According to a Bravo press release, the summer premiere of Top Chef’s third season will be starting even earlier than expected. While the regular season is slated to begin on June 13, a bonus episode airs June 6, titled “Top Chef: 4-Star All Stars,” which will pit first-season cheftestants Harold Dieterle, Stephen “Sommelier” Asprinio, Tiffani Faison, and “Crying” Dave Martin against the second-season finalists, Marcel Vigneron, Sam Talbot, Elia Aboumrad, and Ilan Hall. The two teams are competing for a $20,000 prize that will be donated to charity.
Given that she was knocked off after Stephen, Lee Anne Wong is conspicuous in her absence, but that must be due to the fact that she is currently employed by Bravo.
Smoothly sliding the all-star competition right into the new Miami-based season, “[t]he cook-off concludes with the two teams serving their meals to ‘Top Chef 3 Miami’s’ 15 new chefs.”
The press release also lists the names and geographical origins of the new bushel of cheftestants—as usual, there’s a handful from California and New York, and the rest hail from Nevada, Texas, Illinois, and Florida—and notes that Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’s Ted Allen will be a semi-recurring judge.