Top Chef, thankfully, continues to stand out from its reality TV competition. Unlike other cooking shows where you may see home cooks try to make opulent desserts, precocious child chefs get yelled at by Gordon Ramsay or industry pros forced to cook a meal from baskets filled with marmite and goat’s brains, the Emmy Award winner is actually trying to suss out who is a great chef.
Last year, for Top Chef All Stars LA, there was a bit of a cognitive dissonance. The season had been filmed the fall before, when Covid-19 virus didn’t even exist in humans. It was strange, yet at times comforting, to see a world not in lockdown unspooling before us. It offered a brief reprieve from the wrath the pandemic was exacting upon the restaurant industry that the show celebrates. This year, it’ll be different. The hosts, cheftestants, crew and rotating panel of