Top Chef Masters: I miss that little imp and her whimsical hats!
I want Gael Greene back!!
RR just doesn't do it for me, so far at least. Oseland is becomeing more insufferable.
Curtis is a tool.
I really enjoyed Gael's turn on TCM. She is one kicky lady. You might like her autobiography, "Insatiable."
I do like Ruth Reichl but I'm glad she doesn't speak like she writes. Oseland doesn't bother me generally, but he does have his holier-than-thou moments.
And Curtis is a tool, indeed; or at least his New Judge Persona is a tool.
Having paid little attention to "famous" food critics before they appear as judges on TV, Jay Rayner was one of the better food critics I've seen. I've read a lot about how tough/influential Ruth Reichl is but being on the West Coast have never bothered to read one of her reviews. She seems to be fine for the show.
For the most part food critics on TV are more about personality and how they come across on camera, and I've noticed that almost every food critic/writer has at least one annoying quality about them. James Oselund seems like the polar opposite of say, Jeffrey Steingarten in personality, but I wouldn't mind either one on the show. Jay Rayner seems to be the most even-keeled critic that would appeal to the broadest audience The one writer/judge that drives me up the wall is Andrew Knowlton. Every time he opens his mouth I want the camera to cut him off.