Top Chef Masters pits 24 world-renowned chefs against each other to see how well they fare in the tried and true format of Top Chef.
In each episode, money is at stake for the chefs, with the winners of eliminations being awarded cash donations for their charities.
The first six episodes consist of four chefs competing against each other to name one winner. The six winners of each episode then meet up for the final four weeks when one person gets eliminated each episode until the finale, where one winner is crowned Top Chef Master.
The winning chef receives $100,000 for the charity of their choice.
Each episode of Top Chef Masters holds two challenges for the chefs.
The first is a twist on the classic Top Chef Quickfire Challenge which tests their basic abilities — for example in Season 2 of Top Chef where the chef'testants had to create an amuse bouche out of items from a vending machine. Each Quickfire Challenge is judged by a blind taste test and a five-star system, similar to fine dining reviews.
The second challenge is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and invention of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for demanding clients.
The food is tasted and evaluated by the judges and a wide range of tasters for whom the challenge is aimed, whether it is patrons at a five-star restaurant or a room full of hungry kids — the food has to appeal to the diner as well as the critics if the chef is to survive.
Top Chef Masters is produced by Magical Elves for Bravo, with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as executive producers.