The culinary competition will bring back eighteen former contestants from “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters,” pitting the competitors against each other in head-to-head cooking challenges. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone will host and judge the show, alongside Gail Simmons and rotating judges Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson.
Each episode will see two chefs facing off over three rounds designed to test their skill, creativity and speed. The season’s prizes are $100,000 and “a culinary adventure that will be featured in Food and Wine Magazine.”
Guest judges this season will include “The Fault in Our Stars” actress Shailene Woodley and musicians P!nk, Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Gary Holt and Rob Zombie. The stars of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Grey’s Anatomy” will also make appearances. Celebrity chefs and restaurant owners joining the judging panel are Daniel Boulud, Michelle Bernstein, Andrew Zimmern, Josiah Citrin, Paul Liebrandt, Homaro Cantu, Karen & Quinn Hatfield, Ben Pauker, Curtiss Calleo, Suzanne Goin, David Lentz and American food writer and magazine editor James Oseland.
“Top Chef Duels” will feature a digital companion series in “The Knockout,” which allows eliminated chefs to compete for a spot in the finale. The digital series will be hosted by Wolfgang Puck.
See a list of the season’s dueling pairs below:
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
“Top Chef Duels” premieres August 6 at 10 p.m. on Bravo.