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Bravotv.com's Senior Editor is a little too excited about the new season.

Dec 1, 20100

Yes my little blog all-stars, this season is truly my beautiful dark twisted fantasy. (And I must confess that I'm also listening to Kanye's new album while I write this.) I can't describe the feeling I got when I first heard this season's theme. I got chills. My eyes got wide, and I lost it. For a Top Chef fanatic like myself, there's really nothing more exciting than an all-star season, so it is with great pride and a general 14-year-old-girl zeal that I write my first blog of the season.

I love all these chefs, but I have to admit I was most excited to hear that Marcel was coming back. I didn't watch Season 1 until the finale, but would race home to watch Season 2, and it was because of Marcel. I can fairly say that he is the reason I'm obsessed with the show, which is the reason I'm obsessed with Bravo, which is the reason I applied for a job here. So, I guess you can thank/blame Marcel for that. While many viewers and even some all-stars think Marcel's immature, I've always thought he was misunderstood. But, hey, Pete Campbell is also my favorite character on Mad Men -- are you recognizing a pattern?!

At the start, the chefs all meet at their home-away-from-home and we learn a few things:
1. Fabio's new 'do will probably be polarizing, but I'm on Team Long Hair!
2. Tre is lookin' goooood. (I saw him at the shoot for the new season, and I can confirm he looks as good in real life.)
3. Antonia and Spike may get into it.
4. Marcel and Fabio may get into it.
5. "Interesting? That's the kiss of death." I love Carla. Hootie-hoo!
5. Fabio will probably have the best lines of the season. Here's a quick taste so far:
    - "We're going up, but it feels like we're going to hell."
    - "I'm like the underdog. Italian dog ... good one."
    - "I squashed my balls on Season 5, and that's not going to happen."

Well, I probably could've done without that last bit, but I'll take it. Also, is it just me or does Fabio seem a little more sarcastic this time around? I just want to give him a hug.

25 comments
Marion from NC
Marion from NC

I have been a TC Fan from the very first season. The Allstar Season was a genius idea. There are some favorites missing, but the overall assembly of chefs was good. I would have liked to see Kellie Liken, Sam Talbot, and Kevin Gillespie, however their careers have exploded. From the first episode, I've been hooked. There is immense talent in this group of chefs. Richard and Fabio seem somewhat changed, and not for the better. I love Carla. Her humor proves that cooking should be fun. She continues to surprise me. Tiffany (D) is a focused and honest chef. My hat goes off to her. Angelo has the goods, but I don't really like him. Mike Isabella is another dark horse and he is so funny. Marcel has not changed a bit. He needs a diaper change, and his nose wiped. Spike once described Anthony Bourdain as a "culinary assasin". I concur. Restaurant Wars will be a turning point. From there a leader will emerge. I hope that Tre can survive this one. My top three are Richard, Dale and Tre (sorry ladies).

100
100

Season 2 was the first Top Chef season I got invested in, and it was all in due part to the dynamic between two awesome characters, Marcel and Ilan. So definitely excited to see Marcel back .

DR Randel
DR Randel

Love your posts Sloopie! I think they should hire you as one of the regular bloggers:)

Jantina
Jantina

Sloopie, you're my hero.

I was surprised some of the chefs didn't do their signature thing. Marcel didn't make any foams. No ceviche from Jen. Tiffany F. didn't turn off anyone's oven. Hmmm...maybe they've evolved.

Mother  Hubbard
Mother Hubbard

They were but were unable to participate as they were busy with other projects. Gillespie even said he'd like to be on TV again.

Jessica Lin
Jessica Lin

I'm not a fan of Marcel, personally, but I agree with you that he is oft misunderstood. Marcel is not a conniving chef as you see from some chefs across the TC series. He's cocky, sure, but at least he is honorable in that sense. Let his food speak for himself and don't antagonize him so much because he will bite back.

j.abreu
j.abreu

I feel the same way. I love this show. I can't wait for it to come on every Wednesday night.I also love all of the reruns. I have seen them all over and over. I think this is going to be the best season yet! Where can I find all of the seasons on video. I bought a couple at target, but some are not available.

j.abreu
j.abreu

Stepanie won Top Chef in Chicago

j.abreu
j.abreu

Stepanie won Top Chef in Chicago

andy boy
andy boy

Good blog. It's going to be a interesting season. A Top Chef Allstars is finally here. I can think of some strong cheftestants that should be here Brian, Stefan, and Sam come to mind. I also believe some of this years allstars should not be here: Stephen, Spike, and Elia to pick a few. I also think each season should be represented by an equal number of cheftestants. It's unfair the some season have two cheftestants, some three, and season 4 has four. Why? Glad that whinny imature Elia got the boot in week. Stephen is not far behind. He is outclassed. Why was he picked. The best decision was having Anthony Bourdain as a judge. His wit, and harsh sarcasim will add to the show, already evident in his battle with Fabio. Looking foward to an intense competitive season.

pmh
pmh

LOVE this season. I think Angelo winning the first Elimination is not the same as other seasons (usually go on to win it). He and Tiffany just came off the latest season and are the closest to still knowing what it is like to be in Top Chef mode, vs. Tiffany F, Stephan, Marcel, etc from season 1.

I am pulling so much for Carla, Tre, Fabio, Jennifer and Antonia... they seem to be the coolest about being a Chef and Top Chef. Not pulling for Richard, TiffanyF or Angelo - they seem to believe they are the best among the best. Granted Chef's have to be confident but not condesending. Those three in editing seem to have the least respect for their fellow chef-testants, or maybe have the most to prove (to themselves)... don't know.

And hope we don't find out who narc'd on Richard and running out of time. Not sure we need to know. Whoever did though, hope they at least keep an eye on pea puree if someone happens to make it!

AaronJay123123
AaronJay123123

Hi! If you are responsible for the Bourdain blogs on this website, then I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove you :) :) Bourdain is the best! And this season is going to be amazing. Thank you for what you do!

Carla Murphy
Carla Murphy

I Love Top Chef in all its forms but now Top Chef All-Stars is my favorite!! I like so many of the Chefs its going to be a great season! I always thought season 3, 4, and 6 were the best but now I'm going to have to say season 8 is going to be the best. I was wondering however how cheftestants were chosen? A few of my favorites are missing....Sam season 2, Brian season 3, and Brian Voltaggio season 6? I am so glad Anthony Bourdain is on the show and I love his blog and enjoy all the blogs. Looking forward to a great season!!

Viewer12
Viewer12

Always enjoy Anthony B. and Eric R. They are consummate judges. Much better than Toby. In their own ways, they are both gentleman. Glad to see Elia go. Richard IS very annoying with his "holier than thou" attitude. Stephanie beat him during his season fair and square. As I recall she won or was in the top often during the season- she didn't just win the finale. Richard was childish about being disqualified. He broke the rules and knew he broke the rules. Suck it up. As a viewer, I was so glad that TC enforced the rules!

Michelle M
Michelle M

I love TC. It is my favorite show and I have watched every episode. I enjoy surfing the website and reading the blogs for more in depth reviews of each episode. What I miss, is LeAnne's producer blog. I loved the 'behind the scenes' of the challenges, how things were set up, why specific things were chosen, etc. Do you think you could get us some inside scoop and integrate it into your blog? That would be the icing on the cake.

BLT
BLT

I smiled like an idiot for the first ten minutes of this episode. I felt like I was reuniting with some old friends. Sorry, but I don't get your attraction to Marcel... My faves are Carla, Antonia, Dale L., Tre , Tiffani (season 7) and Richard.

AtlViewer
AtlViewer

Loved the first episode! Very emotional to see Elia go, but it seems like she almost lackadaisical with her lack-of-fear attitude. Sorry to see her go, but someone had to go home.

Unfortunate to see Richard Blais not win due to going over with time, but yeah, it seems fair. Too bad he didn't have a peer helping him like how Tiffany helped Stephen.

cocopuff
cocopuff

Also, Richard is offensive with his " I should have won". No, dude, you should have lost because Stephanie's food was better. What a dic...

cocopuff
cocopuff

Pete Campbell--- are you kidding me????? Marcel---Are you kidding me????? Other than that---- great show--great concept--- and yes--- Some of these chefs seem to think their talent is bigger than it is. (Fabio anyone?)

Zuzy F.
Zuzy F.

Loving ALL STARS!!! I was so excited for the season to begin and the cherry on top is Mr. Bourdain himself. Thank you!!

SHADESOFAXIOM
SHADESOFAXIOM

Sorry luv, you lost me on your second paragraph

King of Sweden
King of Sweden

All the blogs are good, but sometimes it´s extra nice to hear from a true fan´s point of view. Enjoyed the blog very much.

Anyone know if Richter,Gillespie or B Voltaggio were asked to join? Elaborate the info if you got it....

sloopie
sloopie

I'll help you out. I took notes. This was good stuff.

Stephen introduces himself as a "hospitality entrepreneur." This sounds like a title a hooker might use on her income tax form.

Tiffany F: "I'm gonna cook my nuts off." She does realize she doesn't actually have nuts, right? Maybe she could cook her eggs out instead. I like that one. There's no reason nuts are better than eggs.

Richard Blais - "I think most people remember my season for me losing my season." Well, maybe, but do you have to be so blunt about it?

Antonia doesn't want Spike in her bathtub. Smart girl.

Elia is going to bring "a much more mature level" to the competition, because at the time she encouraged Cliff to hold down Marcel to shave his head and laughed and cheered while it was going on, she was only 23 and now it's four years later. She also hopes Marcel has matured. I too hope he has matured to the point where if someone wakes him from his sleep and gets him in a full nelson then throws him onto the floor and pins him down, he will file charges, no matter how the producers sweet-talk him.

Jamie – TC elevated her career, people came from all over the world to meet her. I'd like to see proof of that.

Jen - Richard has his eye on her. Her pedigree, silly.

Padma says, "The kitchen is outfitted with the latest GE monogramed equipment." Yes, she did, I heard the "d", I heard it three times. I think she meant GE Monogram equipment. Because one is equipment monogrammed with the letters GE, and one is equipment in the Monogram line as made by GE. I'm becoming a pain in the ass. All that proofreading.

Fabio interviews that Richard's mustard ice cream is stupid (Because, of course, anything that isn't pasta is stupid to him).

Las Vegas - MikeI, Jen - an Italian mobster casino owner spread. Wow, does that sound obnoxious, millions of perfectly nice law-abiding Italians are groaning right now.

TiffanyD - she's wearing some weird tshirt with a sequined sweetheart neckline. What the hell is that?

Tre thinks Stephen came in from the Macys Day Parade instead of off the line. And he's right. This makes me sad. Because I think Stephen could've rocked if he'd bothered to do any cooking in the past 4 years.

TiffanyF is surprised Jen made technical errors. I think that was a dig. Tiffany's really good at innocent-sounding digs she doesn't have to take responsibility for.

It's really a different situation than with a regular season, because there really isn't any cannon fodder. Well, I think Elia, Spike, and Mike I are cannon fodder, and Stephen probably is too, but that's besides the point.

Svetlana
Svetlana

Great blog! I'm so glad Top Chef is back. Last season was such a disappointment, I'm glad TC returned to its roots. The only drama I like seeing on TC is in the kitchen and not the petty, made up fights just to get airtime. I am wondering how the contestants were chosen? Wish some of my favorites like Sam Talbot, Brian Voltaggio and Kevin (season 6) were on it. I'm Rooting for Jen Carroll to go all the way since Season 6 is by far the best season, with the strongest competitors in my opinion. Cant wait for next week!