Best Episodes Of Top Chef

Top ChefTop Chef is a TV series starring Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons. 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…

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10. Nut Allergy

Top Chef Season 15 Episode 12Air Date: 22 Feb. 2018
Season 15, Episode 12

The Voltaggio Brothers judge the Rocky Mountain Oyster Quickfire; the chefs encounter surprise visitors from home in an emotionally charged Elimination Challenge, where one chef is sent packing before the next leg of the finals in Aspen.

9. Surprise… It’s Restaurant Wars

Top Chef Season 16 Episode 4Air Date: 27 Dec. 2018
Season 16, Episode 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 …

8. Season Finale: Part 1

Top Chef Season 6 Episode 13Air Date: 2 Dec. 2009
Season 6, Episode 13

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.”

7. Finale

Top Chef Season 15 Episode 14Air Date: 8 Mar. 2018
Season 15, Episode 14

The final two chefs cook the meal of their lives in an effort to take home the ultimate title and prize; the chefs need to impress not only the judges but also culinary superstars Nancy Silverton, Jonathan Waxman and Curtis Duffy.

6. The Last Supper

Top Chef Season 5 Episode 12Air Date: 11 Feb. 2009
Season 5, Episode 12

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.”

5. Finito!

Top Chef Season 17 Episode 14Air Date: 18 Jun. 2020
Season 17, Episode 14

In an epic Italian showdown, the final three All Stars cook the meal of their lives in an effort to take home the ultimate title and prize. To win, all they’ll need to impress not only the judges – Tom, Padma, Gail and Nilou Motamed, but also culinary superstars Mauro Colagreco, Clare Smyth, Marcus Samuelsson, Janice Wong, Tony Mantuano, Eighth Generation Italian Butcher Dario Cecchini and Food and Wine magazine’s Hunter Lewis. It’s a fight to the bitter end, but only one will be have their second chance to finally be crowned Top Chef.

4. Gail’s Bridal Shower

Top Chef Season 5 Episode 5Air Date: 10 Dec. 2008
Season 5, Episode 5

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.

3. Restaurant Wars

Top Chef Season 15 Episode 8Air Date: 25 Jan. 2018
Season 15, Episode 8

The chefs must create two new restaurant concepts from design to dishes in a matter of days; culinary icons Bruce and Eric Bromberg join the judges to evaluate each restaurant’s successes and failures.

2. Smile and Say Mise

Top Chef Season 15 Episode 2Air Date: 14 Dec. 2017
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.

1. Finale

Top Chef Season 8 Episode 16Air Date: 30 Mar. 2011
Season 8, Episode 16

The final all-star food fighters try to seal the deal with an ideal meal.