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Top Chef Canada begins tonight

It's guys against girls. I just looked over the bios. It doesn't seem like anyone has a particularly amazing resume. Are the really good chefs not applying?

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  1. Don't know but thanks for the heads up. I can't watch it on TV here but will be searching the internets for it later this week.

    1. I'd applied the first season so I was on their mailing list. For this season they sent at least a dozen messages saying I should try again. Then they extended the deadline because they hadn't gotten enough applicants and sent me another dozen reminders.

      Every season has gotten worse and worse and the last one was nothing but a steaming turd. I know everyone says they're not going to watch but I'm really not going to watch. Absolutely zero interest.

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      1. re: piano boy

        I agree the Canadian version is a sad imitation of the American one but I'm a Top Chef addict. Good or bad, I can't stay away.

        It does seem like they can't get enough good applicants. But I will give them a chance tonight before I judge them solely on where they work.

      2. I'll watch for Pierre and to support the Newfie but otherwise, I can't handle McEwan. 5 mins in and he's already called a dish "disjointed".

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        1. re: cellophane_star

          I refuse to watch another season until McEwan is no longer the head judge.

          Perhaps Hugh Acheson? He is sassy, but I like it. I would also love to see Gail Simmons on the panel.

          1. re: aasg

            OMG, that's the best idea! He's Canadian and he's cool. He's a real human being, as opposed to McEwan the robot.

          2. re: cellophane_star

            I want to see Shereen Arazm replaced. She always looks like she smelled something bad, and I can't stand hearing her whine "It was BAAAAAAAAAAD" one more time. Is her vocabulary really that limited?

          3. what's with the emphasis on sex. it is ridiculous.

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            1. re: frogsteak

              I haven't caught an episode of this yet, just the precede ads. Surely it isn't worse than last season's Top Chef U.S. with the emphasis on the blonde's daisy dukes and the lovingly slow shots of Padma's cleavage....

              1. re: Firegoat

                so far it's worse. also mckewan's is one of the worst tv personalities around.

                1. re: frogsteak

                  I am not a fan of him, or that they would have the contestant's shop at his grocery store for so many challenges. I do like the female that hosts, Lisa maybe, I'm sure the guy is a great person, but something about him makes me think aging porn star. I don't know why.

                      1. re: chefhound

                        Have you seen him on The Shopping Channel selling his made-in-China cheap pans? They don't use the same sorts of tricks to hide his balding head, so you can see he has just a few strands of straw across the top. Worst combover.

                        1. re: Karina2

                          He looks like a lion. It is not just his hair, he is quite lionesque.....

              2. I remember Richard from the Stratford chef school show. I'm not liking his attitude much based on this first show.

                The whole franchise is tired and introducing it as the "Most Intense Season YET!!!!!!!!" , then showing chefs in various sporting activities, reminds me of the American season when they had to ski in the finals.

                Mark McEwan always seems incredibly uncomfortable.

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                1. re: hal2010

                  Thank God there were no sports related activities back in my season... especially anything on bicycles or roller skates/blades

                  1. re: Blueicus

                    Could you try again? Is it allowed?

                    Would you try again?

                    1. re: chefhound

                      I don't know if it's allowed, but I would assume not, not that I'd be as interested if it became more 'gimmicky'... though if the American show is any indication, they may decide to do that in the future.

                      1. re: Blueicus

                        Top Chef U.S. has had Stephanie come back after being cut. Hell's Kitchen brought back Robert and Jason after cuts.

                  2. re: hal2010

                    I remember Rich from that show as the recovering addict...from the looks of the first show (and his horrible attitude) he won't last long and his past tv reference was probably why he was casted...