I arrived a little early at the Astor Center where the event was being held. I should just move into this place since I seem to be there like everyday. There was a huge throng of people milling about outside waiting for the doors to open. Then, as close to a red carpet moment as I will ever likely to experience, Chef Tom Colicchio arrived and bounded up the stairs. Soon Daniel Boulud and Alain Sailhac joined him inside. The doors were soon opened to the rest of us and the party began.
Given the nature of the event, the chefs preparing the food gave it their all. All of the passed appetizers were on the north side of wonderful. Some wonderful cocktails, wine and champagne rounded out the comestibles.
A few minutes before the airing of "Top Chef" was to start, Tom Colicchio, Padma, and Kevin took the stage to say a few words. Then the show began. With all the people, chatter and other noise it was kind of hard to actually watch the show. But was it better than sitting on my easy chair, eating chips and watching it at home? Oh yeah!