Tom Colicchio

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

on Jun 13, 2007

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Why Miami? We shot this in April, but the show will air over the summer and we wanted a warm weather destination, with a rich food culture, that looks like summer. Shooting in New York or Chicago in April, when people are still wearing sweaters and coats, just doesn't make for a good show. In New York, we've seen snow in April. The best part is that Miami's Latin influence plays an important part in many of the challenges.

These chefs had seen two seasons of "Top Chef." And so, it was surprising to us that they were actually surprised when we put them immediately into a Quick Fire. I was shocked. What were they expecting?