Top Chef

Wednesday 10:00 PM on Bravo Premiered Mar 08, 2006 Between Seasons




Episode Guide

    • Commander's Palace
      Season 11 - Episode 3

      It's a double elimination today, one in each challenge. First the chefs are charged with refreshing tired culinary trends, then they face an Elimination Challenge at one of New Orleans' oldest historic restaurants that also launched one of the judge's careers.

      Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish That Reinvents a Popular Food Trend

      Elimination Challenge: Replicate a Classic Commander's Palace Dish

      Round Three

    • Past Suppers
      Season 10 - Episode 9

      A back-to-basics Quickfire tests the contestants' knife skills. In the Elimination the chefs create their versions of memorable Top Chef dishes, and two of them must go head-to-head for survival.

    • Giving It the College Try
      Season 11 - Episode 11

      The contestants make their versions of drumsticks for guest judge Questlove. Later, they cater an event for the incoming freshman class at Louisiana State University.

    • Getting Prickly in Mexico
      Season 12 - Episode 13

      The final three contestants arrive in Mexico only to discover there are really four contestants as the winner of Last Chance Kitchen is announced. Then they must make a dish that uses food to match an artist's vision.

    • Big Sausage
      Season 12 - Episode 9
      The chefs prepare sausage. Later, they create dishes inspired by the literary work of notable New England authors, including Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. Appearing: NFL player Rob Gronkowski; chef Tony Maws; and editor Francis Lam.
    • Piggin' Out
      Season 11 - Episode 8

      The chefs try their hand at Louisiana-style hot sauce, and then cater their own boucherie—including butchering the 300-pound pig.

    • Like Mama Made
      Season 11 - Episode 10

      Anthony Mackie joins the judges as they evaluate the chefs' home-inspired dishes.

    • Watch What Happens Reunion
      Season 4 - Episode Special
      Season four cast and judges gather to reminisce and learn the winner of the fan favorite contest.
    • Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse
      Season 10 - Episode 3

      The chefs make a Hunger Games-style dash in the Quickfire to get the best possible international dumpling to cook for the challenge. Next, they team up with either Tom or Emeril to cater a Creole- or Italian-inspired Thanksgiving dinner for a charity association.

      Guest Judge: Dana Cowin

      Quickfire Challenge: Create an Authentic International Dumpling

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Thanksgiving Meal Inspired by Chef Tom & Chef Emeril

      Round Two

    • Fit for an Evil Queen
      Season 9 - Episode 11

      The chefs travel back to San Antonio, which is fitting because the Quickfire is on the move, too, except it's the ingredients that are moving. Next, the chefs must access the darkness inside of them when they are asked to create "evil" on a plate.

      Guest Judges: Eric Ripert, Charlize Theron

      Quickfire Challenge: Create a Sophisticated Dish Using 3 Ingredients from Conveyor Belt

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish for a 7 Course Gothic Fest Fit for a Queen

      Round Nine

    • 11/6/13

      Tonight the chefs acquaint themselves with the Creole tomato—a fruit unique to Louisiana—and use it in the Quickfire. For the Elimination they must cater an event for chefs from some of the region's most up-scale restaurants.

      Guest Judge: John Besh

      Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting the Creole Tomato

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Farm Fresh Dish Using Philadelphia Cream Cheese

      Round Six

    • Rebuilding New Orleans
      Season 11 - Episode 2

      Fresh off their first elimination, the chefs must regroup without a break and begin an overnight gumbo challenge with a personal twist. and end the day in food trucks, catering for Habitat for Humanity's workforce.

      Guest Judges: Leah Chase, Susan Spicer

      Quickfire Challenge: Make a Gumbo Inspired by Your Heritage

      Elimination Challenge: Make Lunch in a Food Truck for Habitat for Humanity

      Round Two

    • Reunion Special
      Season 7 - Episode Special

      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.

    • The Last Supper
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      The contestants make a final bid for the four finale spots, showing off their skills and their best dishes.
    • Gastro-nauts
      Season 7 - Episode 12
      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
    • Reunion Special
      Season 6 - Episode Special
      The season six cast and talent gather to rehash the season, hosted by Andy Cohen.
    • Seven
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Tonight's theme focuses on the chefs' creativity in using food as an expression of art. They first must create a dish using one color randomly drawn - a hard task for one color-blind chef - and then the contestants are "given" their inspiration for the theme to a star-studded dinner.

      Guest Judge: Ted Allen - QuickFire & Elimination

      Guest Judge: Roberto Ivan - Elimination Challenge

      QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using One Color.

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Seven Course Dinner Inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.

      Round Nine.moreless
    • Vivre Las Vegas
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      The contestants must tap into their traditional cooking skills when they're asked to show their mastery of French cuisine, and as if that's not stress enough tonight's judges are some of the biggest names in the industry: Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller, Joel Robuchon and Jean Joho.
    • First Impressions
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Getting to know each other is the theme for this first round. The new crop of fifteen chefs arrives in Miami, and then they are given two challenges - one with leftovers, and another with exotic proteins to introduce themselves and their cooking to their fellow contestants and the judges.

      Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain.

      QuickFire Challenge: Create an Amuse-Bouche in 10 Minutes.

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Surf & Turf Dish Using Exotic Ingredients.

      Round One.moreless
    • Finale (2)
      Season 1 - Episode 11

      The final two chefs compete at Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak Las Vegas to cater a dinner for respected chefs. The real challenge for the chefs, however, is inspiring the people who work for them, and the choice of employees may derail the entire competition.

      Guest Judge: Lorraine Bracco.

      Quickfire Challenge: There is none in this round.

      Elimination Challenge: Create and Serve a Five Course Tasting Menu for Eight, Incorporating the Provided Wines.


    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      The dreaded round returns, this time in an existing restaurant, and the chefs will have to watch their Ps and Qs, because the guest judge owns the restaurant. But first is a unique team High Risk QuickFire that uses blindfolds in a new way. Guest judge: Rick Moonen.
    • Finale
      Season 9 - Episode 17

      Each of the last two chefs takes over a Vancouver restaurant where he or she is responsible for a four-course dinner that will be served to the judges and some surprise guests. But first, 11 chefs vie for the eight sous chef spots by cooking a dish to entice the finalists in a blind tasting.

      Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish to Earn Spot As Sous Chef for the Final Cook

      Elimination Challenge: Create Four-course Tasting Menu & Restaurant of Your Dreams


    • 50's Food Flashback
      Season 10 - Episode 4

      First the chefs demonstrate their butchering skills on a carcass, then they board a time machine where they must recreate a menu from the 1950s in honor of one of the oldest restaurants in Seattle. The competition is extra stressful because they face their first double elimination.

      Guest Judge: Naomi Pomeroy - Quickfire

      Quickfire Challenge: Butcher a Cut of Beef & Create a Dish in One Hour

      Elimination Challenge: Revive Original Canlis 1950 Menu

      Round Three

    • Jazz Hands
      Season 11 - Episode 7

      The Quickfire includes a game of musical chairs, but the prizes are food. Next the contestants immerse themselves in the New Orleans music scene as they cater a Jazz festival.

    • Wolfgang Clucks
      Season 10 - Episode 12

      The contestants attempt perfect fried chicken in the elimination, but first they must demonstrate their sushi skills.

    • 12 Chefs Walk Into a Bar...
      Season 12 - Episode 4
      The chefs create a bar snack for actor George Wendt at the bar from TV's "Cheers." Later, they must produce a three-course Italian menu, but a twist comes via gluten-free demands. Appearing: Emmy Rossum and culinarian Michael Schlow.
    • Leaving New Orleans
      Season 11 - Episode 15

      The chefs compete for a special prize in the Quickfire, and then they must show how New Orleans has affected their cooking.

    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 12 - Episode 7
      The fan-favorite "Restaurant Wars" challenge unfolds. Here, the culinarians must open their own pop-up eateries. In the all-encompassing test, they must create menus and restaurant decor and train the staff. Appearing: Barbara Lynch; Kristen Kish; and Stephanie Cmar.
    • Mississippi Mud Bags
      Season 11 - Episode 12
      The chefs serve up étouffée, then honor local cuisine by preparing two types of seafood. Chef John Besh is the guest judge.
    • 12 Days of Christmas
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      The chefs cater a holiday cocktail party for Natasha Richardson, and Martha Stewart drops by for the QuickFire challenge.
    • Sunny Delights
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Tonight's theme is sunshine, and first the contestants must use a product of that sunshine, citrus. Then they are asked to demonstrate their catering skills at an event which requires sunshine, a gourmet BBQ party. Guest Chef: Norman Van Aken QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Florida Citrus Kingsford Elimination Challenge: Create an Upscale BBQ Dish Round Twomoreless
    • Thanksgiving
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      Taking the traditional and turning it on its ear is tonight's theme. The chefs are asked to make canned food pretty, and then a smaller group must make a "cutting edge" Thanksgiving dinner. Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain QuickFire Challenge: Create a Tasty Dish Using at Least Three Canned Ingredients. Elimination Challenge: Create a Thanksgiving Meal with a Twist. Round Six.moreless
    • Capitol Grill
      Season 7 - Episode 3
      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

      Round Threemoreless
    • Finale
      Season 4 - Episode 14

      The finalists cook "the most important meal of their lives" for the judges to determine which will be crowned Top Chef.

      Guest Judges/Sous Chefs: April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, Dan Barber of Blue Hill, and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin

      Special Guest Judges: Alfredo Ayala and Tim Zagat

      Final Challenge: Create a Traditional Four Course Tasting Menu


    • 4 Star All Stars
      Season 3 - Episode Special
      Eight chefs return from the previous seasons to compete against each other for $20,000 for their team's selected charity, and Season Three's contestants are introduced. QuickFire Challenge: Cook Perfect Eggs with One Hand behind Your Back. Elimination Challenge: Create a Four Course Meal Using Scallops, Lobster, Duck & Kobe Beef.
    • Cooking by Numbers
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      The contestants mix it up with Bombay Sapphire mixologist Jamie Walker, and then ply their trade at a gastronomic society. Barton G. Weiss of Miami's Barton G. the Restaurant serves as guest judge.
    • Manhattan Project
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      Sirio Maccione guest judges a QuickFire where the chefs must recreate one of his dishes, then they must impress four more chefs, including Andre Soltner, in elimination.
    • Less is More
      Season 2 - Episode 4

      Attention to detail will be rated during this round. The chefs are asked to create a tidbit from not so tidbit-y choices, and then must serve a meal to kids at a fitness camp.

      Guest Judge: Suzanne Goin

      Quickfire Challenge: Create an Amuse-Bouche

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Meal That Does not Exceed 500 Calories

      Round Four

    • Food for the People
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      The 13 remaining contestants are asked to make food for everyday people: beach goers and firemen.

      Guest Judge: Stephen Bulgarelli.

      QuickFire Challenge: Create an Original Ice Cream Flavor.

      T.G.I. Friday's Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Updating a Childhood Favorite.

      Round Three.
    • Second Helping
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Chef Geoffrey Zakarian guest judges a relay race challenge. The chefs get another try at "Restaurant Wars," continued from last episode.
    • Napa's Finest
      Season 1 - Episode 9

      The four remaining contestants cook for some of Napa Valley's most respected chefs using dream ingredients, but not before they try to elevate common junk foods to uncommon gastric delights.

      Guest Judge: See notes section

      Quickfire Challenge: Reinvent a Junk Food Standby

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Truffle Dish for Fine Wine

      Round Nine.

    • Social Service
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      This round is all about leftovers and the ability to be creative with difficult ingredients. The chefs must make fine cuisine from truly disgusting fare, and then create a multi-course menu from only a restaurant's refrigerated leavings from the night before.

      Guest Judge: Michelle Bernstein.

      QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish using "Offal," the Leftover Parts of Animals.

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Luncheon for Sixty Using the Leftovers from the Social Menu.

      Round Five.moreless
    • Battle Before the War
      Season 10 - Episode 10

      Wolfgang Puck drops by early for the Quickfire, and then the chefs cater a Seattle foodie event.

    • Soiree in the Swamp
      Season 11 - Episode 1

      The new contestants are introduced and then must cook with one of three proteins native to the Louisiana swamp: alligator, turtle, or frog.

      Quickfire Challenge: None

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting a Louisiana Delicacy

      Round One

    • Reunion
      Season 1 - Episode Special
      Contestants reminisce about the competition, answer viewer questions, and discuss who deserves to win.
    • Finale (2)
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      The Top Chef is chosen.
    • The Raw and the Cooked
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      This round's theme is all about working with limitations. First the contestants must create a dish that is not cooked, and then they must plan a dish without knowing the kitchen equipment that will be available to them. Guest Judge: Raphael Lunetta QuickFire Challenge: Create an Entree Using Only Raw Food Without any Cooking. Elimination Challenge: Create a Gourmet Breakfast for Mystery Athletes. Round Seven.moreless
    • Sense and Sensuality
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      The sensuality of food is the focus of this round's challenges. The five remaining chefs are asked to determine what they want the diner to experience and then to create a dish that carries this off. First up is everything chocolate, then the chefs must prepare a meal for couples who are all celebrating anniversaries.

      Guest Judge: Eric Ripert

      Nestle Chocolatier QuickFire Challenge: Create a Sweet or Savory Dish using Nestle Chocolatier.

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Romantic Dinner with Paired Wines.

      Round Eleven.moreless
    • Wedding Wars
      Season 4 - Episode 9

      Last season's relay race is back as the eight remaining chefs show off their speed and skills in set up, then they cater a wedding that takes sides.

      Guest Judge: Gale Gand- Elimination Challenge

      QuickFire Challenge: Mise en Place Relay Race

      Elimination Challenge: Cater a Wedding

      Round Nine

    • Finale Part 2
      Season 10 - Episode 17

      The chefs cook the best meal of their lives.

    • Latin Lunch
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Timing is the theme for this round as the 11 remaining chefs are asked to be creative with a time-saving pastry and then serve lunch to clients on a tight schedule.

      Guest Judge: Maria Frumkin

      QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using a Frozen Pie Crust.

      Elimination Challenge: Cater a Latin Lunch for the Cast & Crew of Telemundo's Dame Chocolate.

      Round Fivemoreless
    • Farm Policy
      Season 7 - Episode 5
      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
    • Gail's Bridal Shower
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      The contestants cater Gail's event, but there's always a twist, and this time they must create their dishes around the traditional bridal rhyme, "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."
    • Holiday Spirit
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      It's all a party when the contestants are asked to put their skills to work on both hors d'oeuvres and spirits. This round focuses on entertaining as the chefs are asked to create an original drink accompanied by a small snack, and then must change gears and cater a holiday event.

      Guest Judge: Kristin Woodward - QuickFire Challenge

      Guest Judge: Lee Hefter - Elimination Challenge

      QuickFire Challenge: Create an Original Baileys Holiday Cocktail.

      Elimination Challenge: Cater a Hollywood Holiday Party.

      Round Eight.moreless
    • Into the Fire
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      New host Padma Lakshmi introduces a fresh slate of fifteen contestants for Top Chef's second season in Los Angeles.

      Guest Judge: Harold Dieterle.

      QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using the Flambé Technique.

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Using all Five Mystery Box Ingredients.

      Round One.
    • The Elements
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      The dreaded taste test is back to go along with the round's theme: good taste. Once the QuickFire is complete, the chefs apply their palates to executing a perfect dish as part of a charity event. Guest Judge: Ming Tsai QuickFire Challenge: Identify the Higher Quality Ingredients Elimination Challenge: Create a First Course Inspired by One of Nature's Four Elements Round Fivemoreless
    • Finale (1)
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      The remaining chefs make the move to Aspen, Colorado for the semifinal and the decision of who the final two will be.
    • Guilty Pleasures
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      This round's theme is guilty pleasures. First the chefs must work with Summer's guilty institution, ice cream, and then they move on to Miami's night life, but there's a surprise in store for them. Guest Judge: Govind Armstrong QuickFire Challenge: Coldstone Creamery Mix-in Challenge (Create Original Mix-ins for Their Sweet Cream Flavor). Elimination Challenge: Create Late Night Bar food in a Mobile Kitchen. Round Sevenmoreless
    • Jalapeno Business
      Season 10 - Episode 8

      The contestants cater an event for a local sports team after they shuck and serve oysters for Chef Lagasse.

    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 9 - Episode 10

      The most brutal challenge is back with a few additions. Tonight the teams not only have to conceptualize, decorate and execute a menu for their restaurants, they must also design signs, logos and other accessories never before required in the challenge. Plus, for the first time, the challenge will be gender-based, and the women's preoccupation with Beverly could derail everything.

      Guest Judge: None

      Quickfire Challenge: None

      Elimination Challenge: Create a 3 Course Menu for 100 Guests

      Round Eight

    • Blind Confusion
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      Fusion is the theme of this round. First the contestants learn the importance of vision to the sense of taste, and then they are paired to create and sell street food that fuses Latin flavors with other cultural cuisines from the Bay Area. Guest Judge: Mike Yakura. QuickFire Challenge: Blindfold Taste Test. Elimination Challenge: Create Fusion Street Food. Round Fivemoreless
    • Top Chef Holiday Special
      Season 3 - Episode Special
      Bravo celebrates the holidays with a competition featuring familiar faces, and some we haven't seen for awhile. At stake, a $20,000 grand prize and the title of "Top Chef" for the holidays.
    • Foo Fighters Thanksgiving
      Season 5 - Episode 3

      Rock band the Foo Fighters celebrate Thanksgiving the Top Chef way- on the road with the band in Rochester and a holiday feast prepared outdoors to individual tastes. Guest judge James Beard Award-winner Chef Grant Achatz.

    • Who Deserves to Be Here
      Season 1 - Episode 1

      The 12 contestants are introduced.

      Guest Judge: Hubert Keller.

      QuickFire Challenge: Survive 30 Minutes on the Line under the Critical Eye of Hubert Keller in His Restaurant Fleur de Lys.

      Elimination Challenge: Cook Signature Dish.

      Round One

    • High Steaks
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      The remaining chefs' butchering skills are tested when they are challenged to cut and then cook the perfect steak. Guest Judge Rick Tramonto then trusts his new restaurant, Tramonto Steak and Seafood, to the Top Chefs for one evening. Guest Judge: Rick Tramonto QuickFire Challenge: Butcher and Cook a Perfect Steak Elimination Challenge: Prepare an Appetizer and Entreé Round Twelvemoreless
    • Outside the Lunch Box
      Season 7 - Episode 2
      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
    • Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
      Season 1 - Episode 6

      Ted Allen of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy helps to create the pressure - both time and budget - that is woven throughout this round's challenges, and a last-minute surprise throws everyone into disarray.

      Guest Judge: Ted Allen.

      QuickFire Challenge: Three Dollar Appetizer.

      Elimination Challenge: Cater a Dinner Party for Ted Allen.

      Round Six

    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      Not enough conflict yet? Prepare to be satisfied as one of the most brutal challenges occurs. Two teams will create their vision of a perfect dining experience from start to finish, but personal issues may derail some. Stephen Starr performs guest judging duties.
    • Freezer Burn
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      The chef's taste buds are put to the test, and then they must "cook" for a frozen challenge. Rocco DiSpirito acts as guest judge.
    • Focus Group
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      The remaining contestants face some brutal challenges this week. First up is a sweet QuickFire without a sweetener, then an Elimination that is a mystery for not only the chefs, but the judges as well. Toby Young joins the judging team. Guest Judge: Jean-Christophe Novelli Diet Dr. Pepper QuickFire Challenge: Create a Guilt-Free Dessert using Any Non-Sugar Ingredients Elimination Challenge: Create a Family-Style Meal for a Blind Tasting Round Sevenmoreless
    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      The chefs are told that they must create the perfect burger. Then, they must create a new restaurant concept, including a great menu. Chef Daniel Boulud is the guest judge.
    • Common Threads
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      Speed and economy are the themes for tonight's challenges. First the chefs are asked to make an entrée in a very short amount of time, and then they must create a family meal with an incredibly strict budget, as well as work with novice sous chefs. Guest Judge: Art Smith Uncle Ben's QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish in 15 Minutes Elimination Challenge: Create a Healthy Meal for a Family of Four Using Only $10moreless
    • Snacks on a Plane
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      Jimmy Canora guests on an episode that takes to the skies when the chefs take on the dreaded plane cuisine.
    • Le Bernardin
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      Eric Ripert returns to Top Chef as the six remaining contestants deal with an electric challenge at his restaurant.
    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 10 - Episode 11

      It's not just restaurant wars tonight, it's also gender wars when the women are pitted against the men to create a restaurant from the ground up.

    • Kings of Alaska
      Season 10 - Episode 14

      The cruise ship arrives in Juneau, Alaska, and the remaining contestants must immerse themselves in the local fishing industry for both challenges. First up is a Quickfire that is all about one of Alaska's best-known exports, King Crabs. Next, the chefs must make their renditions of a local dish, salmon and sourdough. With only three spots available in the finale, each chef will need to execute perfect dishes.

    • It's War
      Season 12 - Episode 5
      The chefs create dishes on a lean budget in a challenge that features a Revolutionary War theme. Guest judge: Jamie Bissonnette.
    • Unhappy Customers
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      This round's theme deals with vision and execution, challenging the chefs to create original concepts that can also be achieved. First the chefs must create a snack food using one of three Kraft condiments, and then it is on to this season's version of "Restaurant Wars". Guest Judge: Mike Yakura Kraft QuickFire Challenge: Create a Gourmet Snack Dish. Elimination Challenge: Create a Restaurant Concept & Menu, and Execute It with Your Team. Round Ten.moreless
    • 3/12/08
      A classic theme runs through tonight's round that begins with introductions to the 16 new contestants, a QuickFire that takes on a Chicago signature dish, and an Elimination that's nothing but tradition. Guest Judge: Rocco DiSpirito Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain, Elimination Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Create a Signature Deep Dish Pizza Elimination Challenge: Head-to-Head Classic Dish Cook-off Round Onemoreless
    • Melting Pot
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      An introduction to the 17 new chefs and their skills, demonstrated with challenges that send them into the ethnic districts of New York City. Guest Judge: Jean-Georges Vongerichten
    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 1 - Episode 7

      Competition for a spot on a restaurant menu transitions to competition between two faux restaurants created by the remaining six contestants, where the big prize is a chance to go to the Cannes Film Festival.

      Guest Judge: Jeffrey Chodorow.

      Quickfire Challenge: Craft an Original Sandwich in 30 Minutes.

      Elimination Challenge: Create a New Restaurant Concept.

      Round Seven.

    • Wedding Bell Blues
      Season 1 - Episode 8

      The five remaining contestants compete in interconnected challenges that concern a Commitment Ceremony reception.

      Guest Judge: Marcy Blum

      Quickfire Challenge: Design a Wedding Reception Menu, Sketch a Wedding Cake and Create a Sample Cold Prawn Canapé in 90 Minutes

      Elimination Challenge: Cater a Wedding Reception in Less than 16 Hours

      Round Eight.

    • Bachelor/Ette Party
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      The men take on the women tonight as they prepare competing events for a bachelor and bachelorette, but first up is a QuickFire with a very appropriate reward for the town in which it's located. Guest judge: Todd English.
    • Thunderbirds
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      The remaining contestants try to serve the 300 pilots and crew from the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron based at Nellis AFB with the same Pride, Precision and Professionalism on deck that the Thunderbirds show in the air. Guest judge: Mark Peel.
    • Zoo Food
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Cooking with limited ingredients is the challenge in this episode which features a QuickFire set at a farmers' market, and an Elimination round in a real zoo. Guest Judge: Wylie Dufresne QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Only Five Ingredients. Elimination Challenge: Cater a Cocktail Party for 200 at the Lincoln Park Zoo using Foods in Five Animals' Diets. Round Two.moreless
    • Food on the Fly
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      The remaining contestants must prove their versatility and ability to think on their feet in these challenges that involve quicki-mart food and keeping the integrity of their food while reheating it with a microwave. Guest Judge: Jefferson Hill. QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Ingredients from a Specialty Market. Elimination Challenge: Create a Gourmet Entrée That Can be Reheated in a Microwave. Round Fourmoreless
    • Penn & Teller
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      The chefs must work their own magic when asked to deconstruct a vintage recipe and re-imagine its components into dishes with their own signatures for Penn & Teller. Guest judge: Michelle Bernstein.
    • Give Me Your Huddled Masses
      Season 8 - Episode 12
      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
    • Finale (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 13

      The final two contestants battle for the title of "Top Chef."

      Guest Judge: Hubert Keller

      Final Challenge: Cook the Best Five Course Meal Each Chef Has Ever Prepared in His Life.


    • Room Service
      Season 7 - Episode 4
      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
    • History Never Repeats
      Season 8 - Episode 1
      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
    • Feeding Fallon
      Season 8 - Episode 9
      The chefs put their signature on fondue, and then cater Jimmy Fallon's birthday party.
    • Bike, Borrow & Steal
      Season 9 - Episode 13

      Pee Wee Herman drops by for breakfast and lunch today. First, the chefs must show their creativity with a pancake stack in the Quickfire. Then, they are armed with just $100 and a bicycle to navigate San Antonio's streets where they must purchase ingredients and negotiate prep space in strange kitchens, all for dishes to wow Pee Wee in the Elimination.

      Guest Judge: Pee-Wee Herman

      Quickfire Challenge: Make Pancakes in 20 Minutes

      Elimination Challenge: Make a Family Lunch for Pee-Wee Herman

      Round 11

    • BBQ Pit Wars
      Season 9 - Episode 9

      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

    • Watch What Happens Reunion
      Season 5 - Episode Special
      Andy Cohen returns to host the season five reunion.
    • Covert Cuisine
      Season 7 - Episode 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
    • House of Chef-presentatives
      Season 7 - Episode 1
      It's all about beginnings tonight as the new batch of chefs display their knife skills in a brutal Quickfire, and then they introduce themselves by cooking a dish that best represents their home districts while layering in their own signatures.

      Guest Judge: Eric Ripert

      Quickfire Challenge: Mise en Place Tournament

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish that Reflects Where You're From

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    • The Last Supper
      Season 8 - Episode 15

      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


    • Eastern Promise
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      An Asian culinary theme runs through this episode's challenges. First the contestants put their own twists on sushi, and then they work as teams to cook for a charity event.

      Guest Judge: Ming Tsai - Elimination Challenge.

      Guest Judge: Hiroshi Shima - QuickFire Challenge.

      QuickFire Challenge: Create a Sushi Dish in 30 Minutes.

      Elimination Challenge: Work as Two Teams to Create One Hot and One Cold Dish Using Flavors from Korea and Vietnam.

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    • A Shock at the Space Needle
      Season 10 - Episode 2

      Two weeks after the heats the fifteen chefs who qualified gather in Seattle. Though all of them are excited and committed to winning the title, they are about to learn the first lesson of Top Chef: there's always a twist. This time it's a major change to the game and occurs halfway through the round. The Elimination brings unlabeled proteins and planning a dish that will impress an acclaimed chef.

      Guest Judges: Josie Smith-Malave, Chris "CJ" Jacobsen, Stefan Richter and Tom Douglas

      Quickfire Challenge: Each Team Must Create a Dish That Highlights Local Shellfish

      Elimination Challenge: Make a Dish Using Regional Ingredients for Legendary Seattle Chef, Tom Douglas

      Round One

    • The Ultimate Chef Test
      Season 10 - Episode 1

      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

      Qualifying Heats

    • Nasty Delights
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Making a visually repellent food look enticing is the theme for the round. Up first is octopus, and then the chefs are challenged to make the monstrous appearing monkfish appetizing to children. Guest Judge: Laurent Manrique. QuickFire Challenge: Take Disgusting to Delicious. Elimination Challenge: Fish for Fussy Eaters. Round Three
    • Improv
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      Tonight's challenges juxtapose the organization and preparation required for pastries with the flair and innovation that improvisation can bring to a dish. First, a dessert for a premier pastry chef, and then an improvised menu when the contestants get to visit the historic Second City. But seat-of-pants will involve more than the menu as the chefs encounter a couple nasty surprises back in the kitchen. Guest Judge: Johnny Iuzzini Top Chef: The Cookbook Quickfire Challenge: Create a Delicious Dessert Elimination Challenge: Prepare Five-course Meal Using Inspirations from the Second City Round Sevenmoreless
    • Food of Love
      Season 1 - Episode 2

      It's all about presentation in Round Two. The contestants' creativity is challenged in the Quickfire, and then the chefs must come up with some very interesting desserts in the Elimination Challenge that takes place at a sex shop.

      Guest Judge: Elizabeth Falkner

      Quickfire Challenge: Fruit Plate Presentation.

      Elimination Challenge: Sexy Dessert Presentation.

      Round Two

    • Sin City Vice
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      Seventeen new chefs arrive in Las Vegas eager to prove that they have what it takes to be named Top Chef.
    • Pike Place Pickle
      Season 10 - Episode 5

      An early morning Quickfire at Pike Place Market has ramifications for the Elimination Challenge as the teams must showcase the rare ingredients they bought in their dishes.

    • Today Show
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      Rocco DiSpirito has hung up his dancing shoes just in time to help determine which of the chefs will win the really grand prize of a demonstration on the Today Show, but tonight speed may be the deciding factor in the challenges, and not everyone will measure up.
    • 11/30/11

      The contestants begin the day on the road as they travel to Dallas, and Padma decides to test their creativity with canned goods in the roadside Quickfire just to keep things in theme. Then it goes from rags to riches as the chefs must shift gears to cater a dinner party in an exclusive Dallas suburb.

      Guest Judge: John Besh

      Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Using the Ingredients Inside the Survival Kits

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Course for a Progressive Dinner Party

      Round Three

    • Finale Part 1
      Season 7 - Episode 13
      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
    • New York's Finest
      Season 8 - Episode 3
      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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    • Pigs and Pinot
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      The chefs create their version of Charlie Palmer's annual Pigs & Pinot event at his restaurant Aureole, hoping to perfectly pair their pork dishes with wine.
    • Even the Famous Come Home
      Season 10 - Episode 6

      The chefs cater a homecoming party for two married celebrities, but first they must apply the Golden Rule to the holidays in a Quickfire based on their families and whether they can share.

    • Block Party
      Season 9 - Episode 12

      From Quickfire teams to Elimination head-to-head challenges, this will not be an easy day for the remaining chefs. First up is a timed Quickfire mise en place race where teams must not only prep, but also cook their ingredients. Then they are off to a charity block party where one-to-one cook-offs leave everyone vulnerable to elimination.

      Guest Judge: Cat Cora

      Quickfire Challenge: Prep All Ingredients & Make a Dish with the Remaining Time

      Elimination Challenge: Create the Best Dish for a Healthy Choice Block Party

      Round 10

    • Top Chef All-Stars Reunion
      Season 8 - Episode Special
      The judges and chefs join host Andy Cohen to reflect on the season with the assistance of clips, outtakes and even a new music video. Plus, Jen and Elia have a chance to defend themselves for their post-packing-of-knives behavior.
    • Family Favorites
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      This week the remaining chefs must first catch fresh seafood, and then put a fresh twist on American dinner staples for members of the Miami Elks Club. Guest Judge: Alfred Portale QuickFire Challenge: Catch & Cook Shellfish Elimination Challenge: Update Classic Dishes into Modern Lower Cholesterol Meals Round Three
    • Film Food
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      The remaining chefs demonstrate their aptitude with knives, and then help Richard Roeper throw a film-themed dinner. Guest Judge: Daniel Boulud. QuickFire Challenge: Demonstrate Culinary Techniques. Elimination Challenge: Create a Six Course Film Inspired Dinner. Round Four.
    • Tailgating
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      Simple pleasures is the theme for tonight's round as the chefs must create a dish that complements beer, and then throw a tailgate extravaganza for fans of the local team. Guest Judge: Paul Kahan – Elimination Challenge Guest Judge: Koren Grieveson – QuickFire Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish that Pairs Perfectly with Beer Elimination Challenge: Cater a Tailgating Party for Chicago Bears Fans Round Sixmoreless
    • We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
      Season 8 - Episode 6
      The chefs must catch and cook fish for a beach party.
    • Foreign Affairs
      Season 7 - Episode 8

      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

    • Show Your Craft
      Season 5 - Episode 2

      Tom Colicchio takes it home to his very first restaurant tonight as the chefs are asked to serve more than just judges- although the customers' opinions may make them long for the tried-and-true.

    • Everything's Bigger in Texas
      Season 9 - Episode 1

      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 Ingredient

    • Tribute Dinner
      Season 9 - Episode 8

      The contestants hit the road again, this time for the capital. Once they arrive at Austin's Le Cordon Bleu's kitchen, the chefs must adapt quickly in the Quickfire when their cooking mashes up with social networking and they receive challenge twists via Twitter. Later, they will each be able to pay homage to the person who inspired him or her to become a chef when they are asked to create dishes in their honor.

      Guest Judge: Patti LaBelle

      Quickfire Challenge: Top Chef Fans "Tweet" Instructions for Chefs

      Elimination Challenge: Make a Dish to Honor Your Cooking Inspiration

      Round Six

    • Foiled Again
      Season 10 - Episode 7

      A Quickfire where the chefs tackle a wrapped pantry starts the day off shiny. Then, they must gear up for head-to-head challenges in the Elimination.

    • Chef Overboard
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      Chef Michael Schwartz helps to judge challenges that involve a cruise ship buffet and creativity in a grocery store.
    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      It's all about service tonight as the chefs work the line during a breakfast rush at a diner, and then team up to create their own restaurants from scratch. Guest Head Judge: Anthony Bourdain Guest Judge: José Andrés – Elimination Challenge Guest Judge: Heleen Thanas – QuickFire Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Work a Short Order Egg Station Elimination Challenge: Restaurant Wars Round Elevenmoreless
    • Camping
      Season 6 - Episode 5
      The remaining contestants must corral their wits and skills after a night spent under the stars when they're asked to perform chuckwagon duties for some local cowboys. Guest judge: Tim Love.
    • An Offer They Can't Refuse
      Season 8 - Episode 8
      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.
    • Game On
      Season 9 - Episode 7

      The chefs begin the day with shots of tequila, and then must cook for an all-star table of chefs when they cater a game night event for Tim Love's friends. Unfortunately, the random pairing of teams may work against some as tonight's twist is a double elimination.

      Guest Judge: Tim Love

      Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish That Pairs with the Tequila of Your Choice

      Elimination Challenge: Cook One Course for a Game Dinner

      Round Five

    • Red Hot Chili Cook Off
      Season 9 - Episode 4

      The contestants spend two long, spicy and Texas-themed days cooking. First up is a dish that uses chili pepper, but the chefs must choose carefully- the winning dish is awarded a cash prize based on the heat of the pepper used. Next, they divide into teams to create unique chilis that will satisfy the Tejas Rodeo Company participants. Of course, this means a scramble for space, ingredients and cooking appliances back at the house.

      Guest Judges: Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
      Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Highlighting One Chili Pepper
      Elimination Challenge: 1. Team Chili Cook-off 2. Repurpose Losing Chili into Winning Dish
      Round Two

    • Finale
      Season 8 - Episode 16
      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 Final
    • Block Party
      Season 4 - Episode 3

      The contestants mix it up with Rick Bayless tonight as they dress up street food, and then take to the streets themselves to cater a community event.

      Guest Judge: Rick Bayless

      Quickfire Challenge: Create an Upscale Taco

      Elimination Challenge: Block Party Challenge

      Round Three

    • Season Finale Part 1
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      The contestants move from the desert to Napa, California's wine country, for challenges that will winnow them down from four to three. This round focuses on the bounty of the region's farms, vineyards and livestock. First up is a scenic tour by train of the valley, but the chefs won't be able to enjoy it, and then they'll have to use nothing but local wares in two dishes that showcase their traditional and vegetarian skills.moreless
    • Finale (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 12

      Location, location, location! The remaining chefs travel to Hawaii for this round, and must use food native to the island for a luau that ends with naming the final contestants.

      Guest Judge: Alan Wong

      Quickfire Challenge: There Is None in This Round

      Elimination Challenge: Prepare a Birthday Luau, Reformulating Traditional Luau Fare into Each Chef's Own


    • Serve and Protect
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      Salad, one of the least respected dishes by chefs, takes center stage tonight as the contestants are challenged to reformulate it, then they continue with the healthy kick by trimming calories and all things bad from a classic entrée. Guest Judge: Sam Talbot, Finalist from Top Chef Season Two. QuickFire Challenge: Create a Modern "Sexy" Salad Elimination Challenge: Create Gourmet and Healthy Boxed Lunches Round Tenmoreless
    • Down On the Farm
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      The chefs take another road trip, this time to Massachusetts and Blue Hill Farm where they must gather their own ingredients, and then serve dinner to the farmers as they explore the flavors of regional produce and sustainable agriculture. Dan Barber, Chef and Co-Owner of Blue Hill Farm and restaurants, guest judges.moreless
    • Super Bowl Chef Showdown
      Season 5 - Episode Special
      Seven chefs from seasons one through four return in a cook-off that will rival any football game, although with the allotted cooking time there will be some very quick quarters, but first the chefs are challenged to reimagine the uses for a supergrain beyond breakfast. Guest Judge: Scott Conant Quaker Oats QuickFire Challenge: Pair Whole Grain Oats with Food Group to Create an Original Dish Top Chef Bowl – Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Based on the Regional Cuisine of an NFL Team Round 10moreless
    • Culinary Olympics
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      This week's challenge takes its inspiration from the Bocuse d'Or Culinary Olympics, one of the most prestigious cooking competitions in the world. Guest judges include Jerome Bocuse and Thomas Keller.
    • The Curse of the Bambino
      Season 12 - Episode 3
      The chefs must use tea to accent dishes. Then, Boston's Fenway Park is the setting when the contestants transform ballpark fare into a fine dining dish. Appearing: Ming Tsai; former MLB player Dennis Eckersley; and sport reporter Dan Shaughnessy.
    • Sous Your Daddy!
      Season 12 - Episode 11
      The chefs' family members pay surprise visits. In a twist, the family members must serve as sous chefs in a challenge that features the creation of one appetizer and one entrée.
    • Boston's Bravest and Finest
      Season 12 - Episode 2
      The chefs serve up surf-and-turf dishes. Later, they use surprise ingredients to create meals for Boston's police and fire personnel. Appearing: foodies Todd English and Dante de Magistris.
    • Po' Boy Smackdown
      Season 11 - Episode 14

      The Quickfire is a contest over the best Po' Boy the chefs can create. Later, each must create a dish that reflects their culinary visions.

    • For Julia & Jacques
      Season 12 - Episode 10
      The chefs make ramen dishes using ingredients found in college dorm rooms. Later, food luminary Jacques Pepin tasks the contestants to prepare French dishes inspired by the techniques of Julia Child. Appearing: Andy Cohen; Dana Cowin; Alex Prud'homme; Barbara Lynch; Mary Dumont; and Joanne Chang.
    • Making Concessions
      Season 7 - Episode 11
      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
    • Island Fever
      Season 8 - Episode 14
      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
    • Mentors
      Season 9 - Episode 14

      The return of an eliminated chef from Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen is only the beginning of tonight's trials for the contestants. A blindfolded pantry raid for the Quickfire is next, and then the chefs are tasked with creating dishes that will not only impress the judges, but honor the chefs who trained them.

      Guest Judge: None

      Quickfire Challenge: Find Ingredients While Blindfolded & Then Cook a Dish

      Elimination Challenge: Make a Dish to Impress Your Mentors

      Round 12

    • Dinner Party
      Season 6 - Episode 7

      The contestants cater a dinner for the chefs in the Macy's Culinary Council, but first they must make it through the QuickFire where Lady Luck again holds all the cards... or rather reels. Guest judge: Tyler Florence.

    • The Heat Is On
      Season 9 - Episode 2

      Night two of heats for the coveted contestant slots begins with 10 competitors, 10 ingredients, and only five chef coats left. Once again, those who excel in the challenge get a chef coat immediately, and those who bomb are sent home. The remaining hopefuls on the "bubble" participate in a cook-off for the last coats with last week's four who are still waiting in the Stew Room for their second chance.

      Group 3 Qualifying Challenge: Choose One of the 10 Ingredients and Then Create a Dish in the Amount of Time on Your Clock

      Qualifying Challenge Final Cook Off: Prepare a Dish Using Any Ingredients in the Kitchen

    • Chefs at Sea
      Season 10 - Episode 13

      The remaining contestants board a cruise ship bound for Alaska. But there is no rest for the weary; the challenges that highlight their trip require ingenuity and skill. First, they must create an appetizer from iceberg lettuce and then they wrap up the day with a unique take on surf and turf.

    • Season Finale Part 2
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      The remaining three contestants vie for the title as they attempt to cook the best meal they've ever made within the most rigid rules in the history of the finales, and just to make things really interesting the producers have devised a couple of very creative curve balls.
    • Restaurant Wars: One Night Only
      Season 8 - Episode 7
      After a fish fillet contest, the chefs must conceptualize and open "one night only" restaurants.
    • Finale Part 1
      Season 10 - Episode 16

      The two remaining chefs arrive in Los Angeles and cook for one of their final challenges.

    • Advantage Chef
      Season 8 - Episode 4
      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
    • Cold War
      Season 7 - Episode 6
      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
    • Puerto Rico
      Season 4 - Episode 13

      There are four chefs and only three spots for the final round, and the contestants know it as they travel to Puerto Rico for the next two challenges.

      Guest Judge: Wilo Benet

      Quickfire Challenge: Make Two Frituras featuring Plantains

      Elimination Challenge: Use a Whole Pig to create Dishes for a Governor's Mansion Event


    • Meat Natalie
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      TV Guide's editors complicate tonight's QuickFire with their list of shows to use as inspiration for "TV Dinners." Then Natalie Portman is guest client tonight during the Elimination round as the chefs fix her and her friends dinner at craftsteak, Tom Colicchio's Las Vegas restaurant. Guest judges Paul Bartolotta and Natalie Portman.moreless
    • Glacial Gourmand
      Season 10 - Episode 15

      Tonight's Quickfire is all about the cold, but the Elimination warms up things with emotions that are started by Chefs Lagasse and Choi's sample meal. Unfortunately, emotions take over on of the contestants and only two move forward to the finales.

    • Finale Part 2
      Season 7 - Episode 14
      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
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      Top Chef moves to New Orleans, and tonight the chefs cook for restaurateur Emeril Lagasse for a chance to be in the final challenge, but an unexpected twist will winnow the herd a little more than is expected.
    • Power Lunch
      Season 7 - Episode 7
      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
    • Fit for a King
      Season 8 - Episode 13
      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
    • Dim Sum Lose Sum
      Season 8 - Episode 5
      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
    • Night at the Museum
      Season 8 - Episode 2
      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
    • Strip Around the World
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      The day begins with a Quickfire that tasks the chefs to create a perfect breakfast in bed, then they must get what inspiration they can from Las Vegas' strip of hotels in order to cater a VIP cocktail party. Guest judge: Nigella Lawson.
    • Lea Michele's Halloween Bash
      Season 11 - Episode 5

      The contestants compete in a version of a blind Quickfire where they must cook using foil-covered ingredients and cooking utensils chosen for them. For the Elimination they cater a TV star's Halloween party in which they make dishes that are not only themed, but vegetarian—most chefs' Waterloo.

      Guest Judge: Lea Michele

      Quickfire Challenge: Create Dishes Using Items Covered in Reynolds Wrap

      Elimination Challenge: Cater a Spooky Halloween Party

      Round Five

    • Holy Escamoly!
      Season 12 - Episode 14

      A Quickfire involving chocolate is first up for the three remaining chefs. Then they visit a local farm from which restaurants in the area purchase their produce. From there the chefs must create a progressive menu as a team, knowing one of them might be packing their knives.

    • Top Chef Reunion
      Season 9 - Episode Special

      Andy Cohen hosts an hour with the cast and chefs as they recall the season and answer questions.

    • Oui Si a Challenge
      Season 11 - Episode 13

      The contestants face a master chef in the Quickfire. Then they must concentrate on combining two of the major historical influences of the modern city: France and Spain.

    • For the Gulf
      Season 8 - Episode 11
      It's a deep fry contest for the queen of deep fat, then the chefs prepare seafood dishes for a charity event.
    • Higher Steaks
      Season 9 - Episode 6

      The contestants settle into their new home kitchen at Dallas' Le Cordon Bleu. The collegial atmosphere seems appropriate, since the Quickfire asks them to regress to sauciers. Next, they must prepare steak for some of Texas' most discerning palates, at least beef-wise, the attendees of the Cattle Baron's Ball.

      Guest Judge: Dean Fearing

      Quickfire Challenge: Personalize Your Mother Sauce

      Elimination Challenge: Create a Four Course Steak Dinner for Cattle Baron's Ball

      Round Four

    • Watch What Happens
      Season 3 - Episode Special
      In a special episode, Bravo's Andy Cohen sits down with past and current contestants to explore their experiences in the competition.
    • Reunion
      Season 3 - Episode Special
      The cast and contestants get together to reminisce about the season and answer questions.
    • The First Thanksgiving
      Season 12 - Episode 6
      The chefs create dishes using the cranberry in a task that takes them to a countryside cranberry bog. Later, they must prepare a traditional Thanksgiving feast using tools, methods and ingredients found in the 1600s. Appearing: Tiffani Faison and Ken Oringer.
    • Sudden Death
      Season 12 - Episode 1
      Season 12 opens with 16 chefs beginning their battles in Boston. Here, the chefs must cook revamped versions of the first dish they created. Richard Blais serves as a judge. Appearing: Ming Tsai; Lydia Shire; Todd English; and Tiffani Faison.
    • The Final Battle of Bean Town
      Season 12 - Episode 12

      The chefs celebrate their time in Boston with two challenges. First they must get creative with beans, and then they must venture outside their cooking comfort zones. The loser will be the final Last Chance Kitchen contestant.

    • Quinceanera
      Season 9 - Episode 3

      Tonight the chefs are asked to create a dish using rattlesnakes. Later, they will cater a girl's quinceañera celebration.

      Guest Judge: Johnny Hernandez

      Quickfire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Rattlesnake

      Elimination Challenge: Cook for Family & Friends at Blanca's Quinceañera Party

      Round One

    • Fire and Ice
      Season 9 - Episode 16

      The three remaining chefs travel to Vancouver. There, they play a tag-team Quickfire with an assist from some Asian master chefs. Next, they are asked to combine Texas and Vancouver into a cocktail and dish that best exemplifies each of their transitions from the Southwest heat to the Northwest cold.

      Guest Judge: None

      Quickfire Challenge: Team up with a Top Chef Master to Create an Asian Inspired Dish

      Elimination Challenge: Create One Dish & One Cocktail for "Fire & Ice" Party


    • Finale Part 2
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      The final contestants perform their final challenge, cooking the best meal they've ever made.
    • Clean Up in Aisle 2!
      Season 12 - Episode 8
      The chefs must cook chowder. Later, an ultimate tasting party with fans of the series tests the contestants. Also: The face of the competition potentially changes when eliminated chefs return. Chef Jasper White makes an appearance.
    • Back Where It All Started
      Season 13 - Episode 13
    • Hammer Time
      Season 13 - Episode 11
    • Pop Up Pandemonium
      Season 13 - Episode 2
      The foodies must open distinct pop-up restaurants in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. Appearing: chef and pop-up impresario Ludo Lefebvre.
    • Finale (1)
      Season 1 - Episode 10

      The last three contestants arrive in Las Vegas, but a twist in the competition and a grueling challenge awaits them.

      Guest Judge: Hubert Keller.

      Quickfire Challenge: Prepare Orders for MGM Grand Room Service Customers.

      Elimination Challenge: There is none in this round.


    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 7 - Episode 9
      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 Nine
    • Culinary Games
      Season 9 - Episode 15

      British Columbia is the location for the final challenges, and tonight's events take full advantage of Whistler's Olympic history as the four remaining chefs must prove themselves adept at very little cooking as the focus shifts to their adaptability and sports skills.

      Guest Judges: Gretchen Bleiler, Jon Montgomery, Cammi Granato

      Quickfire Challenge: None

      Elimination Challenge: Event #1 – Peak 2 Peak: Create a Dish While Riding in a Moving Gondola, Event #2 – Ice Blocks: Create a Dish Using Ingredients That Are Frozen in Ice, Event #3 – Ski & Shoot, Then Create a Dish with the Ingredients Won


    • Stop the Presses
      Season 13 - Episode 1
      Top chefs arrive in Los Angeles in the opener of Season 13, which will feature the foodies competing in six cities across California. Here, they try to wow food critics and reporters under the Hollywood sign.
    • Finale
      Season 13 - Episode 15
      The top chef is crowned in the Season 13 finale. Before that, the final two culinarians must prepare the meal of their lives for their mentors and fallen colleagues. Appearing: Emeril Lagasse; Dominique Crenn; Jonathan Benno; Hubert Keller; Charlie Palmer; and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 11 - Episode 9

      The contestants design and create competing pop-up restaurants.

    • Lock Down
      Season 8 - Episode 10

      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.

    • Finale
      Season 11 - Episode 17

      The remaining two chefs battle for the title by creating pop-up restaurants.

    • Mano a Mano
      Season 12 - Episode 15
      The final chefs take an early-morning hot-air balloon ride in the Season 12 finale. They then face off by creating a four-course menu, after which the winner is revealed.
    • It's a Dry Heat
      Season 13 - Episode 4
      Palm Springs, Cal., is the destination for culinary competition. Here, the chefs use solar-powered stoves in the desert, then prepare dishes on a famed golf course. Appearing: John Besh and Mary Sue Milliken.
    • Captain Vietnam
      Season 11 - Episode 4

      The contestants get an early morning visit at the house where they learn there will be no Quickfire or immunity. Their long day begins with an immersion into Vietnamese cuisine via visits to eateries, docks and markets in New Orleans East, all so they can put their own spins on traditional dishes.

      Guest Judge: Eddie Huang

      Quickfire Challenge: None

      Elimination Challenge: Work in Teams to Create a Vietnamese-inspired Meal

      Round Four

    • Top Chef Reunion Dinner
      Season 6 - Episode Special
      Fabio Viviani from season five has invited contestants from his season and those in the past for what is supposed to be a convivial gathering of chefs cooking, eating and talking. But this is Top Chef, after all, and if you include Marcel in any invitation pleasant can turn on a dime.moreless
    • Maui Wowie
      Season 11 - Episode 16

      Top Chef returns to Hawaii for the final rounds. Tonight, the remaining chefs must deal with Spam in the Quickfire.

    • Spines and Vines
      Season 13 - Episode 3
      The chefs visit Santa Barbara, where they pick up fresh sea urchin for use in a challenge. Later, a surf-and-turf war erupts.
    • Cooking Away in Margaritaville
      Season 14 - Episode 12
      The finals kick off in Mexico with the chefs creating a meal using goat. Later, they must pair their own unique cocktail with a dish that incorporates the distinct taste of a margarita. Appearing: Richard Blais, Francisco Ruano and Ray Garcia.
    • Big Gay Wedding
      Season 13 - Episode 5
      Top dishes for dates are served up by the chefs in Palm Springs, Cal. Later, they cater a wedding for 25 gay couples. Appearing: model Chrissy Teigen and foodie Art Smith.
    • Trial By Fire
      Season 14 - Episode 13
      The Yucatan Peninsula is the setting for a challenge to cook a dish showcasing the local habanero. Later, the chefs learn about traditional Maya cooking, then they create a dish using only ancient Maya ingredients and tools. Appearing: Jeremiah Tower; Roberto Munoz Zurita; Roberto Solis; and Guillermo Beristain.
    • Banannaise
      Season 13 - Episode 6
      The chefs head to San Diego and cook up high-end fish tacos. Then, they prepare dishes to complement handcrafted microbrews. Appearing: chef Javier Plascenia.
    • Southern Hospitality
      Season 14 - Episode 2
      A traditional shrimp boil is sampled by the remaining 15 chefs, who are divided into teams to put a culinary spin on a traditional South Carolina lowcountry family feast.
    • Shrimp Boats and Hat Ladies
      Season 14 - Episode 10
    • Back in the Day
      Season 13 - Episode 7
      The chefs return to Los Angeles to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary. A restrictive challenge limits them to 10 ingredients, then they walk down memory lane by creating a dish that represents who they were 10 years ago. Appearing: Michael Voltaggio; Antonia Lofaso; Mei Lin Hua; and Nancy Silverton.
    • Where's the Beef?
      Season 13 - Episode 8
      The chefs participate in a plating challenge by preparing visually appealing dishes using only snack food. Then, they cook for diners at a black-tie, finger-food event called Beefsteak. Appearing: Colin Hanks; Max Silvestri; Matt Selman; Jacques La Merde; and Neal Fraser.
    • Restaurant Wars, Part 2
      Season 13 - Episode 10
    • Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
      Season 14 - Episode 5
      The chefs are baffled to enter a dark, empty kitchen, with all signs pointing to a biscuit challenge. Later, they must work through the night to prepare a whole hog and three side dishes for 150 barbecue fans, including music star Darius Rucker. Appearing: foodie John Currence and barbecue master Rodney Scott.moreless
    • Adios Charleston, Hello James Beard
      Season 14 - Episode 11
      Impromptu dishes are prepared as the chefs instruct mystery partners how to create the exact same dish. Later, the chefs must serve up cuisine that best represents their "Top Chef" journey thus far. Appearing: Michael Solomonov; Mary Sue Milliken.
    • For the Kids
      Season 14 - Episode 9
      A blindfolded taste experiment tests the chefs. Later, the chefs draw inspiration from their own childhood memories to create meals for a charity gala for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital. Appearing: Michael Voltaggio and Graham Elliot.
    • Restaurant Wars
      Season 14 - Episode 8
      The iconic Restaurant Wars challenge features the chefs dividing into teams to design a restaurant and create a cohesive menu, but the heat is on when egos collide and tempers flare. Appearing: chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara.
    • Booty
      Season 14 - Episode 7
      Ingredients and the element of the chefs' zodiac sign must correspond. Later, the food fighters divide into teams to throw a pirate-themed bash, during which they must race through Charleston in a treasure hunt to collect their ingredients. Appearing: Michael Cimarusti and Graham Elliot.
    • A Southern Legend
      Season 14 - Episode 6
      U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy enlists the chefs to create vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods. Then, the chefs must prepare dishes that pay tribute to Edna Lewis, the matriarch of Southern cuisine. Appearing: Alexander Smalls; Art Smith; Hugh Acheson; Nathalie Dupree; and Mashama Bailey.
    • Magic Hour
      Season 13 - Episode 14
      The chefs land in Las Vegas and participate in a high-stakes challenge of cards and cuisine. Later, they must conjure culinary magic for illusionist David Copperfield.
    • Wok This Way
      Season 13 - Episode 12
    • Restaurant Wars, Part 1
      Season 13 - Episode 9
    • The Feast of Seven Trash Fishes
      Season 14 - Episode 4
      The chefs must create dishes using an odd mix of ingredients and tools found inside gift boxes. Later, they prepare a traditional Italian-American seafood-filled dinner, but they're forced to use a notoriously undesirable fish species. Appearing: editor Nilou Motamed and foodie Mike Lata.
    • Choke Holds and Clammy Hands
      Season 14 - Episode 3
      The chefs divide into teams to compete in a "mise en place" race. The foodies must also create a seven-course progressive meal featuring the humble radish in front of "Top Chef" superfans. The guest judges are Chris Cosentino and Richard Blais.
    • Something Old, Something New
      Season 14 - Episode 1
      Eight new chefs and eight returning chefs battle in Charleston, S.C., in the Season 14 premiere. The rookie chefs serve up as many dishes as possible using a whole chicken, and the veterans revamp a classic shrimp-and-grits meal.
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    • Comida Final
      Season 14 - Episode 14
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