Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Allen St. John
Salon (16 June 2010)

“I can hardly wait for tonight’s premiere of “Top Chef.” Not because I expect the season’s seven cheftestants to reprise last year’s Shakespearean battle for kitchen supremacy between the fiercely rival Brothers Voltaggio. Not in the vain hope of forming a geek bond with Michigan engineering grad-turned-chef John Somerville like the one I had with losing finalist Kevin Gillespie, who ditched MIT to go to culinary school. Not even for a glimpse of Padma Lakshmi, post baby bump. (Well, maybe a little.)”

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