Bravo has announced that the fifth season of Top Chef Masters will be premiering Wednesday, July 24 at 10 p.m. Thirteen of the country’s most renowned chefs will be competing to win $100,000 for their charity of choice, and this year a heavy online component has been incorporated, which will pit each chef’s sous chefs against each other. Curtis Stone will be returning as host, and he’ll be joined by judges Gail Simmons, James Oseland, Ruth Reichl, Francis Lam, and new addition Lesley Suter.
Here’s the lineup:
Franklin Becker, The Little Beet, New York City
David Burke, David Burke Townhouse, David Burke Prime, David Burke Primehouse, New York City
Lynn Crawford, Ruby Watchco, Ruby Eats, Toronto
Odette Fada, Formerly of SD26, New York City
Neal Fraser, BLD, The Strand House, Neal Fraser & Co at Vibiana, Los Angeles
Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Bistro Vendome, Denver
Douglas Keane, Formerly of Cyrus, Sonoma County, Calif.
Jenn Louis, Lincoln, Sunshine Tavern, Portland, Ore.
Richard Sandoval, Richard Sandoval Restaurants, Los Angeles
Bryan Voltaggio, VOLT, Frederick, Md.
Herbert Wilson, Sushi Samba, Las Vegas
Sang Yoon, Father’s Office, Lukshon, Los Angeles
Sue Zemanick, Gautreau’s, New Orleans
New this season is "Battle of the Sous Chefs," which will be released online in the days leading up to each episode. Hosted by Hugh Acheson, the series will feature the chefs' sous chefs competing against each other, and the winner will earn their "master" chef immunity, while the worst performer will earn them obstacles. You can watch the first episode of "Battle of the Sous Chefs" here.