8 March 2006
In the premiere episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the cast will be thrown straight into the demanding kitchen of famed San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys for the quickfire challenge where Guest judge Hubert Keller (famed chef and partner of Fleur de Lys) joins host Katie Lee Joel and judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons to help to make the decision on who must "pack up their knives" first.
15 March 2006
In the second episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the kitchen heats up as the contestants are challenged to cook up sweet dishes that are both sexy and erotic, under the watchful eye of guest judges Elizabeth Falkner, owner of Citizen Cake, a celebrated patisserie and dessert hotspot in San Francisco, and Mistress S, who runs a fetish ball and knows a thing or two about eroticism.
22 March 2006
Something smells fishy in this episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," as the cook's must dive into piles of slimy octopus and turn it into a tempting platter of seafood cuisine. Laurent Manrique of the famed San Francisco seafood restaurant Aqua will guest judge the challenge.
29 March 2006
Gas stations and five-star cuisine are not typically paired together in the same sentence, but in this fourth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" the contestants are challenged to create tempting dishes solely from ingredients available in a convenience store.
5 April 2006
In the fifth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the chefs are blindfolded, fed rare ethnic cuisine, and then must identify the ingredients. They then hit the streets of San Francisco for the elimination challenge where each team must serve a variety of fusion dishes from handcarts and will be judged upon taste, creativity and customer satisfaction.
12 April 2006
A "Queer Eye" will be watching over the sixth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" and it will come in the form of the culinary expert of The Fab Five, Ted Allen. Known for his food and entertaining expertise on Bravo's hit series Queer Eye, Allen will challenge the contestants to create a low cost appetizer using only the ingredients that he has pre-selected.
19 April 2006
In the seventh episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," contestants are asked to create a gourmet sandwich. The chefs will then move on to the elimination challenge, where they are put into teams and must come up with a new restaurant concept and put it into practice for one night only in an actual restaurant location.
26 April 2006
It's wedding bells for the competing chefs in the eighth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef." The chefs are put into two teams who must pitch their catering concept to a gay couple that intends to marry in a commitment ceremony, and the couple will choose the most convincing pitch.
3 May 2006
Only three potential Top Chefs remain, and this episode's quickfire challenge will test their ability to get creative with junk food to make a tasty dish that could still be served to conscientious diners.
Season 1, Episode 10: Reunion10 May 2006
It's a "dish" unlike any other on Bravo's "Top Chef: Watch What Happens Special." Bravo's pop culture pundit and programming executive Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season three's chef ?testants and judges; host Padma Lakshmi, head-judge Tom Colicchio, judge Gail Simmons and culinary expert Ted Allen. Cohen will get viewers burning questions answered and dish over season three?s good, bad and overcooked. Viewers will also see exclusive clips that didn?t make the final cut. The winner of Bravo's "Fan Favorite" will also be announced during the reunion special.
Season 1, Episode 11: Finale17 May 2006
The remaining two chefs will face-off for one final competition. In the end, only one chef will make it through the spectacular final competition to take the top culinary title.
24 May 2006
18 October 2006
Bravo's hit culinary series "Top Chef" is back with 15 rising chefs, one red-hot Los Angeles kitchen and some of the restaurant industry's most renowned talent.
25 October 2006
It's a global experience in the second episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," as the chefs get an early morning wake up call and head to the fish market for their quickfire challenge where they must prepare a scrumptious sushi meal.
1 November 2006
It is time for the chefs to chill out and cool down as they make a tasty ice cream treat for the quickfire challenge in the third episode of Bravo's "Top Chef."
8 November 2006
In the fourth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the challenges and the competition heats up as the chefs take on the difficult task of creating amuse bouche for the quickfire challenge. For the elimination challenge, the chefs visit a weight loss camp.
15 November 2006
Grab some antacid for this week's episode of "Top Chef." For their quickfire challenge, the chefs are presented with piles of revolting leftover animals parts -- including chicken feet, pigs blood and lamb hearts -- and asked to create delectable tasty dishes from the discarded ingredients.
22 November 2006
On the sixth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the contestants prepare for Thanksgiving.
6 December 2006
The chefs take a leap back in time on this week's episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" as they must create an entrÃ©e without modern day technology. Guest judging the challenge is surfer turned chef, Rafael Lunetta.
13 December 2006
It's the holidays in the eighth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" as the chefs must serve up a party appetizer and a complementing Baileys cocktail mix in their quickfire challenge.
Season 2, Episode 9: Seven3 January 2007
This week on Bravo's "Top Chef," the chefs must put their creative minds to the test for the quickfire challenge and use one of the seven colors of the rainbow to create a color themed three-item dish that is not only a treat for the taste buds, but also appealing to the eye.
10 January 2007
In this week's episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the chefs cook a late night snack with tight constraints. Guest judging is San Francisco restaurateur Mike Yakura.
17 January 2007
Love is in the air on this week's episode of "Top Chef" as the cooks head to Santa Barbara.
24 January 2007
The final four chefs compete in a two-part finale shot in Hawaii.
31 January 2007
The final two chefs face-off in Hawaii for their final competition.
6 June 2007
Eight former Top Chef contestants -- four from season one, another four from season two -- return for a team cook-off competition. Also, the season three contestants are introduced.
13 June 2007
The top 15 competing chefs are officially introduced, after having served as judges for the previous episode, 4-Star All Stars. A Quickfire Challenge is then announced, where the chefs have 10 minutes to create an amuse bouche from the ingredients which they sampled at their welcome party; a second rule is established: they can only use the implements provided by the caterers. After the Quickfire Challenge winner is picked, the contestants are whisked back to their digs at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami. The next morning, the chefs face off in the Elimination Challenge, a protein-heavy buffet of unusual ingredients in which they are to create their best version of Surf 'n Turf. With 30 dollars to shop for extra ingredients and 2 hours to prepare, they serve the four judges, which includes special guest Anthony Bourdain.
20 June 2007
The 14 remaining chefs compete in a Quickfire Challenge where citrus is the key ingredient to victory. In the Elimination Challenge, the object is to make the best "upscale" dish for a champagne BBQ attended by Miami socialites.
27 June 2007
13 potential Top Chefs remain. For this episode's Quickfire Challenge, each contestant has 30 seconds to net as much shellfish as they can, then they have 30 minutes to prepare a dish. Chef Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill is the guest judge, and he alone picks the Quickfire winner. In the Elimination Challenge, the competing chefs must take a range of "family favorite dishes" -- pork chops and apple sauce, sloppy joes, etc. -- and convert them into healthier offerings. They cook for members of the Miami Elks Club Lodge.
11 July 2007
The 12 remaining contestants cook alongside mixologist Jamie Walker, and then showcase their abilities for members of a Miami gastronomic society, as well as guest judge Barton G. Weiss of the restaurant Barton G.
18 July 2007
11 chefs remain, and this week, the Quickfire Challenge puts their dessert-making skills to the test; in the Elimination Challenge, Telemundo's top stars help determine who will advance to the next round. DUO restaurant co-owner Maria Frumkin is the guest judge.
25 July 2007
The drama is served hot on Bravo's "Top Chef: New York: Watch What Happens Reunion." Bravo executive Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season one - three's chef'testants and judges - host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young. Cohen will answer viewers' burning questions and dish on season one - three's good, bad and overcooked.
1 August 2007
The sixth installment of Bravo's "Top Chef 3 Miami" touches on the senses as the chefs compete for immunity and must identify ingredients by sight or taste.
8 August 2007
A sweet tooth is mandatory in the latest "Top Chef 3 Miami" quickfire challenge, which involves toppings and ice cream.
15 August 2007
In the Quickfire Challenge, the 8 remaining contestants face-off to make the best burger for special guest Daniel Boulud. Then, the chefs pair off into 2 teams of 4 for the Elimination Challenge, "Restaurant Wars," where they have to design the physical space and the 4-course menus for their respective establishments.
22 August 2007
This episode could also be called "Restaurant Wars: Part 2." After unsatisfactory results in the previous episode, the two teams are given a second chance to impress a dining room full of guests at their respective restaurants. The team who wins the Quickfire Challenge (in which the teams are pitted against one another in a contest of kitchen athleticism) is granted the services of guest sommelier Stephen Asprinio, a contestant from the first season of Top Chef. In the Elimination Challenge, the restaurants go head-to-head to see who will be sent home.
5 September 2007
The remaining chefs must prove they have aisle style and get creative at the supermarket in the 10th episode of "Top Chef 3 Miami."
12 September 2007
It was a competition from the get-go as the chefs were awoken to the grumbles of Padma's stomach. She was hungry, and the chefs had to make her breakfast using their Breville blenders. While there didn't really seem to be a bad dish in the bunch, Hung's steak and eggs and Grand Marnier shake was victorious. Padma then informed the chefs that they would be going on a trip. But what she didn't tell them was that the real challenge would occur on the plane itself parked at Newark Liberty International Airport. The chefs worked with the culinary crew at Continental Airlines to create dishes that could be served to their Business Class members, and would be tested by their own elite flight attendants. While Casey's dish inspired guest judge Anthony Bourdain's palate and earned her her second win in a row, CJ's never made it off the runway.
19 September 2007
The remaining five chefs finally land in New York City. After taking in the sights and some street meat, they're off to their Quickfire at the famous Le Cirque, where they are greeted by renowned owner Sirio Maccioni. The chefs are treated to a special halibut dish, which they then have to re-create. Hung's dish is deemed closest to the original, while Sara is unable to complete the task -- the first of many problems. The chefs then head to Lee Anne's second home, The French Culinary Institute. There, Padma tells them that they will have to make a dish using chicken, potatoes, and onions for the culinary legends and professors of the FCI. Hung's chicken skin chip finally gets him a win and a trip to the finale in Aspen, as do Casey's, Dale's, and Brian's dishes. All Sara's poorly-executed Jamaican-inspired dish gets her is a one-way trip home.
26 September 2007
The four remaining chefs head to Aspen, Colorado for the semifinal and the decision of who the final two will be.
2 October 2007
And then there were two. Find out who can take the heat and who must relinquish the coveted title of Bravo's Top Chef in the final episode of Top Chef 3 Miami.
Season 3, Episode 17: ReunionOctober 2007
It's a "dish" unlike any other on Bravo's Top Chef: Watch What Happens Special. Host Andy Cohen sits down with the cast and judges of season 3.
12 March 2008
Quick fire challenge: Contestants must make their own twist on deep-dish pizza. Elimination challenge: The low scoring contestants face off over traditional dishes.
Season 4, Episode 2: Zoo Food19 March 2008
Quick Fire Challenge: Create a dish using five ingredients from the Green City outdoor market. Elimination Challenge: Cater a party for 200 people at the Lincoln Park Zoo.
26 March 2008
Quick Fire Challenge: Make a fine dining experience out of a taco. Elimination challenge: Create dishes for a block party, using ingredients taken from homes in the neighborhood.
Season 4, Episode 4: Film Food2 April 2008
Quick Fire Challenge: Make a vegetable plate using three techniques. Elimination challenge: Create a six course dinner for 12, in which each course is inspired by a favorite film.
9 April 2008
Quick Fire Challenge: Chef Ming Tsai tested competitors' abilities to distinguish between high-end and average ingredients in a blindfolded taste test. Elimination challenge: Create a first course for the Meals on Wheels Chicago Celebrity Chef Ball incorporating aspects of the four elements: earth, air, fire and water.
Season 4, Episode 6: Tailgating16 April 2008
Quick Fire challenge: Create a dish that goes well with beer. Elimination challenge: Create tailgating dishes for a Bears game.
Season 4, Episode 7: Improv23 April 2008
This quick-fire is short and sweet. The chefs must create a dessert that will satisfy the sweet-tooth of renowned pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini.
30 April 2008
When life gives the chefs lemons, they must make lemonade?using one ingredient and making it into a healthy meal ? with only a microwave.
7 May 2008
Can the chefs cut it...with speed? It?s a culinary relay race in this week's quickfire challenge that requires expert shucking, chopping and whipping ? putting the chefs' knife skills to the ultimate test.
14 May 2008
The chefs must bring sexy back ? to the salad. They are challenged to reinvent the salad by making it sexier and more modern in the quick fire challenge.
21 May 2008
If you can?t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. For the quick-fire challenge the chefs are forced to work the line at a busy, greasy spoon during breakfast rush, handling hundreds of orders.
28 May 2008
The chefs are given a slab of meat they must clean and butcher in their quick-fire challenge. Then, itÂ's a blast from the past in the elimination challenge, and one chef is history.
4 June 2008
The four remaining chefs travel to Puerto Rico to compete in the finale and for the final three spots.
11 June 2008
The final three battle it out to cook the best meal of their lives and earn the prestigious title of Bravo's "Top Chef."
Season 4, Episode 15: ReunionJune 2008
Bravo's programming executive Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season four's chef'testants and judges.
12 November 2008
Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" returns for its fifth season, bringing seventeen promising chefs to the big apple.
19 November 2008
In the second episode of "Top Chef: New York," the chef'testants find themselves at Tom's flagship restaurant, Craft. They are challenged to cook and serve lunch to real customers - who may be their biggest critics yet.
26 November 2008
The holiday season has arrived, and the chef'testants have a lot to be thankful for. And this year it's not just family these cooks must impress; but also six-time Grammy Award-winning rock band, Foo Fighters, as they join the band for a tour stop in Rochester, New York.
Season 5, Episode 4: Today Show3 December 2008
The fourteen remaining chef'testants vie for a chance to display their skills on the nation's highest rated morning program, "Today." The winner of a super fast food demonstration challenge will get the booking, with the chance to display their unique culinary expertise on live network television.
10 December 2008
In the fifth episode of "Top Chef: New York," host and judge, Padma Lakshmi solicits the help of the chefs in arranging a bridal shower for Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and her friends.
17 December 2008
On the eleventh day of Christmas, Bravo gave to me...eleven chefs a cookin'. In the spirit of the holidays, the chefs use their skills to give back to the community by catering a Christmas cocktail party hosted by special guest judge, actress and foodie Natasha Richardson, for AmFar, the foundation for AIDS research.
7 January 2009
Cooking excellent food takes focus...and none is greater than the chef'testants on the seventh episode of Bravo's "Top Chef: New York." Their quickfire challenge demands they create a sweet treat without using any sugar and in the elimination round, the chefs must serve to an interesting crowd.
14 January 2009
It's time for the big city chefs to head to the country. The remaining chef'testants must shop for the freshest of ingredients at Blue Hill Farm and then work with what they have to create a feast for the farm workers themselves.
21 January 2009
It's baaaaaaack! The always anticipated episode, Restaurant Wars - where the chef'testants must create every aspect of a restaurant in 24 hours - the heat is on.
28 January 2009
It's time for the Super Bowl and nothing goes better with the all-American pastime than good food! The remaining chefs battle it out in a Super Bowl-themed cook-off against seven all-stars from previous seasons.
4 February 2009
The chef'testants get the opportunity to cook in one of the best restaurants in the world, three star Michelin winner Le Bernadin. Their final product will be judged by renowned chef, Eric Ripert.
11 February 2009
It's time for the knife off. The final five chef'testants learn who will be cooking the last supper on "Top Chef: New York."
18 February 2009
The remaining chefs take their skills outside New York City to compete in the final challenges that will determine who takes home the title of "Top Chef" .
25 February 2009
The final chefs battle it out to cook the best meal of their lives and earn the prestigious title of Bravo's "Top Chef" in the final episode of "Top Chef: New York."
The drama is served hot on Bravo's "Top Chef: New York: Watch What Happens Reunion." Bravo executive Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chef'testants and judges - host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young. The winner of Bravo's "Fan Favorite" will also be announced.
19 August 2009
Bravo's "Top Chef" returns for its sixth season with a delicious twist, taking the heated competition to Las Vegas. The 17 new chef'testants are in for a sweet surprise when they team up for their first challenge to create a dish based on their own signature vices. World-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck serves as guest judge.
26 August 2009
Wedding bells are a' ringing. In the second episode of "Top Chef: Las Vegas," the chef'testants will have to adapt swiftly to a city famous for its quickie marriages by catering to a poolside bachelor and bachelorette party.
2 September 2009
It's time to load up 'em up and ship 'em out when the elimination challenge calls for feeding the famed Thunderbirds - the Air Force's most elite demonstration team. The chefs are given limited time and supplies to create a plentiful meal for the masses at Nellis Air Force Base. Mark Peel, owner of Campanile restaurant in Los Angeles, guest judges.
9 September 2009
The chefs must find that certain Je Ne Sais Quoi in Sin City. The contestants are put to the test when they must pair up to make the perfect French dish for some of France's culinary greats: "Chef of the Century," Joel Robuchon along with culinary superstars Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller, Laurent Tourondel and Jean Joho join the competitors at Joel Robuchon for this French-tastic fine-dining challenge.
Season 6, Episode 5: Camping16 September 2009
The chef'testants rough it ranch-style this week when the quickfire requires them to cook with cactus. For the elimination challenge, they must sleep under the stars at a camping site and plan a menu for some Las Vegas cowboys.
23 September 2009
Are you watching closely? The chef'testants must roll up their culinary sleeves when they are asked to put on a show and deconstruct a classic dish for the masters of illusion, Penn and Teller.
7 October 2009
The chef'testants test their luck when they are asked to pull a slot machine to determine the guidelines for the quickfire challenge. For elimination, they must prepare a special dinner for Macy's Culinary Council members Tyler Florence, Tom Douglas, Nancy Silverton, Govind Armstrong, and Takashi Yagihashi.
14 October 2009
In the eighth episode of "Top Chef: Las Vegas," the chefs arrive at guest judge Charlie Palmer's Aureole restaurant at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, where the wine supply is never-ending.
21 October 2009
It's baaaaaaaaack - Restaurant Wars - and this time it's Sin City style. This season, it's a little different - the chef'testants take over "Top Chef Masters" contestant Chef Rick Moonen's restaurant, Seafood. and the focus will be on food, service and front of house. Moonen serves as guest judge for this classic "Top Chef" challenge.
28 October 2009
The editors of TV Guide magazine came up with a list of shows, which are used as inspiration for a TV Dinner quickfire challenge. The remaining chef''testants are then put to the test as they visit Tom Colicchio's restaurant, Craft Steak in Las Vegas to cook for Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Natalie Portman and friends.
11 November 2009
It's hotel heaven for the six remaining chefs on "Top Chef: Las Vegas." The chef'testants must whip up the perfect breakfast in bed dish. Nigella Lawson serves as guest judge.
18 November 2009
The competition is heating up as this week's challenge is based on the Bocuse d'Or - one of the world's most prestigious cooking competitions founded by famed chef Paul Bocuse. His son, Jerome Bocuse, guest judges along with special guest, renowned American chef Thomas Keller.
2 December 2009
And then there were four - the remaining chef'testants head to Napa Valley to compete in the penultimate challenge that will determine who makes it to the final round and who will take home the title of "Top Chef."
9 December 2009
The final three chefs battle it out to cook the best meal of their lives and earn the prestigious title of Bravo's "Top Chef" in the final episode of "Top Chef: Las Vegas."
16 June 2010
The 17 new chef'testants team up for their first elimination challenge in which they must create a dish that represents their own constituency, where they are from and what they represent. The chefs serve their dishes at the famous National Cherry Blossom festival in Washington D.C.
23 June 2010
The chef'testants support First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. The chefs must take over the cafeteria at the local middle school and create healthy, kid-friendly meals spending only $2.68 per child, which is the reimbursement rate schools receive for each child who is eligible for free lunch through the National School Lunch Program.
30 June 2010
For the quickfire, the chefs must make a pie from scratch. For the elimination, the chefs prepare a classic picnic feast for Capitol Hill interns at Mount Vernon, the home of the first U.S. president, George Washington. While the chefs grill up some tasty dishes, the interns spread out their blankets and play croquet on the lawn.
7 July 2010
For the quickfire challenge, the chefs must create baby food for Padma's newborn. For the elimination, the chefs are tested on their level of hospitality service. Washington Hilton enlists the chefs to create a dish that fits their clients' needs, clients who demand round the clock accessibility to good food that is healthy, affordable and sophisticated. The chefs must create a breakfast, lunch and dinner dish for a select focus group. In order to execute three services, chefs are paired into 7 teams of 2. The team with the best service will be awarded with a Hilton vacation and a featured dish on the Hilton menu.
14 July 2010
The chef'testants get crabby this week when the quickfire requires them to cook with mounds of D.C.'s most famous ingredient, the blue crab. For the elimination challenge, they go to a Virginian farm to cook with fresh ingredients.
Season 7, Episode 6: Cold War21 July 2010
The chefs battle it out in a culinary version of the Cold War. The chef'testants are divided into two groups and each team must create one cold entrée.
28 July 2010
The chef'testants attempt to create culinary delights that can be speared with a toothpick and served at a Congressional party for the quickfire challenge. For elimination, they must prepare a power lunch at the city's elite Palm restaurant.
4 August 2010
The chefs must cook exotic Ethiopian cuisine for the quickfire, and for the elimination are tasked with creating a dish based on one of the foreign embassies in D.C. Chefs, ambassadors and dignitaries representing each country join in the judging.
11 August 2010
The chefs are blindfolded in a classic cooking relay race for the elimination. Then it's Restaurant Wars time! The chefs are divided into two teams: donkeys versus elephants. The diners will taste each menu and "vote" for the team they want to win.
18 August 2010
For the quickfire, the chefs must guess the ingredients inside a mystery box. For the elimination, the chefs must transform a well-known dish into something entirely new, cooking for none other than CIA Director Leon Panetta, who knows a thing or two about taking on a new identity. The chefs serve CIA Director Panetta and his closest allies in his private dining room inside the agency's closely guarded headquarters.
25 August 2010
The six remaining chefs take over two concession stands at Nationals Park in D.C., creating game snacks for the die-hard fans of the Washington Nationals major league baseball team. But ballparks aren't just serving hot dogs and peanuts any more, adding a variety of tasty and higher-end creations to the menu.
1 September 2010
The competition blasts off this week as an astronaut orbiting Earth blinks onto a large screen, instructing the chefs on this week's elimination challenge -- to come up with space food creations that do not taste like moon rocks. The winner will have their dish served in space.
8 September 2010
The finalists compete in Singapore.
15 September 2010
The final three compete and a Top Chef is chosen.
22 September 2010
The drama is served piping hot on Bravo's "Top Chef: D.C. Reunion" as "Watch What Happens" host Andy Cohen chats up season seven's chef'testants along with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons and Eric Ripert. The chef'testants will answer viewers' questions and dish on season seven's good, bad and overcooked.
1 December 2010
Eighteen past contestants return to compete in New York City-based culinary heats. They are challenged to re-create the ill-fated dish that caused their elimination during their previous stint on the show.
8 December 2010
Pop singer Joe Jonas enlists the gourmets to prepare a snack for children taking in a sleepover at New York's American Museum of Natural History. Later, prehistoric sustenance inspires breakfast items for the children, with Season 1 host Katie Lee Joel returning to guest judge.
14 December 2010
A mise-en-place relay race; chefs cook in four of New York's finest restaurants.
22 December 2010
Chefs must create a holiday stuffing dish with no utensils; catering the U.S. Open launch party.
5 January 2011
In a series first, head judge Tom Colicchio enters the competition, challenging the chefs to beat his time in creating a dish. Then, the meal masters head to Chinatown to serve up dim sum for locals.
12 January 2011
The remaining culinary all-stars hook and cook a fish dish for a summer's end beach party.
19 January 2011
The chefs get hooked into a fish-fillet contest at an elite seafood restaurant. In a unique Restaurant Wars test that follows, they must establish "one night only" eateries under the stars in New York City.
2 February 2011
Contestants are judged on presentation and plating; traditional three-course Italian meal.
9 February 2011
The chefs prepare fondue. Later, they cater late-night talker Jimmy Fallon's birthday party.
Season 8, Episode 10: Lock Down16 February 2011
The chefs get in touch with their inner child with the help of Sesame Street stars Cookie Monster, Telly, and Elmo. For the Quickfire challenge, the chefs must make a cookie that pleases the gang. The chefs then take over a Target store in the middle of the night and for the Elimination challenge must make a dish with whatever they can find in the aisles.
23 February 2011
This week, the chefs must use a deep fryer to impress the queen of southern cooking, Paula Deen. Deen is then joined by John Besh as a guest judge in the Elimination Challenge where the chefs provide the seafood at a charity event benefiting the fisherman of the Gulf region.
2 March 2011
The chef'testants are tasked with making something out of nothing on the open water for this week's Quickfire.The chefs then head to Ellis Island where they are surprised with their family tree and are tasked with creating a dish based on their heritage.
9 March 2011
The chefs set sail for the Bahamas, and each participates in a culinary duel against the person who was crowned the winner during their first stint on the show. Later, they create meals for Bahamian royalty, but it's a royal pain with limited cooking equipment.
16 March 2011
In the Bahamas, the meal maestros cater a high-end lunch party for a yacht club's 80th anniversary and serve up Bahamian delicacies, including conch, which they themselves must catch in the ocean.
23 March 2011
The still-standing chefs fashion a challenge for their fellow contestants in Season 8's final Quickfire. Then, they dish up a "last supper" for celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck and Michelle Bernstein.
Season 8, Episode 16: Finale30 March 2011
The final all-star food fighters try to seal the deal with an ideal meal.
6 April 2011
The drama is served extra spicy on Bravo's "Top Chef All-Stars Reunion Special." Bravo executive and "Watch What Happens: Live" host Andy Cohen talks to season eight's chef'testants and judges -- host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons. Cohen will answer viewers' questions and dish on season eight's good, bad and undercooked.
2 November 2011
29 chefs journey to the Lone Star state but only 16 will advance to the competition and earn a Top Chef coat. In the Season 9 premiere, the chefs are split into 3 groups and must excel in their challenge in order to move on to the competition.
9 November 2011
10 chefs try to earn a spot in the final 16 by choosing which of 10 initial ingredients they will use to create a dish. The remaining chefs "on the bubble" compete in a final cook-off to earn one of the remaining spots in the final 16.
16 November 2011
In the Quickfire, the chefs create a savory dish from rattlesnakes. In the elimination challenge, the chefs cater a Quincinera party, a coming of age celebration in the Mexican culture.
23 November 2011
The chefs turn up the heat in the Quickfire to create a spicy, savory dish using hot peppers. In the elimination challenge, the chefs take over the food court at a rodeo for a chili cook off.
30 November 2011
While traveling, the Chefs hit a Quickfire roadblock where they must create a dish with ingredients found in a standard survival kit. In the elimination challenge, the chefs cook a progressive dinner party for Dallas high society.
7 December 2011
Contestants arrive at Le Cordon Bleu in Dallas for their Quickfire Challenge and are met by this week's guest judge, Chef Dean Fearing. For the Quickfire Challenge, contestants are given 90 minutes to create a new sauce based on one of the five "mother" sauces. For the elimination challenge, competitors head to Southfork ranch to cook a four course steak dinner for 200 guests at the annual Cattle Baron's Ball.
Season 9, Episode 7: Game On14 December 2011
In this week's Quickfire, the chefs create a dish that complements well with tequila. Tequila pairs well with anything spicy, grilled, served with salsa accompaniments, or flavored with citrus. In a double elimination, the game is on as the cheftestants pair up and cook for a group of famous chefs sharing a common thread -- their love of hunting. Our chefs will be asked to form teams of two then each team will be assigned a famous chef and his/her favorite game. In a twist, it will be up to the chefs to decide which three teams are on the bottom and therefore helping to determine which one team will go home. Guest judge Tim Love joins Hugh Acheson, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi.
21 December 2011
This week's Quickfire will reach out to its fans via twitter, as they follow instructions tweeted live and create a dish based on what they want the chefs to do. Whenever Tom sees an idea he likes, he will call it out in the room. No matter which direction the chefs thought they were taking their dish, they will have to switch it up based on the latest tweet. For the elimination challenge, the chefs have a chance to reflect and pay homage to the person who taught them how to cook by making a "tribute dish" in their honor. Legendary singer and cookbook author Patti Labelle guest judges, along with Emeril Lagasse, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi.
4 January 2012
The chefs return to their suite after Judges' Table to find a note along with the entire box set of "The Modernist Cuisine" by Nathan Myhrvold. He will be the guest judge and the 6-volume set of books is their homework. For the Quickfire, the chefs must create something that's impressive and creative, but also tastes amazing. For the elimination challenge, the chefs split into teams and face off in an ultimate BBQ showdown. After all, what's more Texan than a good ol' fashioned BBQ? The fans will decide which team has the best BBQ. Guest judge Nathan Myhrvold joins Gail Simmons, head judge Tom Colicchio and host Padma Lakshmi.
11 January 2012
Restaurant Wars is back! Everything's bigger in Texas and in this Top Chef favorite, the chefs split into teams and must create a restaurant from the ground up -- from design to signage, logos to menus and everything in between. Judges Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse join head judge Tom Colicchio and host Padma Lakshmi.
18 January 2012
This week's Quickfire is all about awareness in the kitchen. The chefs will have 30 minutes to create a dish of their choosing, but this is no ordinary Quickfire. Once time begins, various ingredients will start to come into the kitchen via a train. For the elimination challenge, the chefs embody evil on the plate and serve a gothic feast fit for a Queen. This dish should demonstrate various cooking techniques, textures and flavors, but more importantly, the diners should visually see the "evil" components on the dish. Actress Charlize Theron, who plays the Evil Queen in the upcoming film "Snow White & The Huntsman", guest judges, along with Emeril Lagasse, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi.
25 January 2012
In this week's Quickfire, the chefs work in teams of two and with 30 minutes, they must race against the clock and get through all their prep. With the remaining time, the chefs must then create a delicious dish with the already prepped ingredients. For the elimination challenge, the chefs head to a food drive/block party, where they will choose an opponent, create one dish that they will both make, and go head-to-head. One chef from each pair will be on top, and one will be on the bottom, and one chef from the bottom will go home. Cat Cora guest judges, along with Emeril Lagasse, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi.
1 February 2012
In this week's Quickfire, Pee-wee Herman stops by and the chefs are tasked to create his favorite breakfast dish -- pancakes! The Chefs are challenged to be as creative as possible when making their batter, toppings and presentation. In "Pee-wee's Big Adventure," Pee-wee learned a lot about searching the streets and asking for help. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are set loose in downtown San Antonio with a bike and $100, where they must find their ingredients and create a dish for Pee-wee's dinner party. Pee-wee Herman joins Gail Simmons, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi at judges' table.
Season 9, Episode 14: Mentors8 February 2012
In this week's Quickfire, the chefs must use their sense of touch, smell and taste to navigate through the pantry to gather ingredients for a dish while blindfolded. In a twist, the winning chef from the Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen companion series will re-enter the competition and join the remaining four chefs in the elimination challenge, where the chefs must create a delicious dish that will impress their mentors. Host Padma Lakshmi, along with Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and head judge Tom Colicchio will determine which final four chefs will advance to the finale.
15 February 2012
The final 4 chefs arrive in Whistler, British Columbia, for a Top Chef twist on the Olympic games. From cooking on the world's fastest gondola to a biathlon that requires marksman-like precision to get the best ingredients, the chefs will need to have the concentration of a true culinary Olympian to advance to the next round in Vancouver.
22 February 2012
Asian Masters lend a hand in a tag-team-style quickfire. The final 3 chefs must create a dish and cocktail that fuses the concept of fire and ice into one cohesive dish, a culinary testament of their journey from blazing Texas heat to blistering Vancouver cold.
Season 9, Episode 17: FinaleFebruary 2012
For the final challenge, each chef will take over a restaurant in Vancouver where they will have the chance to design a four-course meal for the judges and unbeknownst to them, friends and family.
Season 9, Episode 18: Reunion7 March 2012
The drama is served extra hot on Bravo's "Top Chef: Texas Reunion Special." Andy Cohen talks to season nine's chef'testants and judges - host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. Cohen will answer viewers' questions and dish on the good, bad and overcooked.