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Curtis Stone to replace Kelly Choi as Top Chef Masters host

Linkage to the full press release and a couple other sources here: http://www.alltopchef.com/2011/01/tc-...

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  1. Ugh. I actually am going to miss my favorite TV bobblehead.

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    1. re: wattacetti

      I'm not sure how I feel about this. He seems a bit smarmy but I'll give it a shot.

      1. re: Joanie

        A "bit"? Take Home Chef was based on the premise of his stalking single women in grocery stores and then offering to make them a meal.

        1. re: wattacetti

          'A "bit"? Take Home Chef was based on the premise of his stalking single women in grocery stores and then offering to make them a meal.'

          LOL! I didn't love Kelly, so this change is probably fine for me....

          1. re: jeanmarieok

            He may be eye--candy and the premise was stalking women (most, but not all married), but when he got into the kitchen he had chops. He never flirted with the women. Ultimately it was about the food preparation. You can't say that much for Kelly Choi. I think it's a really good change.

          2. re: wattacetti

            I saw the show a few times and coming from a man's point of view I didn't see it that way. He was never cooking just for the single woman, it was always for them and their husband or boyfriend. I thought it was always done in good fun and good taste. He was always a perfect gentleman the few times I saw the show.

            1. re: John E.

              And of course it wasn't him 'stalkiing'. It was the producers. CS just had to walk into the store and find the person with the ribbon tied on their cart.

        2. re: wattacetti

          Not to beat a dead goat, but Kelly wasn't very popular with many fans of the show.

        3. I liked him until I saw him on the celebrity apprentice.

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          1. re: Evilbanana11

            Funny. I didn't know who he was before, but I really liked him on the Celebrity Apprentice. I don't care about Kelly one way or the other. Don't like or dislike her. (I will say though that I don't think she's any worse than Padma. But then, I'm also in the minority that thinks Padma is no better than Katie Lee Joel.) Anyway, I'm neither happy nor sad to see Kelly go. But if there IS going to be a new host, then I think Curtis is a fun, different choice.

            1. re: charmedgirl

              I can't stand Padma. I don't think she has ever had an original thought. Anytime there is a group of judges eating, when one says something, she pretty much repeats their comment as if it were her own idea.

              1. re: cigarmedic4

                I've always thought Padma had the job because she's attractive, has a great body that they can dress sparely and/or sexily and keep straight men in the audience. I realize that she has SOME food qualifications, but it's not what got her the job.

                1. re: chicgail

                  Well, I think it's clear that they lean toward the "spokesmodel" role.

                2. re: cigarmedic4

                  Ha ha, well those of us who aren't big Padma fans seem to be the minority on this board. (I have developed this perception as a frequent lurker in the Top Chef threads.)

                  Lots of times I have read comments about how awful Katie Lee was and how much of an improvement Padma is. I just don't see it myself. I did not dislike Katie Lee as host by any means, but I did think she was wooden, unnatural, and did not offer much to the judging discussions. As a result, I was pretty indifferent to her. And now, I feel precisely the same way about Padma.

                  On a tangentially related note... I could not BELIEVE they invited Katie Lee back as a guest judge this season on All Stars. Can we say AWK-waaaard?!?!

            2. The show would be better with a log as host than Kelly Choi. Anything has to be an improvement.

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              1. re: kimfair1

                At least he knows how to boil water. I was never sure she even knew what a kitchen was.

                1. re: ChefJune

                  Awww, you guys are mean! I remember a Saveur (?) photo of her and her mom in a kitchen putting together a festive Korean dish/meal -- well, she was in a kitchen and watching at least!

              2. I have no idea who Curtis Stone is, but I'm glad that the TC producers have realized that people will watch the show without a hostess-model (a formula that I thought was really outdated). Let the food be the eye-candy!

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                1. re: aching

                  Oh, he's definitely eye candy! But he also has a background in food, so that's a plus.

                  1. re: sharonlouk

                    Well, more specifically, I was referring to boobs! =) I think Padma and Kelly also have backgrounds in food, at least nominally, but it really seemed like it was more about T&A than anything else, which again, seemed really unevolved to me. Then again, I'm a straight woman, so perhaps it's just about personal preference.

                    1. re: aching

                      I'll admit to being disappointed about the loss of eye candy for the straight male eye. Sorry - busted (No pun intended).

                      1. re: aching

                        @ aching: So, do you find him to be eye candy or not? :-)

                        1. re: huiray

                          I'll have to see him in action before I can say! =)

                    2. re: aching

                      The hostess-model is definitely outdated, but having said that, I didn't mind Kelly at all. In fact, I prefer her to Padma.

                      I didn't know who Curtis Stone is either, but after looking him up, seems like they just went for a host-model. I guess that's somewhat of an update ...

                      1. re: Debbie M

                        Yes, at least it's equal-opportunity sexism!

                        1. re: Debbie M

                          Well, a bit more than a host-model, I think. Unlike Katie Lee, Padma or Kelly, he's a restaurant chef. I googled to make sure, and his website says he was head chef at one of Marco Pierre White's restaurants in London. I didn't bother googling all three of the ladies, so definitely correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think any of them have gone to culinary school or worked in restaurants. They're all food journalists or cookbook writers, right?

                      2. I, for one, will miss Kelly Choi.

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