Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
s0e1: 4 Star All Stars
Eight chefs return from the previous seasons to compete against each other for $20,000 for their team's selected charity, and Season Three's contestants are introduced.QuickFire Challenge: Cook Perfect Eggs with One Hand behind Your Back Elimination Challenge: Create a Four Course Meal Using Scallops, Lobster, Duck & Kobe Beef
Monday, December 24th, 2007
s0e2: Top Chef Holiday Special
The Holiday Special brought back many of the ghosts of Top Chefs past as CJ, Marcel, Tre, Betty, Josie, Sandee, Stephen, and Tiffani came back to compete once more -- this time in Chicago. After opening some gifts and reminiscing, it was back to business. In the Quickfire the chefs were greeted by Padma and a mystery Santa, who turned out to be none other than the delicious Eric Ripert. The chefs had to create a dish from one gifted ingredient, which were chosen through a game of "Dirty Santa." For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs had to create a a three-course meal, and would be judged through every course head-to-head, meaning that two chefs would be eliminated each round.
Saturday, April 11th, 2009
s0e3: Top Chef Reunion Dinner
Fabio Viviani from season five has invited contestants from his season and those in the past for what is supposed to be a convivial gathering of chefs cooking, eating and talking. But this is Top Chef, after all, and if you include Marcel in any invitation pleasant can turn on a dime.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
s0e4: Last Chance Kitchen (1)
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
s0e5: Last Chance Kitchen (2)
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
s0e6: Last Chance Kitchen (3)
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
s0e7: Last Chance Kitchen (4)
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
s0e8: Last Chance Kitchen (5)
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
s0e9: Last Chance Kitchen (6)
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
s0e10: Last Chance Kitchen (7)
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
s0e11: Last Chance Kitchen (8)
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
s1e1: Who Deserves To Be Here
In the first episode of the series we meet the 12 contestants. For the quickfire challenge they are tested in Fleur de Lys (a San Fransisco restaurant). For the elimination challenge each chef must make their specialty.
Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
s1e2: Food Of Love
For this episode the contestants have to impress Elizabeth Falkner the owner of Citizen Cake. For the elimination challenge the turn up the heat with a "Sexy Dessert" contest for a fetish party for Mistress S.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
s1e3: Nasty Delights
For the quickfire challenge the contestants have to cook with octopus. For the elimination round the contestants are put into two teams: Red and Blue. They have to cook monk fish specialties for the kids at the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
s1e4: Food on the Fly
For the quickfire challenge the contestants are brought to a convenience store to buy ingredients for their dish. For the elimination round the contestants must create a delicious entree that can be reheated in a microwave for women at a local Junior League.
Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
s1e5: Blind Confusion
For the quickfire challenge, the contestants are brought into an isolated room with many random exotic foods. They have to guess what they are with a blindfold on. For the elimination challenge the contestants are put into pairs and have to make fusion dishes with Latin and one other type of cuisine.
Wednesday, April 12th, 2006
s1e6: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
For the quickfire challenge the contestants are put under some serious money restraints. They have to choose from ingredients that are put in front of them that are priced by the pound and can only spend up to three dollars, but all the food on the Top Chef pantry was free.
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
s1e7: Restaurant Wars
For the quickfire challenge the contestants must make a gourmet sandwich. The winner doesn't get immunity but a sandwich on chef Tom Colicchio's menu at his new sandwich restaurant. For the Elimination Challenge the contestants are put into teams and have to basically create a restaurant and menu. The restaurants would be set up in two different rooms in the same building, both visible from the entrance. The menus will be displayed in the waiting area so the customers can choose which restaurant they want to eat at, then rate their dining experience.
Wednesday, April 26th, 2006
s1e8: Wedding Bell Blues
Teams compete for the chance to cater a commitment ceremony.
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006
s1e9: Napa's Finest
The four remaining contestants cook for some of Napa Valley's most respected chefs.
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
Contestants reminisce about the competition.
Sunday, May 14th, 2006
s1e11: Finale (1)
Wednesday, May 24th, 2006
s1e12: Finale (2)
The final two contestants compete in the last elimination round to see who will become Top Chef.
Wednesday, October 18th, 2006
s2e1: Into the Fire
Fifteen new contestants are introduced for Top Chef's second season in Los Angeles by new host Padma Lakshmi. Guest Judge: Harold Dieterle. QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using the Flambé Technique. Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Using all Five Mystery Box Ingredients.
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
s2e2: Eastern Promise
An Asian culinary theme runs through this episode's challenges. First the contestants put their own twists on sushi, then they work as teams to participate in a charity event. Guest Judge: Hiroshi Shima ? QuickFire Challenge. Guest Judge: Ming Tsai ? Elimination Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Create a Sushi Dish in 30 Minutes. Elimination Challenge: Work as Two Teams to Create One Hot and One Cold Dish Using Flavors from Korea and Vietnam.
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
s2e3: Food for the People
The 13 remaining contestants are asked to make food for everyday people: beach goers and firemen. Guest Judge: Stephen Bulgarelli. QuickFire Challenge: Create an Original Ice Cream Flavor. T.G.I. Friday's Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Updating a Childhood Classic.
Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
s2e4: Less is More
Attention to detail will be rated during this round. The chefs are asked to create a tidbit from not so tidbit-y choices, and then must serve a meal to kids at a fitness camp. Guest Judge: Suzanne Goin QuickFire Challenge: Create an Amuse-Bouche. Elimination Challenge: Create a Meal That Does not Exceed 500 Calories.
Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
s2e5: Social Service
This round is all about leftovers and the chefs? ability to be creative with difficult ingredients. They must make fine cuisine from truly disgusting fare, and then create a multi-course affair from only a restaurant's refrigerated remains of the night before. Guest Judge: Michelle Bernstein QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish using "Offal" the Leftover Parts of Animals. Elimination Challenge: Create a Luncheon for Sixty Using the Leftovers from the Social Menu.
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
Taking the traditional and turning it on its ear is tonight's theme. The chefs are asked to make canned food pretty, and then a smaller group must make a "cutting edge" Thanksgiving dinner. Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain QuickFire Challenge: Create a Tasty Dish Using at Least Three Canned Ingredients. Elimination Challenge: Create a Thanksgiving Meal with a Twist.
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
s2e7: The Raw and the Cooked
This round's theme is all about working with limitations. The contestants must create a dish that is not cooked, and then adapt when they're asked to plan a dish without knowing the kitchen equipment available to them. Guest Judge: Raphael Lunetta QuickFire Challenge: Create an Entree Using Only Raw Food Without any Cooking. Elimination Challenge: Create a Gourmet Breakfast for Mystery Athletes.
Wednesday, December 13th, 2006
s2e8: Holiday Spirit
It's all a party when the contestants are asked to put their skills to work on both hors d'oeuvres and spirits. This round focuses on entertaining as the chefs are first asked to create an original drink accompanied by a small snack, then they must change gears and cater a holiday event. Guest Judge: Kristin Woodward ? QuickFire Challenge Guest Judge: Lee Hefter ? Elimination Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Create an Original Bailey's Holiday Cocktail. Elimination Challenge: Cater a Hollywood Holiday Party.
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
Tonight's theme focuses on the chefs' creativity in using food as an expression of art. They first must create a dish using one color ? a hard task for the color-blind chef, then the contestants are "given" their inspiration for a theme to a star-studded dinner. Guest Judge: Ted Allen QuickFire & Elimination Guest Judge: Roberto Ivan Elimination QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using One Color. Elimination Challenge: Create a Seven Course Dinner Inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.
Wednesday, January 10th, 2007
s2e10: Unhappy Customers
This round's theme deals with vision and execution, challenging the chefs' to create original ideas that can also be achieved. First up is snack food limited by three condiments, then on to this season's version of "Restaurant Wars". Guest Judge: Mike Yakura Kraft QuickFire Challenge: Create a Gourmet Snack Dish. Elimination Challenge: Create a Restaurant Concept & Menu, then Execute It with Your Team.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
s2e11: Sense and Sensuality
The sensuality of food runs through this round's challenges as the five remaining chefs are asked to determine what they want the diner to experience and then create a dish that carries this through. First up is everything chocolate, then they must prepare a meal for couples who are all celebrating anniversaries. Guest Judge: Eric Ripert Nestlé Chocolatier QuickFire Challenge: Create a Sweet or Savory Dish using Nestlé Chocolatier. Elimination Challenge: Create a Romantic Dinner with Paired Wines.
Wednesday, January 24th, 2007
s2e12: Finale (1)
Location, location, location! The remaining chefs travel to Hawaii for this round, and must use food native to the island for a luau that ends with naming the final contestants. Guest Judge: Alan Wong QuickFire Challenge: There is none in this round. Elimination Challenge: Prepare a Birthday Luau, Reformulating Traditional Luau Fare into each Chef's Own Style. Round Twelve.
Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
s2e13: Finale (2)
The final two contestants battle for the title of "Top Chef." Guest Judge: Hubert Keller Final Challenge: Cook the Best Five Course Meal Each Chef has Ever Prepared in his Life.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
s3e1: First Impressions
Getting to know each other is the theme for this first round. The new crop of fifteen chefs arrives in Miami, and then they are given two challenges ? one with leftovers ? to introduce themselves and their cooking to their fellow contestants and the judges. Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain. QuickFire Challenge: Create an Amuse-Bouche in 10 Minutes Elimination Challenge: Create a Surf & Turf Dish Using Exotic Ingredients
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
s3e2: Sunny Delights
Tonight's theme is sunshine, and first the contestants must use a product of that sunshine, citrus. Then they are asked to demonstrate their catering skills at an event which requires sunshine, a gourmet BBQ party. Guest Chef: Norman Van Aken QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Florida Citrus Kingsford Elimination Challenge: Create an Upscale BBQ Dish
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
s3e3: Family Favorites
This week the remaining chefs must first catch fresh seafood, and then put a fresh twist on American dinner staples for members of the Miami Elks Club. Guest Judge: Alfred Portale QuickFire Challenge: Catch & Cook Shellfish Elimination Challenge: Update Classic Dishes into Modern Lower Cholesterol Meals
Wednesday, July 11th, 2007
s3e4: Cooking by Numbers
The contestants mix it up with Bombay Sapphire mixologist Jamie Walker, and then ply their trade at a gastronomic society. Barton G. Weiss of Miami's Barton G. the Restaurant serves as guest judge.
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
s3e5: Latin Lunch
Timing is the theme for this round as the 11 remaining chefs are asked to be creative with a time-saving pastry and then serve lunch to clients on a tight schedule. Guest Judge: Maria Frumkin QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using a Frozen Pie Crust. Elimination Challenge: Cater a Latin Lunch for the Cast & Crew of Telemundo's Dame Chocolate.
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
s3e6: Watch What Happens
In a special episode, Bravo's Andy Cohen sits down with past and current contestants to explore their experiences in the competition
Wednesday, August 1st, 2007
s3e7: Freezer Burn
The chef's taste buds are put to the test, and then they must "cook" for a frozen challenge. Rocco DiSpirito acts as guest judge.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2007
s3e8: Guilty Pleasures
This round's theme is guilty pleasures. First the chefs must work with Summer's guilty institution, ice cream, and then they move on to Miami's night life, but there's a surprise in store for them. Guest Judge: Govind Armstrong QuickFire Challenge: Coldstone Creamery Mix-in Challenge (Create Original Mix-ins for Their Sweet Cream Flavor). Elimination Challenge: Create Late Night Bar food in a Mobile Kitchen.
Wednesday, August 15th, 2007
s3e9: Restaurant Wars
The chefs are told that they must create the perfect burger. Then, they must create a new restaurant concept, including a great menu. Chef Daniel Boulud is the guest judge.
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
s3e10: Second Helping
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian guest judges a relay race challenge. The chefs get another try at "Restaurant Wars," continued from last episode.
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
s3e11: Chef Overboard
Chef Michael Schwartz helps to judge challenges that involve a cruise ship buffet and creativity in a grocery store.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007
s3e12: Snacks on a Plane
Jimmy Canora guests on an episode that takes to the skies when the chefs take on the dreaded plane cuisine.
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
s3e13: Manhattan Project
Sirio Maccione guest judges a QuickFire where the chefs must recreate one of his dishes, then they must impress four more chefs, including Andre Soltner, in elimination.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
s3e14: Finale (1)
The remaining chefs make the move to Aspen, Colorado for the semifinal and the decision of who the final two will be.
Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
s4e1: Anything You Can Cook I Can Cook Better
The 16 new contestants face their first QuickFire and Elimination rounds using themes from Chicago's regional cuisine.
Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
s4e2: Zoo Food
A farmers' market takes prominence in this week's QuickFire, and an exotic location is the setting for the Elimination round as the remaining chefs cook for guest judge Wylie Dufresne.
Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
s4e3: Block Party
The contestants mix it up with Rick Bayless while creating a fiesta for a community.
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
s4e4: Film Food
The remaining chefs demonstrate their aptitude with knives, and then help Richard Roeper throw a film-themed dinner. Daniel Boulud guest judges.
Wednesday, April 9th, 2008
s4e5: The Elements
The dreaded taste test is back, and even before the chefs recover from it they must cater a charity event. Ming Tsai Guest Judges this week.
Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
Simple pleasures is the theme for tonight's round as the chefs must create a dish that complements beer, and then throw a tailgate extravaganza for fans of the local team. Guest Judge: Paul Kahan ? Elimination Challenge Guest Judge: Koren Grieveson ? QuickFire Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish that Pairs Perfectly with Beer Elimination Challenge: Cater a Tailgating Party for Chicago Bears Fans
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
The chefs begin with a sugary challenge, and then move to the historic Second City Theatre where their improvisational skills will be tested by masters of the art ? one of the resident troupes. Johnny Iuzzini from Jean Georges restaurant guest judges.
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
s4e8: Common Threads
The microwaves are back, and this time the contestants are to make a healthy meal using a single main ingredient. Chef Art Smith, owner of Table 52 in Chicago performs guest judge duties.
Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
s4e9: Wedding Wars
The remaining chefs' knife skills are challenged again, followed by a wedding reception challenge which might bring the blades out for an entirely different purpose.
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008
s4e10: Serve and Protect
Salad, one of the least respected dishes by chefs, takes center stage tonight as the contestants are challenged to reformulate it, then they continue with the healthy kick by trimming calories and all things bad from a classic entrée.
Wednesday, May 21st, 2008
s4e11: Restaurant Wars
It's all about service tonight as the chefs work the line during a breakfast rush at a diner, and then create their own restaurants from scratch. Washington, D.C. Chef and restaurant owner José Andrés guest judges. QuickFire Challenge: Work a Short Order Egg Station Elimination Challenge: Restaurant Wars Guest Head Judge: Anthony Bourdain
Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
s4e12: High Steaks
The remaining chefs' butcher skills are tested, and then they must use the cut of meat they made. Guest judge Rick Tramonto, a Chicago chef and restaurant entrepreneur.
Wednesday, June 4th, 2008
s4e13: Puerto Rico
There are four chefs and only three spots for the final round, and the contestants know it as they travel to Puerto Rico for the next two challenges. Guest Judge - Wilo Benet QuickFire Challenge: Make Two Frituras featuring Plantains Elimination Challenge: Use a Whole Pig to create Dishes for a Governor's Mansion Event
Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
The finalists cook "the most important meal of their lives" for the judges to determine which will be crowned Top Chef. Guest Judges/Sous Chefs: April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig Dan Barber of Blue Hill and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin Restaurant Special Guest Judges: Alfredo Ayala and Tim Zagat Final Challenge: Create a traditional four course tasting menu
Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
s5e1: Melting Pot
One chef is eliminated in a three-round quickfire involving apples. The remaining chefs create dishes representing the ethnic cuisines of several New York neighborhoods.
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
s5e2: Show Your Craft
After re-inventing the hot dog for the quickfire challenge, the chefs cook and serve lunch at Tom's flagship restaurant, Craft.
Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
s5e3: Foo Fighters Thanksgiving
For the quickfire, the chefs recreate dishes from the Top Chef cookbook. In the elimination challenge, they cook Thanksgiving dinner for the Foo Fighters at the band's tour stop in Syracuse, N.Y.
Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
s5e4: Today Show
After creating a breakfast amuse-bouche for the quickfire, the contestants compete in a live food demonstration challenge in order to earn a booking on "Today."
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
s5e5: Gail's Bridal Shower
For the quickfire, chefs must identify ingredients in a dish. For the elimination challenge, the contestants cater a bridal shower for judge Gail Simmons.
Wednesday, December 17th, 2008
s5e6: 12 Days of Christmas
Domestic guru Martha Stewart oversees the quick fire challenge in this holiday-themed edition. Then, actress Natasha Richardson is the guest judge when the cooks cater a Christmas cocktail party in which the proceeds go to the AIDS research.
Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
s5e7: Focus Group
The chefs must create a sweet dish without using sugar (guest judge: chef and restaurateur Jean-Christophe Novelli). In the elimination challenge, chefs prepare a family-style meal for blind judging.
Wednesday, January 14th, 2009
s5e8: Down on the Farm
Contestants shop for fresh ingredients at a farm and then create a dinner for the farm workers.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
s5e9: Restaurant Wars
Two teams have 24 hours to design and open competing restaurants.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
s5e10: Super Bowl Chef Showdown
A Super Bowl cook-off against seven all-stars from previous seasons.
Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
s5e11: Le Bernardin
After a three-round fish filleting tournament, the contestants cook at Le Bernadin where their final product will be judged by chef Eric Ripert.
Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
s5e12: The Last Supper
Wylie Dufresne judges a quickfire challenge of egg dishes. For the elimination challenge, the five remaining chefs each cook a "last supper" dish requested by a culinary superstar.
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
s5e13: Finale (1)
The season finale finds the chefs traveling from New York to New Orleans. While in the "Big Easy" they will be challenged to kick it up a notch when celebrity judge/chef Emeril Lagasse stops by to appraise their culinary skills.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
s5e14: Finale (2)
Set in New Orleans, season 5 ends as the winning chef is revealed.
Wednesday, August 19th, 2009
s6e1: Sin City Vice
17 fresh chefs infiltrate sin city to take on culinary challenges in the season six premier.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
s6e2: Bachelor/ette Party
The male chefs and the female chefs compete in a battle of the sexes in catering a poolside bachelor and bachelorette party.
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009
The chefs will be creating meals for the US Air Force Thunderbirds, the most renowned aircraft demonstration squadron.
Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
s6e4: Vivre Las Vegas
The contestants pair up to create the perfect French dish for acclaimed chefs Joël Robuchon, Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller, Laurent Tourondel and Jean Joho.
Wednesday, September 16th, 2009
The contestants cook with cactus, sleep under the stars, and prepare a menu for Las Vegas cowboys; chef Tim Love serves as a guest judge.
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
s6e6: Penn & Teller
The contestants deconstruct a classic dish for magicians Penn & Teller. Chef Michelle Bernstein serves as a guest judge.
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
s6e7: Dinner Party
A slot machine determines the guidelines for the quick-fire challenge; the contestants prepare a special dinner for members of the Macy's Culinary Council.
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
s6e8: Pigs and Pinot
The chefs head to guest judge Charlie Palmer's Aureole restaurant to host a ``Pig and Pinot" event.
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
s6e9: Restaurant Wars
Chef Rick Moonen's restaurant is taken over by the contestants and then he serves as their guest judge.
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009
s6e10: Meat Natalie
The chefs head to Las Vegas to visit "Craft Steak" and cook for actress Natalie Portman and friends.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
s6e11: All Stars Dinner
Past chefs recount their favorite moments from the series.
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009
s6e12: Strip Around the World
The chefs must make the perfect breakfast in bed dish. Nigella Lawson serves as guest judge.
Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
s6e13: Culinary Olympics
A challenge based on the Bocuse d'Or. Guest judges include Jerome Bocuse and Thomas Keller.
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
s6e14: Finale (1)
The final four chefs compete in Napa Valley to determine who will be the final three.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
s6e15: Finale (2)
The final three chefs attempt to earn the title of 'Top Chef.'
Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
s7e1: House of Chef-presentatives
The season will include 17 contestants, as in prior seasons. Eric Ripert will replace Toby Young on Top Chef's judging panel. The new chefs introduce themselves by cooking a dish that best represents their home districts while layering in their own signatures.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
s7e2: Outside the Lunch Box
The chefs are asked to do their part to help end childhood obesity and support First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" national initiative by serving a healthy lunch at a local middle school. Guest Judge: White House chef Sam Kass
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
s7e3: Capitol Grill
The dreaded desserts take up the Quickfire where the chefs must make a pie from scratch, and then it's off to Capitol Hill where they are tasked with creating a perfect grilled picnic for the interns there
Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
s7e4: Room Service
Padma's baby is hungry, so tonight's Quickfire requires the contestants to create food to tempt Krishna's budding palate. Next, they are paired together for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the in-room dining kitchen.
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
s7e5: Farm Policy
Fresh is best tonight as the chefs gather crabs for the Quickfire, and then travel to a Virginia farm where its bounty will supply the ingredients for dinner.
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
s7e6: Cold War
The chefs are divided into teams to concoct entrées in a form best served cold.
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
s7e7: Power Lunch
The contestants prepare lunch for the movers and shakers at one of the city's most famous restaurants.
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
s7e8: Foreign Affairs
The chefs test their version of Ethiopian cuisine with Top Chef Masters' Marcus Samuelsson, and then must create a dish inspired by one of the foreign embassies there in the district.
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
s7e9: Restaurant Wars
The most anticipated and, arguably, the hardest challenge of the competition returns as the remaining chefs divide into two teams to conceive and debut their restaurants.
Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
s7e10: Covert Cuisine
The chefs are asked to take common recipes and create their own completely original redesigned dish.
Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
s7e11: Making Concessions
The contestants take on America's favorite pastime when they take over the concession stands at the Washington Nationals' home, Nationals Park.
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
The chefs are tasked with adding flavor to the food American astronauts eat. The final taste test will take place off-planet.
Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
s7e13: Finale (1)
The competition moves to Singapore as the chefs are winnowed down to the final three.
Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
s7e14: Finale (2)
The remaining three chefs attempt to cook the best meal of each of their lives hoping to be named Top Chef.
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
s8e1: History Never Repeats
Bravo's Top Chef congregates a dream team of 18 past cheftestants who nearly won the title to return to see if they have what it takes. The 2010 Primetime Emmy Award-winning Top Chef returns to New York City for Season 8 with host Padma Lakshmi and head judge chef Tom Colicchio, alongside judges Gail Simmons and new this season, best-selling author and chef, Anthony Bourdain.
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
s8e2: Night At the Museum
Joe Jonas challenges chefs to create a snack for children; breakfasts inspired by a dinosaur's diet.
Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
s8e3: New York's Finest
A mise-en-place relay race; chefs cook in four of New York's finest restaurants.
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
s8e4: Advantage Chef
The chefs unexpectedly find themselves without even their knives when they are asked to make stuffing. Next up is catering an event at the U.S. Open.
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
s8e5: Dim Sum Lose Sum
Wednesday, January 12th, 2011
s8e6: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
Contestants are taken on a fishing expedition.
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
s8e7: Restaurant Wars: One Night Only
Fish fillet contest; chefs must open ``one night only" restaurants in New York City.
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
s8e8: An Offer They Can't Refuse
Designer Isaac Mizrahi judges. Contestants are judged on presentation and plating; traditional three-course Italian meal.
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011
s8e9: Feeding Fallon
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
s8e10: Lock Down
It's a Sesame Street kind of day when the chefs find themselves cooking to please Muppet palates. Next they are tasked with making a dish at a Target store.
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
s8e11: For the Gulf
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
s8e12: Give Me Your Huddled Masses
The chefs need to make something out of nothing; the contestants head to Ellis Island, where they must make a dish based on their heritage.
Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
s8e13: Fit for a King
The chefs set sail for the Bahamas, and each participates in a culinary duel against the person who was crowned the winner during their first stint on the show. Later, they create meals for Bahamian royalty, but it's a royal pain with limited cooking equipment.
Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
s8e14: Island Fever
The contestants cater a yacht club's anniversary party, but only after they have gone conch fishing.
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
s8e15: Last Supper
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
The remaining two chefs have no time to digest what just happened as their final challenge is immediately announced. The 2 finalists choose their sous-chefs... blindfolded!
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
s9e1: Everything's Bigger in Texas
29 chefs gather at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, to compete for 16 slots in the 9th season of Top Chef. Tonight they are divided into three groups and must master their challenge to move forward. Some will know their fate immediately and receive a chef coat or be sent home. Others will be on the "bubble" and must compete and be judged again before they know their fates. Yes, it's bigger in Texas, but it's also hotter and harder, too. Group 1 Qualifying Challenge: Prepare a Dish Using One Cut of a Pig Group 2 Qualifying Challenge: Prepare a Dish Using the Same Ingredient
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
s9e2: The Heat Is On
Night two of heats for the coveted contestant spots starts with 10 competitors, 10 ingredients, and only five chef coats left. Once again, those who excel in the challenge get a coat immediately, and those who bomb are sent home. The remaining hopefuls on the "bubble" participate in a cook-off for the last coats against last week's four still waiting for their second chance. Also, tonight the first chefs are awarded an opportunity to get back into the race when they are sent to the sister series Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
Wednesday, November 16th, 2011
The chefs are asked to create a dish using rattlesnakes. Later they cater a girl's quinceañera celebration.
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
s9e4: Red Hot Chili Cook Off
The contestants provide food for the local rodeo and its audience.
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
s9e5: Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party
The chefs must create a dish using what they can find in a standard survival kit, then they have to shift gears and cater dinner to high society.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
s9e6: Higher Steaks
The contestants prepare steak for some of Texas' most discerning palates, at least beef-wise, the attendees of the Cattle Baron's Ball.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
s9e7: Game On
The contestants must cook for an all-star table of chefs whose avocation is hunting.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
s9e8: Tribute Dinner
The chefs must adapt quickly when their cooking mashes up with social networking and they begin receiving dish notes via Twitter. Later, they will each be able to pay homage to an influential teacher when they are asked to create dishes in the teachers' honor.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
s0e12: Last Chance Kitchen (9)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
s0e13: Last Chance Kitchen (10)
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
s0e14: Last Chance Kitchen (11)
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
s0e15: Last Chance Kitchen (12)
Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007
s3e15: Finale (2)
The Top Chef is chosen.
Wednesday, October 10th, 2007
The cast and contestants get together to reminisce about the season and answer questions.
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
Season four cast and judges gather to reminisce and learn the winner of the fan favorite contest.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
s5e15: Watch What Happens Reunion
Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chefs and judges.
Wednesday, December 16th, 2009
s6e16: Watch What Happens Reunion
Chefs and judges reminisce about the season and answer viewer questions.
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
s7e15: Watch What Happens Reunion
The cast and chefs gather together with, you guessed it, Andy Cohen to review the season and maybe dish a little nonsense with the host.
Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
s8e17: Watch What Happens Reunion
Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
s9e9: BBQ Pit Wars
The chefs combine learning with cooking tonight when they use Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine to influence their Quickfire dishes. Next, they team up for a barbecue cook-off where the diners determine the winning team.
Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
s9e10: Restaurant Wars
The still-standing chefs sharpen their knives for the time-honored fan-favorite "Restaurant Wars" test. The all-encompassing culinary challenge tasks them to create an eatery, from its signage and logos to its menus and meals. The chefs prepare their dishes as quick as they can but the servers are having problems understanding where they need to go.
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
s9e11: Fit For an Evil Queen
The Quickfire is on the move, except it's the ingredients that are moving?by train. Next, the chefs must access the darkness inside of them when they are asked to create "evil" on a plate.
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
s9e12: Block Party
The chefs race against time to finish prep work for a meal. Later, they serve up cuisine at a food-drive block party. Guest judge: Cat Cora.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
s9e13: Bike, Borrow & Steal
In this week's Quickfire, Pee-wee Herman stops by and the chefs are tasked to create his favorite breakfast dish ? pancakes! But this isn't any old pancake. The Chefs are challenged to be as creative as possible when making their batter, toppings and presentation. In "Pee-wee's Big Adventure,? Pee-wee learned a lot about searching the streets and asking for help. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are set loose in downtown San Antonio with a bike and $100, where they must find their ingredients and create a dish for Pee-wee's dinner party. Pee-wee Herman joins Gail Simmons, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi at judges? table.
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
In this week's Quickfire, the chefs must use their sense of touch, smell and taste to navigate through the pantry to gather ingredients for a dish while blindfolded. In a twist, the winning chef from Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen will re-enter the competition and join the remaining four chefs in the elimination challenge, where the chefs must create a delicious dish that will impress their mentors. Host Padma Lakshmi, along with Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and head judge Tom Colicchio will determine which final four chefs will advance to the finale.
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
s9e15: Culinary Games
The final 4 chefs arrive in Whistler, British Columbia, for a Top Chef twist on the Olympic games. From cooking on the world's fastest gondola to a biathlon that requires marksman like precision to get the best ingredients, the chefs will need to have the concentration of a true culinary Olympian to advance to the next round in Vancouver.
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
s9e16: Fire and Ice
Asian Masters lend a hand in a tag-team-style Quickfire. The final 3 chefs must create a dish and cocktail that fuses the concept of fire and ice into one cohesive dish, a culinary testament of their journey from blazing Texas heat to blistering Vancouver cold.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
For the final challenge, each chef will take over a restaurant in Vancouver where they will have the chance to design a four-course meal for the judges and unbeknownst to them, friends and family.
Wednesday, March 7th, 2012
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
s10e1: The Ultimate Chef Test
Twenty-one contestants compete for fifteen spots in real-world challenges administered by the judges.
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
s10e2: A Shock at the Space Needle
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
s10e5: Pike Place Pickle
The chefs' culinary skills are tested at Seattle's Pike Place Market. Included: They must please palates with rare ingredients.
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
s10e9: Past Suppers
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
s11e3: Commander's Palace
An elimination quickfire challenge; replicating legacy dishes in the elimination challenge.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
s11e11: Giving It the College Try
Questlove judges various types of poultry drumsticks; the chefs head to LSU's campus to serve incoming students.
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
s0e27: Top Chef Season 11 - Last Chance Kitchen E06
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
s0e32: Top Chef Season 11 - Last Chance Kitchen E11
Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
s11e15: Leaving New Orleans
The chefs compete for a special prize in the Quickfire, and then they must show how New Orleans has affected their cooking.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
s11e16: Maui Wowie
Top Chef returns to Hawaii for the final rounds. Tonight, the remaining chefs must deal with Spam in the Quickfire.
Monday, January 5th, 2015
s0e38: Top Chef Season 12 - Last Chance Kitchen E05
Thursday, February 4th, 2016
s13e9: Restaurant Wars, Part 1
The iconic Restaurant Wars is back and bigger than ever. For the first time in Top Chef history, the chefs are opening their restaurants for both lunch and dinner services. No one is safe as each chef must run front of house or act as the executive chef in one of the services. The pressure is on as two services means twice the drama.
Thursday, February 11th, 2016
s13e10: Restaurant Wars, Part 2
After preparing a full lunch service, the chefs must clean up and do it all over again for dinner; the judges scrutinize everything, including concept, food, service, and consistency.
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
s13e11: Episode 11
Thursday, February 25th, 2016
s13e12: Episode 12
Wednesday, December 12th, 2012
s10e6: Even the Famous Come Home
The chefs cater a homecoming party for two married celebrities, but first they must apply the Golden Rule to the holidays in a Quickfire based on their families and whether they can share.
Thursday, December 1st, 2016
s14e1: Something Old, Something New
Eight new chefs face off against eight returning chefs in Charleston, S.C.; the new chefs enter the kitchen first to cook as many dishes as possible in one hour using a whole chicken; the veterans square off to re-imagine shrimp and grits.
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
s14e2: Southern Hospitality
The chefs join the judges for a traditional shrimp boil; the newcomers face off against the returning chefs to put a spin on a low-country family meal; after dining with chefs Carrie Morey and BJ Dennis, each team creates a family-style feast.