Top Chef

Everything's Bigger in Texas

Season 9, Ep 1, Aired 11/2/11
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  • Episode Description
  • 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 Ingredientmoreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jane Lipsitz

  • Tom Colicchio

    Head Judge

  • Nan Strait

  • Emeril Lagasse


  • Gail Simmons


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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (3)

    • Season nine ushered in a multimedia platform that utilized Facebook, Twitter and cell phone apps to reach fans interactively. In place of the weekly fan poll, questions were asked each week in the first commercial break and tweeted responses displayed in subsequent breaks. Fan favorite chef was moved to Facebook, where participation on the page netted you badges and other goodies. set up a tweet tracker on the site for anyone who wanted the show-related tweets easily accessible and sortable.

    • Certain of the 9th season promos used "Hillbilly Bone" by Blake Shelton (featuring Trace Adkins) as the background music.

    • Also featured were the 29 contestant-hopefuls:
      > Andrew Curren – Austin, Texas, 24 Diner
      > Ashley Villaluz – Seattle, Washington, Sous Chef
      > Berenice DeAraujo – Miami, Florida, Sra. Martinez
      > Beverly Kim – Chicago, Illinois, Aria Restaurant
      > Chaz Brown – New York, New York, Fatty Crab
      > Chris Crary – Los Angeles, California, Whist Restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel
      > Chris Jones – Chicago, Illinois, MOTO
      > Chuy Valencia – Chicago, Illinois, Chilam Bilam
      > Colin Patterson – Seattle, Washington, Sutra
      > Dakota Weiss – Los Angeles, California, NINETHIRTY Restaurant and The Backyard
      > Edward Lee – Louisville, Kentucky, 610 Magnolia
      > Grayson Schmitz – New York, New York, Executive Chef
      > Heather Terhune – Chicago, Illinois, Sable Kitchen and Bar
      > Janine Falvo – Atlanta, Georgia, Briza Restaurant
      > Jonathan Baltazar – Long Beach, California, Heights Cuisine
      > Keith Rhodes – Wilmington, North Carolina, Catch Restaurants
      > Kimberly Calichio – New York, New York, Fishtail by David Burke
      > Laurent Quenioux – Los Angeles, California, Vertical Wine Bistro
      > Lindsay Autry – West Palm Beach, Florida, Omphoy Ocean Resort and Michelle Bernstein
      > Molly Brandt – Hollywood, Florida, Allure of the Seas for Royal Caribbean
      > Nina Vicente – Seattle, Washington, Spur Gastropub
      > Nyesha Arrington – Los Angeles, California, Wilshire Restaurant
      > Paul Qui – Austin, Texas, Uchiko Restaurant
      > Richie Farina – Chicago, Illinois, MOTO
      > Sarah Grueneberg – Chicago, Illinois, Spiaggia
      > Simon Pantet – Seattle, Washington, Twenty-Two Doors
      > Tyler Stone – Sacramento, California, Personal Chef
      > Ty-Lör Boring – Brooklyn, New York, Spasso
      > Whitney Otawka – Cumberland Island, Georgia, Greyfield Inn

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