Top Chef Season 5 Episodes
Season 5 Episode Guide
Episode 1 - Melting Pot
Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef returns for its fifth season, bringing seventeen promising chefs to the big apple. Drawing inspiration from New York's diverse cuisine, the chefs team up in their first challenge to shop in various neighborhoods around the city to ultimately craft dishes influenced by the ethnic flavors of their chosen districts. One of the world's most famous chefs and restaurateurs, Jean George Vongerichten, serves as guest judge.
Episode 2 - Show Your Craft
In the second episode of Top Chef New York the chef contestants find themselves at Tom's flagship restaurant, Craft. They are challenged to cook and serve lunch to real customers; who may be their biggest critics yet. Successful restaurateur, food expert and entertainment authority Donatella Arpaia serves as guest judge.
Episode 3 - Foo Fighters Thanksgiving
The holiday season has arrived, and the chef'testants have a lot to be thankful for. And this year it's not just family these cooks must impress; but also six-time Grammy Award-winning rock band, Foo Fighters, as they join the band for a tour stop in Syracuse, New York. Grant Achatz, American chef, restaurateur and recently named Best Chef in the United States for 2008 from the James Beard Foundation, serves as guest judge.
Episode 4 - Today Show
The fourteen remaining chef'testants vie for a chance to display their skills on the nation's highest rated morning program, "Today." The winner of a super fast food demonstration challenge will get the booking, with the chance to display their unique culinary expertise on live network television. Celebrity Chef and author Rocco DiSpirito serves as guest judge.
Episode 5 - Gail's Bridal Shower
In the fifth episode of "Top Chef: New York," host and judge, Padma Lakshmi solicits the help of the chefs in arranging a bridal shower for Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and her friends. Wedding traditions are timeless, so in a twist of formality, the chef'testants are teamed up to cook a course based on a fabled ritual. Gail Simmons' friend, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine Dana Cowin guest judges.
Episode 6 - 12 Days of Christmas
On the eleventh day of Christmas, Bravo gave to me, 'eleven chefs a cookin'. Television host, author and magazine publisher Martha Stewart guest judges the quickfire challenge. In the spirit of the holidays, the chefs use their skills to give back to the community by catering a Christmas cocktail party hosted by special guest judge, actress and foodie Natasha Richardson, for AmFar, the foundation for AIDS research. Richardson has been actively involved in the fight against AIDS since her father, director Tony Richardson, died of AIDS-related causes.
Episode 7 - Focus Group
Cooking excellent food takes focusand none is greater than the chef'testants on the seventh episode of Bravo's "Top Chef: New York." their quickfire challenge demands they create a sweet treat without using any sugar and in the elimination round, the chefs must serve to an interesting crowd. Toby Young, food critic and best-selling author joins the judges table as Michelin and 5AA Rosette award-winning chef, restaurateur, and star of Bravo's upcoming "Chef Academy", Jean-Christophe Novelli, serves as guest judge.
Episode 8 - Down On the Farm
It's time for the big city chefs to head to the country. The remaining chef'testants must shop for the freshest of ingredients at Blue Hill Farm and then work with what they have to create a feast for the farm workers themselves. Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill restaurant in New York City, serves as guest judge.
Episode 9 - Restaurant Wars
It's baaaaaaack! The always anticipated episode, Restaurant Wars - where the chef'testants must create every aspect of a restaurant in 24 hours and the heat is on. Restaurateur Stephen Starr, owner of Starr Restaurant Organization (including Buddakan and Morimoto in New York), serves as guest judge.
Episode 10 - Super Bowl Chef Showdown
It's time for the Super Bowl and nothing goes better with the all-American pastime than good food! The remaining chefs battle it out in a Super Bowl-themed cook-off against seven all-stars from previous seasons including season four's Andrew and Spike, season three's Camille and season two's Josie. Scott Conant, chef-restaurateur of the Meatpacking District's Scarpetta Restaurant serves as the guest judge.
Episode 11 - Le Bernardin
The chef'testants get the opportunity to cook in one of the best restaurants in the world, three star Michelin winner Le Bernadin. Their final product will be judged by renowned chef, Eric Ripert.
Episode 12 - The Last Supper
It's time for the knife off. The final five chef'testants learn who will be cooking the last supper on "Top Chef: New York." It's their last chance to impress the judges before the finale and things get heated as the chef'testants pull out all the stops to avoid being cut.
Episode 13 - Finale, Pt. 1
The remaining chefs take their skills outside New York City to compete in the final challenges that will determine who takes home the title of Top Chef.
Episode 14 - Finale, Pt. 2
The final chefs battle it out to cook the best meal of their lives and earn the prestigious title of Bravo's "Top Chef" in the final episode of "Top Chef: New York."
Episode 15 - Watch What Happens Reunion
The drama is served hot on Bravo's "Top Chef: New York: Watch What Happens Reunion." Bravo executive Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chef'testants and judges host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young. Cohen will answer viewers' burning questions and dish on season five's good, bad and overcooked. The winner of Bravo's "Fan Favorite" will also be announced.
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