Top Chef - Season 1

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




Episode Guide

  • Finale (2)
    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.


  • Finale (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.


  • Reunion
    Episode Special
    Contestants reminisce about the competition, answer viewer questions, and discuss who deserves to win.
  • Napa's Finest
    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.

  • Wedding Bell Blues
    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.

  • Restaurant Wars
    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.

  • 4/12/06

    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

  • Blind Confusion
    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
  • Food on the Fly
    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
  • Nasty Delights
    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
  • Food of Love
    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

  • 3/8/06

    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