Top Chef

Top Chef Season 1 Episodes

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Season 1 Episode Guide

Episode 2 - Who Deserves to Be Here

In the premiere episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the cast will be thrown straight into the demanding kitchen of famed San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys for the quickfire challenge where Guest judge Hubert Keller (famed chef and partner of Fleur de Lys) joins host Katie Lee Joel and judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons to help to make the decision on who must "pack up their knives" first.


Episode 3 - Food of Love

In the second episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the kitchen heats up as the contestants are challenged to cook up sweet dishes that are both sexy and erotic, under the watchful eye of guest judges Elizabeth Falkner, owner of Citizen Cake, a celebrated patisserie and dessert hotspot in San Francisco, and Mistress S, who runs a fetish ball and knows a thing or two about eroticism. The two judges join Katie, Tom and Gail to help decide which scrumptious creations have made the cut and which one will send another chef packing their knives for home.


Episode 4 - Nasty Delights

Something smells fishy in this episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," as the cook's must dive into piles of slimy octopus and turn it into a tempting platter of seafood cuisine. Laurent Manrique of the famed San Francisco seafood restaurant Aqua will guest judge the challenge. Then it's off to the playground for the elimination challenge where the chefs must create a lunchtime menu for kids at a local Boys and Girls Club. The chefs will soon find out that kids can be even more demanding than hungry adults. The chef who doesn't please these picky palates will be eliminated.


Episode 5 - Food On the Fly

Gas stations and five-star cuisine are not typically paired together in the same sentence, but in this fourth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" the contestants are challenged to create tempting dishes solely from ingredients available in a convenience store. For the individual elimination challenge the chefs must face a group of critics who do not have time to wait -- working mothers. At the end of the challenge, one chef will be sent home. Jefferson Hill of Neiman Marcus' Rotunda is the guest judge.


Episode 6 - Blind Confusion

In the fifth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the chefs are blindfolded, fed rare ethnic cuisine, and then must identify the ingredients. They then hit the streets of San Francisco for the elimination challenge where each team must serve a variety of fusion dishes from handcarts and will be judged upon taste, creativity and customer satisfaction. Helping to judge this episode is Mike Yakura, a well-known culinary figure in his hometown of San Francisco and chef for the famed French-Asian Fusion and Vietnamese restaurant, Le Colonial.


Episode 7 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

A "Queer Eye" will be watching over the sixth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" and it will come in the form of the culinary expert of The Fab Five, Ted Allen. Known for his food and entertaining expertise on Bravo’s hit series Queer Eye, Allen will challenge the contestants to create a low cost appetizer using only the ingredients that he has pre-selected. Following this quickfire challenge, the chefs will then be asked to cater a dinner party for Ted Allen, Katie Lee Joel, Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio. At the end of the evening one chef will be sent home.


Episode 8 - Restaurant Wars

In the seventh episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," contestants are asked to create a gourmet sandwich. The chefs will then move on to the elimination challenge, where they are put into teams and must come up with a new restaurant concept and put it into practice for one night only in an actual restaurant location. The chef who does not deliver will be sent home.


Episode 9 - Wedding Bell Blues

It's wedding bells for the competing chefs in the eighth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef." The chefs are put into two teams who must pitch their catering concept to a gay couple that intends to marry in a commitment ceremony, and the couple will choose the most convincing pitch. The chef displaying the least ability to make a wedding dream come true will be sent home.


Episode 10 - Napa's Finest

Only three potential Top Chefs remain, and this episode's quickfire challenge will test their ability to get creative with junk food to make a tasty dish that could still be served to conscientious diners. On the other end of the spectrum, the next challenge gives the chefs a shaving of white truffle, a rare fungus that retails for two thousand dollars a pound. They must use this tiny, but revered fragment of fungus to create something delicious for some of Napa Valley's most respected chefs. Featured Napa Valley chefs include: Phillippe Jeanty of Bistro Jeanty; Keith Luce of Press; Greg Cole of Celadon; James Devitt of Budo; Cindy Pawlcyn of Mustards Grill; Victor J. Scargle of Julia's Kitchen at COPIA; Doug Keane of Cyrus; Todd Humphries of Martini House; and John Ash of John Ash and Co.


Episode 11 - Reunion

Viewers will have an opportunity to see some of the dramatic moments from the previous challenges that did not make it into the preceding shows as all twelve chefs reunite with judges Katie, Tom and Gail. The episode will also feature new interviews with the contestants and judges reacting to their experiences during the course of the challenges, as well as their personal reactions as they watch the series on television. Contestants will share their thoughts on how the series has also impacted their careers and lives.


Episode 12 - Finale, Pt. 1

The final three contestants head to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a week of high-stakes competition. Upon arrival to Sin City, the three finalists are immediately thrown into the fire and must showcase their technique, timing and guest service ability through a fast-paced room service challenge. Returning to the series for a guest appearance in the episode is renowned chef Hubert Keller, owner of San Francisco's famous Fleur de Lys. One of the final three will be sent packing their knives at the end of the episode.


Episode 13 - Finale, Pt. 2

The remaining two chefs will face-off for one final competition. In the end, only one chef will make it through the spectacular final competition to take the top culinary title. The winning chef will receive $100,000 in seed money to help encourage their culinary career, be featured in Food & Wine magazine, appear at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June 2006, and most importantly, earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef." Their home will also be outfitted with a complete gourmet kitchen courtesy of Sears Kenmore. Lorraine Bracco of "The Sopranos" guest stars, helping to judge the final dishes.


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