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Who's on your Top Chef Masters Dream Roster?

So I just got blown away by the chefs participating, I would say I agree to most of the decisions but then my mind started mixing my Fantasy Baseball and Basketball league with Top Chef.
Dare I ask who would be on your Dream competition roster?
For that magical show in my head I'd want to see these chefs:
Suzanne Goin
Homaru Cantu
Michael Mina
Ken Oringer
Andrew Carmellini
Joey Mac
Tony Maws
Corey Lee
Alex Lee
David Chang
Govind Armstrong
Mark Ladner
In addition to the current roster of
John Besh
Doug Rodriguez
Michael Chimarusti
John Besh
and Doug Rodriguez.

After that there would be a special 4 week run of a special edition called Top Chef Legends where you'd pit chefs:
Thomas Keller
Mario Batali
Daniel Boulud
Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Eric Ripert
Grant Achatz
Charlie Trotter
Masa Takayama
and Jacques Torres against each other,

Wow I got ahead of myself there a bit.
So who`d be on your list?

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  1. Gray Kunz. I understand he's been asked to do these shows over and over and he always turns them down.

    1. Great list (although I'll admit I don't know a lot of your first list).

      Some links for others: Guests include Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out? Urk. http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish...

      I'll enjoy seeing ALL of the past TC winners together in a single episode! And will Ilan still be a jerk? You can almost guarantee *that*. :-)

      And for the 24 Masters: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-maste... Interesting that they're bringing back many of the past judges on TC seasons!

      ETA: the show format: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef-maste... I like the blind taste test for the QF.

      And the premiere date? Wednesday, June 10th @ 10pm - I can't WAIT!

      1. Sorry to sort of hijack your thread, but I am just now getting up to speed on this Top Chef Masters show. Other than new judges and a MUCH higher caliber of contestant (thank god), how is this any different than normal Top Chef? Seems like it is structured exactly the same way with a quick fire and elimination challenge. And while the write up tried to make the challenges sound different (during the quick fire they are judged on innovativeness! main challenge could be working with an exotic ingredient or catering for a demanding group!) those are the exact same things that happen on the regular show. The only difference seemed to be maybe that the people who ate the food during the elimination challenge had a role in the judging, but even that happened on normal Top Chef on a semi-regular basis. What am I missing?

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        1. re: charmedgirl

          These are chefs already at the top of their game and recognized within their industry as such.

          They're "playing" for charity, not the opportunity to be discovered and win $250,000 to help jump-start their career, restaurant, travel around the world, whatever.

          This show is completely separate from the regular Top Chef cheftestants.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Thanks Linda. As I noted in my post, I "got" that the contestants are a much higher caliber of chef, already established in the industry, etc. That part was clear. I didn't know they were playing for charity though. That's a nice touch. So it's kind of like the difference between The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice. Cool, I'm looking forward to watching.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I know who one of the final 6 chefs is, and that $100,000 for the favorite charity is a real motivator.

              1. re: DiningDiva

                And I'm not going to ask you WHO it is but *how* you know that DD! Did one of the final 6 chefs let slip s/he's one of the Final 6?

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  And my lips are sealed. How isn't so secret...I was at a function where said chef was to be in attendance also but wasn't. Function organizers told us why.

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    Ahhhh. Big-mouth function organizers. :-)

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      They actually had permission from the chef to disclose the reason s/he wasn't there. But we were sworn to secrecy :-)

                        1. re: Phaedrus

                          No, I don't think so. I did not disclose the name or sex of the chef, nor did I identify the name, date or location of the function at which I learned the information. The only thing I disclosed is that I knew who one of the final chefs was and that the prize money for charity had been a big motivator for this person. That is hardly a breech of confidence or interest. If it had been such a big secret do you really think the function organizers would have been able to tell us why the chef wasn't there?

                          You would have to have a lot of personal information about me in order to figure out who the chef was. Somehow I don't think that's the case...

                          1. re: DiningDiva

                            Nah, I think you're OK. No real info was given out.

                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                Sorry, I missed it then. Electronic media is very flat, the nuance was lost on me.

                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                  i'd have been sort of pissed off if i had been there. they couldn't have made up some other excuse? i don't like spoilers!

                2. re: LindaWhit

                  This show sounds like a fantastic idea. Hopefully it will air soon!

                3. re: charmedgirl

                  I don't think there is too much of a difference, but I'm fine with that. I like the format of TC, although sometimes they have really goofy challenges.

                  My biggest beef is it seems like they made some really stupid choices for guest judges/hosts.

                  1. re: pollymerase

                    My biggest beef is that it's "pay to play." Quaker Oats signs on as a sponsor (as happened this past season), and the contestants have to make dishes fearturing oatmeal. Closeups of Glad products, of Calphalon, of GE appliances at every opportunity.

                    1. re: ClaireWalter

                      Unfortunately, Bravo funds production of its competition shows largely through product placement and promotion. The closeups and constant mentions are annoying, but the intrusion of the food products into the competitions has a major impact on the quality of the challenges from a viewer's point of view.

                4. imho, Kelly Choi as host is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay out of her league. Why do the producers think they have to have a "beautiful woman" (imho in this case brainless) to host these shows?

                  There are a lot of great chefs around the US who would be interesting as contestants.

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                  1. re: ChefJune

                    I don't know if I will be able to watch w/out Tom and Padma!! Well, I wasn't a Padma fan in season 1, so maybe choi will grow on me too?

                    1. re: bluedog67

                      Padma wasn't on in Season 1 - Katie Lee Joel was. And NO ONE was a fan of hers. :-)

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        *I* was a Katie Lee Joel fan. She was a bit stiff, but I think given more seasons she would have been better than western-bacon-cheeseburger girl. ;)

                        1. re: ktb615

                          I've seen her on other things after her 1 season on TC...I don't think 10 seasons would have loosened her up any.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            She came out with a cookbook last year, apparently.

                          2. re: ktb615

                            A bit stiff???? She made Pinocchio look like Gumby!

                            1. re: mnosyne

                              LOL! OK, that just made me snort my wine! :-D

                          3. re: LindaWhit

                            oh yeah, i forgot about her. so edit that to season 2.

                          4. re: bluedog67

                            I read somewhere that members of Top Chef will make guest appearances. So don't count Tom and Padma out yet!

                            I can't believe nobody said Tom Colicchio. I would love to see him on the other end of things.

                            1. re: Miss Needle

                              I'm afraid he might get confused and go into schizophrenic mode.

                              Tom the Chef Contestant: " I did this particular dish..."
                              Tom the Judge:"You bleeping idiot, this is the most basic of skills and you can't even do it right! Taste is the most important thing!"

                              Tom the Chef Contestant:" I'm sorry, what?"

                            2. re: bluedog67

                              You might want to start now watching Choi's current shows to "get used" to her. I was no fan of Katie Joel, but she's a major improvement over Kelly Choi.

                              Personally, my choice for mc of this kind of show would be a chef who was not competing. Maybe Alex Guarnaschelli? Someone personable who is comfortable in front of the cameras, but who can REALLY speak a la minute about what the chefs are doing. OR they could just carry Padma over from one show to the next. She has turned out to be quite good, imho.

                              Chefs I would like to see? The aforementioned Suzanne Goin, Jody Adams, Lydia Shire, Mike Anthony, Floyd Cardoz, Thanawat Bates, Raymond Blanc.

                              1. re: ChefJune

                                Oh, Alex Guarnaschelli has always rubbed me the wrong way in Chopped. She always seemed really mean and seemed like such a know-it-all. I just don't like her demeanor in that show at all. And she definitely lost points with me when I saw her in an episode of Food Detectives where she started squealing and getting grossed out because somebody served her alligator. I haven't seen her other FN show, though.

                                Yeah, Kelly Choi's not my first choice for host either. I've seen her on the PBS show, and she kind of gets in-the-chef's face a bit too much. I think some of the chefs feel a bit uncomfortable as she gets a bit too close, hence making me (the viewer) feel uncomfortable.

                                1. re: ChefJune

                                  I don't know who Kelly Choi is, but I also would like to see Padma as the host again. She has turned out to be very good and knowledgable.

                            3. I wonder if they will have the same high level of product placement. Are they really oging to ask Michael Cimarusti or Wylie Dufresne to make something using Swanson broth or Uncle Ben's rice?

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                              1. re: sku

                                Yes, it will be interesting to see how the challenges change.

                              2. George Escoffier
                                Antoine Careme
                                Paul Bocuse
                                Raymond Oliver
                                Jean & Pierce Troisgro

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                                1. re: lergnom

                                  Wow, if that's your list, who would judge?

                                  1. re: jecolicious

                                    The Judges as announced:
                                    Neil Patrick Harris,
                                    two TV producers
                                    the previous winners of Top Chef (Ilan....etc.)

                                    http://www.realityblurred.com/reality...

                                    1. re: shallots

                                      But those are just the guest judges.

                                      If I read jecolicious's response correctly, I'm thinking that jecolicious is looking at lergnom's list as the absolute creme de la creme, meaning no one is worthy of judging them? :-) And other than Bocuse, they're all cooking with Julia Child and James Beard now <g>

                                      Please correct me if I'm wrong, jecolicious.

                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        thanks LindaWhit, you were right, I was asking who would be a reasonable judge to lergnom's list of chefs

                                      2. re: shallots

                                        hmmmm only four women in the group. That is less than 1/4 of the contestants. They surely could have done better than that!

                                  2. You know, as many times as they showed their faces on Top Chef, Rocco and Bourdain should have shown up for this challenge. Although as much as I love Rocco, I think he would be out first when they judges panned his Bertolli frozen dinner.

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                                      1. re: ktb615

                                        I think Bourdain would be the first one out when he throws a temper tantrum after being asked to stew various and sundry pork parts in Diet Dr. Pepper.

                                        1. re: ktb615

                                          I'm not surprised that neither of them are included. All the chefs on that list are currently restaurant chefs, and neither Bourdain nor DiSpirito are cooking now.

                                          Bourdain probably has contracts and obligations to the sponsors of his show, as well.

                                        2. joel robouchon would destroy anyone on this list...

                                          1. All the ones you've listed would be great. I'll add Michelle Bernstein and as a past TC judge I'm thinking she may be in the works.

                                            1. I want to see Marco Pierre White.

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                                              1. re: Evilbanana11

                                                Now THAT would be an interesting addition!

                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                  Marco Pierre White v. Gordon Ramsey.
                                                  Show down at the GE Corral. Come out at high noon with your Saran Wrap at the ready!

                                                  1. re: Phaedrus

                                                    Silly Phaedrus! Not SARAN Wrap. It is Glad Wrap or none at all!

                                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                                      Oops, mea culpa, I guess I am banned to seven levels of product placement hell.