Bravo turns up the heat with their new culinary competition series, “Top Chef Duels,” airing this summer.
Celebrity chef, Curtis Stone, will host the new series as well as judge the competing chefs alongside Gail Simmons, Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson.
Here’s how the competition works: Each week, two chefs will compete in three rounds of intense battles, which will test their skill, creativity and speed. “Top Chef Duels” will take advantage of how well the chefs know each other by allowing them to pick one mini-duel based on the other’s weaknesses in the kitchen.
They’ll battle in a third and final challenge before moving on to the finale where 10 chefs will compete. In the end, the winner gets $100,000 grand prize and a culinary adventure that will be featured in Food and Wine Magazine.
Additionally, in a continuation of the competition, “The Knockout,” a companion digital video series, will give eliminated chefs a chance to claim a spot in the “Top Chef Duels” finale on-air. Hosted by Wolfgang Puck, each week the most recently eliminated chef from the series will compete against the incumbent Knockout champion. Only the ultimate winner of “The Knockout” will re-enter the “Top Chef Duels” Championship finale.
“Top Chef Duels” premieres Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 10/9c on Bravo.
Here’s a look at this season’s dueling pairs according to Bravo:
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