Of all the awesome things to happen to me while interning atEW this summer, one of the best was my visit to the set of Bravo’s Top Chef: Watch What Happens reunion special that brings back together contestants from the first twoseasons, the first five chefs eliminated from Season 3, and the judges who sentthem packing (with their knives). The one-hour special (airing tonight) offers behind-the-scenes footage noone’s ever seen, as well as secrets about how the show is made and what is still in store for this entertaining third season.(If I were a bettingman — and I am — I’d put my money on Brian. I know he relies too heavily on sea-food, butI think he’s got the charisma to win.)
The first person I got to talk to was Sandy, whose early dismissal was the most surprising of this season thus far. When asked if she was assurprised as me, she answered “I’m still shocked.” So am I, Sandy,so am I. I also got to talk to Clay, the first chef voted off this season. Iasked him if he had any regrets about having to leave so early, but heresponded quickly with, “No. I feel confident in where I stand as a chef.” Whichis cool, but I also feel confident that you did deserve to be the first one toleave.
As fun as it was to talk to these aspiring chefs, the realthrill came when I got to sit down with all of the judges and discuss the future of the series. (Except for TomColicchio,who, unfortunately, was feeling really sick and only had a few minutesfor me — which is just as well since I experienced a, um, technicaldifficulty with my recorder.) I asked them all the same question: Now that Top Chef has establisheditself has a bonafide hit, where would you like to see it go?