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Friday, September 24, 2010

"Top Chef All-Stars": Is it December Yet?

When the Bravo promos started promising a shocking announcement about the new season, I was really hoping that meant we would finally get an all-stars version. So I was thrilled when Andy Cohen confirmed that at the beginning of the “Top Chef: DC Reunion.”

I was even more thrilled when Andy announced my two favorite cheftestants of all time would be participating—Season 4’s Richard Blais and Season 3’s Dale Levitski.

And just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it did…

Two words: Bourdain, baby!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Anthony Bourdain has signed on to be a judge along with regulars Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons and host Padma Lakshmi.

Is it December yet?

If you missed it, here are the chefs who will compete on “Top Chef: All-Stars”:

Elia Aboumrad; Season two, final four

Stephen Asprinio; Season one, top five
Richard Blais; Season four finalist

Jennifer Carroll; Season six, final four
Tiffany Derry; Season seven, top five

Tiffani Faison; Season one finalist
Carla Hall; Season five finalist

Mike Isabella; Season six, top seven
Jamie Lauren; Season five, top seven
Dale Levitski; Season three finalist

Antonia Lofaso; Season four, final four
Spike Mendelsohn; Season four, top five
Angelo Sosa; Season seven finalist
Dale Talde; Season four, top six
Casey Thompson; Season three finalist and fan favorite
Marcel Vigneron; Season two finalist
Fabio Viviani; Season five final four and fan favorite
Tre Wilcox; Season three, top eight

I’m a little disappointed that Angelo is back because I was never a fan (How in the world did he place second in the fan favorite voting?). And I’m always disappointed to see Marcel since he always finds a way to make everything about him. And, it’s sad to have Carla and Fabio without Stefan.

But overall, this is an outstanding cast and I am SERIOUSLY looking forward to what’s going to happen.

Let the flames begin…

“Top Chef All-Stars” premieres December 1st at 10 p.m. on Bravo…

Photo Credit: Matthias Clamer/Bravo