The episode will feature Stephen Aspirinio and Tiffani Faison from Season One; Betty Fraser, Marcel Vigneron, and Josie Smith-Malave from Season Two; and Chris "CJ" Jacobson, Tre Wilcox, and Sandee Birdsong from Season Three. I understand how many of these folks are fan favorites, but I have to say, I'm a bit surprised by Sandee; maybe it was her fiesty ways in the Watch What Happens special?
No word on what the actual challenge is, but the episode will have the chefs going
head-to-head knife-to-knife for a grand prize of $20,000. They'll be judged by the usual suspects — Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Ted Allen, and Gail Simmons — who will also have input from culinary heavyweights Alfred Portale (chef of Gotham Bar and Grill), Eric Ripert (executive chef of Le Bernardin), Alan Wong, Elizabeth Falkner (executive pastry chef and owner of Citizen Cake) and Norman Van Aken.
I don't know about you guys, but I've already got my TiVo set.