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Top Chef
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Genre Reality, competition
Running time 60 minutes
Starring Tom Colicchio
Gail Simmons
Padma Lakshmi (Season 2)
Katie Lee Joel (Season 1)
Country of origin United States
Original channel Bravo
Original run March 8, 2006
No. of episodes 19 (as of November 22, 2006)

Top Chef is an American reality competition show airing on the Bravo cable television network in which chefs compete against each other in weekly challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated each week. The winning chef receives $100,000 in seed money to encourage his or her culinary career, is featured in Food & Wine magazine, and appears at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Colorado. The winner is also awarded a suite of Sears Kenmore kitchen appliances, and the Kenmore brand is heavily featured on the show. Sears has been a series sponsor since season 1, along with Calphalon and Toyota. A new sponsor for season 2 is Glad, which is underwriting the $100,000 prize money.[1] The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the same company that created Project Runway.

Contents

[edit] Season 1

See Top Chef (Season 1) for more information.

[edit] Contestants

Ages listed at time of Top Chef taping in October-November, 2005.

[edit] Episodes

Each episode included two challenges. The Quickfire Challenge was a short, simple challenge with a varying reward each week. The Elimination Challenge was a more complex challenge that determined who was sent home. One or more guest judges joined the show each week to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination was announced in a segment called "Judges' Table."

[edit] Season 1 elimination challenges

Episode Progress
Chef 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10R 11 12 Comments
Harold WIN IN LOWHIGH LOW IN HIGHLOW HIGH INWIN Winner of Top Chef Season 1
Tiffani HIGH IN LOW WIN WIN HIGH HIGH LOW LOW IN OUT elimin: Finale (2)
Dave IN LOW LOW IN WIN LOW WIN LOW WIN OUT elimin: Finale (1)
Lee Anne IN IN LOW IN HIGH WINLOW LOW OUT elimin: Napa’s Finest
Stephen HIGH HIGH IN LOW HIGH HIGH LOW OUT elimin: Wedding Bell Blues
Miguel IN WIN WIN IN LOW LOW OUT elimin: Restaurant Wars
Andrea LOW OUT IN HIGH LOW OUT elimin: Food of Love and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Lisa IN LOW IN LOW OUT elimin: Blind Confusion
Candice LOW IN IN OUT elimin: Food on the Fly
Brian IN HIGH OUT elimin: Nasty Delights
Cynthia IN LOW LEFT voluntarily left show
Ken OUT elimin: Who Deserves To Be Here
  • Green background and WIN means the chef won that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  • Yellow background means the chef won that episode's Quickfire Challenge.
  • Blue background and HIGH means the chef was in the top during that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  • Yellow background and HIGH means the chef won that episode's Quickfire Challenge and was in the top during that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  • Red background and LOW means the chef was in the bottom and risked elimination in that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  • Yellow background and LOW means the chef won that episode's Quickfire Challenge, but was in the bottom, and available for elimination in that that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  • Grey background and OUT means the chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was out of the competition.
  • Episode 3: Andrea was brought back, after being eliminated once, when Cynthia chose to leave because her father was ill.
  • Episode 5: Chefs worked in teams of two with two winners and one eliminated.
  • Episode 8: No winner.
  • Episode 10: Reunion. No challenges.

[edit] Season 2

See Top Chef (Season 2) for more information.

[edit] Contestants

Eliminated or withdrawn from competition

Still competing (alphabetical order)

Ages listed at time of Top Chef taping in June-July, 2006.

[edit] Episodes

Each episode include two challenges. The Quickfire Challenge is a short, simple challenge with a varying reward each week. The Elimination Challenge is a more complex challenge that determines who goes home. One or more guest judges join the show each week to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination is announced in a segment called "Judges' Table."

[edit] External links

[edit] Show-related sites

[edit] Contestant and judge sites

[edit] Reviews

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