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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 8, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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64

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6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 54 Ratings

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  • Summary: This ten-episode reality competition set in San Francisco pits a dozen aspiring chefs against each other for a $100,000 cash prize.
  • Genre(s): Reality, Game Show, Food & Cooking
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Like Bravo's fashion winner "Project Runway," the channel's promising "Top Chef" flaunts terms of art and insiderism to give it authority.
  2. "Top Chef" seems like a no-brainer, an extension both of the interactivity of TV cooking and the art-and-craft side of reality shows, in which people are actually making things as opposed to just asses of themselves.
  3. The series has a familiar format, but the opening episode suggests it may have some real spark to it.
  4. Reviewed by: Marilyn Moss
    60
    A cooking match that has been seen so many times before in one form or another.
  5. 40
    "Top Chef," though it appears to have a stable of good talent in the kitchen, so far doesn't really have much else going for it in the way of personalities.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 44
  2. Negative: 14 out of 44
  1. ange'sw
    Mar 19, 2006
    10
    I hate Steven on the Top Chef he is a popis idiot
  2. JoniV
    May 22, 2006
    10
    I Loved the show!! My favorite had to be Harold. Don't forget Steven though. Although he was a no it all, he was really kinda sexy... If I Loved the show!! My favorite had to be Harold. Don't forget Steven though. Although he was a no it all, he was really kinda sexy... If Ever in Louisina.... :) I cant wait for the next show... Expand
  3. MariaO.
    Jun 28, 2007
    10
    when will season 3 start cooking. you keep repeating just 2 meals one of them is the quick fire.
  4. Vito
    Mar 10, 2006
    7
    Unlike 'Project Runway' where we can see the final product, with 'Top Chef' we need to imagine the taste of the entries. Unlike 'Project Runway' where we can see the final product, with 'Top Chef' we need to imagine the taste of the entries. This takes something from the show. But I nevertheless enjoyed the opening episode. I liked the behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant's 'Line'. I liked seeing the contestant's different approaches. I'll tune in for Episode 2. -Vito Expand
  5. cheftasty
    Mar 15, 2006
    4
    Lousy "casting" cuz so few of these people have any talent as chefs, whereas Project Runway's group seems truly skilled. The format for Lousy "casting" cuz so few of these people have any talent as chefs, whereas Project Runway's group seems truly skilled. The format for the show has great potential. Chef Hubert and Fleur de Lys, Tom Collichio--both great and respected veterans of the industry. Who was responsible for picking the contestents? Obviously, not chefs. I'd love this show it had all real kitchen talent--and come on--San Francisco and the Bay Area must have one of the richest talent pools in the food industry! Expand
  6. May 25, 2012
    2
    A very poor start to an inconsistent series of cooking competitions with weird critiques, high drama and a lot of cooking talent......................
  7. EdwardS
    Apr 25, 2006
    0
    There isn't one contestant left who is in any way bearable. After Andrea left, that was it. Their egos transcend their skills. There is There isn't one contestant left who is in any way bearable. After Andrea left, that was it. Their egos transcend their skills. There is no camaraderie, no cooperation. All back-stabbing and criticizing and bad-mouthing. I watched The Next Food Network Star on Food Network and those people were fun, had a great time together, cared about each other, helped each other. I hated to see any of them leave. In Top Chef, I want them all to pack their knives and go home. The worst are Tiffani, Steven, and Harold but the others are close seconds. Expand

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