10. Marc Murphy
We’ve reached the 10 spot in our bracket rankings, which means we’ve really hit the meat and potatoes of talent when it comes to chefs for the Food Network ultimate Tournament of Champions (food pun very much intended).
The next 10 chefs are going to be ones that not only have the pedigree of head-to-head competition but also the regular star power on Food Network. Marc Murphy one hundred percent fits those qualifications. The Italian-born chef is not only a regular judge on Chopped (he’s one of only five chefs who has been a judge on Chopped for every season), but he’s also competed on Iron Chef America and Guy’s Grocery Games.
Additionally, factor in that Murphy’s trained in both French and Italian style cuisine and you have yourself a very solid 10 seed who has potential to go all the way if the match-ups break in his favor.
9. Giada De Laurentiis
I’m absolutely certain that I will get a massive amount of response from having Giada, who is one of the three biggest stars on Food Network, seated in the 9 spot on the Tournament of Champions bracket. That said, while Giada is a talent and savvy chef who has several cooking shows that air during the day on Food Network, I don’t think I’ve ever seen her go head-to-head in a Food Network competition show.
Therefore, my decision to rank her in the ninth spot is purely going off the idea that no matter how much star power you have, you also have to have the competition resume to back it up!
Could Giada compete in the Tournament of Champions and run away with it? Sure. However, I’m much more inclined to believe any person who’s been battle tested on Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, or Guy’s Grocery Games would fair better than De Laurentiis.