Welcome back, Top Chef! I’ve missed you so!
Top Chef Masters is not exactly the same, but it is close enough to fill the empty space left by the conclusion of the last season. The host and the judges are different (I never thought I would miss Padma’s slow talking, but I certainly do miss Tom) and the cheftestants are highly acclaimed, seasoned veterans in the culinary world. It’s also all for charity, so that means a kinder, friendlier judge’s table and less drama in general.
The first episode was tonight and it did not disappoint. R said “Damn, it would be great to be a judge for this series,” and when the first quickfire was revealed to be a dessert challenge, R was filled with envy of the girl scouts that were the quickfire judges. I won’t spoil the episode for you; you should just watch the series. It’s on Bravo, and they are broadcasting it incessantly.