Next Iron Chef & Top Chef are two of the best competition reality programs on TV. That said there is a sizeable gap between the hosts/judges ... edge to Iron Chef, by a fair margin.
Tom Colicchio - whether you admit it or not, it seems - season after season - you're trying to channel Simon Cowell with that mix of intimidation & arrogance. But Simon manages these qualities effectively enough. You come off poorly ... trying to thump your chest and proclaim "I'm the alpha male! I'm the man! Bow before me!" You're obviously gifted and successful ... why behave like this? The truly gifted and confident don't need to throw around their weight. Annoying hosts/judges CAN affect ratings ... you and Hugh were big reasons I stopped watching. The recent season with Curtis was a breath of fresh air ... fresh enough that I'm giving you guys another chance.
While the show has been successful, you could be [like many stars in TV: from ESPN to network] easily replaced with nary a dip in the ratings. And that's OK ... same goes for most of us in the TV business. If you think the show's success is due to "you being you" ... that would be a gross overstatement of your TV skills. PLEASE Top Chef producers ... take notice. Thanks kindly taking the time to read and/or consider. Good luck and Happy Holidays.