‘Top Chef Masters’ announces full cast, July 25 premiere

Curtis is back to host.

Top Chef Masters” is premiering a little later than it did last year, but fans of all things cooking can at least celebrate that the show will premiere on July 25 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern — the timeslot currently occupied by “Around the World in 80 Plates.”

For the second straight season, Curtis Stone (who also co-hosts “Plates”) will be back leading the charge, and he will once again be joined by a number of guest judges — including the likes of Holly Madison, Sugar Ray Leonard, and the B-52s. (Sadly, there’s no Charlize Theron like in “Top Chef” this past season.)

The top-notch chefs from around the country competing this season are as follows:

Chris Cosentino – Chef/ Partner Incanto Restaurant, San Francisco; Competing for Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinsons Research

Clark Frasier – Owner of Arrows; Competing for Outright Lewiston/Auburn

Mark Gaier – Owner of Arrows; Competing for Equality Maine Foundation

Lorena Garcia – Owner of Lorena Garcia Cocina Restaurant; Competing for Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc

Debbie Gold – Executive Chef of Kansas City’s The American Restaurant; Competing for Children’s TLC

Kerry Heffernan – NYC Chef; Competing for City Harvest

Thierry Rautureau – Chef/owner: Rover’s and Luc; Competing for Food Lifeline

Missy Robbins – Executive Chef: A Voce Madison & A Voce Columbus; Competing for Grow to Learn NYC

Art Smith – Executive Chef and co-owner: LYFE Kitchen and Southern Art Restaurants; Competing for Common Threads

Sue Torres – Chef/Owner: Sueños;  Competing for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Takashi Yagihashi – Owner: Takashi Restaurant and Slurping Turtle; Competing for the American Red Cross, benefitting the Japanese Tsunami Disaster Relief

Patricia Yeo – Om Restaurant & Lounge/ Moksa Pan Asian Izakaya; Competing for Heifer Project International

To close things out, the exciting first look at the season is below. Are you excited for the chefs to return?

Photo: Bravo

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