Tom Colicchio

Head judge Tom Colicchio wastes no time in breaking down the new cheftestants.

on Jun 13, 20070


I'd like to go briefly into the casting for the season, because this is by far the deepest level of talent that we've had. We asked chefs that we know, that we're friends with, to nominate other chefs. We were picking from a pool of chefs that our trusted colleagues had worked with, that they knew -- chefs who would be able to compete. That's the real strategy -- everybody should be able to compete.

In past seasons, it was pretty obvious that some people could NOT match up with the more experienced chefs. We wanted to deepen the pool, and this is one way we went about doing it.