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I like the scoring system. I'm a sucker for any way to apply numbers and statistics to grade and rank things. :) I think the scoring system should predict the finalists, but once you're into the finals, it's a toss-up. Last season, by any scoring system, Stefan would have been the clear #1 seed, and yet, because they're judged on one meal in the end, he didn't win.

I agree about too many chefs playing to not lose... that's a failing in the first half of every Top Chef season, and most other reality shows with the "one-elimination-per-week" format suffer from this too. The Top Chef Masters format fixes some of this, but I didn't like that 3/4 of the contestants were gone after appearing on only one episode. I think when you get down to 7-8 chefs, the people trying to sneak by in the middle do get weeded out and they have to be playing to win every week, or Tom will call them out on it.

It would be interesting to see a reality competition go with a "regular season/playoffs" type format. But I think the show producers feel like they have to be knocking someone off every week in order to create the necessary drama to make sure viewers feel they have to tune in every week.
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