Top Chef promises “back to the basics” for Seattle season, which Wolfgang Puck will judge

Top Chef has added Wolfgang Puck as a judge along with Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and Emeril Lagasse, and will be going “back to the basics” for its 10th season, according to Bravo.

The network just formally announced that the season, which debuts Nov. 7, is set in Seattle (although that wasn’t exactly a secret).

The press release promises that “this season the competition goes back to the basics, with culinary challenges that require a mastery of the primary skills of a chef.” It doesn’t specify anything beyond that, but it sounds like a response to criticism that show had become formulaic and increasingly refused to allow the chefs to just cook. The only good episode from the Texas season was one in which the chefs just cooked; there was no bullshit piled on top of it.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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