Top Chef

Season 1 Episode 1

Who Deserves to Be Here

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 08, 2006 on Bravo



  • Trivia

    • 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.

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The house in which the contestants were domiciled was located at 3159 Baker Street in San Francisco. When it went on the market in mid-2009 the rent was $12,500 per month.

    • Season One Prizes:

      A feature in Food & Wine magazine.
      The chance to showcase culinary talent at the annual Food & Wine Classic.
      A state of the art Kenmore Elite Kitchen.
      $100,000 to kick-start the winner's culinary career.

  • Allusions

    • Lee Anne: (about Ken) It's time to vote the a****** off the island.

      This is a definite reference to the perennial reality series Survivor, which eliminates their contestants by voting them off the "island" location.