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  • Finale (2)

    Full Episode

    S 2 : Ep 13 - 1/31/07

    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.

    Finale

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  • Holiday Spirit

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 12/13/06

    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 asked to create an original drink accompanied by a small snack, and then 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 Baileys Holiday Cocktail.

    Elimination Challenge: Cater a Hollywood Holiday Party.

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  • The Raw and the Cooked

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 12/6/06

    This round's theme is all about working with limitations. First the contestants must create a dish that is not cooked, and then they must plan a dish without knowing the kitchen equipment that will be 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. Round Seven.moreless
  • Thanksgiving

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 11/22/06

    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. Round Six.moreless
  • Social Service

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 11/15/06

    This round is all about leftovers and the ability to be creative with difficult ingredients. The chefs must make fine cuisine from truly disgusting fare, and then create a multi-course menu from only a restaurant's refrigerated leavings from 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.

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  • Less is More

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 11/8/06

    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

    Round Four

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  • Food for the People

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 11/1/06

    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 Favorite.

    Round Three.moreless
  • Eastern Promise

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 10/25/06

    An Asian culinary theme runs through this episode's challenges. First the contestants put their own twists on sushi, and then they work as teams to cook for a charity event.

    Guest Judge: Ming Tsai - Elimination Challenge.

    Guest Judge: Hiroshi Shima - QuickFire 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.

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  • Into the Fire

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 10/18/06

    New host Padma Lakshmi introduces a fresh slate of fifteen contestants for Top Chef's second season in Los Angeles.

    Guest Judge: Harold Dieterle.

    QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using the Flambé Technique.

    Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Using all Five Mystery Box Ingredients.

    Round One.moreless