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  • Top Chefs Padma Lakshmi Has Eaten Duck Testicles?!



    Our photog asked Padma Lakshimi, what’s the craziest thing she’s eaten on ‘Top Chef’? Padma has a long list but the craziest one has to be the duck testicles…GROSS!
  • "The View" Guest Co-Host Padma Lakshmi On What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis



    "The View" Guest Co-host Padma Lakshmi on what women need to know about Endometriosis and why.
  • Padma Lakshmi Cooks Family Meal for Under $20



    The “Top Chef” host joins TODAY to prepare lentils and vegetables with chicken sausage, a dinner that will feed the whole family at a reasonable price.
  • Padma Lakshmi Gives Thanksgiving Hosting Tips



    Jimmy asks Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi for some useful Thanksgiving tips, including how to cook a turkey that makes its own natural gravy.
  • Padma Lakshmi Shows 3 Ways to Cook Chili



    The “Top Chef” host shows Matt Lauer healthier ways to cook the classic comfort dish, including substituting turkey for beef. She also prepares a white chili with veal.
  • Padma Lakshmi, Tamron Hall Model Killer Heels



    In honor of the “Killer Heels” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, the “Top Chef” host tries on some eccentric high heels, along with Tamron Hall, Natalie Morales and Jenna Bush Hager.
  • Ellen Cooks With Padma Lakshmi



    The beautiful culinary guru was in the house whipping up some delicious recipes for fall.
  • Padma Lakshmi

    Full Episode

    S 10 : Ep 18 - 8/11/14

    Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi lets Wayne sing to her about 'chocolate pudding' and Ryan show her some 'fancy pudding' while Heather Anne Campbell flirts with mechanic Ryan, to the dismay of her elderly husband Wayne. Also, Colin is Snow White having a drink with Grumpy Ryan and we find the poop fairy along with lots of stomach rubs.

  • A Bridge Not Quite Far Enough

    Full Episode

    S 6 : Ep 3 - 6/24/14

    Divya searches for a nanny, while Jeremiah makes a friend; Hank, Evan and Paige encourage a relationship between Eddie and Emma.

  • Jazz Hands

    Full Episode

    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

  • Lea Michele's Halloween Bash

    Full Episode

    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

  • 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

  • Commander's Palace

    Full Episode

    S 11 : Ep 3 - 10/16/13

    It's a double elimination today, one in each challenge. First the chefs are charged with refreshing tired culinary trends, then they face an Elimination Challenge at one of New Orleans' oldest historic restaurants that also launched one of the judge's careers.

    Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish That Reinvents a Popular Food Trend

    Elimination Challenge: Replicate a Classic Commander's Palace Dish

    Round Three

  • 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

  • Soiree in the Swamp

    Full Episode

    S 11 : Ep 1 - 10/2/13

    The new contestants are introduced and then must cook with one of three proteins native to the Louisiana swamp: alligator, turtle, or frog.

    Quickfire Challenge: None

    Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting a Louisiana Delicacy

    Round One

  • 12 and a Half Angry Men

    Full Episode

    S 11 : Ep 16 - 3/24/13

    The Mayor is put on trial for murder and the jury must decide if he is guilty or not.

  • 50's Food Flashback

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    S 10 : Ep 4 - 11/28/12

    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

    Round Three

  • Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse

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    S 10 : Ep 3 - 11/21/12

    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

    Round Two

  • A Shock at the Space Needle

    Full Episode

    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

  • The Ultimate Chef Test

    Full Episode

    S 10 : Ep 1 - 11/7/12

    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

    Qualifying Heats

  • Finale

    Full Episode

    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


  • Fire and Ice

    Full Episode

    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


  • Culinary Games

    Full Episode

    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


  • Mentors

    Full Episode

    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

  • Bike, Borrow & Steal

    Full Episode

    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

  • Block Party

    Full Episode

    S 9 : Ep 12 - 1/25/12

    From Quickfire teams to Elimination head-to-head challenges, this will not be an easy day for the remaining chefs. First up is a timed Quickfire mise en place race where teams must not only prep, but also cook their ingredients. Then they are off to a charity block party where one-to-one cook-offs leave everyone vulnerable to elimination.

    Guest Judge: Cat Cora

    Quickfire Challenge: Prep All Ingredients & Make a Dish with the Remaining Time

    Elimination Challenge: Create the Best Dish for a Healthy Choice Block Party

    Round 10

  • Fit for an Evil Queen

    Full Episode

    S 9 : Ep 11 - 1/18/12

    The chefs travel back to San Antonio, which is fitting because the Quickfire is on the move, too, except it's the ingredients that are moving. Next, the chefs must access the darkness inside of them when they are asked to create "evil" on a plate.

    Guest Judges: Eric Ripert, Charlize Theron

    Quickfire Challenge: Create a Sophisticated Dish Using 3 Ingredients from Conveyor Belt

    Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish for a 7 Course Gothic Fest Fit for a Queen

    Round Nine

  • Restaurant Wars

    Full Episode

    S 9 : Ep 10 - 1/11/12

    The most brutal challenge is back with a few additions. Tonight the teams not only have to conceptualize, decorate and execute a menu for their restaurants, they must also design signs, logos and other accessories never before required in the challenge. Plus, for the first time, the challenge will be gender-based, and the women's preoccupation with Beverly could derail everything.

    Guest Judge: None

    Quickfire Challenge: None

    Elimination Challenge: Create a 3 Course Menu for 100 Guests

    Round Eight

  • BBQ Pit Wars

    Full Episode

    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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