Of all the reality competition dreck infesting TV screens, Top Chef is one of its better shows (I still think
Chefs who have competed on this show tell me it's the most physically and mentally-draining experiences they've gone through. Television being television, some episodes seem forced (last week's Pee Wee Herman cameo was bizarre), and the selective editing removes any subtlety and makes contestants into black and white caricatures. But as brain-idling television goes, it's harmless fun.
What makes this season – its 9th – that much more relevant to our readers? Six of its 16 contestants are Chicago chefs. One of those, Spiaggia’s
The last time a Chicago chef played a major role on the show, it was in season four when