Top Chef

Season 9 Episode 9

BBQ Pit Wars

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 04, 2012 on Bravo
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Episode Summary


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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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Beverly's bourbon flambé sets off the fire alarm in the RV.)
      Chris C.: I feel for Beverly. She's really book-smart, but when it comes to common-sense it just seems like she's missing a few chapters.

    • Lindsay: (to Chris C.) Malibu, are you wearing a wife-beater?
      Chris C.: I know. It doesn't match my shoes. Thanks for pointing it out.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Immediately following this episode, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen's eighth episode was available for streaming on

    • This episode was "supersized" by 15 minutes. Reruns had differently spaced commercial breaks and the following scenes removed: the cookbook delivery to the hotel room and late night study session, pieces of Beverly's Quickfire calamity and part of Ed's comment about her, Ed's comment about Nathan being able to do everything after Padma said Nathan won the World Barbeque Championship, shopping details, chefs sampling Scott Roberts' barbecue at the Salt Lick, the exchange about Chris J.'s vegan t-shirt, parts of the first musical number, general eating shots, and the second musical number. Pieces were shaved from Quickfire judging comments, Tom's interactions with the chefs during cooking time, and Elimination judging comments.

    • Also Featured:
      > Scott Roberts – Owner, The Salt Lick
      > Tito & Taranchola – Musical Performer
      > Stoney Larue – Musical Performer