Top Chef

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




  • Season 1 Episode 1: Who Deserves to Be Here

  • QuickFire Challenge: the competitors were asked to hold down the line in Chef Hubert Keller's restaurant Fleur de Lys.

    • Lisa – Asked to leave because her food fell over (23 min).
    • Miguel – His nerves got the better of him (3 min).
    • Cynthia – Not allowed on the line at all because she was wearing unsafe shoes (0 min).
    • Andrea – Dismissed for dropping food (16 min).
    • Candice – Too slow (10 min).
    • Brian – Too slow (19 min).
    • Stephen – Too nervous (26 min).
    • Harold – Too nervous (7 min).
    • Ken – Kicked off the line for unsanitary tasting (1 min).
    • Dave, Tiffani, and Lee Anne – completed the full 30 minutes.

    Lee Anne was given the coveted immunity because of her superior communication skills.

  • Cynthia's pomegranate goes missing; this is the first incidence of possible sabotage on Top Chef.

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    • Andrea – Rock Shrimp with Spicy Plum Sauce
    • Kenneth – Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut
    • Cynthia – "Krazy Rice" with Lamb
    • Lisa – Mushroom & Shrimp Risotto
    • Candice – Chicken Shiitake Roulade
    • Dave – Braised Lamb Enchiladas
    • Lee Anne – Smoked Sturgeon Appetizer
    • Brian – Jerk Chicken and Country Coconut Mash Potatoes
    • Harold – Steamed Thai Snapper
    • Miguel – Duo of Beef
    • Stephen – Threesome of Colorado Lamb
    • Tiffani – Pumpkin Lasagna

  • Ken Lee is kicked off the show.

  • Season 1 Episode 2: Food of Love

  • Lee Anne's oven gets turned down from 350 degrees to 325, the second example of possible sabotage.

  • Guest Judge Elizabeth Falkner thought that Cynthia's dessert was the weakest offering and that she should be sent home.

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    *Andrea- Creamy Balls and Crunchy Nuts
    *Harold- Sticky Sex
    *Dave- Tit for Tat
    *Lisa- Naughty Nuts
    *Tiffani- Fortune Cookie Fantasy
    *Cynthia- Just Plain Sex
    *Candice- Candice's Panty Drawer
    *Lee Anne- Asian Is Sexy
    *Brian- Strawberry Apple Crisp
    *Miguel- The Total Orgasm
    *Stephen- Bubbling Orgasm

  • QuickFire Challenge Winner: Stephen

  • Bottom Four:

    Andrea - Eliminated

  • Top Three:

    Miguel - Winner

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Nasty Delights

  • QuickFire Challenge Winner: Tiffany

  • During the QuickFire Challenge we learn that soaking octopus in water with a cork is the Sicilian way of tenderizing it.

  • Brian was a member of The Boys' and Girls' Club when he was growing up. Apparently this didn't help him during the Elimination Challenge.

  • Cynthia left the show in order to be with her ailing father. Cynthia was replaced by the recently eliminated Andrea. Cynthia participated in the QuickFire, but not the Elimination Challenge, and Andrea missed the QuickFire but was part of the Elimination Challenge.

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    Blue Team

    Monkfish Nuggets
    Cheesy Tater Tots
    Strawberry Applesauce
    Maple Carrots

    Red Team

    Monkfish Corn Dogs
    Potato Chips
    Fruit Skewers
    Yogurt Dipping Sauce

  • QuickFire Challenge Dishes Shown:

    • Tiffani - Tomato Succo with Octopus Frit, Red Wine Braised Angel Hair Pasta with Cold Octopus.
    • Stephen - Octopus Tentacle Duet.
    • Lisa - Braised Octopus.
    • Cynthia - Octopus with Tarragon Whiskey Sauce.
    • Dave - Chinese Five Spice Octopus.
    • Harold - Poached and Grilled Octopus with Lentils.
    • Lee Anne - Citrus Poached Octopus.
    • Brian - Creamy Stew with Octopus Garnish.
    • Candice - Spicy and Sweet Octopus Curry.
    • Miguel - Red Wine and Citrus Braised Octopus.

  • Brian Hill is eliminated.

  • Season 1 Episode 4: Food on the Fly

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes

    • Stephen – Banana Leaf Wrapped Tamale
    • Lisa – Two Cheese Gratin with Herbed Chicken Breast
    • Candice – Shrimp and Spinach Quiche
    • Andrea – Quinoa Pilaf with Sweet Potato Mash
    • Harold – Coconut Seafood Soup with Pea-Shoot Biscuit
    • Tiffani – Mirin-Glazed Sea Bass (Escolar)
    • Dave – Dual Sauced Lasagna with Colorful Vegetable Medley
    • Lee Anne – Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
    • Miguel – Asian Meatloaf, Edamame Mashed Potatoes, Stir-Fry

  • QuickFire Challenge Dishes

    • Miguel – Gas Station Dessert Trio (donuts, eggs, breath strips)
    • Andrea – Pit Stop Peanut Noodles (peanut butter cups, cup of noodles, beef jerky)
    • Candice – Gas Station Gazpacho (tortilla chips, tomato juice, half & half)
    • Harold – Green Eggs and Spam (relish, eggs, Spam)
    • Tiffani – Donut Bread Pudding with Blueberry Sauce (donuts, eggs, graham crackers)
    • Dave – Morning After Trio (Doritos, cinnamon roll, frozen burrito)
    • Lee Anne – Funyun Battered Spiedini (salami, tomato soup, cheese)
    • Lisa – Gas Stop Breakfast (hot dogs, pistachios, chili)
    • Stephen – Gas Station Medley (dried peas, vanilla wafers, Spam)

  • This episode opens with a graphic reading "In memory of Joseph B. Sestito" in tribute to Cynthia's father.

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