Eater National reports that Bravo's new lineup for the second season of Top Chef Masters has been announced. Of the 22 cheftestants, four are from LA: repeat offenders Ludo Lefebvre (LudoBites), Mark Peel (Campanile, The Tar Pit), Govind Armstrong (8 oz. Burger Bar), and newbie Susan Feniger (Ciudad, Street).
Last season's regular judges—led by Kelly Choi—are returning with Top Chef fave Gail Simmons, but guest judges this time around will include Mekhi Phifer, the cast of Modern Family, and in what could very well be a Simpsons-themed episode, Matt Groening and Hank Azaria. The new season premieres April 7. But first, here's the list of 22:
Jody Adams – Rialto Restaurant, Cambridge, Mass.
Govind Armstrong – 8 oz Burger Bar, Los Angeles, Calif.
Graham Elliot Bowles – Graham Elliot Restaurant, Chicago, Ill.
Jimmy Bradley – The Red Cat, New York, N.Y.
David Burke – David Burke Townhouse, New York, N.Y.
Wylie Dufresne – wd~50, New York, N.Y.
Susan Feniger – Street, Los Angeles, Calif.
Debbie Gold – The American Restaurant, Kansas City, Mo.
Carmen Gonzalez – Chef Consultant, New York, N.Y.
Maria Hines – Tilth, Seattle, Wash.
Susur Lee – Madeline’s, Toronto, Canada
Ludo Lefebvre – Ludo Bites, Los Angeles, Calif.
Tony Mantuano – Spiaggia, Chicago, Ill.
Rick Moonen – Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev.
Mark Peel – Campanile, Los Angeles, Calif.
Monica Pope – t’afla, Houston, Texas
Thierry Rautureau – Rover’s, Seattle, Wash.
Marcus Samuelsson – The Red Rooster, New York, N.Y.
Ana Sortun – Oleana, Cambridge, Mass.
Rick Tramonto – TRU, Chicago, Ill.
Jerry Traunfeld – Poppy, Seattle, Wash.
Jonathan Waxman – Barbuto, New York, N.Y.
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