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  1. I've re-opened this thread for the live chat during this evening's episode.
  2. Bella

    The Chefs/Cheftestants of Top Chef

    I watched Kevin Sbraga at Sbraga one night (I forget which season he won), and he was keeping 1 eye on the open kitchen and 1 eye on the guests. He entered the kitchen twice while we were there, once to talk to a couple of the cooks and once to do some hands-on cooking for about 5 or so minutes. It was as if he was making sure they met his standards. Like Spike, he has multiple restaurants and can't be in more than one place at a time.
  3. Bella

    Cutthroat Kitchen

    Bella's rules of CTK: 1. Don't sabotage yourself because that's the hardest sabotage to beat. 2. Do not level the playing field, as noted above. 3. If a chef has all the sabotages and still makes it through, you're screwed - that chef often wins. See: Fabio in All-Stars, the finalists in Camp CutThroat, etc.
  4. Bella

    Masterchef (CA)

    I always assume that the judges taste everything and that the actual judging lasts far longer than what we see on TV. If low-drama tasting cuts into the story line, production won't show us the tasting.
  5. Bella

    S28 Previews and Speculation

    I don't remember whether I watched Unfinished Business or not, as I haven't bothered to develop an encyclopedic knowledge of all things TAR. I do know I've only seen the cowboys in their initial season, and that was by choice.
  6. Bella

    Subtitle Suggestions for Chopped 2017

    I'm not going to turn this into a formal poll, but what are your favorites from among these? New Year, New Sob Stories New Year, New Chefs, Same Sob Stories That Dish Was Just Offal Yes, those were my favorites (except my own, and I'm not including it because of obvious bias). Thoughts?
  7. Bella

    Jill & Derick Dullard: Counting On (Donations)

    Just moved an altered picture of Derick to the Goofy thread. Please don't forget that we have the Goofy thread for this kind of thing.
  8. Bella

    S28 Previews and Speculation

    Aside from All Star seasons that include the cowboys, I always watch the first episode and usually get pretty deep into the series before losing interest. While the show doesn't intrigue me nearly as much as it once did, by its very nature it has potential. So I'll watch the first episode and hope for the best. I do like parent/child teams, so I'm hoping those will prove interesting.
  9. I will put it on my want-to-mod list, but I won't actually be watching TLC until they pull all shows involving the Duggars (said the mod who's been dealing with the 19 Kids forum since before the first scandal broke out this year).
  10. Here's where you can discuss Season 8 beforehand.