One of the most-watched reality shows on television, Bravo’s Top Chef
just keeps getting hotter. During its fifth and most recent season, Top Chef: New York
, 3.7 million viewers tuned in for the finale, a remarkable number even for a season earning the show’s highest-ever ratings.
But even with plans for a sixth season in the works, Top Chef is upping the stakes, with the June 10th premiere of Top Chef Masters
—featuring high-profile chefs as contestants. The format of this spinoff differs slightly from the original show. With twenty-four contestants, each of the first six episodes will pit four chefs against each other; those six winners will proceed to the finals, where one chef will get knocked off each week until the finale.
Of course, these chefs are competing less for a shot at culinary fame; across the board, they've already achieved that. The winner, however, is granted $100,000 for whichever charity they choose to represent—and, whether or not they need it, the title of Top Chef.