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Curtis Stone returns as host – as the show announces a new online challenge this year

By People Staff
Updated June 05, 2013 02:45 PM
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The heat is on!

Top Chef Masters returns on July 24, with a twist.

The fifth season of Bravo’s hit show will feature a new online competition, Battle of the Sous Chefs, which will directly impact the master chefs, the network announced in a press release on Wednesday. Every episode of the web series leads up to the next episode of Top Chef Masters, and explores the uniquely interdependent relationship between a master chef and their sous chef.

Meanwhile, former Top Chef contestant (and runner-up) Bryan Voltaggio will be officially joining the Masters cast – the first ever former Top Chef contestant to do so.

Back to host the cooking competition is celebrity chef, Curtis Stone, who will be joined by new head critic, Gail Simmons. Watch a preview of season 5 below.

This season will also feature some celebrity critique from guest judges, who include, Mindy Kaling, Busy Philipps, Kathie Lee Gifford, Ali Larter and Stone’s fiancée, Lindsay Price.

The show airs Wednesdays (10 p.m. ET) on Bravo.