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Apr 25, 2014 12:25 PM

Top Chef in Boston?

I have not watched the show in years, so this is not meant to bring any kind of personal wisdom when it comes to the show by any means. However Eater is reporting that "a reliable source" says the next season is shooting here. That may encourage me to tune in again. Do you think they will pull in a local chef, and if so, who would you like to see participate?

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  1. Barbara Lynch has already appeared as a guest chef (maybe also a judge?) on one or two episodes in recent seasons, so she's an obvious choice.

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    1. re: huuvola

      Lynch would be a judge, she is far too qualified to be a contestant. Top Chef masters would be more appropriate for that.

      I'm sure she'd make an appearance at some point. However, I don't think she appeals as a regular guest judge. She came off as as fairly cold and awkward in front of the camera in her last Top Chef appearance. Her grit as a demanding but knowledgable chef was apparent though.

      1. re: black_lab

        Doesn't Kristen Kish work for her?

          1. re: jgg13

            Oh that's right ...she left a couple months ago.

    2. I still love watching this show, even though at times the content seems to be declining. With that said, happy to hear it is coming to Boston.

      I am not sure if there will be a local chef casted as a regular judge but each week they typically bring on local chefs for each challenge. So I would imagine that the following chefs may find themselves on the show:

      Ming Tsai
      Jasper White
      Ana Sortun
      Lydia Shire
      Gordon Hamersley
      Ken Oringer
      Jody Adams
      Barbara Lynch
      Joanne Chang
      Frank McClelland

      Otherwise I would imagine Kristen Kish and Tiffani Faison would also be included because of their past success on the show.

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      1. re: Matt H

        Fun list, Matt, but I think most of the chefs that you mention are better suited for Top Chef Masters. Both Ana Sortun and Jody Adams have both been contestants on TCM already, and Ming was on The Next Iron Chef, I believe. Top Chef to me is more about up-and-coming young chefs or talented chefs that need some name recognition. Tim Maslow would be awesome to watch, and I'd also love to see Michael Schelfo. Rachel Miller at Bondir could also use the exposure.

        1. re: bear

          I completely misread the OP, I was more thinking which local chefs would make appearances as guests/judges each week. The list I posted was definitely not anyone who would compete.

          To add to your list I think Phillip Tang and Michael Pagliarini would be great candidates. I would love to see Jamie Bissonnette, but he probably has way too much on his plate to compete.

          1. re: Matt H

            Tang and Pagliarini are great suggestions. I think Bissonnette is probably just a bit beyond TC, especially with the success of Toro in NYC. That's a pretty impressive list of judges, though!

      2. Hmm...Kristen Kish was just on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live show as Andy Cohen's bartender.
        Now I'm wondering if it was to put her face out there so people will recognize her if she makes an appearance on Top Chef.

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        1. re: Annief123

          Er...Kristen Kish won season 10 of Top Chef, Viewers will recognize her.


          Me thinks some might not think that Boston is Chowworthy enough for this.

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          1. re: viperlush

            Less than Seattle? I don't buy this argument. The quality of a Top Chef season comes down to the personalities. The city can help (see New Orleans), but the cast is what determined quality.

            I bet you'd also see Stephanie Cmar as a guest. She was fantastic on camera.

            1. re: mkfisher

              pretty sure viper just meant that as a joke referencing the other ridiculous thread.

              i'd love to see sam monsour on there (his appearance on guy's grocery games was great)

              1. re: valcfield

                Did not read other thread, but plenty of people have made that argument even if Viper was joking.

                Top Chef is like the Real World. The Boston Real World was bad because of the cast. That's my larger point. Also to reiterate, Stephanie Cmar was fantastic on camera especially it was just her and the camera.

                1. re: mkfisher

                  I agree wholeheartedly about Stephanie. She was incredibly endearing on camera and I'd love to see more of her.

                2. re: valcfield

                  With his burger cookbook scheduled to be released next year, I think appearing on Top Chef would be a great move to drum up publicity.

            2. It could be true.... its the right timing - they really don't like to film in cities where the seasonal differential is really noticeable (like there is snow on the ground and the episode is airing in May)... so this spring/early summer would work to air in later summer/fall..

              Might be nice to see an episode road trip up to Portland, ME..