Picks and Pans Review: Top Chef: Chicago

updated 03/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bravo, March 12, 10 p.m. ET

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REALITY

The launch of the fourth season makes for a nice appetizer, hinting at even better meals to come as the show gets going in the Windy City. We're introduced to a tantalizing assortment of chefs, including both partners of a lesbian couple and a New Zealander who makes pizza with Marmite. My favorite moment comes when star chef and judge Tom Colicchio rules on one dish—"The bread crumbs were thick, way too thick"—with a leaden tone of doom that would cause a soufflé to collapse in tears.

TV'S HOTTEST MANLY MEN

The History Channel's Ax Men (March 9, 10 p.m. ET) is the latest reality series about guys doing dangerous work in the great outdoors. It's a trend: He-ality.

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