1. Season 10: Seattle
Winner: Kristen Kish
The 10th season was, hands down, the most exciting in the history of Bravo TV. First off, we were once again given "Last Chance Kitchen," a cutthroat supplemental series where recently eliminated cheftestants fought for the opportunity to return to compete in the finale special. And, over on the regular show, three former competitors were reintroduced in the second episode, significantly adding to the season's vast talent pool. These were both definite risks, and they ended up working -- not an easy feat after 10 years of successful programming.
Serene, seaside Seattle added a much-needed sense of calm to an otherwise extremely intense 17-episode lineup. Until Sheldon started his three-game winning streak in Episode 12, each trip to the judges table was a bona fide edge-of-your-seat experience. It was anyone's game right up to the end, with America's sweetheart, former model, and "Last Chance Kitchen" champ Kristen Kish bouncing back from a devastating (and arguably undeserved) "Restaurant Wars" elimination to win it all. There's nothing more satisfying than a comeback kid, and Kristen, with her youth, drive, and the sting of an unjust loss still ringing in viewers' ears, made a hell of a comeback. I'd be a bold-faced liar if I said I didn't cry my eyes out when it all went down.