TV Series: Top Chef Masters Season 4

Top Chef Masters Season 4
Top Chef Masters Season 4

Top Chef Masters Season 4

Top Chef Masters pits 12 world-renowned chefs against each other to see how well they fare in fierce culinary competition. Based at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, each week will whittle down the chefs until the finale where one winner is crowned "Top Chef Master" and receives the grand prize of $100,000 for the charity of their choice. The chefs are bringing more than their knives to the table; they're bringing their egos and stirring up the drama...all for charity.

Overview: Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" season four is smokin' in Las Vegas with 12 new awardwinning chefs. In each episode the winners of every quickfire challenge will be awarded $5,000 while the victors of the elimination challenges will receive $10,000 for their designated charities. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is back as series host alongside returning judges James Oseland and Ruth Reichl with new judges, food and travel journalist Krista Simmons and features editor of Gilt Taste, Francis Lam. 

In a dazzling season of high stakes, big egos and sizzling drama, top names in entertainment join the judges table including Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, folk rock music duo Indigo Girls, famed Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, popular American party band The B-52's, Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano, Las Vegas performer Holly Madison, among others.

Cast Biography

Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone is a master chef, best-selling author, TV personality, and entrepreneur. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Curtis left Victoria University in 1994 at the age of 18 to follow his passion for food. In 2006 Curtis made his debut in the United States via his own hit series “Take Home Chef” for the Discovery Network’s TLC. The series has been a huge international success being viewed in over 70 countries around the world. Curtis is also the face of leading Australian food and liquor retailer Coles Supermarkets. As part of this collaboration Curtis provides customers with fresh food ideas, cooking inspiration and recipe solutions. When it comes to cooking, his philosophy is to cook as Mother Nature intended: buy locally produced seasonal & organic ingredients, keep recipes simple, and allow the food to speak for itself.

James Oseland
James Oseland is the editor-in-chief of Saveur, America’s most critically acclaimed food magazine. Under his editorship, the magazine has won more than 35 awards, including numerous James Beard journalism awards, and two from the American Society of Magazine Editors. His 2006 book, Cradle of Flavor, a memoir with recipes about his time living in Southeast Asia, was named one of the best books of that year by Time Asia, the New York Times, and Good Morning America and went on to win awards from the James Beard Foundation and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. 

Additionally, he has lectured at the Asia Society, Slow Food Nation, and the Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor conference. He was previously an editor at Vogue, Organic Style, Sassy, the Village Voice and Mademoiselle, and holds degrees in photography and film studies from the San Francisco Art Institute. Born in Mountain View, California, in 1963, James has lived in India and Indonesia and now lives in New York City with his husband, Daniel, and his cat, Sam. His favorite foods are char kuey teow (Malaysian stir-fried rice noodles with shrimp and chili paste) and milk chocolate bars. Though he is very picky about the food he eats, he will consume anything and usually enjoy it very much.

Ruth Reichl
Ruth Reichl is Editorial Advisor to Gilt Taste and Editor at Large at Random House. Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally, which have been translated into 18 languages. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. in the history of art from the University of Michigan and lives in New York City with her husband, Michael Singer, a television news producer, and their son.

Krista Simmons
Krista Simmons joins the judges table for the fourth season of "Top Chef Masters." She is the Food Editor at LAist, and also runs a modern restaurant etiquette column for Grub Street called the Department of Deportment. She has contributed regularly to the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, New York Magazine, and Metromix, to name a few. While working at the L.A. Times, she wrote cover stories for the Food section and tracked "Top Chef" for the Daily Dish blog -- all while attending culinary night school. When she's not busy harvesting honey in Australia or exploring the regional cuisine of Belize, she produces and hosts culinary videos and curates local food events. On her days off, she can be found making homemade pasta in her studio alongside her Shiba Inu pup, Bento.

Francis Lam
Francis Lam joins the judges table for the fourth season of "Top Chef Masters." As Features Editor at Gilt Taste, the site was awarded four IACP awards and three James Beard award nominations in its first year. He provides color commentary for the Cooking Channel show Food(ography). His own writing has been nominated for a James Beard award and three IACP awards, winning one, but he knows all this talk of awards is a little tacky. In past lives, he was a senior writer at, a contributing editor at Gourmet magazine (RIP), and his work has appeared in the 2006 - 2011 editions of Best Food Writing. He believes that, in professional football, that would count as a dynasty; in ancient China, not so much. Lam resides in New York City.

You can check out all the Episode Summary (episode 1 to 10) here at

Top Chef Masters Season 4
First & Exclusive on beTV (Astro B.yond ch720)
Premiering on 10th July 2013, Mon – Thurs at 9.20pm

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