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ACA Grad to Compete on Bravo's 'Top Chef Masters'

June 3, 2009

Chef Michael Schlow, a 1987 graduate of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, will compete in the debut episode of "Top Chef Masters" at 10 p.m., June 10, on Bravo.

The new television series pits 24 world-renowned chefs against each other following the format of the network's popular "Top Chef" series.

Schlow received his professional training at the Academy and began his career with New York restaurateur Pino Luongo. He went on to become chef de cuisine at several Manhattan hot spots, eventually moving to Boston in 1995. Since then, he's opened several critically acclaimed restaurants there, including Radius, Via Matta and Alta Strada. He has garnered numerous culinary distinctions, including winning the James Beard Award for "Best Chef in the Northeast" in 2000. Schlow authored a cookbook in 2005 called "It's About Time," and is a regular contributor to culinary publications and cooking shows. He returned to ACCC in 2005 when he was honored as an outstanding alum at the college's annual Restaurant Gala.

In the first six episodes of "Top Chef Masters," four chefs compete against each other to name one winner. These six winners meet up in the final weeks when one chef is eliminated each episode until a winner is crowned. The winning chef each week receives money for their designated charity, with the final winner's charity receiving $100,000.

Schlow will compete in the premiere episode against Hubert Keller (Fleur de Lys), Christopher Lee (Aureole) and Tim Love (The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro). They will re-create a classic "Top Chef" quickfire challenge - cooking up the most creative and delicious dessert they can.

Schlow is competing for the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care.

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