So, this season of Top Chef Masters is really falling flat for M. and myself. Yes, there have been a couple good challenges, and yes, we like some contestants more than others. But we've almost given up on watching it a couple times, and with discussion, I think we've figured out why.
We're told this is Masters, but there's really nothing that makes these episodes different than a regular season of Top Chef. We didn't know any of these people ahead of time. And the challenges are the same sort of crap they run otherwise. The first Masters we had a bunch of chefs we'd seen as judges before, and the brackets meant we only saw a coupe of them at a time, and the challenges were more about, you know, fine cooking than endurance efforts and team-building exercises. M. notes there's really no respect being shown for these supposed masters. I find it hard to know I'm supposed to care about any of them when the field is so large.
So, yeah. If they do another season, I'm hoping we get back to the other format.
(However, this was the season where we find out that Gael Greene had a fling with Elvis, which is simply astounding.)