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‘Days of our Lives’ Stars Moonlight as Judges on ‘Top Chef Masters’

Pictured: (L-R) Galen Gering, Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian, Camila Banus, Drake Hogestyn, Deidre Hall, Curtis Stone, Peggy McCay, James Reynolds, Gain Simmons, Lesley Bargar Suter, Bryan Dattilo, Ruth Reichl (Photo by: Isabella Vosmikova/Bravo)

Stars from NBC’s Days of our Lives will appear as judges on the Wednesday, August 7 episode of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the judges of our lives!

Soap stars Galen Gering (Rafe), Arianne Zucker (Nicole), Shawn Christian (Daniel), Camila Banus (Gabi), Drake Hogestyn (John), Deidre Hall (Marlena), Peggy McCay (Caroline), James Reynolds (Abe) and Bryan Dattilo (Lucas) will guest star as themselves, judging a special challenge for the contestants. The Chefs will be tasked with making a special meal that represents one of the three basic staples of a soap opera – Sex, Greed and Murder.

Bravo’s Top Chef Masters returns for a fifth season with 13 new award-winning chefs ready to compete for bragging rights, the title of ‘Top Chef Master’ and $100,000 for their charity.  In a new twist this season, each Master will have his or her sous chef compete in an online competition, “Battle of the Sous Chefs,” hosted by Hugh Acheson and presented by Lexus.  The results of each online episode directly impacts the Masters, awarding them advantages, such as immunity (the winner of each battle earns the Top Chef Master immunity), and sometimes, disadvantages, depending on their sous chef’s performance (the chefs who perform the worst always earn obstacles for their Top Chef Master).  Every episode of “Battle of the Sous Chefs” leads up to the next episode of Top Chef Masters, and explores the uniquely interdependent relationship between a Master chef and his or her sous chef.

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is back as series host alongside new head critic Gail Simmons, with returning judges James Oseland, Ruth Reichl and Francis Lam and new judge, food and dining editor Lesley Suter.   The chefs face off in some of the most difficult and unique challenges seen thus far – and they’re serving up food for some top entertainers and celebrity guest judges including:  Busy Philipps, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lindsay Price, the cast of Days Of our Lives, Ali Larter, the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba, LA Cult Favorites Lucha Va Voom among others.

Ryan White-Nobles
Ryan White-Nobles is Editor-in-Chief of TV Source Magazine. He's began covering entertainment and soap operas in 2005. In 2009 he co-launched Soap Opera Source, and led the TV Source rebrand in 2012. He's a natural #Heel who loves a spirited debate and probably watches too much TV. Follow him on Twitter at @SourceRyan to discuss all things TV, soaps, sports, wrestling and pop culture.

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