'Top Chef's' Tom Colicchio responds to criticism over plantation setting: 'We certainly didn't mean to disrespect anyone'

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Tom Colicchio, the lead judge on Bravo's competition series Top Chef, has taken to Twitter to defend his show from critics calling the show insensitive for shooting at a plantation.

The first episode of Top Chef: Charleston filmed a challenge at Boone Hall Plantation, now a local landmark that was once an active cotton plantation. Twitter users criticized the show for its location choice, calling it "insensitive," while some compared it to shooting a TV show at Auschwitz.

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The Sudden Death Challenge, between two competitors each trying to keep their place on the show, also included a black man and a white man competing against one another onsite, which angered several viewers further. One tweeted: "Who thought the idea of a white guy vs a black guy on a plantation was a good idea??"

Colicchio responded to several tweets, apologizing for the show's insensitivity and defending the choice saying "I would think it odd if we ignored Charleston's history," arguing that plantations and slavery are a part of that history.

He also suggested that people keep watching the series, advising one viewer to "Keep in mind we could have cut around the location."

See some of his responses below:

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Sorry we offended you. Places like Auschwitz and Boone plantation are open so we don't forget how heartless people… https://t.co/Tc58DXjJ7P
We are shooting in the South I would think it odd if we ignored Charlestons History. https://t.co/ejiFYRcSj9
Would it be appropriate at a concert or a comedy show https://t.co/Zr3eQR4QO5
We always ask the chefs how they are feeling before challenges. His reaction was real and genuine. Quite frankly we… https://t.co/Nhey4QpyFd
Euphemism aside, we thought it important to bring up bring up the entire history of Charleston. We deal with race i… https://t.co/TNX1R29ixb
I would be offended if you knew me https://t.co/l4nVrJsxiM
We certainly didn't mean to disrespect anyone, clearly people are upset and I apologize for that. https://t.co/GVFsi6Ah0z
I believe slavery to be the most disgusting chapter in American History https://t.co/rExDYk9JGv
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