Top Chef cooks again

Bravo has ordered a third season of cooking competition series Top Chef. Casting for the season three begins this month in US cities Dallas, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami, and New York.

Top Chef follows 15 hopeful chefs who compete each week to win a state-of-the-art kitchen, an editorial feature in Food & Wine magazine, and $100,000.

Ratings for Top Chef are solid, if unspectacular. Season one scored an average of 786,000 weekly viewers, while season two has improved on that number to notch 1.22 million viewers. By comparison, fellow Bravo competition Project Runway scored an average 3.2 million weekly viewers, with the season three finale snagging 5.4 million viewers.

"The second season of Top Chef has outperformed even our highest expectations both in ratings and the quality of this nonfictional competitive drama," said Bravo president Lauren Zalaznick. "We look forward to discovering another group of culinary talents with the same passion for food and cooking with commanding personalities that make Top Chef a must see every Wednesday night."

In season one, the show was hosted by Katie Lee Joel, wife of pop musician Billy Joel. In season two, model and cookbook author Padma Lakshmi handles hosting duties. Lakshmi is married to Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie.

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Somehow replacing dull as mud Katie with sexy, spicy Padma didn't make the show better.



Although i gotta say that this season had many more twists and turns(surprise eliminations, double elims, two quiters, one dismisal, and super hard challenges) i don't think the contestants are a interesting as season one. It's like they are trying to hard to create drama through casting. Last season they had a list of pretty ordinary looking and acting poeple, who really just naturally didn't get along, like who would have thought that TIffany would be the mega **** that she turned out to be? This season they immediately went for stereotypes, casting people to fill roles (Carlos and Josie as the resident homosexuals, Mia as the ghetto queen who worked her way up, Marcel as the little punk wierdo who gets on everybodies nerves, sort of, Marrissa as the "sex pot" GAG!!!, Otto and Betty as the "parental figures", Sam as the front runner, who didn't think he was gonna be eliminated that last episode?. etc...) resulted in arguements that sound almost scripted (that's why i don't watch shows like American Chopper, one minute their pissed off over something really mindless, yelling at each other in their fake italian mob slang, then during their little silioquoys they talk completely clear and perfect with five dollars words and want to talk about their feeelings, what?) It's still a fine show, but i don't like the cast as much. The beauty of Harold, Tiffany, Dave, Leanne, Miguel, Stephen, Lisa, Candice, Andrea, Dan, Brian, and Cynthia (see how obsessed i was over last season!) is that they at least seemed real.



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I really like the concept of this show, it has a lot of promise that I'd like to see back for the next season. This season has allowed too much brow beating of some of its people. There should be more respect of each other and showmanship. One thing I liked about Harold was his integrity, I would like to see more of that in Season 3.
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i love this show but while padma is better than that bimbo who is married to billy joel from last season, she's still bad. how about dressing like a normal human being and not show up to a beach bbq in a bikini top, leather pants and fur jacket? it makes her seem like an idiot.
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I have actually found this season to be a little bit more boring than last season. I definitely don't like it as well and my husband agrees. I am very surprised that it was renewed for a third season. Nevertheless, I am sure we will catch some of it. :)
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probably a good move t renew it.
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