Actually, Nate Appleman was the winner of the first All-Stars Tournament. Out of over 120 episodes of Chopped, that is the only one I have ever missed, namely because I heard who won before I got a chance to see it and did not bother afterwards, as I despise Nate appleman, I remember what an arrogant jerk he was in Next Iron Chef.
Regarding the judges, yeah, I think we're getting way too much Anne. I'm quite okay with Amanda, though.
I don't recognize all the names right from the get-go, but I think this will be a nice group. Though I am holding back nausea at the mere thought of that loathesome witch Penny returning to our tv sets. Bleh.