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Tune in: Back-to-back 'Top Chef' series

Top chef vegas Between the soon-to-be-released board game, a second cookbook, a wine label, specialty knife sets, finales, premiers and spinoffs, what far reaches of the culinary world hasn't the "Top Chef" empire infiltrated?

One thing is for sure: It's not your living room. On Wednesday, "Top Chef" will take over the airwaves for two hours with back-to-back series: the premier of "Top Chef Season 6" and the season finale of "Top Chef Masters."

At 9 p.m., "Top Chef Season 6" contestants take the stage in Las Vegas. Michael Voltaggio (formerly of the Bazaar and now at the Dining Room at the Langham) and his brother Bryan might deliver some drama in the form of sibling rivalry, making up for the lack of chef-vs.-chef tension in the "Masters" series.

At 10 p.m., Rick Bayless, Michael Chiarello and Hubert Keller  will compete for the grand prize of a $100,000 donation to their charity of choice. The debut season of "Masters" garnered high ratings, despite the buddy-buddy nature of the seasoned chefs.

Next thing you know they'll be launching a children's line. Oh, wait. There's "Top Chef Juniors," rumored to air later this year ...

-- Krista Simmons

Photo: Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi. Credit: Bravo TV

Updated Aug. 18, 11:43 a.m.: A previous version of this post stated that "Top Chef Juniors" will air later this year. This has not been confirmed by the network.

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Host a Top Chef board game party, and nominate yourself as Padma. Ahh, the benefits of playing hostess :-)

There's even a Top Chef board game??? Incredible. It looks like it's just a trivia game about food and cooking techniques. I was hoping it involved people cooking for me while I judged each dish accordingly. Maybe next time.


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