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Aug 18, 2009 11:37 AM

Looks like an impressive group of Cheftestants for TC-Las Vegas

Just judging from the credentials of the contestants, this season should be veeerrrry interesting.

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  1. Seriously impressive group - AND I like this guy's blog run-down - will have to continue to follow it through the season.

    But I fear that one of his top picks (#2, Jennifer C.) who was sous chef at Le Bernadin and was handpicked by Chef Ripert to open up his new Philadelphia restaurant might mean Ripert won't show up on TC6 as a judge? ::::sniff, sniff:::::

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      She was my #1 pick in my fantasy league. I like the Ripert lineage.

      1. re: tofuburrito

        Ahh, CH had a fantasy Fafarazzi group like that last season. Doesn't look like it's started up again.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          We have a family group, it's loads of fun. The winning prize is that everyone in the group has to make dinner for the winner.

          1. re: tofuburrito

            What FUN! Is that all in one dinner, or each person in the group makes a full, separate dinner for the winner? (And how many in your group? That could be a LOT of free dinners! LOL)

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Seven in the group and we're spread out so it's however out it works out best based on where the winner is located.

      2. re: LindaWhit

        I've followed that blog the last few seasons - definitely worth bookmarking.
        This year looks great!

      3. Wow, alot of research went into that analysis. It'd be interesting to see if he/she is right in his/her predictions.

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        1. re: Ericandblueboy

          I just scanned through the comments section - I guess there was a LOT of time in between tapings of the eps for TCM, as the charities were getting their donations wired directly from the show after the challenges were filmed and won. So "winners" of various episodes were pretty much known in some arenas. Someone said they stumbled upon the winner of the whole TCM (just as I did when someone posted it here awhile back - before the show even started).

          Someone also said they had read that Colicchio's contract was up but he wouldn't renew under the terms of the original contract - some say he ended up having *more* say in the cheftestants chosen so they weren't dealing with some of the crappy food put out last year. (It was obvious he wasn't happy about halfway through last season!)

          Anyway - back to TC6 - it will be interesting to see if SkilletDoux's analysis flies. There are a lot of very high-level chefs on the show this season, and perhaps someone who's really good at what they do might not get a chance to show it off if they screw up once.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            I am so dang excited for this show to be back on the air. I feel like it will cleanse my palate and rinse away the dirty from having watched "NFNS" this summer.

            I'm not sure who I'm rootin' for just yet, but Pree doesn't look too promising if the short preview is to believed.

        2. After last season's disappointing decision (the winner being a seafood chef that couldn't win a seafood challenge) and inconsistent judging... plus being spoiled by the quality/professionalism of TCM. I'm actually kind of leery of TC6 and the creds they bring... which is a shame since I really enjoyed the TC franchise, except for TC2 and TC5 (too much unneeded drama).

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          1. re: dave_c

            I think you mean the seafood chef who "couldn't" win a seafood challenge, right?

            I'm going to go on faith that this crop of cheftestants are going to be closer to TC4 caliber - or better. If it's like TC2 or TC5, I'll be ticked. NO drama - but *more* focus on showing the cooking and development of dishes, please!

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Thanks! I corrected my typos... I'm still upset about last season... lol!

              1. re: dave_c

                BELIEVE me, you're not the only one, dave! LOL

                1. re: dave_c

                  DEFINTELY not the only one. I am irritated I have to see that guy tonight on TCM. Makes me so mad. Grrrrr.... (Not a spoiler, he was in the previews from last week.)

                  1. re: charmedgirl

                    Oh, that's right. ::::Sigh:::: I hope his camera time is virtually nil.

            2. It may just be him hyping up the new show because he's supposed to but I thought I heard somewhere that Tom Colicchio said that the food this season was the best they've had during any season yet.

              1. Impressive list indeed; I'm book marking this site for sure. I starting watching with TC3 and loved it (and 4), but like many it seems, I was really let down last year. I want to like it, so I have some high hopes.