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Top Chef

Top Chef

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Photo Credit:  Tommy Garcia/Bravo
  • Premiered: 
    March 8, 2006
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  • Network: Bravo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: food, cooking

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Plot Synopsis

This reality competition series offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series features a group of aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and a chance to earn the prestigious title of TOP CHEF. Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a Quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The challenges not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a Top Chef. Season 10, TOP CHEF: SEATTLE, which premiered on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 10pm ET/PT, welcomes famed chef and restaurant mogul Wolfgang Puck joins as a judge this season, alongside Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse, to assess 21 chef'testants. TOP CHEF headed to New Orleans for is eleventh season, with lead judge Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and New Orlean's own Emeril Lagasse, alongside host Padma Lakshmi, at the judges' table. They'll be joined throughout the season by these guest judges: Jon Favreau, Lea Michelle, Anthony Mackie, Questlove, Leah Chase, Paul Prudhomme, Jacques Pepin, David Chang, John Besh, and Eddie Huang as well as local legends Kermit Ruffins and Dr. John. Season 11 premiered on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo, with 19 chef'testants cooking with alligator, frog and turtle. TOP CHEF's twelfth season (in Boston) premiered on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a TOP CHEF winner is joining the judging panel, as Richard Blais makes his debut as a recurring judge offering the cheftestants guidance from a former competitor's point of view. The stakes are higher than ever as TOP CHEF introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: actress Emmy Rossum, Rob 'Gronk' Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt, WWHL host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pepin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette. Season 13 of TOP CHEF premiered on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 10-11:15pm ET/PT on Bravo, with host Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio returning, alongside judges Gail Simmons, Richard Blais and Emeril Lagasse. For the show's thirteenth season, TOP CHEF embarks on an epic gastronomic road trip up the coast of California, kicking off with a two-night premiere event on Wednesday, December 2 and Thursday, December 3 at 10pm ET/PT. With nearly 1000 miles traveled, the six-city expedition challenged the cheftestants' culinary skills like never before as they journey across the Golden State, stopping in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the series first began, along with San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. From cooking for top food writers under the Hollywood sign to serving MC Hammer on the Oakland waterfront and Chrissy Teigen in Palm Springs, the chefs go knife-to-knife in iconic destinations and agricultural regions across the state to prove they have what it takes to out-cook their competition. Along with the return of the Sudden Death Quickfire challenge, the culinary showdown ups the ante this season with the most daunting Restaurant Wars ever. Additional pressure-filled challenges include catering the ultimate gay wedding in Palm Springs officiated by Lakshmi, a plating challenge inspired by @ChefJacquesLaMerde where the chef's fate was determined for the first time from fans on Instagram and a final California elimination paying homage to Hubert Keller's San Francisco institution Fleur De Lys. Throughout the season, the chefs are tasked with serving up food for culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: Hugh Acheson, Max Silvestri, Ludo Lefebvre, Dana Cowin, Michael Cimarusti, Jose Andres, John Besh, Art Smith, Javier Plascencia, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Voltaggio, Jacques LaMerde, Bill Chait, Jonathan Waxman, Martin Yan, Adam Fleischman, Traci Des Jardins and Hubert Keller.
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Season 14 of TOP CHEF premiered on Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 10pm ET/PT on Bravo, with new judge Graham Elliot joining returning host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, and judge Gail Simmons. The new season is the ultimate challenge of old blood versus new as eight returning chefs come back for redemption, heading to Charleston to battle it out alongside eight talented TOP CHEF newcomers. The returning chefs are:

Sam Talbot (Season 2: Los Angeles) Brooklyn, NY
Casey Thompson (Season 3: Miami & Season 8: All-Stars) Napa Valley, CA
Amanda Baumgarten (Season 7: Washington, D.C.) Chicago, IL
Brooke Williamson (Season 10: Seattle) Los Angeles, CA
Sheldon Simeon (Season 10: Seattle) Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
John Tesar (Season 10: Seattle) Dallas, TX
Shirley Chung (Season 11: New Orleans) Orange County, CA
Katsuji Tanabe (Season 12: Boston) Los Angeles, CA

and they are joined by the following eight new cheftestants:

Silvia Barban -- Brooklyn, NY
Emily Hahn -- Charleston, SC
Jamie Lynch -- Charlotte, NC
Annie Pettry -- Louisville, KY
Sylva Senat -- Philadelphia, PA
Gerald Sombright -- Marco Island, FL
BJ Smith -- Portland, OR
Jim Smith -- Montgomery, AL

Cast

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Magical Elves