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Bravo Reheats Top Chef

5/02/2006 5:38 AM Eastern

Bravo renewed breakout series Top Chef for a second season of culinary competition, offering a new group of rising chefs the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity, officials said Tuesday.

Due to the popularity of the inaugural season of the hit series, the network also added a special reunion episode to the first season’s schedule, airing May 10 at 10 p.m.

In addition, the first-season finale of the search for the culinary world's next Top Chef will be extended to two hours, airing over two weeks: May 17 at 10 p.m., when the field will be cut from three to two candidates, concluding with the winner being announced May 24 at 10 p.m.

Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of Magical Elves, the Emmy Award-nominated producers of Bravo’s Project Runway,will return as executive producers for the second season of Top Chef, along with executive producer Shauna Minoprio.