Photos: Mean reality TV judges we love
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Anthony Bourdain, 'Top Chef'( David Giesbrecht / Bravo )
Sure, the "Kitchen Confidential" author and "No Reservations" star isn't a permanent fixture on "Top Chef," but his frequent appearances over the seasons have made an impact. As opposed to head judge Tom Colicchio's stern, direct honesty or former judge Toby Young's failed humorous jabs, Bourdain goes all out and isn't afraid to sugar-coat how he really feels. One of the advantages of not being around for the next episode? Not having to worry the contestants will kill you in your sleep.
Classic zinger: "They were cleaning Bob Marley's house and found this in the closet." (In reference to C.J. Jacobsen's broccolini in Season 3)
Photo: Anthony Bourdain, left, Padma Lakshmi and Buzz Aldrin in Season 7 of "Top Chef."