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What happened to Top Chef?

sffoodie123 | Jan 14, 201506:05 PM

Top Chef has declined steadily and the challenges, prizes, and chefs have become more and more watered down. Ratings have dropped accordingly from an avg of 2.5 million to 1 million. I still remember season 6 when judges included Joel Robuchon, Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Eric Ripert, and every week had prizes of $15,000+. And the pool of chefs were very talented, almost all were executive chefs/owners. Now, take a look at this season, almost all of the contestants are sous chefs or private chefs and there have been almost no prizes. Instead of Robuchon or Keller as judges, we have judges like Ron Gronkowski. And many of the challenges are just plain stupid. (Padma shopping? really?)

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