I have been watching cooking shows for a number of years now. Top Chef is still a great show. But these guys are amateurs. I think that brings a whole new level of identifiabilty to it. While I'm nowhere near this good it has given me lots of very interesting ideas.
Plus, the show is not so much about the drama, though it's very much there. There are no "villains" or "bad guys" or any of that crap that you usually find on Reality show competitions.
I have completely enjoyed watching this for the last 4 months.
And will eagerly watch it when it comes back in 2010.
And I have continued to watch it ever since.
Upcoming 5th Season.
Junior MasterChef 2 Seasons
And the Current MasterChef: Australia, The Professionals