Top Chef
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Top Chef is a reality TV series on Bravo. The series features chefs who against one another in various culinary challenges. The chefs meals are judged by a panel of professional chefs. Based on the results of each competition,  one or more of the chefs are eliminated in each episode.

Cast Overview

Following is a list of the primary cast members for the show.

  • Katie Lee Joel
  • Padma Lakshmi
  • Tom Colicchio
  • Gail Simmons

List of Episodes

To date, there have been 15 seasons of Top Chef, with a total of 231 episodes. Each episode is approximately 42 minutes long. Watch episodes online now via Amazon Video.

Season 1

  • Who Deserves to Be Here
  • Food of Love
  • Nasty Delights
  • Food on the Fly
  • Blind Confusion
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Wedding Bell Blues
  • Napa’s Finest
  • Reunion
  • Finale
  • Finale, Part 2

Season 2

  • Into the Fire
  • Eastern Promise
  • Food for the People
  • Less is More
  • Social Service
  • Thanksgiving
  • The Raw and the Cooked
  • Holiday Spirit
  • Seven
  • Unhappy Customers
  • Sense and Sensuality
  • Finale Part 1
  • Finale Part 2

Season 3

  • 4-Star All Stars
  • First Impressions
  • Sunny Delights
  • Family Favorites
  • Cooking by Numbers
  • Latin Lunch
  • Watch What Happens
  • Freezer Burn
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Second Helping
  • Chef Overboard
  • Snacks on a Plane
  • Manhattan Project
  • Finale: Part 1
  • Finale: Part 2
  • Reunion

Season 4

  • Chicago: Anything You Can Cook I Can Cook Better
  • Zoo Food
  • Block Party
  • Film Food
  • The Elements
  • Tailgating
  • Improv
  • Common Threads
  • Wedding Wars
  • Serve and Protect
  • Wars
  • High Steaks
  • Puerto Rico
  • Top Chef Miami Finale Live!
  • Watch What Happens Reunion

Season 5

  • Melting Pot
  • Show Your Craft
  • Foo Fighters Thanksgiving
  • Today Show
  • Gail’s Bridal Shower
  • 12 Days of Christmas
  • Focus Group
  • Down on the Farm
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Super Bowl Chef Showdown
  • Le Bernardin
  • The Last Supper
  • Finale (1)
  • Finale (2)
  • Watch What Happens Reunion

Season 6

  • Sin City Vice
  • Bach/elorette Party
  • Thunderbirds
  • Vivre Las Vegas
  • Camping
  • Penn & Teller
  • Dinner Party
  • Pigs and Pinot
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Meat Natalie
  • All Stars Dinner
  • Strip Around the World
  • Culinary Olympics
  • Finale (1)
  • Finale (2)
  • Watch What Happens Reunion

Season 7

  • What’s Your Constituency?
  • Outside the Lunch Box
  • Capitol Grill
  • Room Service
  • Farm Policy
  • Cold War
  • Power Lunch
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Covert Cuisine
  • Making Consessions
  • Gastro-nauts
  • Season Finale – Part I
  • Season Finale – Part 2

Season 8

  • History Never Repeats
  • Night at the Museum
  • New York’s Finest
  • Advantage Chef
  • Dim Sum Lose Sum
  • We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat
  • Restaurant Wars: One Night Only
  • An Offer They Can’t Refuse
  • Feeding Fallon
  • Lock Down
  • For the Gulf
  • Give Me Your Huddled Masses
  • Fit for a King
  • Island Fever
  • Last Supper
  • Finale
  • Reunion Special

Season 9

  • Everything’s Bigger in Texas
  • The Heat is On
  • Quinceanera
  • Red Hot Chili Cook Off
  • Don’t Be Tardy for the Dinner Party
  • Higher Steaks
  • Game On
  • Tribute Dinner
  • BBQ Pit Wars
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Fit for an Evil Queen
  • Block Party
  • Bike, Borrow & Steal
  • Mentors
  • Culinary Games
  • Fire and Ice
  • Finale

Season 10

  • The Ultimate Chef Test
  • A Shock at the Space Needle
  • Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse
  • 50’s Food Flashback
  • Pike Place Pickle
  • Even the Famous Come Home
  • Foiled Again
  • Jalapeno Business
  • Past Suppers
  • Battle Before the War
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Wolfgang Clucks
  • Chefs at Sea
  • Kings of Alaska
  • Glacial Gourmand
  • Finale Part 1
  • Finale Part 2

Season 11

  • Soiree in the Swamp
  • Rebuilding New Orleans
  • Commander’s Palace
  • Captain Vietnam
  • Lea Michele’s Halloween Bash
  • Campfires, Cream Cheese and Countryside
  • Jazz Hands
  • Piggin’ Out
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Like Mama Made
  • Giving It the College Try
  • Mississippi Mud Bugs
  • Oui Si a Challenge
  • Po’ Boy Smackdown
  • Leaving New Orleans
  • Maui Wowie
  • Finale

Season 12

  • Sudden Death
  • Boston’s Bravest and Finest
  • The Curse of the Bambino
  • 12 Chefs Walk Into a Bar…
  • It’s War!
  • The First Thanksgiving
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Clean Up in Aisle 21!
  • Big Sausage
  • For Julia & Jacques
  • Sous Your Daddy!
  • The Final Battle of Bean Town
  • Getting Prickly in Mexico
  • Holy Escamoly!
  • Mano a Mano

Season 13

  • Stop the Presses
  • Pop Up Pandemonium
  • Spines and Vines
  • It’s a Dry Heat
  • Big Gay Wedding
  • Banannaise
  • Back in the Day
  • Where’s the Beef?
  • Restaurant Wars (1)
  •  Restaurant Wars (2)
  • Hammer Time
  • Wok This Way
  • Back Where It All Started
  • Magic Hour
  • Finale

Season 14

  • Something Old, Something New
  • Southern Hospitality
  • Choke Holds and Clammy Hands
  • The Feast of Seven Trash Fishes
  • Smoke ’em If You Got ’em
  • A Southern Legend
  • Booty
  • Restaurant Wars
  • For the Kids
  • Shrimp Boats and Hat Ladies
  • Adiós Charleston, Hello James Beard
  • Cooking Away in Margaritaville
  • Trial by Fire
  • Comida Final

Season 15

  • It’ll Take More Than Pot Luck
  • Smile and Say Mise
  • Keep on Truckin’
  • Little Tools, Big Challenge
  • This is Not Glamping
  • Now That’s a Lot of Schnitzel
  • Olympic Dreams
  • Restaurant Wars
  • Bronco Brouhaha
  • Red Rum and Then Some
  • Cooking High
  • Sunday Supper
  • A Little Place Called Aspen
  • Finale

Production Company and Executive Producers

The show is produced by Magic Elves Productions and distributed by NBCUniversal Television Distribution. Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are the executive producers for the series.

Critical Response and Awards

By any measure, the show is a huge hit. With 15 seasons thus far and a handful of spin offs, there is clearly a high level of interest for this show.

  • 59th Primetime Emmy Awards – Nominated for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
  • 60th Primetime Emmy Awards – Won the award for Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming
  • 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards – Won the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program

Spin Offs

Top Chef Just Desserts

A spin off of the popular Top Chef Series, Just Desserts is a reality TV series that focuses on the preparation of desserts.

Top Chef Duels

Top Chef Duels is a culinary competition series that positions well-known chefs against each other. Contestants compete for a $100,00 prize and and a culinary adventure to be featured in Food and Wine Magazine. The show is hosted by Curtis Stone.

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