Dear Tom Collicio, This Top Chef season sucks!!


One day I’ll gather the balls to actually send this to Mr. Tom

Dear Tom Collicio,

First of all let me say I am a big fan of your restaurant Craft, despite all of the bullshit that I have heard about it from people that have worked there.  I really admire how you dwindle on the lines between being a complete sellout and a chef that stays true to his roots of staying close to the food!  Very impressive!  But enough of the B.S. what I am really writing this letter about is the newest season of Top Chef.  In the past seasons I have been really happy with this awesome show, showcasing the talent in today’s professional kitchens.  But this season, not so much!  I am weekly finding myself more and more unhappy with your show I’d like to share some of my ideas.
I think your first problem is the cast.  Who the fuck picked these people?  A culinary student?  Come on bro, Carla!  She belongs on Sesame Street talking to Oscar the Grouch not showcasing Americas culinary talent.  I’m in this industry seven days a week and I know for a fact that there is better talent in America.  And I think I speak for us  all when I say this is a horrible representation.  I’ll be damned if any of us hardcore foodies and chefs would go on that show and think that we could find our niche just cooking and showcasing one protein per challenge like that chick from Jersey (who fits every NJ stereotype might I add, coincidence? I don’t think so)  Where are the Ilan’s, the Hung’s, the Harold’s man, they rocked!  They made it interesting, made those in the industry intrigued and opinionated!  Lets face it these cast members are goobs, all of them, its obvious they were picked for there personalities, and not at all by their talent.
The rest of the show has obviously gone to the man, once again bullshit!  Now it was snicker worthy to put them in the room-o-glad products while the judges deliberated .  I am still not going to buy that shit, and I always thought a room of rapidly boiling steam jackets filled with lobster stock would have made a better effect, but whatever. (beers always taste better next to steaming lobster bodies!)  What’s up with a huge rise in product marketing in the show?   You’re a chef,  most of the guest judges are chefs, or female ex-cons ( I know Rocco went on there so that he could “sell“ off his first two books), so why can’t you push to support what people in the industry are working to make known to general public!  Farm to table foods, Sustainable products, supporting local business, your not helping here!!  We need your help as well as everyone else’s in the shows cast to try and steer the general public away from buying butterball brand stuff and more towards making their own simple stocks, those are prime examples and they were all in one hour long show.   I have want to re-watch some of the episodes and see if there are any flash frames of Tyler Durdon holding some mass produced food product like hungry man dinners or something!
I mean whatever man I know that this is not all up to you, it’s the producers who make most of the decisions but us in the restaurant industry associate with you and your not making us happy.  I really hope this season starts to kick it up a crotch or you won’t find me or many others in the industry watch next years season!  On a final note if I see Guy Fiere anywhere near that show I will shoot my television!



2 Responses to “Dear Tom Collicio, This Top Chef season sucks!!”

  1. 1 Traci
    January 22, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I totally agree! I am not even a chef and i can tell that these people are talentless brats! The only one who deserves to win from what i have seen is Stephan. He’s a jerk, but at least his food is always well done.

  2. 2 alex
    July 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    thank god, there is someone that agrees with me. this new season is a fucking joke. i was sooo disappointed by the first episode. it really just ruined all hope of excitement down the line. im shocked that these assholes are on tv. what happened?

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