June 04, 2014 7:00am PT by Philiana Ng
Bravo's 'Top Chef Duels' Lands Premiere Date, Celebrity Guests (Exclusive)
Bravo is adding another Top Chef series to the schedule: Top Chef Duels.
Top Chef Duels pits 18 of the best, boldest and most talked-about personalities from past seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters for a "battle royale" in the kitchen. Hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone, the 10-episode Top Chef Duels will hit TV screens on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Stone will serve at the judges' table with Top Chef mainstay Gail Simmons, while chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson will round out the panel on a rotating basis.
Celebrity guests include Shailene Woodley, Pink, musician Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Gary Holt, Rob Zombie, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine team (Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Peretti and co-creator Dan Goor) and the Grey's Anatomy gang (James Pickens Jr., Sarah Drew, Camilla Luddington, Jerrika Hinton and Kevin McKidd).
As the title suggests, Top Chef Duels will have two chefs facing off in three rounds of head-to-head battles, with the competitors picking "mini duels," if you will, targeting the other's perceived weaknesses. The third challenge then decides who moves on to compete in the season finale, which will crown the sole winner of the $100,000 grand prize and a Food and Wine feature.
Bravo is also borrowing from its Top Chef online companion series Last Chance Kitchen, which pits eliminated contestants against each other for a chance to compete in the finale, with the Top Chef Duel equivalent: The Knockout, hosted by Wolfgang Puck. The same essential rules apply, though there is one twist. Unlike Last Chance Kitchen, a chef only needs one battle win to quality for a place in The Knockout online finals, though the more wins a chef has, the better their chances are to earn the sole return spot on the show.
Watch the trailer below.
Below is the lineup for the dueling pairs.
Episode 101: Richard Blais (Top Chef Chicago runner-up and Top Chef All-Stars winner) vs. Marcel Vigneron (Top Chef Season 2 runner-up)
Episode 102: Shirley Chung (Top Chef New Orleans finalist) vs. Brooke Williamson (Top Chef Seattle runner-up)
Episode 103: Mike Isabella (Top Chef All-Stars runner-up) vs. Antonia Lofaso (Top Chef Chicago finalist)
Episode 104: CJ Jacobson (Top Chef Miami contestant) vs. Stefan Richter (Top Chef Season 5 runner-up)
Episode 105: David Burke (Top Chef Masters Season 5) vs. Takashi Yagihashi (Top Chef Masters Season 4)
Episode 106: Tiffani Faison (Top Chef Season 1 runner-up) vs. Dale Talde (Top Chef Chicago and Top Chef All-Star contestant)
Episode 107: Nyesha Arrington (Top Chef Texas contestant) vs. Jen Carroll (Top Chef Las Vegas finalist)
Episode 108: Stephanie Izard (Top Chef Chicago winner) vs. Kristen Kish (Top Chef Seattle winner)
Episode 109: Kevin Gillespie (Top Chef Las Vegas fan favorite) vs. Art Smith (Top Chef Masters Season 1)
Episode 110: Championship Finale