Originally Posted by indesertum
top chef (and the judges) has said multiple times that producers don't try and influence which chefs they want in. they don't even get to taste the foods. case in point carroll leaving.
yeah, i know colicchio a little bit. he's always been very vocal about the fact that the reason top chef works so well is that they take the food more seriously than the personalities. that's not to say that the personalities are ignored, but when it comes to making decisions, they leave it to the judges.