AN OUTRAGEOUSLY DECADENT GUSTATORY ASSAULT COURSE, FROM WHICH IT WAS A MIRACLE THAT WE ESCAPED WITHOUT A GUSHING EMBOLISM EACH: Squee! Cheftestants for Top Chef Masters 2 have been announced, including Rick Tramanto (TRU, Chicago); Marcus Samuelsson (Aquavit, NYC) and back-for-another-go-round Wylie Dufresne, Rick Moonen and Ludo Lefebvre. TRU was my favorite Chicago restaurant, and you're going to love what Tramanto can do.
Kelly Choi will host, with Gael Greene, Gail Simmons, James Oseland (!!) and Jay Rayner (!!!) returning as judges after a fantastic first season. The season begins on April 7.