It might be the summer of D.C. on Bravo, and tonight (at a new time: 9 p.m. EST) Top Chef is back for season 7 in the nation's capital. Here's a pic of Padma I snapped at an upcoming challenge at the famed DC Palm. I dig Pads in hotpants, don't you??
This season not only features some amazing new chefs, Eric Ripert joins Judges' Table and Nancy Pelosi judges a Quickfire. I love D.C., I love Top Chef, I love hotpants, I love Eric Ripert, and I love summertime. So I am boarding the Top Chef train and I ain't getting off for 15 weeks.
Let me also remind you that after TC, it's Episode 2 of Work of Art. All the feedback I'm reading from viewers is extremely positive, which makes me happy. (I have read one or two items from art insiders who have their head firmly up their own asses and thus can't get their heads around a show about art that is fun and accessible, but they'll come around.)
I think that TV Guide chose you because 'YOU ARE AWESOME' and becoming a mover and a shaker with Reality TV, the ability for viewers to communicate with you/Bravo is something that not a lot of TV people do, you are leading the pack to a whole new world of TV.
How many other TV networks executives do people confess their love for each and everyday!! Andy Cohen, you are one of a kind and glad to see that the rest of the world will soon find out about Bravos greatest secret Mazel!
Oh Andy!! Please don't tell me N. Pelosi is really going to judge a challenge? I escaped most of the major networks (I know NBC owns Bravo) because the politics were so over the top in everything news or sitcom related. Bravo was such a change of pace in all the ecapist reality shows during the last five years. Please don't turn this into another "Obama and Liberals are so wonderful" channel. I couldn't believe the 9 by Design show was hanging a huge piece of art with Obama in their foyer and now you're going to have Nancy Pelosi judge a Top Chef competition?!? REALLY?? I'm a loyal viewer and I might have to skip that episode. Please continue to be fair (in praise and bashing) to all faiths and politic leanings. I don't want to leave Bravo.
Hey Andy, I love the Housewives shows (don't watch OC) and Watch What Happens Live. But I don't like this year's strategy running NYC and NJ simultaneously. It's too much cross-drama. Please program just one at a time.
How do I get my fiance and I on Top Chef for the wedding or bachelor/bachelorette challenge? We cannot afford catering for our wedding as we both work for a nonprofit, which means we do not make that much. Also, we have a son, and we live in Santa Cruz, CA, which, as you might read, has a very low salary range. We are cute, funny, our son is adorable, our life is chaos, and we have been engaged for a year now, together for almost four years, and we would like to get married, but just cannot afford it. We would be happy to be a challenge as we are food nuts. We do our own "Chopped" challenge each week at home, we have been watching food shows for years, and my fiance is secretly a wonderful and creative chef.
Andy: Through viewing all of the "housewife" stuff for 2 years - and the "Watch What Happens" shows - I thought you were merely a show host. Well - becoming more and more a fan of yours - I Googled you and learned of your real position in the Bravo world. Holy smokes. You are one intelligent man with a true "finger" on the pulse of our needing fantasy in this economy (let alone the fact that we like "reality TV" anyway). Andy - perhaps you need your own reality show. You fascinate many of your viewers... what are your days like? Are you in a committed relationship? How did you develop the "housewives?" Damn, man - you have a real place in television history - mazel to you! Love you!
My first online post, but I can't resist. I love you, Andy. I love Bravo TV and respect the talent of Bravo's creative, perceptive and broad-minded programming execs and I am a fan of reality TV (the observation of people behavior -- LOVE IT!!!), especially Real Housewives. Nonetheless, it was a bit disturbing to see, several weeks ago, you, Andy, show a very obvious rude demeanor toward Jill Zaren (spell?) and her mother when they were guests on your show. Okay! So they repeatedly referred (plugged) to their book. Shoot them! And, okay! So she has apparently done unfair and unkind things toward Betheny. You should be impartial. I could see a perceptiveness in Jill's mother's eyes that you were not. She is a sharp woman. Don't change, Andy. Continue to be real and to be fair and to be impartial. Jill has literally been annihilated. No one deserves that. No one. And for those who believe she does, I'd like to know how the other rude, cutting, socially ignorant cast members, including suddenly angelic (?) Betheny have gotten away with their cruel and rude behaviors. There has been a gang mentality as relates to Jill's poor judgments and behaviors. It's disturbing to watch. It was disappointing to see you, in a subtle way, join this mob. NO ONE deserves the backlash Jill has suffered. On the reunion show, you were relentless. It took Betheny to stop the whiplashing, of all people! You have GOT to be impartial Andy. You better than this. You're a pleasure to watch. I hope to see you for years to come.
I love and watch all the Bravo shows. Watch What Happens Live is wonderful. Two small comments. I would rather see your Mazel of the week not the fans. Get better control of the ladies in the reunion show. I know it can't be an easy job, but when they all talk over each other it is not good TV.
I have an apartment in San Francisco and my kitchen window looks down on the old Frisson restaurant where the first season of Top Chef was filmed. I remember seeing Tom Colicchio in the neighborhood (without a shaved head), as well as Billy Joel's wife who hosted the show at the time (Padma was not even in the picture yet). The chef's kitchen was tiny and the judge's table did not have the celebrity or cache it has today. It was a great first season and I was instantly hooked (and have been a devoted fan ever since) but you've come a long way Bravo!