Aired: 2006-

Iron Chef is the king of culinary competition shows, but Japanese chefs are just too damn polite. Time to kick it up a notch? Bravo offers money and fame to a bunch of unknown chefs and voila! Top Chef is all the drama, trash talking, and back stabbing one could ever ask for from a food competition show...and about 25% of the Padma Lakshmi, but maybe we're just greedy.

Marcel, the runner-up of Season 2, was smashed in the head with a champagne bottle by a fan of the show at a nightclub.