Every reality TV show has its controversial episodes, and "Top Chef" is no exception. The series has a habit of including a guest judge in nearly every episode. When a controversial decision gets made, the guest judge is often blamed for what goes down. The following guest judges garnered a lot of fan ire for weighing in on some controversial decisions.
Isaac Mizrahi is kind of a "love him or hate him" personality to begin with, but a lot of "Top Chef" fans thought he was a weird choice to judge a Quickfire in the All Stars season. In a challenge where the chefs had to make visually appealing food that wasn't going to be tasted, Mizrahi's taste level seemed questionable.
He nailed the fact that Angelo's "Crocadile" [sic] plate needed to be on the bottom, but Fabio's "Tuna Ladies" were truly hideous. Moreover, Dale Talde's low-ranked maple syrup meringue dish was far prettier than Antonia's "tree" of yucca and seeds.
Lorraine Bracco was part of the judging panel for the Rao's challenge in the All Stars season. This challenge was famous for "Mussels-gate," the dramatic tiff between Fabio and Antonia over the winning dish.
Fabio infamously called out Antonia's dish for not being "real" Italian food. Antonia made a dish of mussels cooked in white wine and fennel, while Fabio made pollo alla cacciatora with polenta. Antonia won after Lorraine praised the dish, but plenty of Fabio fans were incensed that the one real Italian in the competition didn't win an Italian-cuisine challenge.
Celebs aren't always the best judges when it comes to fine dining. When Charlize Theron judged a challenge in Season 9 that was inspired by her role in "Snow White and the Huntsman," many fans cried foul.
Plenty of viewers thought that Beverly's safe-but-elegant dish was good enough to keep her in the competition, but Bev got sent packing. Grayson and Sarah both had dishes that were less than perfect, and one of them should have been sent home instead.
While not as hard to cook for as Zooey Deschanel -- a gluten-free, soy-free vegan -- Natalie Portman's meat-free challenge of Season 6 was still pretty tricky. A lot of fans balked at the idea of a vegetarian challenge, and were surprised when Mike went home instead of Bryan V. (who completely forgot to plate a component of his dish) or Jen's dish (which was repeatedly described as a mere "garnish").
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- Isaac Mizrahi
- Lorraine Bracco