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  • Jazz Hands

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    S 11 : Ep 7 - 11/13/13

    The Quickfire includes a game of musical chairs, but the prizes are food. Next the contestants immerse themselves in the New Orleans music scene as they cater a Jazz festival.

  • Campfires, Cream Cheese and Countryside

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    S 11 : Ep 6 - 11/6/13

    Tonight the chefs acquaint themselves with the Creole tomato—a fruit unique to Louisiana—and use it in the Quickfire. For the Elimination they must cater an event for chefs from some of the region's most up-scale restaurants.

    Guest Judge: John Besh

    Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting the Creole Tomato

    Elimination Challenge: Create a Farm Fresh Dish Using Philadelphia Cream Cheese

    Round Six

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  • Lea Michele's Halloween Bash

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    S 11 : Ep 5 - 10/30/13

    The contestants compete in a version of a blind Quickfire where they must cook using foil-covered ingredients and cooking utensils chosen for them. For the Elimination they cater a TV star's Halloween party in which they make dishes that are not only themed, but vegetarian—most chefs' Waterloo.

    Guest Judge: Lea Michele

    Quickfire Challenge: Create Dishes Using Items Covered in Reynolds Wrap

    Elimination Challenge: Cater a Spooky Halloween Party

    Round Five

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  • Captain Vietnam

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    S 11 : Ep 4 - 10/23/13

    The contestants get an early morning visit at the house where they learn there will be no Quickfire or immunity. Their long day begins with an immersion into Vietnamese cuisine via visits to eateries, docks and markets in New Orleans East, all so they can put their own spins on traditional dishes.

    Guest Judge: Eddie Huang

    Quickfire Challenge: None

    Elimination Challenge: Work in Teams to Create a Vietnamese-inspired Meal

    Round Four

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  • Rebuilding New Orleans

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    S 11 : Ep 2 - 10/9/13

    Fresh off their first elimination, the chefs must regroup without a break and begin an overnight gumbo challenge with a personal twist. and end the day in food trucks, catering for Habitat for Humanity's workforce.

    Guest Judges: Leah Chase, Susan Spicer

    Quickfire Challenge: Make a Gumbo Inspired by Your Heritage

    Elimination Challenge: Make Lunch in a Food Truck for Habitat for Humanity

    Round Two

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  • Finale

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    S 5 : Ep 10 - 9/25/13

    Season 5 comes to a close with the final three master chefs creating memorable dishes from their personal and professional lives, after which the winner is revealed.

  • Teacher Tribute

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    S 5 : Ep 9 - 9/18/13

    The chefs serve up their version of a burger for a surprise guest critic. Also: The culinarians pay tribute to teachers through food; and three contestants advance to the finale.

  • Lucha Vavoom

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    S 5 : Ep 8 - 9/11/13

    The chefs create dishes with a Mexican flair for a wrestling troupe.

  • Catch of the Day

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    S 5 : Ep 7 - 9/4/13

    The culinarians must reinvent nachos. Later, they're divided into pairs and cook up a fish dish for Malibu locals. Ali Larter is the guest judge.

  • Mindy Kaling and Yo Gabba Gabba

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    S 5 : Ep 6 - 8/28/13

    The chefs create dishes as inspired by romantic comedies. Then, they whip up palate-pleasing plates for children. Guest judge: Mindy Kaling.

  • Restaurant Wars

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 8/21/13

    The epic "Restaurant Wars" challenge tasks the foodies to open eateries with a Los Angeles theme. Also appearing: actress Busy Philipps and culinary editor Dana Cowin.

  • Curtis' Surprise Party

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    S 5 : Ep 4 - 8/14/13

    The chefs must whip up their own version of curry. Later, they throw a surprise engagement party for host Curtis Stone. Also appearing: Lindsay Price.

  • Sex, Greed and Murder

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 8/7/13

    Soap-opera themes inspire culinary creations. Also appearing are the cast of the soap Days of Our Lives.

  • Asian Night Market

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 7/31/13

    The chefs create classic American cuisine with an Asian spin.

  • Can of Worms

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    S 5 : Ep 6 - 7/24/13

    Hank treats an diet drink magnate who he suspects is under a lot of pressure. Jeremiah's diagnosis of Divya's neighbor hits close to home for Divya. One of Evan's critics has an accident. Hank makes a business decision.

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  • Sous Chefs and Skydives

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    S 5 : Ep 1 - 7/24/13

    Thirteen chefs arrive in Los Angeles to participate in culinary heats in the Season 5 opener. Here, the foodies take flight by cooking outdoors for a professional skydiving team and are given the opportunity to dive from the sky themselves. In Season 5, the chefs also have sous-chefs who will compete in their own online competition.

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  • A Shock at the Space Needle

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    S 10 : Ep 2 - 11/14/12

    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

    Round One

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  • Finale

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    S 9 : Ep 17 - 2/29/12

    Each of the last two chefs takes over a Vancouver restaurant where he or she is responsible for a four-course dinner that will be served to the judges and some surprise guests. But first, 11 chefs vie for the eight sous chef spots by cooking a dish to entice the finalists in a blind tasting.

    Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish to Earn Spot As Sous Chef for the Final Cook

    Elimination Challenge: Create Four-course Tasting Menu & Restaurant of Your Dreams

    Final

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  • Fire and Ice

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    S 9 : Ep 16 - 2/22/12

    The three remaining chefs travel to Vancouver. There, they play a tag-team Quickfire with an assist from some Asian master chefs. Next, they are asked to combine Texas and Vancouver into a cocktail and dish that best exemplifies each of their transitions from the Southwest heat to the Northwest cold.

    Guest Judge: None

    Quickfire Challenge: Team up with a Top Chef Master to Create an Asian Inspired Dish

    Elimination Challenge: Create One Dish & One Cocktail for "Fire & Ice" Party

    Semifinal

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  • Culinary Games

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    S 9 : Ep 15 - 2/15/12

    British Columbia is the location for the final challenges, and tonight's events take full advantage of Whistler's Olympic history as the four remaining chefs must prove themselves adept at very little cooking as the focus shifts to their adaptability and sports skills.

    Guest Judges: Gretchen Bleiler, Jon Montgomery, Cammi Granato

    Quickfire Challenge: None

    Elimination Challenge: Event #1 – Peak 2 Peak: Create a Dish While Riding in a Moving Gondola, Event #2 – Ice Blocks: Create a Dish Using Ingredients That Are Frozen in Ice, Event #3 – Ski & Shoot, Then Create a Dish with the Ingredients Won

    Quarterfinal

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  • Mentors

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    S 9 : Ep 14 - 2/8/12

    The return of an eliminated chef from Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen is only the beginning of tonight's trials for the contestants. A blindfolded pantry raid for the Quickfire is next, and then the chefs are tasked with creating dishes that will not only impress the judges, but honor the chefs who trained them.

    Guest Judge: None

    Quickfire Challenge: Find Ingredients While Blindfolded & Then Cook a Dish

    Elimination Challenge: Make a Dish to Impress Your Mentors

    Round 12

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  • Bike, Borrow & Steal

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    S 9 : Ep 13 - 2/1/12

    Pee Wee Herman drops by for breakfast and lunch today. First, the chefs must show their creativity with a pancake stack in the Quickfire. Then, they are armed with just $100 and a bicycle to navigate San Antonio's streets where they must purchase ingredients and negotiate prep space in strange kitchens, all for dishes to wow Pee Wee in the Elimination.

    Guest Judge: Pee-Wee Herman

    Quickfire Challenge: Make Pancakes in 20 Minutes

    Elimination Challenge: Make a Family Lunch for Pee-Wee Herman

    Round 11

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  • BBQ Pit Wars

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    S 9 : Ep 9 - 1/4/12

    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 sleepless barbecue challenge.

    Guest Judge: Nathan Myhrvold

    Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish That Illustrates Modernist Cuisine

    Elimination Challenge: Cook Barbeque for 300 Guests at the Salt Lick

    Round Seven

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  • Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party

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    S 9 : Ep 5 - 11/30/11

    The contestants begin the day on the road as they travel to Dallas, and Padma decides to test their creativity with canned goods in the roadside Quickfire just to keep things in theme. Then it goes from rags to riches as the chefs must shift gears to cater a dinner party in an exclusive Dallas suburb.

    Guest Judge: John Besh

    Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Using the Ingredients Inside the Survival Kits

    Elimination Challenge: Create a Course for a Progressive Dinner Party

    Round Three

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  • Red Hot Chili Cook Off

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    S 9 : Ep 4 - 11/23/11

    The contestants spend two long, spicy and Texas-themed days cooking. First up is a dish that uses chili pepper, but the chefs must choose carefully- the winning dish is awarded a cash prize based on the heat of the pepper used. Next, they divide into teams to create unique chilis that will satisfy the Tejas Rodeo Company participants. Of course, this means a scramble for space, ingredients and cooking appliances back at the house.

    Guest Judges: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
    Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting One Chili Pepper
    Elimination Challenge: 1. Team Chili Cook-off 2. Repurpose Losing Chili into Winning Dish
    Round Two

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  • Everything's Bigger in Texas

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    S 9 : Ep 1 - 11/2/11

    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

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  • Finale

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    S 2 : Ep 10 - 10/26/11

    The final three pastry chefs have to create a display table, which contains a showpiece, an entremet cake, bonbons, a bread element, a plated dessert inspired by a special person in their life. Three well-known pastry chefs with the title Best Craftsman of France (M.O.F.) will be their mentor.

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  • Dessert in Disguise

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    S 2 : Ep 9 - 10/19/11

    The last four pastry chefs have to create a dessert in disguise, which will represent a savory dish of international cuisine they have chosen.

  • Step Right Up

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 10/12/11

    In this challenge the pastry chefs have to upgrade classic carnival cuisine into something suitable for a fine dining audience.

  • Death by Chocolate

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 10/5/11

    In the quickfire the chefs are challenged to create the perfect pairing of donut and coffee. Then they will have to master a showpiece from chocolateunder a veil of secrecy.

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