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Top Chef Just Desserts Season Two Cast Revealed

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Top Chef Just Desserts is back.

​The worst part of summer isn't the oppressive heat and humidity; it's living without Top Chef.

So when we heard that Top Chef Just Desserts is coming back to Bravo on August 24, we rejoiced -- just one more month of Top Chef-less television and feeling like we're walking around with a wet mop on our heads.

Gail Simmons is back as host, and guest judges will include Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad Rock" Horovitz, Francois Payard, Cat Cora, and the cast of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (let's hope that includes Johnny Depp and not those frightening Oompa Loompas).

We're looking forward to more meltdowns!

According to Bravo, the 14 pastry cheftestants (sadly, none from South Florida) are:

Rebecca Masson
HOMETOWN: Laramie, WY
RESIDES: Houston, TX
PROFESSION: Pastry Chef/Owner of Fluff Bake Bar
CULINARY EDUCATION: Diplome de Patisserie, Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France

Vanarin Kuch
HOMETOWN: Houston, TX
RESIDES:
PROFESSION:
CULINARY EDUCATION: AAS Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Houston

Sally Camacho
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA
RESIDES: Los Angeles, CA
PROFESSION: Pastry Chef of WP24 a Wolfgang Puck Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton, Los Angeles
CULINARY EDUCATION: A.O.S Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Program, California Culinary Academy

Orlando Santos
HOMETOWN: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
RESIDES: Pittsburgh, PA
PROFESSION: Owner/Pastry Chef of Orlando's Chocolate Treasures
CULINARY EDUCATION: Johnson & Wales University, North Miami, FL

Nelson Paz
HOMETOWN: Buenos Aires, Argentina
RESIDES: Houston, TX
PROFESSION: Executive Pastry Chef, Mandarin Oriental, Boston
CULINARY EDUCATION: Profesional Gastronómico, I.A.G

Melissa Camacho
HOMETOWN: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
RESIDES: New York, NY
PROFESSION: Pastry Chef, ilili
CULINARY EDUCATION: Institute of Culinary Education

Megan Ketover
HOMETOWN: Cincinnati, OH
RESIDES: Cincinnati,OH
PROFESSION: Pastry Chef, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza
CULINARY EDUCATION: AAB, Midwest Culinary Institute

Matthew Petersen
HOMETOWN: Dublin, PA
RESIDES: Arlington, VA
PROFESSION: Executive Pastry Chef, CityZen and Sou'Wester at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.
CULINARY EDUCATION: A.O.S Baking and Pastry, Johnson and Wales

Lina Biancamano
HOMETOWN: Phoenix, AZ
RESIDES: Ft. Worth, TX
PROFESSION: Executive Pastry Chef, Stephan Pyles
CULINARY EDUCATION: A.O.S. Culinary Arts, Le Cordon Bleu

Katzie Guy-Hamilton
HOMETOWN: Worcester, MA
RESIDES: New York, NY
PROFESSION: Executive Pastry Chef, New York Central at the Grand Hyatt New York
CULINARY EDUCATION: French Culinary Institute

Craig Poirier
HOMETOWN: Derry, NH
RESIDES: Las Vegas, NV
PROFESSION: Pastry Chef, First Food & Bar
CULINARY EDUCATION: Notter School of Pastry Arts

Chris Hanmer
HOMETOWN: Costa Mesa, CA
RESIDES: Las Vegas, NV
PROFESSION: Owner of The School of Pastry Design
CULINARY EDUCATION: Culinary Certificate from Orange Coast College, CA

Carlos Enriquez
HOMETOWN: Los Angeles, CA
RESIDES: Las Vegas, NV
PROFESSION: Pastry Chef at Holsteins in the Cosmopolitan
CULINARY EDUCATION:

Amanda Rockman
HOMETOWN: Katy, TX
RESIDES: Chicago, IL
PROFESSION: Executive Pastry Chef, The Bristol and Balena 

CULINARY EDUCATION: A.O.S Pastry and Baking Arts, C.I.A 


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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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