Bravo orders second helping of 'Masters'

Kelly Choi returns as cooking competition host

Bravo has ordered a second season of its "Top Chef" spinoff series, "Top Chef Masters."

Food journalist Kelly Choi returns as host, with restaurant critic Gael Greene, culinary expert James Oseland and critic Jay Rayner as judges. "Top Chef" regular Gail Simmons will also serve as a judge.

After a sluggish start, the first season rose to become the highest-rated first season of a competition series yet for the network, averaging 2.2 million viewers and 1.5 million adults 18-49.

"In its freshman season, 'Top Chef Masters' resonated with viewers and critics alike, as the best of the best faced each other in fiery competition," said Frances Berwick, executive vp and gm, Bravo. "This season we're adding to the pot throwing in more acclaimed chefs -– let's see if they can stand the heat."