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    Top Chef Masters Season 5: Bryan Voltaggio to Compete, Mindy Kaling to Guest Judge

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    The contestant has become the master...or at least he's trying to!

    Top Chef season six standout Bryan Voltaggio is set to compete on the fifth season of Top Chef Masters, making him the hit reality series' first-ever contestant to do so. Bryan was the runner-up of his season of the Bravo culinary competition, losing out to his brother Mike Voltaggio.

    Bryan's Maryland restaurant Volt Restaurant received a James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant in 2009.

    VIDEO: Watch an exclusive sneak peek from tonight's episode of MasterChef

    Celebrities set to make appearances as judges in season five include Mindy Kaling, Busy Philipps, Ali Larter and Kathie Lee Gifford.

    Curtis Stone returns as the series' host, while Gail Simmons is the new head critic.

    NEWS: Top Chef headed to New Orleans

    In addition to Bryan, the chefs competing in season five are listed below:

    Franklin Becker, The Little Beet, NYC
    David Burke
    , David Burke Townhouse, NYC
    Lynn Crawford
    , Ruby Watchco and Ruby Eats, Toronto
    Odette Fada
    , San Domenico, NYC
    Neal Fraser, BLD and The Strand House, Los Angeles
    Jennifer Jasinski, Bistro Vendôme and Rioja, Denver
    Douglas Keane, formerly of Cyrus, Healdsburg, Calif.
    Jenn Louis
    , Lincoln and Sunshine Tavrern, Portland, Ore.
    Richard Sandoval, Richard Sandoval Restaurants
    Herbert Wilson, Sushi Samba, Las Vegas
    Sang Yoon, Father's Office, Los Angeles
    Sue Zemanick
    , Gautreau's, New Orleans

    Top Chef Masters premieres Wednesday, July 24 on Bravo.

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