I really appreciated the frankness of your blog entry. I have been thinking about this issue of low-calorie diets versus all of the food that we see on television or at restaurants. I myself have been trying to better manage my own calorie intake, and can commiserate with the legions of individuals who are trying to do the same. I just wish that there was a genuine way to reconcile the type of food that the chef's cook on the show, with the way that the rest of us eat. I love Top Chef, and I think that all of you have done a tremendous job in reinvigorating an interest in cooking and cuisine among Americans. I guess I just find it difficult to watch Top Chef contestants liberally using oil and butter on television while simultaneously hoping that my one ounce of peanuts snack (160 calories) will satisfy my hunger for the two hours until dinner. I suppose if calories are the limiting factor, then the chefs have to use new techniques. I just wish I knew some of those low cal techniques, as it might make dinner taste better.