Welcome back, Top Chef fans! It's been a while since we last spoke (Padma had a baby, if you hadn't heard), but season seven kicked off last night and with it, we met a crop of new cheftestants eager to take home the prize and achieve reality show fame. Branded non-stick pans and barbecue sauce await!
Last season in Vegas, TC was all about gambling and casinos, so naturally with this season set in the nation's capital, we can expect plenty of flags and Yankee Doodle music. Best of all, though, Eric Ripert has joined the panel as a permanent judge. Can I get a double amen? He was one of my favorite guest judges, thanks to his focused opinions and clearly prolific resume.
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