Earlier today we heard that the Top Chef Masters lineup was due to be released tomorrow — actually, the news just broke on Entertainment Weekly’s site, which reports that new chefs will include Govind Armstrong, Jimmy Bradley (the Red Cat), David Burke (David Burke Townhouse), Susan Feniger (Street), Jody Adams (Rialto), Obama favorite Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia), and returning chefs will include Graham Elliot Bowles, Wylie Dufresne, Ludo Lefebvre, Rick Moonen, Mark Peel, and Jonathan Waxman. Among the guest stars: Matt Groening and Hank Azaria of The Simpsons! Here’s the interesting thing: Marcus Samuelsson is identified not as the chef of Aquavit, but of the Red Rooster in New York. Is this a future project, or perhaps just a mistake? We’re looking into it. In the meantime, here’s the lineup.
* — returning from season 1
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.*