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Top Chef All Stars Airs Dec 1st

TC all stars has been confirmed and will be revealed in the reunion episode tonight...

http://eater.com/archives/2010/09/22/...

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    1. And the All Stars are:

      TC1 - Stephen Asprinio and Tiffani Faison
      TC2 - Elia Aboumrad and Marcel Vigneron
      TC3 - Dale Levitski, Casey Thompson, and Tre Wilcox (yay for Tre!)
      TC4 - Richard Blais, Dale Talde, Antonia Lofaso, and Spike Mendelsohn
      TC5 - Fabio Viviani, Carla Hall, and Jamie Lauren
      TC6 - Jennifer Carroll and Mike Isabella
      TC7 - Angelo Sosa and Tiffany Derry

      There's going to be some drama, for sure.

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      1. re: LindaWhit

        This is one helluva line-up. This makes for an interesting twist, considering we've seen them all in action already. Except for a few, I like them all. So glad to see Tre and Richard have another chance, and I absolutely adore Fabio.

        Bring on the drama!

        1. re: LindaWhit

          There are some I'd have liked to have seen. Brian V, Kevin, Stephan, but all in all: Great lineup. First three out should be Elia, Spike, and Jamie. Or maybe Stephen if he hasn't cooked much recently.

          I guess the Kevin Sbraga sighting I read about in spoiler articles was a red herring.

          1. re: Fukui San

            Would love to have had Brian Voltaggio and Kevin Gillespie in it as well. But they're probably pretty darn busy with their respective restaurants.

            Re: Kevin Sbraga - wonder if he was brought in to WF in NYC specifically to throw off EaterNY etc. Or maybe he's a guest later on in the All Stars series? I'm leaning towards the former possibility.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              Right. You need to take a lot of time out of your "day job" to be on Top Chef, so people whose restaurants are successful and who don't need more publicity (especially ones who competed recently and are still fresh in people's minds) aren't going to be inclined to participate.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Kevin Gillespie posted a response on Facebook to the many people who were disappointed he wasn't going to be on All Stars. (I'm paraphrasing, but not by much) He was approached to appear & they tried to convince him that this was a second opportunity to win but he knew he didn't need another opportunity, to feel like a winner, especially with all the support he has recieved from fans.
                If they did an all star fan favorite, he would be mine!

                1. re: jcattles

                  He is also leading a european food tour.

                  1. re: jcattles

                    Makes sense. The only way I see him back on TC is maybe in 5 or 10 years he will be on TCM or a guest judge. I'd look forward to the day.

                    1. re: jcattles

                      It totally makes sense - he didn't need to be on there for All-Stars. Perhaps some of the others don't *need* to be either. But I think it's pretty obvious that some are doing it for the re-exposure.

                  2. re: Fukui San

                    I know there was also a picture of Hung as well.. It was towards the end of filming maybe the winners were the sous chefs again..

                  3. re: LindaWhit

                    Oooh. I am really excited for this. I can't wait to see more of Carla, Blais, both Dale's, Tre (vengeance!) and Tiffany. Hard to pick favorites, but Tre, Blais, Marcel and Jen should all be near the top I think.

                  4. Before the announcement, I was wondering if they were going to weight the show with an equal number of contestants from each season, or kind of front-load it with a lot of chefs from the last 2-3 years (with the idea that those are contestants newer / more viewers would be familiar with.)

                    I have to say, I was impressed with the selection. It should be a very fun season to watch.

                    1. Looking at that lineup, I couldn't choose a favorite (at least until they start showing episodes) but there are 3 on that list that I don't think are particularly likeable: Stephen, Marcel and Mike with Spike maybe being not quite so annoying.

                      I think it would be interesting to see a list of former contestants that were asked to come back but turned the offer down.

                      1. so, so, so happy Tre is getting another shot :)

                        not so happy we have to watch Stephen, Marcel, Spike, Casey & Mike Isabella again.

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                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          Ditto on the Tre - even was discussed on the Reunion show last night about how Tre was one that the judges expected to move further in the competition in his season than he did.

                          It will be interesting to see how they've matured. Or not. :-)

                          Right now, based on past history, my faves are Jennifer, Tre, and Richard. And for the comedy faves, I'm leaning towards Fabio, Carla and Mike I. :-)

                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                            <so, so, so happy Tre is getting another shot :)

                            not so happy we have to watch Stephen, Marcel, Spike, Casey & Mike Isabella again.>

                            my sentiments, exactly!