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Top Chef 2

rumgum Sep 4, 2006 08:33 PM

Just saw the commercial for the 2nd season of Top Chef. It begins in October. Anyone looking forward to it besides me??

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  1. Phaedrus Sep 4, 2006 10:50 PM

    Yepper, right here.

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      jeanki Sep 4, 2006 11:03 PM

      I love that show, almost as much as I love Project Runway. I wonder if they can top the cast of characters from last season (Steven was so insufferable! Tiffani and Dave were hilarious.) I just hope they ditch the brain dead Katie Joel.

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      1. re: jeanki
        Pupster Sep 5, 2006 12:51 AM

        They did. Now it's Mental Lightweight #2 Padma Lakshmi.

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          Phaedrus Sep 5, 2006 05:18 AM

          Padma Lakshmi Rushdie, thank you very much. It seems NBC/Bravo is really plumbing the celebrity trophy wife talent pool. Although I do remember Padma doing some travel show on the foods of India and Spain. If I remember correctly, the shows were pretty interesting and she wasn't a total ditz like Mrs. Joel, she at least had a personality.

          1. re: Phaedrus
            Atomica Sep 9, 2006 02:52 PM

            I really think you're going to like Padma, and I think she's a pretty smart lady. She hosted an awesome episode of "My Country, My Kitchen." I'm really looking forward to her on Top Chef.

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              fascfoo Sep 9, 2006 03:53 PM

              I concur. I've always enjoyed what I've seen of her on TV - she definitely seems to be more personable than the robot that was Katie Joel. Not to mention she's about a million times more attractive.

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        keysdax Sep 4, 2006 11:43 PM

        Yes, can't wait. I actually prefer it to Project Runway.
        So glad that Katie is no longer the "host"!!!

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          Phaedrus Sep 5, 2006 12:03 AM

          I was actually hoping for a twofer: Katie Joel AND Gail Simmons. They need people with a bit more gravitas....

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          sugarbuzz Sep 5, 2006 08:48 PM

          Jeez..could they make Marissa Churchill look anymore like a hooker? I hate when they do that.

          I'm glad Katie is gone as well..she was like a Stepford Wife.

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            fascfoo Sep 8, 2006 05:52 PM

            The people who rose to the top on Top Chef appeared to be far and away better cooks than those appearing on Hells Kitchen.

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              fruittart Sep 8, 2006 07:09 PM

              TC is a real cooking show with real chefs and it seems that they are representing many different faces of the industry! I like the mix! so who is the top 3? early bets anyone?

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              1. re: fruittart
                LindaWhit Sep 8, 2006 09:17 PM

                I'm not going to make any predictions, but have you read the bios? There's a guy named Marcel who seems to be a carbon-copy of Stephen from last year...there also seems to be an Andrea-alike, a Tiffani-alike, and maybe even a Lee Ann-alike, along with a jokester like Miguel.

                Based on their bios, seems like there could be much stronger personalities this year - meaning more conflict?

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                fruittart Sep 8, 2006 09:30 PM

                i think i know who you are refering to as the tiffani-alike the football player? she seems cool and tiffani was a...well

                1. Withnail42 Sep 12, 2006 03:39 AM

                  I have to say as much as I got a kick out of HK. (And if you’ve ever tried his food you know Ramsey is an extremely talented chef.) Top Chef is far and away a better show. These are people, most not all, you can picture in a kitchen.

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                    keysdax Sep 15, 2006 10:22 PM

                    I am just hoping that Bravo/producers of TC don't make the same mistake they did with Project Runway in choosing personality over talent in the elimination rounds.

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                      fruittart Sep 20, 2006 08:34 AM

                      has anyone seen anything else about the new season? I can't wait!

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                      1. re: fruittart
                        LindaWhit Sep 20, 2006 01:13 PM

                        Just the ads they're running during Project Runway's episodes. Nothing new on the website either.

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                        The Blissful Glutton Sep 20, 2006 01:15 PM

                        So, the first episode is right after the project runway finale (which I love). I could not stand Katie Joel...what the heck did she know about food? She was a total bore. Maybe Rushdie's wife will do better...

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                          Caitlin McGrath Sep 21, 2006 01:06 AM

                          Well, she has her second cookbook coming out. No idea if they're any good, but in theory, she knows something more about food. And I'm pretty sure Padma Lakshi's got a personality as well as a name that's her own.

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                          sugarbuzz Oct 1, 2006 11:09 PM

                          I just saw another commercial the other day with some of the contestants saying something about themselves..

                          I was all set to root for Marissa Churchill who was the pastry chef at Ame in SF. You know..root for the local gal. But what she said & the way they are portraying her as the little vixen in the short skirts really makes me want her to lose.

                          "I always get what I want with a little smile"..and then show her doing a little vampy walk in her short short skirt. God.. please!!

                          This is one of the only "reality" shows I can tolerate..but if she wants to be taken seriously after the show is over then do not portray yourself as a bitchy kitchen whore.

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