theminx: Recently All Top Chef received a copy of the screener for the upcoming season of Top Chef Masters from the lovely PR people at Bravo. Even though it hasn't been all that long since Top Chef 6 ended, I've been champing at the bit for more Top Cheffery to appear on my TV screen. While Masters doesn't have the same drama as a bunch of chefs living together, it's still a high-stress situation for the chefs involved.
Last season, four chefs competed against each other for a single slot in the final round. This season there's a wee change - six chefs are competing in each round, with two of them heading to the finals. (As I've only seen the first episode, I don't know how the finals are structured.) With more chefs competing, the excitement was ramped up a bit, and I must say I really enjoyed it. Also, with more chefs in the mix, there's the possibility for stuff like team challenges, and that's all I'm sayin'.
Laura K: One thing that I really like about the second season is that the familiar faces are back. James is erudite and adorable, Gael is wearing her hat and Jay is wearing a scowl. All is right with the world. It took me a while to warm up to Kelly Choi in the first season. (I mean how could anyone so thin be taken seriously as a genuine "foodie?") She has grown on me though and I am glad to see her again. Because I am accustomed to these judges, I am able to focus more on the chefs - and there are plenty of them!
Another thing that makes the Masters so enjoyable, is the mutual respect that most of the competitors have for one another. It seems like they are all friends, or perhaps members of the same fraternity. Sure, there is a spirit of competition, but it all seems so... polite.
Watching presentations from six different charities was a little bit tiresome, but I suppose this is part of the experience and I can accept it.
The first episode was fast-paced and very entertaining.
Top Chef Masters season 2 starts April 7th. Will you be watching?