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Top Chef Season 14 Episodes

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Season 14 Episode Guide

Episode 1 - Something Old, Something New

Eight new chefs and eight returning chefs battle it out in Charleston, SC. The new chefs enter the kitchen first and must cook as many dishes as possible in one hour using a whole chicken. Then the veterans square off to reimagine shrimp and grits. In the end, the chef with the worst dish in each group will go head-to-head in a sudden-death cook off.


Episode 2 - Southern Hospitality

The remaining 15 chefs join Tom, Padma and guest judge, Frank Lee, for a traditional shrimp boil. The chefs are divided up into teams, pitting the newcomers versus the returning chefs, to see who can put the better spin on a traditional lowcountry family meal. After dining at the homes of local chefs Carrie Morey and BJ Dennis, each team will create a family-style feast for some of South Carolina’s most renowned chefs.


Episode 3 - Choke Holds and Clammy Hands

Padma and guest judge, Chris Cosentino divide the chefs into teams to compete in the Top Chef mise en place race. The same teams must go head-to-head and create a seven-course progressive meal with each dish featuring the same ingredient, the radish. They will battle it out in front of a group of "Top Chef" superfans. Richard Blais joins at the judges table. The team who wins the most courses will be safe.


Episode 4 - The Feast of Seven Trash Fishes

Padma and Nilou Motamed ring in the holiday season by having the chefs create dishes using a bizarre collection of ingredients and tools inside gift boxes. For the elimination challenge, culinary legend Mike Lata has the chefs tackle a challenge based on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The catch is that they must use "trash fish." The chefs will serve a table of special guests.


Episode 5 - Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

The cheftestants are baffled to enter the kitchen to find it completely dark and empty. Their anxiety grows as the clock begins and the pantry doors open to reveal baking ingredients. With all signs pointing to a biscuit challenge, the chefs make a mad dash to create dishes. Chef John Currence arrives to choose the best biscuit. For the elimination challenge, barbecue master Rodney Scott tasks the chefs to work through the night to prepare a whole hog and three side dishes for 150 local BBQ lovers.


Episode 6 - A Southern Legend

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, challenges the remaining chefs to make healthy vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods. To make sure they get some physical activity in, they are only allowed to grab ingredients and tools from the pantry one at a time. Chef Alexander Smalls and author Toni Tipton-Martin ask the chefs to create dishes that pay homage to the matriarch of Southern cuisine. They will cook at Middleton Place, and serve a table of distinguished guests.


Episode 7 - Booty

For their Quickfire Challenge, Padma and Chef Michael Cimarusti challenge the chefs to cook dishes using ingredients corresponding to the element of their zodiac sign. Since it’s a surprise Sudden Death Quickfire, one chef will be eliminated immediately. Returning guest judge Graham Elliot splits the chefs into teams to throw a pirate-themed party. They’ll have to race through the streets of Charleston to collect their ingredients. The chef with the worst dish on the losing team will be forced to walk the plank.


Episode 8 - Restaurant Wars

It’s the challenge the chefs have been waiting for all season - Restaurant Wars. The remaining chefs divide into two teams to design a restaurant. Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara task the teams to take over the same restaurant space on separate nights, meaning one lucky team gets an extra day to refine their concept. When egos collide, tempers flare and anything can happen.


Episode 9 - For the Kids

Top Chef season six winner Michael Voltaggio puts the remaining chef’s palates to the test with a blindfolded taste experiment. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are asked to draw inspiration from their own childhood memories to create dishes for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital charity gala. The chefs will need to impress 100 guests, as well as returning judge, Graham Elliot.


Episode 10 - Shrimp Boats and Hat Ladies

The competitors start their day boarding a boat with Tom Colicchio, who gives them a lesson in shrimpin’. Padma is waiting with a Sudden Death Quickfire where the chefs must create a dish that showcases their freshly caught shrimp. The losing chef is sent home on the spot, while the others are surprised by an unexpected guest judge for their elimination challenge. They are asked to prepare a brunch for the famed Charleston Hat Ladies. It won’t be a traditional southern brunch as they must create breakfast and lunch hybrid dishes.


Episode 11 - Adiós Charleston, Hello James Beard

The final four chefs cook impromptu dishes while simultaneously instructing mystery partners how to create the exact same dish. When the judges compare dishes, the chefs are shocked to discover their secret partners are their visiting family members. For the final Elimination Challenge, the chefs are tasked with creating a dish that represents their Top Chef journey so far. The winner will not only land a spot in the upcoming finals, but will have their dish featured at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.


Episode 12 - Cooking Away in Margaritaville

The finals begin in Guadalajara, Mexico as the three remaining chefs face off against the winner of Last Chance Kitchen at the new Chivas soccer Stadium. Guest judge Francisco Ruano challenges the chefs to create a dish using goat. At the Patrón Hacienda, the chefs are tasked to pair their own unique cocktail and with a dish that incorporates the sweet, salty, bitter and sour notes of a margarita. With some sous chef help from eliminated chefs, they’ll serve their drinks and dishes to 100 VIPs, including Chef Ray Garcia and returning guest judge Richard Blais.


Episode 13 - Trial by Fire

The three remaining chefs head to the Yucatan Peninsula where Chef Roberto Muñoz Zurita challenges them to make a dish showcasing the flavor, complexity and heat of the legendary local habanero using ingredients from the local market. Culinary legend Jeremiah Tower gives the chefs a lesson on traditional Mayan cooking, before challenging them to create a dish using only ancient Maya ingredients and tools. The chefs will cook in an ancient cenote, or sinkhole, for a table of judges including local chefs Roberto Solis, Guillermo Beristain and Carlo Cardenas. The two chefs with the best dishes will move on to compete in the finale.


Episode 14 - Comida Final

The final two chefs face-off to serve the best meal of their lives and earn the coveted title of Top Chef. The finalists will cook an epic four-course progressive meal with the help of three sous chefs, comprised of two eliminated chefs and one from their restaurants back home. The pressure is on as only one chef can win. The chefs must impress a dining room filled with their families, returning judges Graham Elliot and Gail Simmons, and distinguished chefs Joachim Splichal, Jonathan Waxman, Martha Ortiz, Jonathan Sawyer, Daniel Boulud and Food & Wine's Nilou Motamed.


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