The CSI team is brought in to investigate a reality cooking show when contestants accidentally eat human flesh during a competition.
Liam shows some signs of post-traumatic stress disorder as he gets ready to testify against Ashley. Annie is upset with Naomi after she tracks down Annie and Dixon's half-brother, Mark, a chef who owns a gourmet food truck. Wolfgang Puck makes an appearance as a celebrity judge in a cooking competition. Silver becomes very controlling with her surrogate, Michaela, whom Dixon discovers possesses an impressive singing voice.moreless
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
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