I love Michael Ruhlman's work. His "Making of a Chef" series is a personal favorite, and I like his website as well. But how can he be a judge when one of the participants is Michael Symon, who was one of the primary subjects for one of his books and a follow-up in another?
I will agree that Ruhlman appears to be the best judge, far ahead of the long-haired Bon Appetit editor and "famous" restaurateur. I also think that Michael Symon has exhibited the most attractive TV persona and turned out the best food. But these two were and are friends. Their mutual success has aided one another. Hasn't anybody else noticed this or commented on it?