I don't like the concept of bringing back past chefs, period. But I am grateful that at least I don't dislike all of this crew. I can't stand Sam or Casey and would really prefer to never see either of them again, but the rest I can live with. Brooke was an all-time favorite of mine until late in her season, when she started to seem a bit too entitled and snobby. I still like her okay and think she's an excellent chef. Sheldon is good too. Katsuji, Shirley, and Tesar are annoying, but not the worst possible candidates for returning chefs. I now remember Amanda thanks to the posters who mentioned the booze in kids' food incident, but I don't think I felt much one way or another in her season, so I have no feelings about her return.
Seems like there's some good potential among the new chefs, too. Silvia Barban is semi-well-known in NYC, and I'll be rooting for her, but I'' also intrigued by Sylva and Jim. I liked Gerald right away--too bad he was the first to go.
And best of all, NO BLAIS! I don't love Graham Elliot, but I'll very, very happily take him over King Smug.