Top Chef Masters Is Back with Three Locals

Can Chicago win again?


The second season of Bravo's reality competition Top Chef Masters premieres in April, once again featuring award-winning, widely-renowned chefs competing in the name of charity.

Last season, Chicago was represented by three great culinary artists: Art Smith, Graham Elliot Bowles, and all-around winner Rick Bayless.

The participants in this season's Masters were announced by Entertainment Weekly, and some of them have an old score to settle.

Bowles, who was eliminated in the first round in 2009, is back once again, one of six contestants who are returning from the first season.

"I was definitely less stressed and more confident going in, having gone through the ropes before," Bowles told the Chicago Tribune.

Along with goofball Bowles, Chicago will be rooting for local boys Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia and Rick Tramonto of Tru.

The complete line-up of 22 competing chefs is available at

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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