You said on the episode last year in which the chefs competed at different restaurants that one of the chef-owners was part of the "first press" of celebrity chefs.
S'il vous plait, Monsieur! I believe that honor goes to the one and only Julia Child, does it not? Perhaps you meant of his generation? And as a tangent, I'll say that as a diplomat brat growing up in the 60s & 70s in various African & European cities, one of the things I respect her for most, as most do, is having been one of the original people to bring sophisticated cuisine into American dining rooms and kitchens. The current celebrity chef trend is fun and interesting, but also generally, to me, irritating as hell. I've always revered "artisan" breads, various ethnic yogurts that taste like what I grew up with (north African), Algerian lamb, etc., but now I discuss these things with snobby/snotty foodies, who attempt to one-up me in my knowledge and taste. Please! The "celebrity chef" trend, and the foodie movement, is great for me in terms of availability of better products, but it has its drawbacks: a. items I like are more and more expensive because they're trendy; a. the classism of some celebrity chefs, and foodies, is supremely irritating. There are great palates everywhere, not just in celebrity kitchens.