Restaurant critics and food writers do not have to be chefs to comment on the food chefs produce. But, Top Chef is focused not only about the food produced, but also on the drama that goes into producing it. The fact that the audience knows Tom is familiar with the kitchen action, makes him a more credible critic. Though Super Chef is not suggesting that the shenanigans that occur in the Top Chef kitchens, or the situations the chefs are thrust into, are “realistic.”
The 24 chefs include (in alphabetical order):
− Rick Bayless, Wilo Benet, John Besh, Graham Elliot Bowles, Michael Chiarello, Michael Cimarusti, Wylie Dufresne, Elizabeth Falkner, Hubert Keller, Christopher Lee, Ludo Lefebvre, Anita Lo, Tim Love, Rick Moonen, Nils Noren, Lachlan McKinnon Patterson, Cindy Pawlcyn, Mark Peel, Douglas Rodriguez, Michael Schlow, Art Smith, Suzanne Tracht, Jonathan Waxman, Roy Yamaguchi.