Top Chef Masters - Season 1

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Episode Guide

  • Top Chef Master
    Episode 10
    8/19/09
    8.1
    The FINAL showdown is here and the three remaining Masters have given it their all to get to this point! For their deciding challenge, the chefs must cook a series of dishes based on their past and present career as a chef. Judging their final face-off: Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, and all 5 past winners of Top Chef. Who will most-impress these tough critics to win the grand prize of $100,000 for the charity of their choice and the ultimate title of "Top Chef Master"?moreless
  • 8/12/09
    8.4
    The four remaining chefs must perform their final Quickfire challenge blindfolded. Then, the chefs demonstrate their leadership skills when catering a large event without touching the food themselves.
  • 8/5/09
    9.0
    The five remaining chefs get ready to rumble in a battle of burgers. Then their culinary might is tested to the limit when they are told they must create an entree which is not only scrumptious, but also acceptable for a vegan who also cannot consume any soy or gluten. Guest diners include actress Zooey Deschanel and filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.moreless
  • 7/29/09
    8.4
    As the Champions Round starts, the six heat winning chefs are divided into two teams to take part in the Quickfire favorite "Mise En Place Relay Race", which was first performed by the contestants in the Top Chef's season three episode "Second Helping". Then the chefs prepare to cook their signature dishes, with a surprising twist- they must then recreate one of their competitors' offerings for the Critics to sample.moreless
  • Trick In A Box
    Episode 6
    7/22/09
    8.5
    First, the chefs display their skills in a grocery store, à la season three's "Chef Overboard". Later, the Elimination Challenge hearkens back to Top Chef's season two episode "Into The Fire" when the chefs are presented with a mystery box holding the ingredients for the Elimination Challenge.
  • Miniaturize Me
    Episode 5
    7/15/09
    7.8
    Four more chefs are asked to reinvent junk-food classics in this play on the Quickfire from season one's "Napa's Finest". Later, they must create three-course mini-meals. Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos of Bravo's Flipping Out guest star.
  • Magic Chefs
    Episode 4
    7/8/09
    8.7
    In the Quickfire, the four chefs take a page from season three's special "4 Star All Stars" when they find themselves manually challenged when they must cook an egg with one hand tied behind their backs- literally! Then it's on to a magically themed Elimination with Neil Patrick Harris as guest judge.moreless
  • Offal Tasty
    Episode 3
    6/24/09
    8.2
    Tonight's quickfire challenge for the next group of four chefs comes from season two's "Seven", asking them to make a dish using color. Then they must do a twist on season one's "Blind Confusion", selling upmarket street food to amusement park visitors using offal as the base ingredients.
  • The Lost Supper
    Episode 2
    6/17/09
    8.1
    Top Chef season two's "Less is More" influences tonight's Quickfire challenge, but there won't be any Cheetos in melted chocolate bars tonight as the next four chefs are asked to create an elegant amuse-bouche from very processed ingredients. Then it's on to the elimination challenge where the show Lost acts the muse.

    Guest Diners (Quickfire): Ilan Hall, Betty Fraser, Michael Midgley

    Guest Diners (Elimination): Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Elizabeth Sarnoff, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Brian K. Vaughn

    Quickfire Challenge: Create an Amuse-Bouche Using Ingredients from a Vending Machine

    Elimination Challenge: Create a Lost Meal Using Fresh & Preserved Ingredients

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  • 6/10/09
    7.8
    The first group of four chefs compete tonight for one of the Champions Round slots, but they may find the stress of the kitchen is nothing as compared to the stress of competition. First up is a twist on Top Chef season four's "Improv" Quickfire Challenge involving the dreaded dessert course, followed by a "Foo Fighters Thanksgiving" inspired Elimination Challenge cooked in such a bizarre circumstances that one of the chefs resorts to a bathroom to rinse his food. Meanwhile there's the usual mechanical difficulties, and one huge mistake that may affect whether the chef will be able to complete the challenge.

    Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dessert for Junior Girl Scouts

    Elimination Challenge: Create 3 Courses Using Only a Toaster Oven, Microwave & Hot Plate

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