Regular Chopped Judges-- how are THEIR restaurants?
Over the years, the descriptions given for various judges have changed as their media presence and restaurant "participation" has changed, but most have worked at a restaurant.
Which have you guys visited? Reviews?
Regular Judges off the top of my head:
I went to Scott Conant's restaurant, DOCG, a few months back. I went as a bit of a test because I didn't enjoy him as a judge on the show before that, but we said if the food at his restaurant was good, we would accept his comments on Chopped as fair game.
In the end, Scott Contant's food was great. The only "miss" was the selection of assagini, but it was perhaps because it was a lot of similar items to share between just two people. The pasta dish and the pork dish we had were excellent and the dessert (salted caramel budino) was one of the best we have ever had. After that experience, it is a grudging respect for his judging!
As for Mesa Grill mentioned above, pedestrian but decent food, but some of the worst service I have had in recent memory.