The best thing about working behind the scenes on Top Chef 2 is being able to get to know the people who made Season 1 happen. I had the privilege of working with a fantastic crew of people at The Magical Elves, many of whom I knew from Season 1, and I've had a lot of fun with them. Again, I was brought in around the 6th episode, so I only hear rumors about the first five episodes. I was talking to one of them the other day, commenting on how I still had to watch the 2nd episode so I could write my blog. He replied, "Ooooh...this episode is gonna be a good one." I could really only take his word for it. I called him after I watched it and basically let him know that I was slack-jawed.
Let's talk about reality TV and Top Chef. Why is reality TV so addicting? In my opinion, especially regarding this particular show, reality TV is not just about everyday people getting their chance to live out their hidden desire to be famous, or be on TV, or win a lot of money, it's about the fact that drama evolves naturally. And sometimes it's better than any script you'll ever read. Thank goodness I never had to live through a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call by Tom (though we did have some early days). On day 3, Mia's already sick. The shot of her throwing up in her mouth reminds me of Dave's moment during Ted's Dinner Party where he is sitting and crying with a big glass of wine in his hands. They keep showing it. But she braved on, as any tough competitor would have done. Kudos to her.