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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.

Wednesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Bravo
15 Seasons, 232 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

  • 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 30 minute dishes for home cooks; and German chef, Keegan Gerhard, exposes the chefs to authentic Germanic food and tasks them with creating a unique Beer Garden.

  • The chefs are sent camping to make a five-star meal outdoors, only to learn an unexpected storm welcomes them with a fresh blanket of snow. Chef Naomi Pomeroy joins the judges in the Colorado Mountains.

  • 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.

  • In a Sudden Death Quickfire based on the iconic Denver omelet, the intensity in the kitchen is egg-ceptional. Then, the cheftestants tap into their college palates as they make dishes in food trucks.

  • In one of the show's signature Quickfires, the chefs battle against each other in a fierce Mise En Place relay. The chefs are tasked with creating a progressive meal incorporating a mystery ingredient from chef Alex Seidel's farm into each dish.

  • 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.

  • Season 7 of Last Chance Kitchen kicks off with a twist! Four Top Chef vets compete in Last Chance Kitchen for a chance to enter Top Chef season 15.

  • Can a newly eliminated cheftestant knock out a vet in this episode of Last Chance Kitchen? It all comes down to potatoes... watch now!

  • In the season finale, the two finalists prepare a four-course meal. The winner is announced.

  • The three remaining chefs head to the Yucatan Peninsula where they create a dish showcasing the flavor, complexity and heat of the legendary local habanero using ingredients from the local market.

  • The chefs prepare a non-traditional decadent brunch for the famed Charleston Hat Ladies, creating whimsical breakfast and lunch hybrid dishes inventive enough to impress the judges.

  • The chefs must rely on their taste buds in the first challenge. Later, the chefs draw inspiration from their own childhood memories to create meals for a charity gala for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital.

  • It's time for the highly anticipated Restaurant Wars. The chefs are divided into two teams.

  • The chefs are divided into teams and must throw a pirate-themed bash. They go on a treasure hunt through Charleston to score their ingredients.

  • This week the chefs must create vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods. Then, the chefs must prepare dishes that honor Edna Lewis, the matriarch of Southern cuisine.

  • The chefs take on a pile of baking ingredients pointing to a biscuit challenge; the chefs must barbecue a whole hog and three side dishes for 150 barbecue lovers, including country music star Darius Rucker.

  • This week the chefs must create a seven-course progressive meal featuring the humble radish for the show's superfans. Guest judges include Chris Cosentino and Richard Blais.

  • This week the chefs must put a spin on a low-country family meal and later create a family-style feast.

  • Eight new chefs are ready to take on eight returning chefs in Charleston, S.C. The new chefs enter the kitchen first to whip up as many dishes as possible in one hour using a whole chicken; the veterans square off to re-imagine shrimp and grits.

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'Top Chef' Going Deep in the Heart of Texas With Emeril

It's hot these days in Texas. Ridiculous hot. Endless days of hundreds hot. And while the weather forecasters are saying things like "we can't even buy a cloud," at least the state can see something cool coming their way in the future. Bravo announced today that the new season of "Top Chef" will take place this season in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.

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