‘Top Chef Masters’ takes a bite out of Las Vegas

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be in the national spotlight this summer as the host for the popular Bravo TV series “Top Chef Masters.”

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Season 4 of the show, which was filmed around the resort in August and September 2011, premieres on Bravo tonight.

During the 10 weeks of filming, contestants lived in rooms at the hotel and competed in challenges throughout the property, including in some of the restaurants.

“They were all over the property, but they stayed at The Cosmopolitan,” said  The Cosmopolitan’s Chief Marketing Officer Lisa Marchese. “They also, not surprisingly, shot in a number of other locations throughout Vegas, but their home base was here.”

Marchese said the partnership with “Top Chef Masters” will be beneficial to the hotel.

“It’s a national show, it’s got a fantastic audience so it’s going to give us a ton of exposure throughout the country. You know, we always focus on certain markets so this will give us national exposure.

Fans of the show will know this is not the first time Las Vegas has been used as the backdrop for a Bravo series. “Top Chef” filmed its fall 2009 season at the M Resort.

On “Top Chef Masters,” 12 award-winning chefs are competing to win $100,000 for their charity. In each episode, the winners of every Quickfire Challenge will be awarded $5,000 while the victors in the Elimination Challenges will receive $10,000 for their designated charities.

This year’s contestants include Patricia Yeo (Om Restaurant & Lounge/Moksa Pan Asian Izakaya), Takashi Yagihashi (Takashi Restaurant and Slurping Turtle), Art Smith (LYFE Kitchen and Southern Art Restaurants), Sue Torres (Sueños), Thierry Rautureau (Rover’s and Luc), Missy Robbins (A Voce Madison and A Voce Columbus), Kerry Heffernan (NYC Chef), Debbie Gold (Kansas City’s The American Restaurant), Lorena Garcia (Lorena Garcia Cocina Restaurant), Mark Gaier (Arrows), Clark Frasier (Arrows) and Chris Cosentino (Incanto Restaurant, San Francisco).

The Boulevard Pool

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is back as series host alongside returning judges James Oseland and Ruth Reichl. New judges include food and travel journalist Krista Simmons and features editor of Gilt Taste, Francis Lam.

According to Bravo’s website, special guest judges throughout the season will include Sugar Ray Leonard, Indigo Girls, Dita Von Teese, The B-52s, Brian Boitano, Las Vegas entertainer Holly Madison and others.

To celebrate the show, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will host a weekly “Top Chef Masters” Season 4 viewing party at the Boulevard Pool every Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Each week, fans will be able to catch all of the action from the 65-foot digital marquee outside the front of the resort.

“About that time of night it cools off, the bars are open, there’s usually à la carte food, there’s picnic baskets — so you can just grab a chaise, sit in the pool, float in the pool and watch the show at the same time — or just sit outside and have a cocktail,” said Marchese.

Viewing parties are open to the public of all ages.  Weekly parties will be tonight, Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and the finale on Sept. 26.




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