During an Instagram Live event, Melissa King answered the question that many fans wanted to know: Which is the scariest Top Chef Judge. She commented, “We’re all afraid of Tom [Colicchio, pictured above], I would say, because he judges and he thinks like a chef, so he sees everything that we do wrong or right” (also per Bravo). As Colicchio told Mashed, he has certain judging criteria when evaluating a dish. Let’s hope the new set of chef-testants have been taking notes and can put the judging revelations to good use.
King further explained (via Bravo TV) that “Padma Lakshmi also intimidates’ her.” Although the “mom and dad” of Top Chef might be a formidable pair, it seems that she liked Gail Simmons. Referring to her as the “cool aunt,” it seems that Simmons is the least scary of the three Top Chef judges. But, as King joins the judging panel for Top Chef Season 18, it will be interesting to see how her judging personality emerges. Will King lean more towards that cool aunt or the tough-as-nails mom and dad? Fans will have to watch the new season to see the outcome.