Well, call me silly, but I still look forward to Top Chef.
This promises to be an interesting crew, with retuning “all-stars” and the usual stellar array of judges.
Los Angeles is the set, and it looks fantastic so far (how did they find so many smog-free days?) Still lots of product placement, and name-dropping, as we have come to expect.
One of my returning faves was Joe, and he was the first to go. He made two crappy dishes in a row. Welp... Still has that great mustache.
Over on the Food Network, it seems they have mounted a competing show: Tournament of Champions, which is not as cheesy as I feared. Again, all-star chefs compete. Set up with brackets like March Madness, the face-offs were for immediate elimination.
The game show element (a giant spinner to pick the ingredients for each challenge) was kind of typical for FN, but it brought out some great cooking. In fact, I re-watched some episodes to see if I could suss out what went into several dishes.
There is also an Ann Burrell vehicle at FN called Las Vegas Prizefight. The premise is that the winning chef will get a restaurant worth 10 mil. I don’t see it.
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