Top Chef' adds Eric Ripert to the judges' table

I know that Top Chef: Masters is currently airing on Bravo, but, in my opinion, it just doesn't compare to the original. (I'd much rather see someone who could actually benefit from winning the competition than someone who has already established him or herself in the food world.) For those of you who have been conducting your own quickfire challenges each morning to make up for the lack of Top Chef, the wait will soon be over: Top Chef: Washington D.C. premieres on June 16!

Accomplished chef Eric Ripert will be joining Padma, Gail, and recent James Beard Award-winner Tom Colicchio at the judges' table for seventh season. No stranger to the nation's capital, Ripert got his start in the States at Jean Louis at the Watergate Hotel, before moving on to Le Bernardin in New York City (where he would become a mentor to season six finalist Jen 'bitch in the kitchen' Carroll). A frequent guest judge, Ripert is a more than deserving choice, but I have to say I'll miss Toby Young's snark when eating something particularly repugnant.

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