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 Ingredientmoreless
The chefs prepare dinner for an illustrious panel of guest diners who will help determine the finalists, but first they must get through a Quickfire with two twists- one at the beginning, and one in the middle- both assigned by the competition. Unfortunately, this will not be the only surprise they are dealt, as the Elimination turns into a sudden death match.
Guest Judges: Wolfgang Puck, Masaharu Morimoto, Michelle Bernstein, Melanie Dunea
Quickfire Challenge: Chefs Must Assign a c Top Chef Quickfire to One of Their Competitors
Elimination Challenge: Chefs Must Create a Last Supper for Three Culinary Icons
The cast and chefs gather together with host Andy Cohen to review the season, catch up with the chefs, and answer some of the most burning questions left over from their time in the District of Columbia- perhaps even Peagate will be put to rest. Finally, Andy will announce the theme and contestants for season eight.moreless
The chefs test their version of Ethiopian cuisine with Top Chef Masters' Marcus Samuelsson, and then must create a dish inspired by one of the foreign embassies there in the district. Quickfire Challenge: Create an Ethiopian-inspired Dish Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Inspired by a Specific Country Round Eightmoreless