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Toby Young on Board For Top Chef 6

While we're busy trying to guess where the sixth season of Top Chef will take place, one rumor concerning the reality competition has been confirmed: the infamous Toby Young will be back as a judge.

Earlier today, the British food critic told The Feedbag, "Yup. I’ll be a regular, alternating with the lovely Gail. I can’t blame you for hating me. If I was a viewer I’d much prefer to watch Gail, too."

I've always enjoyed Gail as a judge and found Toby's crazy metaphors to be pretentious and annoying. Still, I will be watching when it debuts next Fall!

How do you feel about Young's return to the show?


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Meh he's okay.
danielle854 danielle854 8 years
Ugg. Spare me.
mga1115 mga1115 8 years
I like him and Gail... I think it's a will be good to have an them alternate
komler komler 8 years
Don't care much for Gail, so any replacement to that is fantastic. I kind of liked the over-the-top criticisms...
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 8 years
I hated him - his comments were completely useless and he seemed only interested in squeezing a stupid movie reference into each one.
andrennabird andrennabird 8 years
yeah, i would love it if he were harsh and had good criticisms. but he doesn't. his explanations of flavors are pedestrian at best.
annebreal annebreal 8 years
Yeah it wasn't the harshness that bothered me but how unfunny he was. Maybe he was trying too hard then and is more comfortable now, but I think they should sub in Bourdain when Gail is unavailable like they did for a few episodes for Tom.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I don't like him, I'd consider not watching because of him. I think he's trying to be the Simon Cowell of food, and he's NOT! But my love of Tom will keep me watching!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
meh, i prefer gail, but i really only care what tom says anyway. hes my fav <3
jfolson320 jfolson320 8 years
I don't hate him because he's harsh at times, I can't stand him because he's simply not funny. He never seems to give legitimate criticism to the food. Leslie, you're right, he just seems forced.
leslievanhouten leslievanhouten 8 years
In the beginning, it felt like he was trying to be a cross between Anthony Bourdain and Simon Cowell, needlessly pithy and forced. Too bad Ted Allen is on Food Network, because I'd love to have him on the show. I don't need snarky, I just want informed, yet entertaining criticism.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well he's like the simon cowell of TC - so i think that it's ok to bring him into the mix. as long as it does mean that gail's on the show from time to time
divinelight divinelight 8 years
I'd rather have only Gail. Not both of them. Toby's pop culture references get on my nerves.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
I think he mellowed out towards the end of last season and I hope he stays that way.
mswender mswender 8 years
I like him, I love Gail, I think he will be a fun alternate.
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