Wednesday, November 12
Tom Colicchio, head judge of Bravo's Top Chef, recently let it slip that Ted Allen would not be returning to Top Chef this season since Ted's Food Network show Food Detectives was renewed.
"Okay, maybe he's busy shooting new episodes," I said outloud to myself, as I normally do when reading newspaper articles online.
But Tom doesn't say it's a scheduling conflict preventing Ted from returning.
Instead, he says: "They [the Food Network] have a policy that they can't do our show."
This would appear to contradict what Ted has said in previous interviews about his unique relationship working with both Food Network (on Iron Chef) and Bravo (with Top Chef). He had indicated that both networks were okay with the arrangement.
Perhaps FN was fine having him work for the competition while he was just judging Iron Chef... but apparently not any longer.
That's sad. I liked Ted on Top Chef. He's being replaced by Toby Young, a British food critic and author. [Delaware Online]