A man, a hat, a mission.
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Top Chef Masters Season 2 starts tonight at 11 p.m. on Bravo, featuring hometown heroes Maria Hines of Tilth, Jerry Traunfeld of Poppy, and The Chef in the Hat of Rover's (and, soon, the more casual, also-in-Madison-Valley Luc).

The rest of the contestants are over here; the winner gets $100,000 for the charity of their choice. In our scientific Slog poll back in February, you all predicted that Wylie Dufresne of NYC's WD-50 will beat Hines, Hines' braids, Traunfeld and all Traunfeld's trappings, the Man, and the Hat.

Here you will find a preview (after an advertisement)—Maria Hines says she's blown away by everyone's skill level. Get the teevee warmed up!