Is it too early to say that I don't like these chefs? Particularly Portland Communal Dining Chef? Yeah, that's a good idea to enforce on people who are working together for the first time.
And I do NOT like the format. As has already been pointed out in this thread, it blurs the line. At what point does it stop being Top Chef and become Top Chef Masters? And part of the appeal of TCM was the famous names with the big reputations competing to move on to the next round. I'm sure these are really talented and accomplished chefs, but so are a lot of contestants on regular TC, so what's the real difference here? I'd pit the best ones against this bunch and I'd bet on them to win as well.
So yeah, I'm annoyed that they messed with the format, maybe diluted the cast level (I mean name recognition/reputation-wise), and removed some of the personnel to make room for Curtis Stone, who doesn't really impress me. Bring back Kelly Choi and Jay Rayner! Or even Johnny Iuzzini.
And where's Ludo? I thought he was going to keep coming back until he won. I even miss him.
These are first impressions and my opinions may change as the episodes go on, but right now I am not liking this whole set-up and most of the cheftestants. On the other hand I'm so disappointed right now I might just stop watching altogether.
Edited by annakam, Apr 13, 2011 @ 8:44 AM.