• Network: Bravo
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 8, 2006
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20

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  1. CC
    Aug 30, 2009
    10
    Still works!
  2. JamesP
    Aug 20, 2009
    0
    The hosts lacked personality. The show was like stale bread.
  3. AviL.
    Aug 24, 2009
    1
    The cast was over represented by certain sub cultures. The hosts have a dry personality.
  4. MikeF
    Sep 2, 2009
    4
    Chef competitions shouldn't have to be about politics. This program is laced with political pandering in cast selection.
  5. ElleP.
    Aug 21, 2009
    3
    The format has worn itself out - the contestants are all too familiar and know what "roles" to play, making the only wildcard the challenges. Throwing luck into the pot just stinks up the whole room, and if that keeps up (and considering the Vegas theme, it's likely) the rest of the season will be as forgettable as the opener.
  6. FatCat
    Aug 26, 2009
    8
    I love Topchef. But it is always painful to see the beginning of the season when the under qualified women get their asses kicked and be humiliated by the men. I appreciate the producer's effort in trying to get equal number of women and men on the show. I guess by doing so, at least the show does not get blamed for gender discrimination.
  7. Dave
    Aug 31, 2009
    10
    The first few episodes have been great, the talent level this season, especially from the men looks better than previous seasons.
  8. AlehandroM.
    Aug 30, 2009
    0
    This show is a total waste of time.
  9. DavidK
    Sep 8, 2009
    0
    Padma has a fake personality.
  10. RexxH
    Aug 19, 2009
    8
    The kitchen is the new gladiator arena. Complete with Socratic questioning of contestants. A reassuring spectator sport where food flourishes and chefs are praised or ruined. Witness the judge's romancing to near genocide of the chef's creative food, I decree you can't go wrong with the premise. Oh the platitudes of delection.
  11. ML.
    Aug 22, 2009
    10
    Looks like it will be another great season. The best part of the whole Bravo/.Project Runway drama is that these two great shows are running together.
  12. May 25, 2012
    5
    This is not the best season of Top Chef. Padma Lakshmi is really a letdown this season, she definitely lacked personality in this one. But on the other hand, I do like the talent that is shone this season. Unfortunately, it is still an average Top Chef season that left me wanting more.....................
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    100
    Sin City dazzle adds spice to the cooking competition's season 6 premiere....But it's the fresh crop of cheftestants that'll really whet your appetite.
  2. The personal circus, while given much play, remains secondary to the cooking contest. And as usual, the crop of contestants is claimed to be the most talented yet, and they do seem well-credentialed (James Beard nominees, Michelin-star-winner), competitive and more than usually tattooed.
  3. Tonight's episode just feels a little too much like the first day of orientation, where we're squinting at nametags, instead of checking out what's for dinner.