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Exclusive: Bravo renews 'Top Chef Masters' for Season 2

NUP_131756_0024 Get ready for another throwdown among culinary greats: Bravo has ordered a second season of "Top Chef Masters."

The first-season finale of the "Top Chef" spinoff drew 2.6 million viewers and averaged 2.2 million over its 10-episode run. Bravo said "Masters" ranks as the network's highest-rated reality competition series debut.

A Season 2 lineup of chef'testants has not been set, but host Kelly Choi and the show's three judges -- Gael Greene, James Oseland and Jay Rayner -- will be back.

New episodes are expected to debut some time in 2010.

Chicago's Rick "King of Mexican cuisine" Bayless was crowned the show's inaugural winner after defeating a lineup of top competitors including finalists Hubert Keller and Michael Chiarello.

-- Denise Martin


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