The chefs make a Hunger Games-style dash in the Quickfire to get the best possible international dumpling to cook for the challenge. Next, they team up with either Tom or Emeril to cater a Creole- or Italian-inspired Thanksgiving dinner for a charity association.
Guest Judge: Dana Cowin
Quickfire Challenge: Create an Authentic International Dumpling
Elimination Challenge: Create a Thanksgiving Meal Inspired by Chef Tom & Chef Emeril
Two weeks after the heats the fifteen chefs who qualified gather in Seattle. Though all of them are excited and committed to winning the title, they are about to learn the first lesson of Top Chef: there's always a twist. This time it's a major change to the game and occurs halfway through the round. The Elimination brings unlabeled proteins and planning a dish that will impress an acclaimed chef.
Guest Judges: Josie Smith-Malave, Chris "CJ" Jacobsen, Stefan Richter and Tom Douglas
Quickfire Challenge: Each Team Must Create a Dish That Highlights Local Shellfish
Elimination Challenge: Make a Dish Using Regional Ingredients for Legendary Seattle Chef, Tom Douglas
Twenty-one chefs gather in Los Angeles, Nevada, Beverly Hills, and Atlanta to compete for fifteen spots in the competition. They are divided into groups of five or six and assigned to one of the judges' restaurants in which they will prove their skills in the real-world with basic challenges, ability to handle themselves in a kitchen, and their interaction their fellow potential competitors.
Colicchio Tasks: Stuff & Shape Tortellini, Break Down Whole Ducks, Filet & Portion Salmon, Filet Black Bass, and Butcher Whole Chickens
Lagasse Task: Make a Bowl of Soup
Puck Task: Make an Omelet with Perfect Presentation
Acheson Task: Create a Beautiful Salad