Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio explains that the ultimate outcome may not have been as close as you think.

on Dec 9, 20090

If you’re left scratching your head after the finale, you’ve come to the right blog. I was actually there in Napa in October, at the table eating the food, discussing it there and at the Judges’ Table, and yet based on how the episode was cut, it had me wondering up until the end whether my memory had failed me or not. It hadn’t. I think that what we have here is a classic case of building drama, of not tipping one’s hand, of leading the viewer (or misleading the viewer!) to keep the suspense till the final moment. Allow me to share a bit of what didn’t make the final cut:

I want to start by reiterating something I wrote last week, something that Kevin actually echoed in this week’s episode. This year’s finale put to the test four outstanding young chefs. None is a finer chef than the others. On any given day, any one of the four could have beaten the others; it was just a question of to whom the day would go that particular day. 

You’ll notice that in keeping with their high degree of professionalism, the chefs all helped each other where necessary. For example, Michael pointed out to Kevin when something was starting to boil over. He just couldn’t help himself: When you’re in the kitchen, whether you’re a chef or a cook, and you see something – anything – going amiss, it’s your responsibility to point it out. So these chefs couldn’t stop for the sake of the competition. They helped one another all the way through. And while they did so habitually, I believe they also did so because while they each badly wanted to win, they wanted their competitors to do their best as well. They wanted to beat their competitors on the strength of their own dishes rather than through errors in the dishes of the other two.

In our first season, when there were only two finalists in the final episode, the judges sat down for each contestant’s meals separately.  With three chefs, this would take far too long. Nonetheless, I do wish the contestants’ dishes had been staggered this season, even by five minutes, rather than presented all at once for each course. Also, I don’t believe four courses are enough for a final challenge; I think they need to be asked to make a fifth.

That said, though, we had four courses to compare and contrast, so let’s.

Kevin’s first course dish was remarkably flavorful and told a great story. To all of us it seemed more like an amuse or a canapé than a full first course, but the puree was really great, the chicken skin was crispy, all the elements were truly wonderful. (I could get more technical than “great” and “wonderful” but those are the terms the dish inspired.) So while yes, he could have worked chicken into the dish as well and made it more robust, in my opinion, it was hands-down the best in terms of flavor of the three dishes presented.

Bryan’s sardine dish was very bland. Apart from the sardine itself, nothing seemed to have a lot of flavor. And Michael’s first course was not his strongest. He tried to stay true to the idea of making a likeable dish of something he hadn’t liked as a child, but the prawns were overwhelmed by the broccoli, and the dish needed acid. I disagree with those at the table who felt the prawns were undercooked – I actually thought they were cooked perfectly, and the broccoli was properly crispy. Everything was well seasoned and well-executed, but conceptually, the dish didn’t quite work. So, for me, Course One went to Kevin.

As for the second course, Kevin’s matsutake mushrooms were a bust. They were far too tough to eat. You must slice a matsutake thin. In fact, it’s often served raw. But other than that, the broth was beautifully done and the rest of the dish was very good. Bryan’s dish looked beautiful and used everything inventively, but there was not a lot of balance. Everything was one-note and very soft, texturally (when you sous-vide fish, it tends to be soft). Nothing really sang out.  It was a solid dish, but it wasn’t exceptional.

464 comments
Eduardo Morali
Eduardo Morali

Season 6 has been by far the season with the most talent under the same roof. Even now with season 7, I thought the production team would seek out talented chefs of the caliber of Kevin, the V Bro´s or Jen, but sadly I think this didn´t happen. I know they have to choose Chef´s with various back ground, but seriously, some Chefs shouldn´t be there. Their flaws and sloppines make you wonder why the heck they were chosen on the first place. All in all, congratulations on season 6, the best so far, and hope fully, seasons to come will showcase the talent seen on this season.

ToViewstar
ToViewstar

Dear Tom,

Congratulations on the best season of my favourite show on television. This year the showed stayed true to what sets it apart, which is undeniable culinary quality. Take bow all around, Padma, Gail, Toby and the crew - I won't pester you too much with the editing, which is delightfully frustrating for obvious reasons.

However, Viewstar,

Please don't try to ruin what was a wonderful season with your idiotic banter focused on exclusivity. You've never tasted Kevin's dishes, so you have no idea just how inspiring or cutting edge they were. Granted, both of the brothers are exceptional chefs, as was Jennifer. This was the best season by far - it was obvious that the producers have responded to criticism from previous seasons, and the result is truly enjoyable. Skilled chefs creating amazing cuisine from quality ingredients. Only a misguided schmuck would attempt to tie cutting edge cuisine to the price of the meal, calling those who perhaps can't afford it ignorant. Food needs to be pushed, but the place to begin is mastering the essential flavours of each ingredient, and in Kevin's defense, I think he proved that beautifully with his food - the judges consistently seemed to think so. Joel Robuchon never spent time fussing with foams - instead, he's used technique to coax the greatest flavour from each ingredient, to perfect the preparation of each part of the dish. Such perfection has no connection with the price of the dish. While I plan to seek out the cuisine of each of these chefs, Kevin's will likely be the first. Followed soon after by Michael, Bryan and Jennifer. Congratulations again on a wonderful season!

kfp
kfp

On to this season's chefs...I am a huge fan of Tom as well..he is one of the reasons I watch the show..but these past two episodes have been awful..the quality and talent of this season's chefs are poor...it seems a great show about cooking and what it takes to be a great chef are abscent this season...These people are just cooks, at best...very disappointing. The show unfortunately has turned to reality T.V...with an emphisis on personalities, instead of talent.

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drakensmom
drakensmom

When you have guest judges how about having Gordon Ramsey as a judge. It would make and interesting show. He would be up with all the other important chefs you have had on.

Cheryl A. Pinkos
Cheryl A. Pinkos

To Padma, Gail, and Tom!

I'm a huge fan of the show and have been watching it since Season 1, but there has always been one thing that has bothered me about each finale. I'm asking you guys because you are the experts. Perhaps you can give me some insight into your conclusions. It seems that with each finale the outcome of who is named Top Chef is based exclusively on that last meal that each chef prepares. I realize as the viewer, I don't see everything that you as the judges discuss to arrive at your decision, but the discussions that I do get to view give me the impression that each Top Chef is named based on that last meal. Is that the case or am I "in the weeds" with this one? : ) Thanks very much.

V/R,

Cheryl A. Pinkos

T
T

Tom, I am a huge fan of yours. You've taught me a lot over the years as a viewer! Congrats on your recent James Beard Award!I recently had the pleasure of dining on M. Voltaggio's food at his restaurant and he knocks it out of the park!! Every course better than the last. He reinvents dishes while maintaining their integrity and bumping up the flavor! I truly believe this is a young chef with great talent who will be keeping all of ineterested for a very long time. Congrats to Michael! Well deserved!

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Andrea Orsini
Andrea Orsini

I live in Porto Cervo (Sardegna) and Roma. I rec' your show on our cooking channel but it is always one season behind.I was totally amused by the lack of knowledge that Tom Colicchio showed when he said: "that Truffles where not part of Mediterranean cooking to Rocco DiSpirito". I was very pleased that Rocco informed him that it was; even thought Tom had a smirk on his face. Italy is not just Naples and the south, which I believe is very Tom's family orginated from. Northern Italy is famous for the Truffles (Tartufi) we have eight species of the famous tartufi. We use them in various sauces, black truffle omelets(famous in Assisi),spread for brushchetta or crostini. It can also be sliced raw and served with carpaccio or bresola. Also, in the Tre Scaline ristorante in Rome's Piazza Navona it is used in the signature Tartufo gelato. It was so sad to see the limited understanding of Chef Tom in regard to the various cooking styles of the Mediterranean regions. The sad thing is: Tom rec'd a top chef honor recently: I can not understand how he was honored, when he showed his limited knowledge of the cooking styles of the Mediterranean regions. I think he needs to go back and learn that the Mediterreanean kitchen is not just the south of Italy.

Polito
Polito

Hi Tom I would like to know something? I love your Show and i watch it all the time i have seen almost all the seasons i only have missed the 2 and the 5th season. My dream is to be on top chef. I love to cook and i think that i could be the next top chef. what do i need to do to be on the show? Please let me know I have been cooking almost all my life. Thank you for you time. Hope to hear from you soon.

Desman Polo

Redcatlady
Redcatlady

Dear Tom:

I know this is off-topic, but I didn't know where else to post. I know you're going Season 7 now, but I've got a couple suggestions for future locations I already posted in the Contact area, and I'd like to know what you'd think about them:

1) Boston -- I can think of two things offhand that might work: a) a quickfire or elimination challenge involving the Boston baked bean; b) Thanksgiving at the Plymouth living museum settlement (cooking dinner for the re-enactors using traditional methods, perhaps?).

2) Santa Fe -- catering a meal for one of the programs at the Georgia O'Keefe Ghost Ranch would be good. There's a culinary institute there that's interesting; I went there as part of a bus trip to New Mexico.

Just a few suggestions if Top Chef is interested. Thank you very much for your time.

CarolCorrea
CarolCorrea

HI. I'm from Brazil and here we're still in season 3 or 4... I'm not sure... Anyway, I'd like to suggest that the people in Top Chef could do something about Brazilian food! There's lot of diversity between the typical food in the different regions of the country, and this could be used in the show.

jenbf12
jenbf12

what about a kosher challenge?!

luvmy3boys
luvmy3boys

With food allergies becoming more and more prevalent in our society, I would love to see Top Chef do a food allergy challenge!

gdenise
gdenise

Can you please put all the seasons of Top Chef on DVD for sale...why only season 5? Your fams want the whole collection..

Tomsthebomb
Tomsthebomb

Hi Tom, Great show and I love your blog. I had some challenge ideas for next season.

1. Make a dish out of a Military MRE - It's great when you include the armed forces, lets see what the chefs can do with an M.R.E.

2. "Roach Coach Challenge" - Break the chefs into teams - provide them each a catering truck "Roach Coach" send them out and see who can make the most cash.

3. Random House Challenge - Have the chefs go into Suburbia and make dinner for a family out of food from their pantry and kitchen.

Take Care, Chris

Maritina
Maritina

Hi! I love watching Top Chef,and season 6 was great.I was wondering if there was going to be season 7 and when ?Also I was wondering if you will make a spesial episode, like you always do, "watch what happend" because this episodes are always the best!!!!

TELA
TELA

Hi!!! I love Top Chef I was wondering if there was going to be any more after season 6?

IvyInn
IvyInn

Two suggestions I have for the show (as a fan since season 1)

1) For the first episode, let them cook something that they know, maybe given the challenge in advance to see them at their best.... this would cut down on the nervous errors, and provide a better introduction to the chefs.

2) I liked the finale's that allowed them to cook their best meal... this really lets them set themselves apart, maybe it should happen more.

Great show, great series, keep them getting better.

BTW, liked the change in restaurant wars this season. Its about the food and prep, lol.

Firefly3
Firefly3

I have been watching you show for a few years now and have notice that some of your challenges to the cooks are for special diets, for instance when they had to cook vegetarian for Natalie Portman. Today there are more and more people discovering that they have a Gluten intolerance or have Celiac Disease. I was hoping to see a challenge on the show that would create easy fillings meals for people who have to go through life struggling to find delicious meals without gluten, soy or dairy.

S
S

I have been a constant viewer of Top Chef for quite a while; I trust the judges decision with the finale vote. Each of the brothers knew what they letting themselves in for. Bryan proved who he is; many doors will open for most of the good chefs. Someone always loses.

I know one thing Top Chef makes me appreciate what it takes to be a good chef. They made me want to go to Las Vegas just to eat in Toms Resturant and Hubert Heller.

I LOVE FRENCH FOOD! GOOD STEAK!

Naz Marta Zamoyski
Naz Marta Zamoyski

Tom,

I hope you read this, because I have no other way of reaching you. While I love the show and your judging immensely, I must say I still have a bone to pick with you about the competition where the Chef had to make "Drunken Polish Sausage" and you didn't eliminate them even though they made some kind of fish dish instead of using the required ingredient of Polish Kielbasa!!

But there is a way you can make this up to the Polish community: Have a quick fire or elimination challenge in an upcoming show, where the contestants must use Polish Sausage (Kielbasa) as the main ingredient in their dish.

PLEASE! You really need to do this after totally insulting the Polish people and Polish cuisine by basically saying: "Yeah, no one can cook with that stuff. I can see why you substituted Chilean Sea Bass for the required Kielbasa."

So I am looking forward to a "Kielbasy Cookoff" in an upcoming Top Chef episode!!! Thank you.

KimZ
KimZ

Thank you Tom for sharing the judges decisions with us in more detail. Although I was very upset over Kevin losing because he was my favorite chef throughout, I accept and respect your decisions baste on taste alone. That's what a food competitions about!!! Fantastic looking food, just wish I could taste it!!! Great season and thank you for giving us the very best cooking show on TV!!! Just LOVE it...Mmm!!!

S Dolphin
S Dolphin

On an entirely different note - watching re-runs for 2007 with Marcel, Sam and Ilah - I am stunned why Sam did not win. Throughout the entire show he was a better overall chef and leader and held passion and diversity of skills. Ilah although he is good - always did Spanish food. Obviously we dont taste it - I wonder the judging process. Saying that - TChef is my absolutely favorite show - and agree with how all your choices are and really admire your insights and tastes. As the Seasons progress - it is exciting the quality of contestants and judges dramatically improve. If there is anyway to extend my congratulations to Sam - that would be really cool. Thanks for such a great show!

Joseph in Nc
Joseph in Nc

I do not understand if its one dish then have a 2 hour show best dish wins . Is this Top Chef? or one meal Chef?I doubt that I will watch next season because, drama has become the basic course here many of my friends see it this way BLIND TASTE BLIND TASTE.

red
red

I really enjoyed this season of Top Chef. Part of what made it so enjoyable was the lack of drama and fights in the house (mild compared to other years, we can all agree), including chefs helping other chefs in the kitchen. There was a high level of ability (which left Mike and other chefs complaining that they chose the wrong season to compete in), but that only made the last few episodes more intriguing.

Although the winner was NOT my favourite contestant, I still appreciated his skill.

If anyone who was a part of the show is reading this, thank you!

LCM
LCM

I agree with many commenters above about the sous chef issue. Need to choose a better way to keep it fair amongst the last three standing.

About the reunion show: It would be not only wonderful, but actually palatable to have a host of this program be involved in FOOD! Hire Paula Deen, or another chef known to have a great personality, (some class maybe?) and expertise on the subject, and who could speak to the Top Chef experience with humor, candor and a wonderful understanding. The judges actually seem uncomfortable during this show, a show that has the potential to be top rated and so great.

Loyal Viewer
Loyal Viewer

Tom, Thank you as always for clearing up the mess the editors seem to love leaving behind for the viewers. Unsurprisingly, I had a hard time with this finale. Not only did it not measure up to what the rest of the season delivered, the extremely poor editing left me feeling cheated and deeply unsatisfied, so thank you again for your clear explanations. Next time, I hope more time is given to the actual plates that are prepared and presented in the finale as well as more time to the judges table segment. One doesn't have to sacrifice content to sustain the viewer's interest. The 'top chef masters' finale I think is a good case in point.

And to be completely frank, I didn't care for the contestants' moms being present at the finale, in fact it was distracting and kind of awkward to watch (at least from the home viewer standpoint) especially when they were suddenly excused from the table only after the first course; moreover, it took away precious time that could have been spent on the food itself. Although I agree that it must have been nice for Kevin to have his mom there when he got eliminated.

luvtoread
luvtoread

Tom:

great season it was exciting especially when it got down to the last five. I have to admit I did not want any of them to go home. all were very likeable and talented. I thought in the finale that some of the critics were alittle harsh in their words. the one woman critic said something like we don't need any trickery in food. paraphrsing. I do not think that these chefs at the finale point of the season would resort to trickery or anything else. I do like the way you provide critiques. you are honest and direct but I feel you are very thoughtful before you speak. I cannont wait until next season and will miss my wednesday nights and the thursday discussions with my friends.

Happy holidays

GG123
GG123

Hi Tom,

Top Chef has been one of my favorite shows. Please understand that my comments are made with love...and passion.

The way the sous chefs were selected should not be repeated...ever. Why exhort the chefs to cook the meal of the lives and then handicap them, particularly if the winner is going to be determined by the final dish. Also, don't you think it makes more sense to select a winner by their body of work rather than their final dish? Isn't that a true evaluation of a Top Chef?

I thought the way Kevin was eliminated was absolutely cruel. It hurt MY feelings. I guess that's what happens to talented, mature, respectful, kind people like Kevin and insufferable jerks like Michael win Top Chef. I mean, come on, he's just won Top Chef, and all that comes with that, and at the Reunion show he wouldn't even show enough respect to sit up straight in his chair. Why would anyone want to eat food served by this person?

I realize this is not a personality contest, but over the course of the competition, Kevin's dishes were judged by you all as superior as were Bryan's, so the outcome is baffling.

I guess I found the final episode to be manipulative and disappointing. Please pass onto your producers that the viewers of your show wish to be treated like intelligent adults.

 MCHARLOTTE
MCHARLOTTE

Hey Chef Tom Colicchio,

You should start a line of clothes for men. How come we dont ever get to see you cook something? I discovered you have a Craft restaurant in Dallas and I am going to go there soon. I am so excited. Great show, great season. Thanks.

MCHARLOTTE
MCHARLOTTE

I know nothing about cooking such fine food, nor have I ever eaten in a really fine restaurant. What I enjoy about Top Chef is the way the contestants deal with all the twists and surprises. I am fascinated that people can do the quick fire challenges in such a short time. I wish that there was some way for Tom Colicchio to demonstrate some of his talents. It would be fun to see him perhaps compete with another chef or two and have different judges -- not Padma, or Gail, etc. New judges or past contestants, perhaps the Top Chef winners from seasons past. Can someone tell me how to post a comment to him??? Thanks MC

Jen from Kansas
Jen from Kansas

I think we can all agree that this was a fantastic season of talent. I have been in the F&B industry for 22 years, and being on the Front of the House side and seeing very cocky chefs, this was the most professional, personable season. Yes there will be a little drama, but WELL DONE Chefs- Bryan and Jen their mgmt skills TOP NOTCH. I wish everyone the best of luck!

l.a. lady
l.a. lady

oh, and one more thing: why wasn't michael penalised for including an EGG dish for the veggie segment of one of the episodes??? last i checked, EGGS do not = VEGGIES...

i also agree with guitargirl117's opinion entirely.

Julia R. Sicam
Julia R. Sicam

BRYAN is a class above the rest. That is obvious. You seem to have a thing for Michael V., too, which clouded your judgment even during Napa Valley Part 1. You were pushing for raw egg and bitter soup. Thank God Michael Chiarello and Gail were strong enough to stand their ground against you. And fake s? TACKY. Dry cake? Unforgivable -- even my teen-aged sons would spit that out. The squab won over the venison? Yeah, right. Sorry, but your credibility is shot. It's not personality. Bryan is stiff, Michael, rude and brash. But Bryan -- he shouldn't even have done Top Chef. He is beyond Top Chef. (And I wouldn't be so impressed that Ilan Hall and Marcel cooked under Michael V. Big deal! Is that something to be so awed about? You certainly sounded awed. While I am awed by Volt.)

sws
sws

Another thoughtful, insightful blog posting, as usual. Thanks, Tom, for consistently adding depth to a show that, (because it's TV, silly,) has to be edited for drama, story arc, suspense, etc, etc. I agree that on any day, any of the top four could have won. Top Chef is my favorite cooking show, and I've already set my recorder for Season 7. Interesting and dramatic while keeping it real. Thanks for that. I'd really be interested in a blog posting about how the chefs are selected for the competition. Do they submit videotapes? Are they nominated by others? Do you hear about them and travel around interviewing them? What's your criteria for a contestant? And one more thing. Your cookbook, Think Like A Chef, is one of my favorites. It's easy to see on Top Chef that strong technique carries the day, every time. Thanks for a cookbook that teaches that.

ge
ge

to everyone who still can't get over michael v's win, get over it. if you don't like the judges' decision, change your channel. michael v won and her DESERVED it to the core!

Cass
Cass

I agree that the fan favorite should have been announced on the Reunion Episode. I'm not a fan of Andy Cohen or the insipid housewives shows and had never heard of him until your episode the other night...why did he announce the winner? To get more crossover viewers? Sorry, didn't work for me...and apparently many others...who found out fan favorite on the web.

I also agree with the many viewers that believe runner-up(s) should get consolation prizes...they deserve something for making it to the finale. The over-the-top quickfire prize money is a great bonus for an underpaid, hardworking, struggling, talented chef...i get it, but it really does leave a bad taste in my mouth (pun intended) that Bryan walked away with nothing but a loss to his brother after so many elim challenge wins.

Also, I think when you guys are gifting books, appliances, cookware, gift cards, etc., it'd be nice to also gift the same to fans through drawings.

Aren't you glad that so many of your viewers think they can make your show better? ROFLMAO!

Thanks for a great season!

Cass

Watced from beginning
Watced from beginning

LOVED.....LOVED....THIS SEASON. GREAT CHEF'S COOKING AND BEING PROFESSIONAL. BEST SEASON YET!!!!

HOWEVER, THE FAN FAVORITE BELONGS ON TOP CHEF'S FINAL GET TOGETHER NOT THE WAY YOU GUYS DID IT THIS YEAR. I KNOW THE NETWORK WANTS ME TO WATCH THAT OTHER THING BUT FAN FAVORITE SHOULD BE ANNOUNCED ON TOP CHEF'S FINAL GET TOGETHER.

THANKS FOR THE GREAT SEASON. LOVED EVERY MINUTE.

Shawna
Shawna

Wow....what a great season! Although I still think you chose the wrong Voltaggio brother, it was the best season yet. Loved the high stakes quickfires, thought you had some great elimination challenges, and hands down thought this was the most talented group of chefs yet. I loved the fact that there was minimal drama from the cheftestants thenmselves. I just will never understand how the finale turns into "top dish". Anyway....loved this seasson!

Mark T @mtrawczy
Mark T @mtrawczy

I waited until after the reunion show to comment. Great season! wonderful food and super talented chef's, my only complaints; The knife block for the sous chef's... come on it only served to potentially hamper a contestant, and didn't add much to the final episode, and in fact I think really threw Kevin. Second I thinks as do others the final show should be longer say 1.5 hours so we can get a better look at the contestants meal preparation and a more in depth discussions at the judges table. (yes Tom your deliberations are very interesting) And while I'm at it the reunion show could be longer, the behind the scenes / bloopers are gold!

That said this is the only show on television that I watch with fervent glee! Keep it coming.

Tim N.
Tim N.

I agree that this was the best season ever. I do have to question drawing names for sous chefs. I think the finalists should have the ability to choose who helps them in the kitchen.

dayliz
dayliz

Yes Kevin has many fans so there have to be some haters as well. I do not think his frustration w Preeti showed the true colors of a shrew, just a chef who needed the best from his sous. I also read a comment that said posters who say Kevin was robbed do not understand fine dining. Fine dining as it exists today is about using seasonal and regional ingredients and making them work in an innovative and delicious way. That is exactly what Kevin does, on Top Chef at his restaurant, which was well known to Atlanta foodies before the kudos of Top Chef.

Alex from MA
Alex from MA

This season eclipsed season four. The final four cheftestants all seemed capable of taking the big prize. For the first time, I liked and respected all four of the finalists, so I felt no disappointment. Congratulations to Jennifer, Kevin, Bryan and Michael for their stellar cooking. All four were a credit to their profession. We'll hear from all four of these incredible young chefs. I enjoyed watching the brothers compete throughout the season. The only changes I suggest: stop inviting any but the final six eliminated chefs to be sous chefs for the finale, and stop choosing those chefs by drawing knives.

bananasplit
bananasplit

Mark VZ. If Tom challenges an Iron Chef. Since his very good when it comes to protein like meat. My secret incredient, will be turtle, iguana, phyton or monkey. I want to see how far is his meat knowledge. I've been cooking meat for 22 yrs but I'm not familiar with vison, elk or dear and moose.

bananasplit
bananasplit

Some bloggers said the 2 bros showed from the beginning that they're the top chef to beat. I don't think so. Jennifer was the first quick fire winner and Kevin the elimination challenge. I don't think top chef is about top plating. Meaning good looks. Its taste. Its unfair, if you got french chef judges and your dish has been by 1M people still not win. Coz its not french, classical, too simple, not sophisticated. Like a grain of salt. I've been paying a lot for a meal in world renowned restaurants in New York and Las Vegas. Still my food is blend. For my sisters, theyre very good. Every season is different. I don't believed Top Chef has a definite criteria for winning the finaly. A contestant can win all the quick fires and elimination mathes and yet lost on the final. Coz of a grain of salt, or mushroom that is unfamiliar to any or hard to find in a produce store. I like this season because of chefs like Kevin, the bros, Jennifer and other that put in theyre skill. Not match of the curve ball but the fairness.

Mark VZ
Mark VZ

Thanks for your insight Chef. We appreciate knowing what goes on behind the scenes. Your producers really did have me thinking that it would be Bryan with the win.

Now when are we going to see Chef Tom Colicchio cooking something? Maybe you should challenge an Iron Chef. ;-)

jennlaw
jennlaw

I said it last year and i'll say it again. if the season is not cumulative and a reflection of who was top chef overall ... why not just have everyone cook one meal and then who ever wins wins .... why put us through each week to only have it go the best meal that night .... love the show - hate the last 2 seasons of winners.

Steven Hadaway
Steven Hadaway

I've enjoyed Top Chef for years and I'm sure I will enjoy it again for the 2010 season. The only season I really didn't enjoy was this past 2009 season.....mainly due to the fact that instead of the show being Top Chef, it was Top Voltaggio. Enough of the brothers. They are over-exposed.

Sally Shenouda
Sally Shenouda

Hey Tom!!

How's it going. I love love love top chef. I'm a mom and it's the only show I make a point to watch. However I have to say I think Canada got jipped this year. We were a week behing the U.S because bravo never aired it here (watched it on food network) and it never aired the finale. However what I did watch was great the caliber of chefs were amazing this season and I have a secret crush on both Voltaggio brothers and yourself. I hope you guys hang around for a very long time...you'll always have a loyal fan here in Alberta, Canada.