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August 18, 2019

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Las Vegas chefs to compete on third season of ‘Top Chef Masters’

Mary Sue Milliken

Mary Sue Milliken of the Border Grill joins fellow Vegas chef Alex Stratta on this season of “Top Chef Masters.”

No thanks. That’s what Border Grill co-chef and founder Mary Sue Milliken said the first time Bravo came knocking for "Top Chef Masters."

Then she said no again. And again.

“The idea of everything having a time limit kind of drives me crazy ’cause I feel like cooking is such a craft and an art. I just felt like it just makes it so you can’t do the art,” Milliken says by way of explanation. But after watching Border Grill co-owner Susan Feniger make it to the final five on Season 2, Milliken caved. And just in time. Season 3 of "Top Chef Masters," which premiers at 11 p.m. Wednesday, not only features 12 seriously skilled culinary experts—including fellow Vegas name Alex Stratta—but also introduces a favorite episode to the Masters: “Restaurant Wars.”

When regular competitors attempt to create a complete dining experience in a single day, the competition often gets ugly. With A-list talent—many of whom already own restaurant empires—taking a turn this season, things are bound to get messy. And probably delicious.

— Originally published in Las Vegas Weekly.

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