfgang Puck. As usual, the eliminated chefs compete against each other, but there’s a twist: Anyone who wins at least one Knockout round will qualify to compete in the very last Knockout battle. So even if a Knockout winner gets displaced one week, he/she has a last-ditch opportunity. The Knockout finale winner is the only chef who will return for the TCD finale.
When it’s all said and done, the TCD winner will be handed a check for $100,000 and a “culinary adventure” to be documented in Food and Wine Magazine.
Meet the Cast
Here’s a line up of each episodic battle:
Richard Blais vs. Marcel Vigneron
Shirley Chung vs. Brooke Williamson
Mike Isabella vs. Antonia Lofaso
CJ Jacobson vs. Stefan Richter
David Burke vs. Takashi Yagihashi
Tiffani Faison vs. Dale Talde
Nyesha Arrington vs. Jen Carroll
Stephanie Izard vs. Kristen Kish
Kevin Gillespie vs. Art Smith
And of course, it wouldn’t be Top Chef without celebrity guest judges tasting along side permanent judges Curtis Stone and Gail Simmons. Tune in to see:
The cast of Brooklyn Nine Nine