Tonight's Top Chef All-Stars preview: Redemption for 18 former chef'testants (videos)

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Anthony Bourdain is joining the Judges' Table this season, but it may be a situation as we saw in last season's Just Desserts where we rarely saw the other celebrity chef judge, Hubert Keller. As for guest stars/judges, we'll be seeing the likes of Paula Deen, Jimmy Fallon and the Jonas Brothers (talk about random). Here's hoping there will be some real chefs present to act as guest judges in at least half of the episodes (don't hold your breath).

For tonight's Quickfire, it looks like chefs from the same seasons are teaming up to make a dish (not clear what it is in the preview). For the Elimination, the chefs are cooking in two rounds, each group tasting and critiquing the others' dishes along with the dishes. A little bird told me that tonight's elimination is, "sad and unexpected." Hey, as long as it's Jersey Mike or Marcel, I'll be a happy camper.

Who are your top picks for this season? Leave your comments below.

[image-1]Tune in to Bravo tonight at 10 pm EST/9 pm C, join our Twitter party during the show (Jeff: @JeffHouck, Katie: @culinarypirate), and listen to our podcast here tomorrow! (You can even download us on iTunes!) Check out our fellow Top Chef fanatics, Please Pack Your Knives And Go and All Top Chef, for the latest news (and some laughs).

Check out the videos below:

Great Challenges, Great Chefs, and Great Drama

The Heat is Definitely On

Brutally Honest Critiques

It's here! The day we Top Chef fans have been waiting for all year: the premiere of season 8, Top Chef All-Stars! I don't know about you guys, but I've got a culinary boner — BIG TIME.

I was a bit scared at first that Bravo would be pulling a TC Masters on us and only having a few chefs compete during each episode, the winner of each round competing in the finale. But, as it looks from the preview videos below, all 18 former Top Chef contestants are competing against each other in NYC.

This season, it looks like the smug sommelier Stephen from season 1 is losing his culinary touch, while Tiffani from the same season looks like she's brought her A game (and toned down the bitchiness). Marcel, the one we all loved to hate from season 2, is back and seems to be as whiny and cocky as ever. I'm betting Casey from season 3 is still going to be getting crap about (allegedly) mucking up Carla's dishes during the season 5 finale. While Ceveech (Jennifer Carrol) from season 6 has gotten her fire back and is bringing that Philly sass. Otherwise, I haven't gotten to see enough of the returning chef'testants to make snarky assessments.

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