August 20, 2009 at 04:20 PM EDT

Top Chef

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons
Reality TV

Was anybody else totally charmed by Wolfgang Puck on last night’s Top Chef premiere? The restaurateur extraordinaire was funny, smart, and dare we say…puckish? “This is like a golfball,” he cracked at one point as he chucked Laurine’s bacon doughnut across the room, leaving Tom in stitches. Throughout the episode, he delivered sharp critiques — both good and bad — with that great Teutonic accent, like Simon Cowell with a mouthful of wurst. Personally, I’d love to see him come on as a full-time replacement for the mercifully MIA Toby Young (who’s still listed as a judge on the show’s site). Head over to our full TV Watch for a recap, and then check out a few of Puck’s tastiest comments below:

“I would throw him with the steak in the fryer, too!” (said of Hector, who deep-fried his steak to give it a Latin flavor).

“Everybody has to put purées underneath everything now. It’s like people think we need the steak, and then we need some babyfood with it.”

“You cook that at home, those people will never come visit you again,” (said of Jen Z.’s losing chile relleno with seitan).

What do you think, PopWatchers? Should Puck be a permanent addition to the Top Chef team?

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