“Top Chef” Wins 2010 Primetime Emmy For Best Reality Show

Executive Producer Dan Cutforth Gives Acceptance Speech

Posted by Sharon on Aug 31

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After a seven-year winning streak, "The Amazing Race" didn't take first place in its own game at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy awards on Sunday night. Amidst their victory, however, none were as shocked as the winners themselves -- the cast and crew of Bravo's "Top Chef."

"This is something that we never expected," executive producer Dan Cutforth said during his awards speech, to which hostess Padma Lakshmi enthusiastically agreed.

Cutforth went on to thank Bravo and the Academy as well as the "Top Chef" production team. "I want to thank our amazing team at Magical Elves, including my partner Jane Lipsitz. And this is really hilarious -- she's not here tonight, and this is the first time in six years she hasn't been -- she's watching in New York."

This year marks the first win for "Top Chef," which has been consistently nominated for "Outstanding Reality-Competition Program" alongside shows such as "American Idol," "Survivor," "Project Runway," "Dancing with the Stars," and of course, "The Amazing Race."

However, the "Outstanding Reality-Competition Host" winning streak has yet to be broken. This year marks the third win in a row for "Survivor" host Jeff Probst, who has won every award since the category's creation in 2008.

Cutforth spoke for the group during his acceptance speech, wanting to "thank the amazing chefs we work with, because this show is all about their incredible talent -- and without them, the show would be nothing.  I also want to thank all husbands, wives, girlfriends -- the people that support us, the people that put up with the long hours we put into making the show."

Source: Reality TV World

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