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Top Chef 

A reality competition show in which chefs compete against one another in culinary challenges and are a judged by a panel of food and wine experts, with one or more contestants eliminated each episode.
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Tom Colicchio ...  Himself - Head Judge / ... 196 episodes, 2006-2018
Padma Lakshmi ...  Herself - Host / ... 189 episodes, 2006-2018
Gail Simmons ...  Herself - Judge / ... 133 episodes, 2006-2018
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A reality competition show in which chefs compete against one another in culinary challenges and are a judged by a panel of food and wine experts, with one or more contestants eliminated each episode.

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15 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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Top Chef All-Stars See more »

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Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Magical Elves Productions See more »
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The first season had only 12 contestants, while the 2nd and 3rd seasons will both have 15. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Game Night: Orange Is the New Game Night (2014) See more »

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a dash of cooking, a splash of personality mix well
9 January 2007 | by ponyiqSee all my reviews

I started watching this reality series with the second episode during the first season. I have loved it ever since. I really like the challenges. I have heard the complaint that it is not always about the cooking but being a top chef is about the cooking.. the challenges in my opinion are set up to evaluate how the chefs interact with each other, co-workers, underlings, and customers. I think the show is designed to challenge the chefs in ways that they are not accustomed to but yet, the effect is the same as things that happen every single day in the kitchen. THe challenges force the chefs to look deep within themselves. What I mean is that the challenges are set up to encourage out of the box thinking, what happens when half the staff is out with the flu, the delivery truck is 6 hours late, the market sent the wrong type of lettuce/squash/herb, the freezer went out, the house is overbooked by double, as someone got a date wrong on the books so 2 whole seating's are scheduled for the same time, when something gets burned etc. This show just puts what normally might happen over 6 months of problems squashes it into a couple of days, a group of people stuck together away from home, living together, working together,cooking together-from all walks of life, all kinds of cooking experience and education. Add it all together, stir it up and you get a great show


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