Acerbic Top Chef judge Toby Young has responded to criticism of his criticism by promising he’ll tone down his judging for the show’s sixth season. Toby told the New York Daily News that he observed Tom Colicchio’s “authority” and “I took my cue from him and just ended up taking the judging process much more seriously,” and also noted that “the role of a judge on British reality shows is to be outrageous and controversial and funny,” but later realized “that it isn’t really the role for judges on American reality shows, and ‘Top Chef’ in particular, because it’s such a highly regarded reality show and the viewers are so passionate. … Now in Season 6 I realize what a huge influence ‘Top Chef’ is in America, and in the American food industry, and I try to be a little more measured.” He also promises, “I tried to take [the contestants’] feelings into consideration and be a little less brutal.”
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