Originally Posted by Piobaire
Thanks for the info. I wonder why?
Adds a nice narrative layer to the season (Will the veterans have an advantage? Or are they more likely to collapse under the pressure of being better than the others?). Stefan's return is especially good for the show since he's an entertainingly cocky bastard who lost to a much maligned dumbass at the end of his season.
Originally Posted by shoreman1782
Anyone have an opinion on the season-over-season trend in general talent level on top chef? Seems like over time it would get stronger, but there have been some sorta rookie looking mistakes this year.
I've wondered about this. Seems reasonable that the talent pool would take occasional nosedives. The show is in its tenth season, and each season goes through twenty (?) or so contestants. Probably does get difficult at times to find enough chefs right in the sweet spot--talented enough to be genuinely good but undistinguished enough that they'd want to put themselves in this kind of journeyman role. I guess that John Tesar guy is probably an ideal contestant at this point in some ways: someone who should've been accomplished given his skills but fucked it up and is in need of redemption.