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Gail: Mei's Menu Was Almost Flawless

Make Top Chef Mei Lin's Winning Dessert!

Richard: "Gregory Had the Better Ideas"

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Hugh: Mei's a Chef's Chef

Richard: "Winning Is Overrated"

Make Mei's Sushi Style Guac!

Gail: I Wasn't Surprised Doug Stayed on Top

Get Doug's Masterpiece Brisket Recipe

Gail on Innovation (and George's Failure to Push It)

Make Melissa's Seared Duck Breast Dish

Make Melissa's Mom's Egg Custard

Hugh Worries About Scurvy and Foie Gras

Make Mei's Inspired Duck a l'Orange

Gail Has No Problem With Blood

Make George's Cravable Breakfast Sausage

Gail Simmons Won't Be Pushed Around

Make Doug's Winning Mussels

Tom Colicchio Answers Your Restaurant Wars Qs

Gail: It Wasn't Keriann's Day

Make Doug's Winning Braised Pork!

Gail: We Had a Tough Job This Week

Make Katsuji's Authentically Delicious Stuffing

Hugh: The Demise of Cornwallis and Aaron

Make Gregory's Winning Dumplings

Richard: Chefs Please Follow Instructions

Richard Tries Money Ball Soup

Make a Home Run-Worthy Popcorn Crème Brule

Hugh: Where There's a Will There's a Fenway

Gail: Keriann and Aaron Were Being ---holes

Make the Winning Surf and Turf

Gail: We're Taking No Prisoners

Richard Goes From Player to Announcer

Tom Talks Boston

Gail: There Was No Season 11 Underdog

Hugh Wants Nick to Be Kind to Himself

Gail: It Was Difficult to Let Go of Shirley

Big Easy to Ocean Breezy

Gail: The Final Four Are Like Our Children

Emeril Is Proud to Serve Shirley's Dish

Hugh: Enough With the Mexican Food Hate

I Suck.'s Editor wants to know what you think about the new chef'testants.

Hi Top Chef fans and foodies! It's so good to be back blogging for you guys. First things first: Um, who am I? Well, last season I went by the moniker "Superfan," but now I can finally reveal my identity. Wait for it. Wait for it. My name is Monica Reyhani and I'm part of the Editorial team here at Hopefully this little revelation will make this blog a bit more personal for you and will let you know that if you have any suggestions or want to see something on the site that you're not, someone who works here is actually listening.

Second, I want to apologize for not blogging since the end of last season. While I had every intention of blogging regularly, well, shows happen. Runway happens. Real Housewives happens. Rachel Zoe happens. And I just didn't have the extra time. But I'm back! I'm going to make this first entry brief because I really just want to get your first impression of the cast. In future blogs I will tell you about finally making the trip to wd~50 for the tasting menu. Seeing Tom Colicchio sing live at a food festival event. And, well, my my birthday brunch at Harold Dieterle's Perilla.

But for now I want to hear your thoughts about the newest batch of contestants and I want to hear early predictions! Who do you think will be Top Chef? It's never too early to guess. Also check out all of our Countdown to Premiere galleries. We have some great video clips of the contestants and judges answering hard-hitting questions like "What gives you a culinary boner?" (Tom spit out his water when we asked that) and loads more.

So leave comments, questions, and things you want to see on the site for the upcoming season. I'll try to make them happen. I've only watched the first few minutes of the first episode so far, but I got the chills when the Top Chef theme song came on. (I know I'm a dork.) But I know we're in for a good season, so stay tuned!

- Monica A. Reyhani