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Top Chef is a show that airs on Bravo that features talented and famous chefs from around the world who compete against one another. There are many different culinary challenges that usually feature a different food item or a different environment. The chefs have to battle it out with the information given to them and then a panel of judges decides who wins and who loses. This panel is usually made up by leaders in the food or wine industry. Special appearances by TV or Movie celebrities sometimes do happen on the judging panel.

In Top Chef the chefs are put under a large amount of stress due to the time limits and the certain ingredients they are given. Sometimes there will be a special ingredient that the chef does not know how to use but they have to use their best judgment and work with it. Also, the chefs have to work in many different restaurants or kitchens around the world. Depending on where they are they will have to cook a dish that pertains to that area. For example if they were in a kitchen in Italy they would prepare an Italian Dish for the judges. The judges then taste all of the dishes and score them. They score them for taste, creativeness, and presentation. The show goes on until there is one last chef left who is announced the winner and the Top Chef.

Top Chef on Bravo is a television show that shows the skills of the finest chefs in the world. Using difficult ingredients and techniques they create masterful dishes for the judges. The judging panel is always changing which adds another aspect to the show which is refreshing. Top Chef shows off what its like to be the best in the world at preparing food.

Top Chef is a Reality, Game Show series that is currently running and has 17 seasons (269 episodes). The series first aired on March 8, 2006. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.

Top Chef is available for streaming on the Bravo website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Top Chef on demand at Amazon, Hulu, NBC, Vudu, Bravo, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, hayu, Google Play, iTunes online.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Bravo
17 Seasons, 269 Episodes
March 8, 2006
Reality, Game Show
7.6/10
Cast: Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons
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Top Chef Full Episode Guide

  • In the penultimate episode in the All Stars competition, the chefs are treated to a culinary dream trip to Parma, the legendary home of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham. After getting a behind the scenes tour of some traditional multi-generational factories of these exclusive products, the chefs must feature these ingredients in two courses and serve their dishes to a table of 16 Michelin stars. Pasta master, Chef Evan Funke, sits in as the guest judge along with Tom, Padma, Gail and a bevy of celebrated Italian super-star chefs. One chef is eliminated as only the top three will move on to the finale.

  • The final five travel to one of the top culinary destinations - Italy. First the chefs must make an apertivo for locals from the town of Lucca. Then, they hunt for the elusive white truffle which they must use in a dish for a Tuscan food festival.

  • Tom makes his final decision from Last Chance Kitchen on who should return to the competition. Then the chefs take off in a Quickfire with Padma and Jonathan Waxman making a two-course Business-Class dish for an airline. For their final challenge in Los Angeles before jetting off to Italy for the finale, the chefs go to Michael's Santa Monica.

  • The chefs head to the mountains, a few hours outside of Los Angeles to go to Summer Camp where they are challenged to an outdoor grilling Quickfire for Padma and “Top Chef” Kentucky winner Kelsey Barnard Clark. Before the sun rises, the chefs get to work on an upscale brunch buffet for 200 moms vacationing at the camp using a very limited stock pantry. It'll take more than s'mores and a round of kumbayas to impress the moms.

  • 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. The two winning chefs from last week’s concept challenge are given 48 hours to pick their teams and make the restaurants they pitched come to life.

  • The remaining chefs are given a taco throw down challenge.

  • 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.

  • In the Quickfire, it's a true test of communication as the chefs play a game of telephone with their loved ones as they try to reproduce the dish their family member is currently eating at a nearby restaurant. Then, the chefs are tasked with creating a signature product that they will bottle, use on a dish and sell at a food festival. They may get help from their visiting loved ones, but for one chef, the help won’t save them from being sent home. Celebrity Chef Nancy Silverton is the guest judge joining Tom, Padma and Gail.

  • Kelly Clarkson drops into the Top Chef kitchen for a Quickfire based on her new movie, Trolls: World Tour, where the chefs are tasked with combining colorful ingredients from six different musical 'lands' to make one delicious dish. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs are split into two teams to create a cohesive, progressive vegetarian meal for Padma, Tom, Gail and James Beard nominated guest judge Jeremy Fox. The catch is they won't know what ingredients they'll be working with until the morning of the challenge when they shop exclusively at the Santa Monica Farmers Market.

  • 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 one of four historical art movements to create a masterpiece on their plate. Guest Judge Ludo Lefebvre joins Tom, Padma and Gail, as well as guest diners Chefs Ray Garcia, Sara Hymanson, Sarah Kramer and Craig Thornton.

  • This week the chefs honor the late, great Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold.

  • A mise-en-place challenge set at the historic Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles kicks off an intense battle between 15 of the competition's fiercest challengers. Then, the first elimination challenge takes the Chefs to the beach to cook a seafood meal

  • It's the final showdown and the top three chefs must create the best four course meal of their lives. And if the pressure isn't already high enough, Tom reveals in a twisted turn of events only two chefs will get the chance to serve their full menu. The internationally star-studded table of diners includes Deputy Editor of FOOD & WINE Magazine Melanie Hansche, acclaimed chefs Mitsuharu Tsumara, Alexander Smalls, Dan Hong, May Chow, and Alvin Leung, along with Tom, Padma, Nilou and Graham.

  • The day has come when the final four chefs must cook with the world's smelliest fruit, durian, which is a delicacy in Macau. Then, the chefs get a tutorial in the traditional cuisine of Macau, a fusion of Chinese and Portuguese flavors, and are joined by their family members from back home. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are tasked with blending their own heritage with Chinese flavors in order to impress their love ones and the judges, in order to earn their spot in the finale.

  • The final five chefs travel to the Chinese territory of Macau for the remaining battles of the competition. Judge Graham Elliot, who has a restaurant in Macau, introduces the Chefs to the local market full of fascinating ingredients and challenges them to a Quickfire highlighting unique Macanese proteins. The chefs throw a party celebrating Chinese New Year. Since it is the Year of the Pig, the dishes must feature pork products and be delicious enough to impress Hong Kong's super chef Jowett Yu

  • The chefs have been growing gardens at their Kentucky estate. Tom challenges them to make a dish focused on their garden harvest. For the last elimination challenge in Kentucky, the chefs head to Keeneland, a thoroughbred horse auction house, to bid on luxury ingredients for dishes to show gratitude to their culinary mentors.

  • Kentucky based Top Chef alum Ed Lee drops by for a Quickfire that's part trivia, part culinary creativity. Then, the Chefs head to Rupp Arena where legendary basketball Coach John Calipari and the UK Wildcats host a concession stand cook-off. Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis gets a courtside seat as he joins the judges to see which chef will take center court and who will get dunked.

  • The chefs take a road trip to Nashville and cook on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for country music artist Hunter Hayes. Then, they have to dig deep to create a dish inspired by a vibrant music memory. Next, the chefs work on a plate for a full table of Nashville food and some music personalities, including Caleb Followill, model Lily Aldridge, and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

  • With more shoreline than Florida, Kentucky is a hotbed for houseboats. For this elimination challenge, the chefs are split into two teams and tasked with throwing raging party in Lake Cumberland. Mega-chef Emeril Lagasse joins Padma, Tom and Nilou along with Captains Sandy and Lee from Below Deck for some houseboat hysteria.

  • 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.

  • 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 immediately begin a challenge making dishes based on Prohibition Era cocktails. Chef Ken Oringer joins Padma, Tom and Graham at a Roaring 20's party with Flappers and Dapper Dans.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Richard Blais and Brooke Williamson present a white elephant Quickfire challenge. Then, the chefs receive an unexpected gift as Michelin starred chef Eric Ripert sits down with them to celebrate an elaborate traditional French Christmas dinner. However, Padma informs the chefs that they're missing the final part of the tradition of Le Revillon de Noel, the presentation of 13 desserts.

  • 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, hoecakes, and dumplings.

  • Fifteen American chefs are off to the races at Churchill Downs. 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.

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