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Has Top Chef Lost Its Luster?

Yesterday, Time writer Josh Ozersky asked the question I've been waiting all year for someone to broach: has Top Chef lost its edge?

Bravo's already a third of the way through Top Chef: Washington DC, Ozersky argues, and there hasn't been a single feud or an established villain. He writes: "The challenges are either old hat ... or silly ... the setting this season, Washington D.C., has all the excitement of a school field trip."

Back in the day, we used to be glued to our screens, but we've been tired of Top Chef for some time now. The challenges seem recycled, and it's hard to care about any of the cheftestants anymore. But that's just us. What do you think? Does Top Chef still have legs?

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lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I think it's lost some of it's luster, but I don't think it's because D.C. is a boring city. They just aren't using D.C. to it's full advantage. They are giving you the tourist version of D.C. There are so many interesting things they could have done that thus far they seem to have shied away from. (For example, D.C. is starting to get a lot of street food. I know it's been done already, but an interesting challenge could have been based around that. There are also a ton of excellent Ethiopian restaurants and Salvadoran restaurants in D.C. Those haven't been explored yet, either. And I'm shocked that they haven't been to a farmers' market for a quick fire yet. Or what about cooking a meal using ingredients purchased at Eastern Market. There's a lot to pull from, they just don't seem to be using it.)
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
I think most of the longstanding reality TV shows, Top Chef, Project Runway, Top Model, Idol are just kinda tired.
Chelsea25 Chelsea25 7 years
Yes and I feel that has more to do with the quality of the contestants. It would've been hard to beat last season but the chefs this season just don't seem anywhere near that standard. And some of the challenges are a bit ridiculous. Pureed food? Two chefs to an apron?
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
it lost it's luster for me back in season 2. I've never watched any of those masters seasons.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Personally, I can't stand the petty bullcrap that goes on, so I'm overjoyed that it's just about cooking. If I wanna see some fighting I know the Jersey Shore is always on MTV - which I would cut off my arm before I watched that senseless drivel!
rb24 rb24 7 years
They need better challenges and why this year can they pick there partners. Bring back the knife block!
Peggasus Peggasus 7 years
Yeah, I agree, it's pretty boring so far; I don't even care to watch a rerun if I doze off halfway through it. Lat year was so exceptional though, it would be hard to beat that lineup. Top Chef Masters 2 was also a snoozefest.
mannylove mannylove 7 years
Yes, they should bring on Bourdain to be a full time judge. They need something to spice things up. I like Eric Ripert, but he's been a little bit of a boring judge actually.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
Yes I agree. It has lost its luster.
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