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  • Finale

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    S 8 : Ep 16 - 3/30/11

    The remaining two chefs prepare the best meal of their lives in a return of a version of Restaurant Wars that begins with a high-stakes blind taste test. Guest Judge: Hubert Keller Quickfire Challenge: None Elimination Challenge: Create Your Dream Restaurant Featuring a Four-Course Menu Finalmoreless
  • The Last Supper

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    S 8 : Ep 15 - 3/23/11

    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

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  • Island Fever

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    S 8 : Ep 14 - 3/16/11

    The contestants must make 100 servings of the same dish 100% alike, but at least there's a kitchen. The next day they will be asked to cater a yacht club's anniversary party, but the protein is catch-as-catch-can and their work stations may have a stellar view, but lack some of the basics. Guest Judge: Lorena Garcia Quickfire Challenge: Create 100 Dishes Showcasing Consistency & Precision Elimination Challenge: Create a Lunch to Celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Nassau Yacht Club Quarterfinalmoreless
  • Fit for a King

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    S 8 : Ep 13 - 3/9/11

    A Quickfire duel against their season's Top Chef begins the chefs' day, and from there they must cook for the island's "royalty" with very little tools to assist them toward perfect dishes, but that is only after a kitchen catastrophe puts a second twist to the chefs' plans. Guest Judge: Eric Ripert Quickfire Challenge: Chefs Battle Head-to-Head Against Their Season's Winner Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish for Bahamian Royalty Round 13moreless
  • Give Me Your Huddled Masses

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    S 8 : Ep 12 - 3/2/11

    A ferry ride brings a junk food Quickfire, and then the chefs must dip into their pasts to create a dish worthy of Ellis Island which introduces some surprise advocates for dinner. Guest Judge: Dan Barber Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Only What You Can Find on the Ferry Snack Bar Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Based on Your Ancestry Round 12moreless
  • For the Gulf

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    S 8 : Ep 11 - 2/23/11

    It's a deep fry contest for the queen of deep fat, then the chefs prepare seafood dishes for a charity event.
  • Lock Down

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    S 8 : Ep 10 - 2/16/11

    It's a Sesame Street kind of day when the chefs find themselves cooking to please Muppet palates. Next they are tasked with making a dish at a Target store.

  • Feeding Fallon

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    S 8 : Ep 9 - 2/9/11

    The chefs put their signature on fondue, and then cater Jimmy Fallon's birthday party.
  • An Offer They Can't Refuse

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    S 8 : Ep 8 - 2/2/11

    The chefs must tap into their artistic side as they demonstrate plating techniques for a famous designer. Then they will have to tap into their old-world side when an actress asks them to create a traditional three-course Italian dinner.moreless
  • Restaurant Wars: One Night Only

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    S 8 : Ep 7 - 1/19/11

    After a fish fillet contest, the chefs must conceptualize and open "one night only" restaurants.
  • We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

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    S 8 : Ep 6 - 1/12/11

    The chefs must catch and cook fish for a beach party.
  • Dim Sum Lose Sum

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    S 8 : Ep 5 - 1/5/11

    Tom challenges the remaining chefs to beat the time he takes to complete a dish, and then it's off to Chinatown where their dim sum will face some harsh critics. Guest Judge: Susur Lee Quickfire Challenge: Create a Winning Dish in Less Than 8 Minutes and 37 Seconds Elimination Challenge: Take over a Dim Sum Restaurant's Lunch Rush in Chinatown Round Fivemoreless
  • Advantage Chef

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    S 8 : Ep 4 - 12/22/10

    The chefs unexpectedly find themselves without even their knives when they are asked to make stuffing. Next up is playing a culinary version of the U.S. Open. Guest Judge: Tony Mantuano Quickfire Challenge: Swanson Great Stuffing Debate: Create a Stuffing to Win the Debate Elimination Challenge: Create a Healthy Dish to Be Served Head-to-Head at the Home of the US Open Round Fourmoreless
  • New York's Finest

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    S 8 : Ep 3 - 12/15/10

    The chefs pull knives to determine which of four teams will cook in four of the city's best restaurants, but first their knives will be put to use in a Quickfire relay race with a twist.

    Guest Judges: David Chang, Kate Krader

    Quickfire Challenge: Mise-en-Place Race & Then Create a Dish

    Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish for One of New York's Finest Restaurants

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  • Night at the Museum

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    S 8 : Ep 2 - 12/8/10

    The midnight snack for overnight visitors to the American Museum of Natural History turns complicated when the Quickfire judge can't make up his mind. Then a late night becomes an overnighter when the chefs are asked to make breakfast for the same group the next morning. The catch? One group bases their menu on the Tyrannosaurus rex's diet, the other on the Brontosaurus's. Guest Judges: Joe Jonas, Katie Lee Quickfire Challenge: Create a Midnight Snack for Kids Elimination Challenge: Make a Breakfast Inspired by a Dinosaur's Diet Round Twomoreless
  • History Never Repeats

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    S 8 : Ep 1 - 12/1/10

    The contestants are asked to tempt fate by recreating the dishes that caused their downfalls the last time they appeared on Top Chef. First, though, is a team challenge with season bragging rights. Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish that Represents Your Season's City Elimination Challenge: Turn the Dish That Sent You Home into a Success Round Onemoreless
  • Reunion Special

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    S 7 : Ep Special - 9/22/10

    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.

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  • Finale Part 2

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    S 7 : Ep 14 - 9/15/10

    The remaining three chefs attempt to cook the best meal of each of their lives, hoping to be named Top Chef. Unfortunately, an unexpected illness and clashes with one of the sous chefs may stand in the way of the dream. Guest Judge: Eric Ripert Final Challenge: Create the Four Course Meal of Your Life Finalmoreless
  • Finale Part 1

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    S 7 : Ep 13 - 9/8/10

    The competition moves to Singapore as the chefs are winnowed down to the final three, and even with an unexpected immunity and a team event, don't expect everyone to play nice. Guest Judge: K F Seetoh Quickfire Challenge: Create Street Food Using a Wok Elimination Challenge: Cater a Party for Food & Wine Magazine Based on Local Cuisine Semi-finalmoreless
  • Gastro-nauts

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    S 7 : Ep 12 - 9/1/10

    The chefs are tasked with adding flavor to the food American astronauts eat, and the final taste test will take place off-planet. First, though, they must demonstrate their expert wine palates. Guest Judges: Dana Cowin, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Based on a Wine Pairing Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish That Can Be Freeze-dried & Sent into Space Round 12moreless
  • Making Concessions

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    S 7 : Ep 11 - 8/25/10

    The contestants take on America's favorite pastime when they take over a concession stand at the Washington Nationals' home, Nationals Park, where they must dress up the ordinary fare normally found there. Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Based on a Food Idiom Elimination Challenge: Create Fine Dining Versions of Ballpark Food Round 11moreless
  • Covert Cuisine

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    S 7 : Ep 10 - 8/18/10

    The chefs are asked to take common recipes and create their own completely original redesigned dish, then they must prepare it in one of the CIA's kitchens for presentation to the director. Unfortunately, disguising a dish takes a bit of creativity, and all of theirs may have been used up in a taxing Quickfire. Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish with Contents of Mystery Boxes Elimination Challenge: Create a New Identity for a Classic Dish Round 10moreless
  • Restaurant Wars

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    S 7 : Ep 9 - 8/11/10

    The most anticipated and, arguably, the hardest challenge of the competition returns as the remaining chefs divide into two teams to conceive and debut their restaurants, but first they must make it through a relay race—blindfolded. Quickfire Challenge: Tag Team Cook-Off Elimination Challenge: Restaurant Wars Round Ninemoreless
  • Foreign Affairs

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    S 7 : Ep 8 - 8/4/10

    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 Eight

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  • Power Lunch

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    S 7 : Ep 7 - 7/28/10

    The chefs are asked by the country's youngest congressman to put a meal on a toothpick, but then they have to think bigger when they are faced with huge proteins and lunch for the movers and shakers at one of the city's most famous restaurants. Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish That Fits on a Toothpick Elimination Challenge: Create a Power Lunch for Regulars at the Palm Restaurant Round Sevenmoreless
  • Cold War

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    S 7 : Ep 6 - 7/21/10

    Michelle Bernstein returns with her favorite Quickfire challenge: how to make strange meats edible. Then the chefs experience peer review with a touch of strategizing as they are divided into teams to concoct cold entrées. The Catch? Each team serves the other, and the diners nominate the potential winner and loser for that team. Quickfire Challenge: Chefs Must Prepare Exotic Proteins Elimination Challenge: Chefs Must Prepare a Cold Dish Round Sixmoreless
  • Farm Policy

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    S 7 : Ep 5 - 7/14/10

    Fresh is best tonight as the chefs gather crabs for the Quickfire, and then travel to a Virginia farm where its bounty will supply the ingredients for dinner. Guest Judges: Patrick O'Connell, Eric Ripert Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Crabs Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Using Produce & Proteins from a Local Organic & Humane Farm Round Fivemoreless
  • Room Service

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    S 7 : Ep 4 - 7/7/10

    Tempting different palates is what is on the agenda tonight. First the chefs must create a plate that will satisfy both Tom and Padma, and which, when puréed, will equally satisfy their new babies' appetites. Then the chefs pair up for a three-course Elimination that ends with a double knife-packing. Guest Judges: Beth Scott, Eric Ripert Quickfire Challenge: Create an Adult Dish & a Baby-friendly Purée Version Elimination Challenge: Create Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Courses for the Hilton Menu Round Fourmoreless
  • Capitol Grill

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    S 7 : Ep 3 - 6/30/10

    It's an all-American theme tonight as the chefs create homemade pies for the Quickfire, and then turn their skills to create a perfect barbecue at George Washington's home for some Capitol Hill interns. Unfortunately, mishaps will occur, and a few truths will be driven home during Judges' Table.

    Guest Judges: Johnny Iuzzini, Jonathan Waxman

    Quickfire Challenge: Make a Pie from Scratch

    Elimination Challenge: Prepare a Picnic for Capitol Hill Interns That Includes 1 Main Dish & 2 Sides

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  • Outside the Lunch Box

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    S 7 : Ep 2 - 6/23/10

    The chefs dip into bipartisanship and quorums as they are paired together to make sandwiches, and then grouped when they are asked to do their part to help end childhood obesity in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" national initiative by serving a healthy lunch at a local middle school. Guest Judge: Assistant White House Chef Sam Kass Quickfire Challenge: Chefs Must Pair up to Create a Sandwich Elimination Challenge: Create a Healthy School Lunch with a Budget of $2.60 per Child Round Twomoreless
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