I cannot believe TC2 is already here. I am still overwhelmed and delighted by the enormous support and positive feedback you all gave our first season. You can expect a lot of changes this time around -- new host, new city, new crop of cooks -- but the drama, twists and excitement aren't going anywhere.
Before I launch into my thoughts on the first challenge and new contestants, I wanted to mention how happy I was that TC1 winner Harold Dieterle helped us kick-off the new season as our first guest judge. It was so fun to spend time with him on "our side" of the Judge's Table and I am impressed by how far he has come professionally since the first time we met him. He is working hard to launch his own restaurant in New York, and not letting his fame and fortune distract him.
Having Harold join us as a judge reminded me of why he was chosen as the winner: He is a serious chef and empathetic leader who is passionate about his craft. Just this week, we were lucky enough to attend a private Bravo preview of his restaurant's potential menu and I can assure you, it does not disappoint! For me, the thought of filming season 2 brought with it a sense of calm. This time I knew exactly what I was here to do and how to do it. In addition, many of the 15 new contestants spent season 1 studying the show, so they all arrived on set on their best behavior. They acted so cool and collected, as if they knew what was in store for them and had it all figured out. How wrong we all were!