After missing a few years I decided to TIVO this season's TC.
Watched the first one yesterday and they seem to have the usual array of contestants (the only thing off script is the large # of ECs and Beard nominees).
You have your ... annoying know it all....gay....crybaby....angry chef with something to prove....messy cook... on and on.
The first quickfire was the mise en place race and they got to choose from.. breaking down a chicken....separating eggs...peeling asparagus... and 4 oranges to segment (surprised someone would choose this one not very easy nor fast).
I would have chosen the chicken....
Any contestants lurking Chef Talk I wonder?
OBTW it was worth it to watch just for the messy cook.
He had trash and discarded ingredients knee high at his station lol.