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Top Chef: Pan African Portland  Season 18, Ep 3

The pressure is laid on the chefs in the Quickfire Challenge as they are tasked to make a layered dessert. Carrie Baird joins Padma to pick the winner. Gregory Gourdet and Kwame Onwuachi take the chefs on a tour of restaurants in Portland that feature food from the African diaspora. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must make dishes inspired by their tour for the judging and dining panel, as well as the restaurant's owners.
posted by Emmy Rae on Apr 16, 2021 - 5 comments

Top Chef: Trouble Brewing  Season 18, Ep 2

The Chefs are in for a rude awakening when they enter the kitchen to find Padma and seven hungry all-star chefs [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Apr 9, 2021 - 4 comments

Top Chef: Finito!  Season 17, Ep 14

The final three all stars face off in an epic Italian showdown to cook the meal of their lives in an effort to take home the ultimate title and prize. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Jun 19, 2020 - 19 comments

Top Chef: Parma  Season 17, Ep 13

The chefs are treated to a culinary dream trip to Parma, the legendary home of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham; the chefs must feature the ingredients in two courses and serve their dishes to a table of 16 Michelin stars. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Jun 11, 2020 - 12 comments

Top Chef: Lucca  Season 17, Ep 12

The final five travel to Italy, where the chefs must make an aperitivo for 30 locals from the town of Lucca that pairs perfectly with a Peroni beer; then, they hunt the elusive white truffle which they must use in a dish for a Tuscan food festival. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Jun 7, 2020 - 8 comments

Top Chef: Michael's Santa Monica  Season 17, Ep 11

Tom makes his final decision from "Last Chance Kitchen" on who should return to the competition; the chefs take off in a Quickfire with Padma and Jonathan Waxman making a two-course business class dish for an airline. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on May 30, 2020 - 8 comments

Top Chef: Colossal Coliseum Kaiseki  Season 17, Ep 10

With only six chefs remaining, the challenges get even more difficult, when pastry super-chef Sherry Yard awaits the all stars for a dreaded dessert Quickfire; chefs endure a blindfolded taste test to pick their ingredients. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on May 22, 2020 - 12 comments

Top Chef: Cabin Fever  Season 17, Ep 9

The chefs head to the mountains outside of Los Angeles to go to a summer camp where they are challenged to an outdoor grilling Quickfire for Padma and "Top Chef" Kentucky winner Kelsey Barnard Clark. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on May 15, 2020 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Restaurant Wars  Season 17, Ep 8

It's Restaurant Wars and this season Padma takes all the limitations off the table as the chefs can make as much food as they want and shop wherever they choose; two chefs are given 48 hours to pick their teams and create the restaurants. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on May 8, 2020 - 15 comments

Top Chef: Pitch Perfect  Season 17, Ep 7

A Last Chance Kitchen winner re-enters the competition, Danny Trejo drops by, and the chefs must pitch a concept for the upcoming Restaurant Wars. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on May 2, 2020 - 13 comments

Top Chef: Get Your Phil  Season 17, Ep 6

Padma gets a real rise out of the chefs when she tasks them to make a Quickfire dish without any All-Purpose flour. Instead chefs must work with alternative flours from Blue Corn and Buckwheat to Coconut and Hazelnut. James Beard Award-Winning Chef Chris Bianco serves as the guest judge for the Quickfire Challenge. Then, the chefs are whisked off to the famous Walt Disney Concert Hall to meet legendary conductor Gustavo Dudamel who is about to celebrate the LA Philharmonic’s 100th anniversary. The Maestro inspires the chefs to treat their flavor profiles like musical instruments, each providing a counterbalance to the other. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs serve Dudamel and members of the LA Philharmonic at award-winning Otium restaurant along with Padma, Tom, Gail and Guest Judge, Bocuse d’Or finalist Timothy Hollingsworth. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Apr 24, 2020 - 6 comments

Top Chef: Bring Your Loved Ones to Work  Season 17, Ep 5

In the Quickfire, the chefs play a game of telephone with their loved ones as they try to reproduce the dish their family member is eating at a nearby restaurant; the chefs create a signature product that they will bottle and sell at a food festival.
posted by praemunire on Apr 17, 2020 - 12 comments

Top Chef: You're So Fresh  Season 17, Ep 4

Kelly Clarkson drops by. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Apr 10, 2020 - 7 comments

Top Chef: Strokes of Genius  Season 17, Ep 3

Comedic superstars Ali Wong and Randall Park swing by the Top Chef kitchen for a Quickfire Challenge tasking the chefs to make the wackiest fried rice they can; then, the chefs head to the famed Getty Museum to seek inspiration from the art. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Apr 3, 2020 - 6 comments

Top Chef: The Jonathan Gold standard  Season 17, Ep 2

This week the chefs honor the late, great Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Using Gold’s last guide list, the chefs fan out all over Los Angeles to sample the unique taquerias, food trucks, mom-and-pop cafes, upscale eateries and ethnic cuisine only found in the City of Angels. Drawing inspiration from this one-in-a-lifetime culinary odyssey, the chefs create dishes to serve 200 of Jonathan Gold’s friends, family, and restaurateurs that he loved at the iconic Union Station. Noted food writer and personal friend of Jonathan Gold, Ruth Reichl serves as guest judge alongside Padma, Tom and Gail. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Mar 26, 2020 - 5 comments

Top Chef: It's Like They Never Left!  Season 17, Ep 1

First episode of an all-stars season (set in California) features the classic mise-en-place challenge and cooking with fire.
posted by praemunire on Mar 20, 2020 - 16 comments

Top Chef: Finale  Season 16, Ep 15

It's the final showdown; the three remaining chefs must create the best four-course meal of their lives; Tom reveals in a twist that only two chefs will get the chance to serve their full menu; only one chef will emerge victorious.
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2019 - 12 comments

Top Chef: The Tao of Macau  Season 16, Ep 14

The final four chefs must cook with the smelly durian fruit; the chefs get a tutorial on the traditional cuisine of Macau; for the elimination challenge, the chefs are tasked with blending their own heritage with Chinese flavors.
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2019 - 5 comments

Top Chef: Holy Macau!  Season 16, Ep 13

The five remaining contestants head to Macau for the beginning of the end of 'Top Chef' season 16. [more inside]
posted by praemunire on Mar 1, 2019 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky Farewell  Season 16, Ep 12

Tom ambushes sleeping chefs and challenges them to make a dish using ingredients harvested from their gardens. For the last elimination challenge, the chefs bid on luxury ingredients at a thoroughbred horse auction house.
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2019 - 9 comments

Top Chef: The Greatest  Season 16, Ep 11

The chefs compete to impress the judges and the daughter of a Louisville hero. Nilou Motamed returns to judge.
posted by Emmy Rae on Feb 15, 2019 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Hoop Dreams  Season 16, Ep 10

'Top Chef' alum Ed Lee drops by for a Quickfire that's part trivia, part culinary creativity. Coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats host a concession-stand cook-off in Rupp Arena. Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis joins the judges.
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2019 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Music City USA  Season 16, Ep 9

In Nashville, Tenn., the chefs cook onstage at the Grand Ole Opry for singer Hunter Hayes. Inspired by a vibrant music memory, the chefs put their hearts on a plate for musician Caleb Followill, model Lily Aldridge and chef Jonathan Waxman.
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2019 - 6 comments

Top Chef: Whatever Floats Your Boat  Season 16, Ep 8

For an elimination challenge, the chefs are split into teams and tasked with throwing houseboat parties on Lake Cumberland; chef Emeril Lagasse joins Padma, Tom and Nilou, along with Capts. Sandy and Lee from "Below Deck" for houseboat hysteria.
posted by supercres on Jan 25, 2019 - 10 comments

Top Chef: Carne!  Season 16, Ep 7

Lena Waithe surprises the chefs, by challenging them to make their best version of the trademark Kentucky dish, the Hot Brown. Then super-chef Nancy Silverton brings her internationally renowned friend, butcher Dario Cecchini to break down a whole cow for the chefs to utilize along with locally-sourced Kentucky ingredients.
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2019 - 5 comments

Top Chef: Roaring Munchies  Season 16, Ep 6

The chefs walk in on an epic battle of Last Chance Kitchen and are drafted into the fight. Once Tom declares a winner, the chefs begin a challenge making dishes based on Prohibition Era cocktails. Chef Ken Oringer joins for a Roaring Twenties party.
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2019 - 7 comments

Top Chef: Restaurant Wars 2  Season 16, Ep 5

The mayhem and drama continues of the biggest Restaurant Wars in the history of “Top Chef.” Tom’s announcement of a double elimination piles on even more pressure. “Top Chef” alum turned James Beard Award winning Chefs Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton join the restaurant crawl along with Nilou Motamed and guest judge and James Beard Award winning restaurateur, Caroline Styne.
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2019 - 7 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: Surprise...It's Restaurant Wars  Season 16, Ep 4

In a massive twist, Padma's favorite challenge Restaurant Wars comes early this year, but before the chefs gear up for battle, they must first duke it out in an amuse bouche-based Quickfire for Top Chef alum turned James Beard Award winning chefs: Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton. Then, the gauntlet has been thrown and with twelve chefs remaining, three restaurants will be battling for victory. James Beard Award winning restaurateur Caroline Styne joins as the guest judge along with Nilou Motamed. And if this unexpected chaos isn't enough, Tom leaves the Chefs breathless with an announcement that will change the course of the competition.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 29, 2018 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: Naughty and Nice  Season 16, Ep 3

It's holiday time for Top Chef, and Richard Blais and Brooke Williamson help spread the festive cheer by presenting a white elephant Quickfire challenge. Then, the Chefs receive an unexpected gift as Michelin starred super Chef Eric Ripert sits down with them to celebrate an elaborate traditional French Christmas dinner. However, once the last bite is taken, Padma informs the Chefs that they’re missing the final part of the tradition of Le Revillon de Noel...the presentation of 13 desserts. It's a midnight pastry free-for-all as the Chefs try to avoid being placed on the naughty list.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 20, 2018 - 11 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo  Season 16, Ep 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, 2018 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: The Fastest Two Minutes in Cooking [Season Premiere]  Season 16, Ep 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, 2018 - 7 comments

Top Chef: Now That's a Lot of Schnitzel  Season 15, Ep 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, 2018 - 16 comments

Top Chef: This Is Not Glamping  Season 15, Ep 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, 2018 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Little Tools, Big Challenge  Season 15, Ep 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 - 16 comments

Top Chef: Keep on Truckin  Season 15, Ep 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 - 8 comments

Top Chef: Smile and Say Mise  Season 15, Ep 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 - 14 comments

Top Chef: It'll Take More than Pot Luck  Season 15, Ep 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 - 10 comments

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

Eight new chefs and eight returning chefs battle it out in Charleston, SC.
posted by duffell on Dec 2, 2016 - 5 comments

Top Chef: Finale  Season 13, Ep 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 - 16 comments

Top Chef: Where It All Started  Season 13, Ep 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 - 5 comments

Top Chef: Wok This Way  Season 13, Ep 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 - 11 comments

Top Chef: Hammer Time  Season 13, Ep 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 - 7 comments

Top Chef: Restaurant Wars, Part II  Season 13, Ep 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 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Restaurant Wars, Part I  Season 13, Ep 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 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Where's the Beef?  Season 13, Ep 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 - 11 comments

Top Chef: Back in the Day  Season 13, Ep 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 - 10 comments

Top Chef: Banannaise  Season 13, Ep 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 - 15 comments

Top Chef: Big Gay Wedding  Season 13, Ep 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 - 17 comments

Last Chance Kitchen discussion in Top Chef posts?

Question for Top Chef fans on FanFare: what should we do about Last Chance Kitchen in our discussion threads? fffm has raised the question and I think it bears discussing. [more inside]
posted by duffell on Dec 21, 2015 - 9 comments

Top Chef: It's a Dry Heat  Season 13, Ep 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 - 15 comments

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