Top Chef, Eugene

Bravo Photo: Barbara Nitke

The fifth season of Top Chef got off to an exciting start with one chef drawing blood and another getting sent home before even getting a chance to check out the sponsor-provided goodies in the kitchen.

And while it's too early to get overly attached to any of these culinary hopefuls, we thought the sweet and pungent pairing of Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio was as satisfying as ever. Did you?

The Top Chef Season 5 Premiere Poll
What was the most compelling aspect of the season premiere?
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