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Winner Ilan Hall was an uptight, passive-aggressive non-entity whose only redemption came when he managed to beat, and so momentarily silence, Marcel Vigneron, almost certainly the most unbearable person on television ever.

Even the fan favorite, Sam Talbot, was mostly voted in for being "kinda handsome despite his thick greasy mane." Highlights: Cliff Crooks acting out the collective wishes of the entire nation by holding Marcel down and trying to shave off his ludicrous boy-wonder coiffure.

This was not a good thing to attempt before lunch.formula was getting stale.

In an effort to spice things up, the producers devised some of the goofiest and most contrived challenges the show had ever seen.

(Look, if you're going to cheat on your girlfriend, make sure you're not on a reality show.

Especially not on Bravo.) The season's charisma vacuum was mitigated somewhat by the comic geniality of Fabio Viviani. " which seemed absurd at first and ended up being awfully endearing. Season One – San Francisco The season that started it all was exciting at the time, but subsequent seasons have improved on the formula, with better production value and a relatively expressive host.

Michael Midgley's notorious Cheeto-in-chocolate . Season Five – New York The joy of new life — Gail Simmons' pregnancy — hatched an evil spore in the middle of Season Five when Toby Young joined the roster as a judge.