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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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  • Starring: Katie Lee Joel, Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio
  • 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
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  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. The series has a familiar format, but the opening episode suggests it may have some real spark to it.
  3. "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.
  4. Reviewed by: Marilyn Moss
    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. Jul 27, 2012
    This show is a good idea and not all the drama from other cooking shows where editing will change the context of a entire situation. No long pauses for no reason, no jump cuts in the middle of a conversation, and quick eliminations and no gimmicks. Here is my major problem with the show. Product placement. Every couple of seconds they are showing the label of a item straight to the camera or whenever they go for a drive or being drove somewhere, they always mention the year and model of the car. Sometimes even to the point that I think they are going into a full blown commercial. It takes away from the show. If they did not focus so much on who their sponsor is, I would of liked it more. Expand
  2. May 25, 2012
    A very poor start to an inconsistent series of cooking competitions with weird critiques, high drama and a lot of cooking talent......................

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