First the chefs demonstrate their butchering skills on a carcass, then they board a time machine where they must recreate a menu from the 1950s in honor of one of the oldest restaurants in Seattle. The competition is extra stressful because they face their first double elimination.
Guest Judge: Naomi Pomeroy - Quickfire
Quickfire Challenge: Butcher a Cut of Beef & Create a Dish in One Hour
Elimination Challenge: Revive Original Canlis 1950 Menu
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
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