I'm starting to feel like 'Top Chef Masters' and 'Top Chef All-Stars' have ruined regular 'Top Chef' shows for me. Luckily, Bravo isn't making me wait for my next fix. With the excellent 'All-Stars' finale only a week ago, the network is already serving up a new installment of 'Masters' tonight (11pm).
This incarnation has Chef Curtis Stone hosting (an improvement) and adds esteemed food critic Ruth Reichl as a judge. Food critic James Oseland returns for his third season judging.
In tonight's premiere, some of the nation's fanciest culinary geniuses are first tasked with making compelling dishes with ingredients like canned corned beef and marshmallows. It's a wake-up call for the participants when nearly half the teams can't finish the first quickfire challenge. And it's a testament to the size of egos we're dealing with (love it!) when one of the forfeiting chefs (Naomi Pomeroy, Beast, Portland, Or) says, "I've watched 'Top Chef Masters' but I absolutely did not expect it to be this hard."