Advertisements Since people aren't really posting Top Chef episodes any longer, I figure I'll just do a whole season thread instead. Feel free to start individual posts if you'd rather. Half of the cast as 'veterans' and half as 'rookies' is kind of a dick move. While it is interesting to see those that have done this before, knowing what to do, and then watching them tank, it could set up an us vs them mentality. You could see how the veteran/rookie thing came into play when they were set up as a team and the rookies had no idea how to shop as a team. There's one of the 'veterans' that came out and I was like "huh?" Never remember seeing her before, and she hasn't cooked for over a year (works as a bartender). Obviously one of the 'newbies' doesn't like the veteran/rookie references and already has a chip on her shoulder. I do like the fact that it seems like there are better chefs this year, if the progressive meal was the best they've ever had. It's nice to know that they all can cook.