Tuesday, April 5, 2011 | 11:05 a.m.
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.