Much like every single other "reality" (not!) show, it becomes what the producers want it to be. Top Model is really the "look at Tyra" show, Top Chef is the "lets see how we can f these chefs up" show.
Tony Bourdain is by FAR my fave chef, he should be one of the judges. With his snarky wit and exceptional pallet, he could keep the contestants on food track and the producers in line. (whenever I watch his show with my hubby I tell him "there's your replacement!").
Put them in REAL situations let them pick food and see how they handle it. An "iron chef " scenario would be cool. A military club function (been there, done that) dining in or dining out with returning troops would be nice AND patriotic. A foodie function cocktail challange for a pre-awards show party. "top chef takes on the pillsbury bake-off!" Bar-B-Q Battle! WOW! maybe I should write for the show!!
I also think the judging should be anonymous. Let them rate the food on what it is, then find out who made it. Praise the winning dishes and tell what went wrong with the losers. Give them assistants and see how they handle them. Watch their Mis. See how they utilize their workspace. Do they work cleanly or are they pigs?Candy competition!Kindergarten graduation! Sweet Sixteen! Quincenera! The never-ending battles that could be had!
Well, I've made myself hungry, time to go eat my black beans and rice....
Not only does kale have calcium, its a great source of iron. I make a butternut squash-sausage and kale soup-YUMMO!