Just by virtue of its genre, the first season of Top Chef Just Desserts didn’t exactly have the cooking diversity of its Top Chef mothership counterpart. But what it lacked in courses, it more than made up for in delicious-looking sweet treats and delectable fountains of drama for days. Now it’s back – Bravo TV has announced an August 24 10PM premiere date for Top Chef Just Desserts Season 2, and we’re licking our chops to see what kind of shenanigans go down this season.
The gang’s all here and ready to go, according to the official press release. Host Gail Simmons, head judge and mentor Johnny Iuzzini, and Hubert Keller and Danielle Kyrillos to round out the judge’s table – all the first season’s original hosts are back in attendance. But, of course, no reality TV competition is complete without an array of guest hosts. Luckily for Top Chef Just Desserts (and us), celebs like Iron Chef Cat Cora and Beastie Boy Ad Rock among others were willing to oblige. The winning pastry chef will receive $100,000 (furnished by KitchenAid) and a feature in Food & Wine magazine, plus a showcase at the annual Food & Wine Cayman Cookout.
Then, of course, there are the Top Chef Just Desserts cheftestants themselves. Here’s the lowdown:
- Amanda Rockman, 29 – Hometown: Katy, Texas – Resides in Chicago, Ill.
- Carlos Enriquez, 33 – Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. –Resides in Las Vegas, Nev.
- Chris Hanmer, 33 – Hometown: Costa Mesa, Calif. – Resides in Las Vegas, Nev.
- Craig Poirier, 25 – Hometown: Derry, N.H. - Resides in Las Vegas, Nev.
- Katzie Guy-Hamilton, 24 – Hometown: Worcester, Mass. - Resides in New York, N.Y.
- Lina Biancamano, 37 – Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz. - Resides in Fort Worth, Texas
- Matthew Petersen, 32 – Hometown: Dublin, Pa. - Resides in Arlington, Va.
- Megan Ketover, 31 – Hometown/ Resides In: Cincinnati, Ohio
- Melissa Camacho, 30 – Hometown: Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Resides in New York , N.Y.
- Nelson Paz, 33 – Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina - Resides in Boston, Mass.
- Orlando Santos, 32 – Hometown: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands - Resides in Pittsburgh, Pa.
- Rebecca Masson, 39 – Hometown: Laramie, Wyo. –Resides in Houston, Texas
- Sally Camacho, 31 – Hometown/ Resides In: Los Angeles, Calif.
- Vanarin Kuch, 26 – Hometown/ Resides In: Houston, Texas