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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Top Chef Season 5 - Predictions

posted by snekse
Guess what's on TV tonight?

Top Chef: Season 5 - New York

Granted, you probably already knew that.

So it's time for thoughts and predictions before it all begins.

First off, let me say that this season's cast looks rather boring - at least from a culinary perspective. The pedigree of the Top Chef Miami and Chicago casts were far more impressive than what they seemed to have dug up this year. I'm wondering if it was a response to some criticisms that the cheftestants were too experienced in the past and some fans felt it wasn't in the "spirit" of the show. I for one think that's hogwash and enjoyed the show more as the dishes got more impressive. [UPDATE: It looks like the reason for this is due to another show being introduced called "Top Chef: Masters" which will unite "some of the brightest stars in the world of food, award-winning, widely-renowned Chefs who will compete against each other in a series of weekly challenges". Also announced was "Top Chef Junior" which will feature teen chefs, though the details are sketchy at the moment.]

Anyway, based on the bios that I read and taking into consideration past seasons, these are my top picks to win Top Chef New York: Stefan, Alex, Fabio

Possible surprise spoiler - Ariane

Who do you think has a good shot at taking the Big Apple? Who do you think will get eliminated early? Let us know your Top Chef predictions.

Check out the comments below for a link that reveals the Winner of Top Chef Season 5 - New York.

***UPDATE 2***
So the mid-season "spoiler" was obviously bogus. My predictions were close as 2 of the people I chose made it to the final four. None of them won, but still represented well. It was an enjoyable season, but I have to say I'm looking forward to the Master's version of Top Chef than I am to Top Chef Season 6.

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