June 7, 2013
Premieres: Wednesday, July 24 on Bravo
Why we're watching: This fifth season of the popular cooking competition show features a twist -- each Master will have his or her sous chef compete in an online competition, ¿Battle of the Sous Chefs,¿ hosted by Hugh Acheson.
The results of each online episode directly impacts the Masters, awarding them advantages, such as immunity (the winner of each battle earns the Top Chef Master immunity), and sometimes, disadvantages, depending on their sous chef¿s performance (the chefs who perform the worst always earn obstacles for their Top Chef Master). Every episode of ¿Battle of the Sous Chefs¿ leads up to the next episode of ¿Top Chef Masters,¿ and explores the uniquely interdependent relationship between a Master chef and his or her sous chef. To see the first episode of ¿Battle of the Sous Chefs¿ in its entirety, go to: http://www.bravotv.com/battle
-- Andrea Reiher, Zap2it