As I was sitting on the couch comfortably watching "Top Chef Masters" Wednesday night my heart raced when I saw previews for the final challenge. Yes folks, I am a Top Chef dork.
I know that a good percentage of the viewing population are Top Chef newbies. You started watching the show when the Masters came on, or maybe you even started watching the show back in Season 4 when the chefs were here in Chicago. But lil' old Robyn? I was glued to the TV when the show first started...Season 1 in San Francisco. Billie Joel's now ex-wife Katie Lee Joel was the host. She was awful. I still watched it. In the very first episode Hubert Keller threw out one of the contestants for giving him attitude. I was hooked. Dave told Tiffani "I'm not your Bitch Bitch". Oh yes the drama. I was twitterpated when Harold won the title of "Top Chef". I knew that I was in love with this TV show. People said I was crazy. How can you watch something about food when you can't taste it? You just know ok? You can tell that people have a talent, the skill and the passion. That makes good TV.
So...you know I love this show. I haven't missed an episode. If you quiz me about something I may even remember the specifics of the dish (that's a stretch but I did watch every show). Watching the finale for next week though I was in awe that yes, they were able to get each of the Top Chef winners to judge the Top Chef Masters finale - there was Harold (Season 1), Ilan (Season 2), Hung (Season 3), Stephanie (Chicago's own, Season 4) and Hosea (Season 5). I am so excited I can hardly wait until next week.
What's on tap for Season 6 which also premieres next week?? Vegas! I don't think a lot of people know that some of the top chefs in the world have a second outpost of their eponymous restaurants there - Wolfgang Puck (the original chef to bring culinary greatness to sin city) Emeril, Daniel Bouloud and Todd English to name a few. I don't think there is a better location for complete gluttony that Vegas and I'm sure that after people spend money gambling, another $200 per person for a tasting menu is nothing right?