Near the end of season seven of 'Top Chef,' I lobbied for Anthony Bourdain to be named a permanent judge for the upcoming season. What I didn't know, of course, was that the producers already had that in the works for the season eight's all-star tilt. The move has worked so far; Tony has only been in one of the first two episodes, but he's already been outspoken enough to mix it up with fan favorite Fabio Viviani.
But one thing that I didn't anticipate would be a side benefit of Bourdain's permanent return to the show was that Bourdain's 'Top Chef' blog on Bravotv.com would also be back. And, boy, is it entertaining. In fact, the blog might just be more entertaining than the show itself.
Why so? Well, anyone who's read any of his books (especially the one he's most known for, 'Kitchen Confidential'), read his Travel Channel blog or even listened to his narration on his show 'No Reservations' knows that Bourdain is as proficient with a keyboard as he is with a saute pan. But in his 'Top Chef' blog, Bourdain applies his caustic writerly skills to not only the cheftestants and their dishes, but to the show itself.
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