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Top Chef: Kentucky: Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo  Season 16, Episode 2

A very pregnant Gail Simmons asks the chefs to feed her cravings in a special Quickfire delivery. Then it’s time to celebrate two iconic Kentucky mainstays: local cuisine and bourbon. The Chefs head to Makers Mark, the oldest distillery in America to put their spins on a meal full of Kentucky classics including burgoo, Benedictine, mutton, hoe cakes and dumplings. This is a true battle for Kentucky as the chefs navigate their first team challenge – and one chef makes a potentially fatal shopping error. Can they recover or will they be scraping the bottom of the barrel to make it through? Food and travel editor, Nilou Motamed joins the judges this season, and Maker’s Mark’s in-house Chef, Newman Miller, sits on the panel as a guest judge.
posted by xtine on Dec 14 at 12:26 PM - 7 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: The Fastest Two Minutes in Cooking [Season Premiere]  Season 16, Episode 1

Top Chef Kentucky begins as fifteen of the country's finest chefs are off to the races at Churchill Downs for the ride of their lives. After a lightning fast two minute mise-en-place focused Quickfire, the Chefs are challenged to make a dish that will appeal to a crowd of two hundred at a stakes-filled Kentucky Derby party. Churchill Downs' own Chef David Danielson serves as guest judge along with returning regulars Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Graham Elliot.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 6 at 7:31 AM - 7 comments

Top Chef: Finale  Season 15, Episode 14

"In an epic showdown in Aspen, the final two chefs cook the meal of their lives in an effort to take home the ultimate title and prize. To win it all, they’ll need to impress not only the judges but also culinary superstars Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman and Curtis Duffy. It's a fight to the bitter end, but only one will be crowned Top Chef." (Description from Bravo) SPOILER ALERT: This discussion is about the Finale episode, so there will definitely be spoilers from the get go.
posted by primalux on Mar 9 at 11:40 AM - 10 comments

Top Chef: A Little Place Called Aspen  Season 15, Episode 13

"In the final Quickfire of the season, the Chefs get a crash course in one of Colorado's great pastimes, fly fishing, when they not only have to prepare the catch of the day, but they have to actually catch it too. Chef Chris Cosentino serves as guest judge. Then, the only thing standing between the chefs and the Grand Finale is 200 plates, for the country's most notable chefs and food connoisseurs attending the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. Serving only a vegetarian dish, they have to win over the likes of: Brooke Williamson, Danny Meyer, Bryan Voltaggio, Michael Voltaggio, Ludo Lefebvre, Scott Conant, Tim Love and guest judge Daniel Boulud and more." (description from Bravo)
posted by primalux on Mar 4 at 1:53 PM - 4 comments

Top Chef: Nut Allergy  Season 15, Episode 12

"The Voltaggio Brothers reunite on Top Chef for the first time since competing against each other. Their first task is judging the Rocky Mountain Oyster Quickfire to see which chef has the balls to go all the way. Then, they reunite the chefs with surprise visitors from home in an emotionally charged Elimination Challenge where one chef will pack their knives before the next leg of the finals in beautiful Aspen." (Description from Bravo)
posted by primalux on Feb 23 at 7:06 PM - 5 comments

Top Chef: Cooking High  Season 15, Episode 11

"In breathtaking Telluride, the Chefs embark on the first leg of the finals. As they walk down the quaint Main Street they are quickly reunited with the winner of Last Chance Kitchen, and the new group of five face Padma, Tom, and Chef Wylie Dufresne. For the Quickfire challenge, they are tasked to make a dish incorporating the old saloon slinging medicinal beverage, sarsaparilla. Then the chefs cook at Alpino Vino, a fine dining restaurant at the highest elevation in North America, where they prepare a dish that must include a baking element. And no chef knows the difficulty of cooking in high altitude locations like Michelin-star recipient Chef Paul Liebrandt who has cooked in the Swiss Alps. It's a tall order to impress judges of this caliber at just under 12,000 feet up." (description from Bravo)
posted by primalux on Feb 17 at 3:04 PM - 10 comments

Top Chef: Red Rum and Then Some  Season 15, Episode 10

With their Quickfire set at the iconic Stanley Hotel, the inspiration site for Stephen King's "The Shining," the chefs must put their scariest nightmares on a plate...in dessert form! Then, with their time in Denver coming to a close, the chefs offer a dish representing their own Colorado journeys thus far to Governor John Hickenlooper at the Governor's mansion. One chef will be sent packing before the rest of the group heads to Telluride. Other guests critiquing the journey dinner include some of the most acclaimed chefs in Denver: Frank Bonanno, Steve Redzikowski and Tommy Lee. (description from Bravo) [more inside]
posted by primalux on Feb 9 at 9:44 AM - 6 comments

Top Chef: Branco Brouhaha  Season 15, Episode 9

Cooking for Michelin-starred Chef David Kinch adds pressure to an already stressful Sudden Death Quickfire based on edible flowers and the chefs are crushed as one of their own is sent packing. Then, the chefs are challenged to put an elevated slant on pre-game food as they host the ultimate tailgate party at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the Denver Broncos, the judges, Mayor Michael Hancock and BBQ Pitmaster Adam Perry Lang. Who will throw a game winning touchdown and which chef will make a fourth-quarter fumble? (description from Bravo)
posted by primalux on Feb 2 at 3:30 PM - 10 comments

Top Chef: Restaurant Wars  Season 15, Episode 8

"In the most anticipated challenge of the season, the chefs face-off in Restaurant Wars, creating and executing two new restaurant concepts from design to dishes in a matter of days. Culinary icons Bruce and Eric Bromberg of Blue Ribbon join the judges to experience and evaluate each restaurant's successes and failures. Nothing is ever as heated as a kitchen under this kind of pressure. Which chef will crumble under the weight of the challenge?" (description from Bravo)
posted by primalux on Jan 27 at 1:53 PM - 11 comments

Top Chef: Olympic Dreams  Season 15, Episode 7

"On the eve of the Quickfire, one of the chefs has a very special delivery. Padma and Season 14 Winner Brooke Williamson surprise the chefs at their house with breakfast ingredients and task them to create a delicious breakfast dish featuring Nutella. Then, Olympians Meryl Davis, Gus Kenworthy and John Daly inspire the chefs to focus on precision, speed and creativity in the first-ever Top Chef Olympics where the chefs will face off in three head-to-head heats. Who will win the gold and which bronze medalist will be sent packing?" (description from Bravo)
posted by primalux on Jan 19 at 11:01 AM - 11 comments

Top Chef: Now That's a Lot of Schnitzel  Season 15, Episode 6

For the Quickfire, Padma and Richard Blais inspire the chefs using Tasty online videos and challenge them to transform the most laborious dishes from their own menus into accessible thirty minute dishes for home cooks. Then, celebrated German chef, Keegan Gerhard, exposes the chefs to authentic Germanic food and tasks them with creating a delicious and unique Top Chef Beer Garden by putting their own spin on the cuisine and pairing a German-inspired dish with a radler. Who will be saying auf wiedersehen? (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell on Jan 12 at 5:33 PM - 20 comments

Top Chef: This Is Not Glamping  Season 15, Episode 5

In a competition first, Tom surprises the chefs with a twist that changes the game. After the shock wears off, the chefs are sent camping to make a 5-star meal outdoors, only to learn an unexpected storm welcomes them with a fresh blanket of snow forcing them to pull out every trick in their playbooks. With only a few heat sources and limited local ingredients, the chefs must get resourceful if they want to remain in the running. Chef Naomi Pomeroy joins the judges in the beautiful but chilly Colorado Mountains. (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell on Jan 5 at 4:46 PM - 11 comments

Top Chef: Little Tools, Big Challenge  Season 15, Episode 4

The chefs channel their inner child to make upscale versions of kid menu classics for Curtis Stone, Padma, and kids of local culinarians. But there’s a catch, they can only use child-sized cookware, utensils and mixers creating more than pint-sized problems. Then, after a visit to a food incubator assisting immigrant women, the chefs must dig deep into their roots to present dishes based on their own heritage for Immigrant food influencers, including Alon Shaya, Nilou Motamed and Mourad Lahlou. (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell on Dec 28, 2017 at 7:18 PM - 16 comments

Top Chef: Keep on Truckin  Season 15, Episode 3

In a Sudden Death Quickfire based on the iconic Denver omelet, the intensity in the kitchen is egg-ceptional as one chef completely cracks under the pressure in one of the most gut wrenching eliminations in Top Chef history as judged by Padma, Tom and Chef Lachlan Patterson. Then, the cheftestants tap into their college palates as they make dishes in food trucks for students in Boulder. Internet sensation, Logan Paul helps wrangle the diners and Chef Hosea Rosenberg joins the judges for indulgent, hangover inspired food. (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell on Dec 21, 2017 at 7:04 PM - 11 comments

Top Chef: Smile and Say Mise  Season 15, Episode 2

In one of Top Chef's signature Quickfires, the chefs battle against each other in a fierce Mise En Place relay. Then, acclaimed local Chef Alex Seidel invites the group to his farm to learn about his take on farm-to-table cuisine. There, they are tasked with creating a progressive meal incorporating a mystery ingredient from the farm into each dish. In this first team challenge, the sparks fly as the chefs get to know each other. (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell on Dec 14, 2017 at 7:17 PM - 14 comments

Top Chef: It'll Take More than Pot Luck  Season 15, Episode 1

A diverse group of chefs enter the Top Chef kitchen in Denver and are immediately put to work, tasked with making a pot luck dish to introduce themselves to the judges and their fellow competitors. Then the cheftestants prepare their modern take on a meat and potatoes dish for a blow-out block party in Larimer Square with 200 diners and Denver's biggest culinary names, including Hosea Rosenberg, Troy Guard, Frank Bonanno and Gregory Gourdet. The chefs learn the importance of the phrase 'first impressions are everything.' (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell on Dec 8, 2017 at 8:02 AM - 11 comments

Top Chef: Something Old, Something New  Season 14, Episode 1

Eight new chefs and eight returning chefs battle it out in Charleston, SC.
posted by duffell on Dec 2, 2016 at 3:50 PM - 6 comments

Top Chef: Finale  Season 13, Episode 15

To kick things off in the finale, Tom Colicchio shows off his cooking chops (just because he can). Then, the cheftestants' mentors show up to assist them in the final challenge: a four-course meal with a different key ingredient highlighted in each course. Familiar faces from earlier in the season return to pitch in as well.
posted by duffell on Mar 17, 2016 at 6:59 PM - 18 comments

Top Chef: Magic Hour  Season 13, Episode 14

Three chefs become four chefs as the winner of Last Chance Kitchen returns. Then they become two chefs, as two are eliminated before next week's finale. [more inside]
posted by primalux on Mar 14, 2016 at 6:27 PM - 13 comments

Top Chef: Where It All Started  Season 13, Episode 13

Artisanal toast, a quickfire elimination, and a stint in the Fleur De Lys kitchen! Familiar faces from past seasons of Top Chef (and Top Chef Masters) abound.
posted by duffell on Mar 3, 2016 at 7:13 PM - 5 comments

Top Chef: Wok This Way  Season 13, Episode 12

The cheftestants compete to chop their best suey for the quickfire challenge. Several previously-eliminated chefs return to help with the elimination challenge: developing a fast-casual dining concept!
posted by duffell on Feb 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM - 11 comments

Top Chef: Hammer Time  Season 13, Episode 11

Oakland & San Francisco! For the quickfire, the remaining 7 chefs create rap personas & matching dishes to serve to culturally relevant rap icon MC Hammer. For the elimination challenge, our chefs traverse time, space, and the San Francisco Public Library!
posted by duffell on Feb 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM - 7 comments

Top Chef: Restaurant Wars, Part II  Season 13, Episode 10

PART DEUX! It's time for dinner service. Phillip shows off his chest tats to the customers.
posted by duffell on Feb 11, 2016 at 7:09 PM - 9 comments

Top Chef: Restaurant Wars, Part I  Season 13, Episode 9

The chefs sing the "Restaurant Wars" song, and two teams go head-to-head as they prepare to open their own Chair Lunch Dinner.
posted by duffell on Feb 4, 2016 at 7:14 PM - 9 comments

Top Chef: Where's the Beef?  Season 13, Episode 8

The chefs get super soigné during the quickfire. For the elimination, 3 teams go head-to-head at a beefsteak banquet and make a lot of dick jokes.
posted by duffell on Jan 28, 2016 at 7:46 PM - 11 comments

Top Chef: Back in the Day  Season 13, Episode 7

Familiar faces abound! Antonia Lofaso returns to Top Chef to judge the quickfire. The chefs look back 10 years with their main dishes and get emotional. Michael Voltaggio walks around the kitchen with Tom and intimidates the contestants with his calm intensity. Mei Lin makes an appearance at the dinner table.
posted by duffell on Jan 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM - 10 comments

Top Chef: Banannaise  Season 13, Episode 6

San Diego! Fish tacos! A lobster freakout! A plating mishap! Sudden death quickfire! Judges' brew! Banannaise! Emeril! Blais!
posted by duffell on Jan 14, 2016 at 8:01 PM - 15 comments

Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen  Season 13 (Full Season)

The Last Chance Kitchen is a web series featuring challenges in which the ousted chefs compete for a chance to re-enter the main competition. Each week, two or more chefs compete against each other in the Top Chef kitchen, with the results judged solely by Tom Colicchio. The winner(s) of each week moves on to face the next eliminated Top Chef contestant(s), while the loser is eliminated from the competition for good. The champion of the Last Chance Kitchen returns to compete in the season finale.
posted by smackfu on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:34 AM - 20 comments

Top Chef: Big Gay Wedding  Season 13, Episode 5

The chefs make "date" dishes for the quickfire, and cater a wedding for 25 gay couples (officiated by Padma!) for the elimination challenge. The inimitable Art Smith shows up to renew his vows and serve as guest judge.
posted by duffell on Jan 9, 2016 at 9:06 AM - 18 comments

Top Chef: It's a Dry Heat  Season 13, Episode 4

The chefs hang out with Jose Andres in the desert. Teams compete in a progressive meal competition. Padma goes golfing.
posted by duffell on Dec 20, 2015 at 4:41 PM - 17 comments

Top Chef: Spines and Vines  Season 13, Episode 3

Uni? Vineyard? Yes please.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Dec 11, 2015 at 11:20 PM - 10 comments

Top Chef: Pop Up Pandemonium  Season 13, Episode 2

To better introduce the Chefs to the city of Los Angeles, Padma challenges them to create and open four distinct pop-up restaurants reflecting the culture of the respective neighborhoods they land in. Tom, Padma, Gail and guest judge and Pop-Up King Ludo Lefebvre eat their way through Mexican, Persian, Korean, and even Vegan cuisine to pick the best dish that celebrates LA's mosaic of cultures.
posted by smackfu on Dec 7, 2015 at 7:01 AM - 18 comments

Top Chef: Stop the Presses  Season 13, Episode 1

A collection of the country's best Chefs converge in Los Angeles where they will hit the road and compete in six cities across the Golden State. To get their feet wet, the Chefs face off in a fan favorite Quickfire challenge. Then, the Chefs must make dishes that stand out for a group of top food critics and reporters in order to survive the first elimination.
posted by smackfu on Dec 4, 2015 at 5:03 PM - 18 comments