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Top Chef Season 8 Episodes

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Season 8 Episode Guide

Episode 1 - History Never Repeats

The All-Stars are back in the Top Chef kitchen. In the first Quickfire challenge, chefs from each season work as a team to create a dish for ultimate bragging rights as the best season ever on Top Chef. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must recreate the dish that sent them packing the first time around. Anthony Bourdain appears in a recurring role at the judges’ table.


Episode 2 - Night At the Museum

In this Quickfire challenge, pop star Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers challenges the chefs to create a snack for children enjoying a sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History. For the Elimination challenge, the chefs cook breakfast inspired by a dinosaur's diet for the kids and their parents.


Episode 3 - New York's Finest

In this week’s Quickfire, the Chef’testants’ cooking, speed, and accuracy with a knife will be put to the test. The chefs compete in teams in a mise-en-place relay race to push a big red button starting a countdown clock for everyone else. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs cook in four of New York's finest restaurants.


Episode 4 - Advantage Chef

A good chef should be able to make a fantastic dish regardless of the kitchen tools and knives available to them. For this Quickfire, all of the toys in the kitchen are taken away, and for $20,000, the chefs must create a delicious holiday stuffing dish using only their two hands. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs cater a launch party for the US Open, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.


Episode 5 - Dim Sum Lose Sum

For the first time ever, Head Judge Tom Colicchio picks up his knives in the kitchen. In this week’s Quickfire, the chefs must beat his time in making a dish. For the Elimination, the chefs go to Chinatown and make dim sum for hundreds of locals.


Episode 6 - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Hook 'em and cook 'em. The chefs go fishing for their ingredients and serve up the catch of the day at an end of summer beach party.


Episode 7 - Restaurant Wars: One Night Only (Supersized)

Anthony Bourdain sets the stage in this week’s Quickfire challenge as the chefs face off in a fish fillet contest in one of the best seafood restaurants in the world -- Le Bernardin. The Elimination Challenge is Pop-Up Restaurant Wars -- the Chefs must open "one night only" restaurants under the stars in New York City.


Episode 8 - An Offer They Can't Refuse

Internationally acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi is the guest judge for this Quickfire challenge. And, for the first time in Top Chef history, the Quickfire will be judged on presentation and plating only - not taste. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs will prepare a traditional three-course Italian meal in one of New York's most famous and exclusive restaurant's, Rao's. "The Soprano’s" Lorraine Bracco returns to Top Chef as the Guest Judge.


Episode 9 - Feeding Fallon

In this week’s Quickfire challenge, the chefs put their own spin on an old classic, fondue. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs appear on the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show and cater the comedian's birthday party where he is the guest judge.


Episode 10 - Lock Down

The chefs get in touch with their inner child with the help of Sesame Street stars Cookie Monster, Telly, and Elmo. For the Quickfire challenge, the chefs must make a cookie that pleases the gang. The chefs then take over a Target store in the middle of the night and for the Elimination challenge must make a dish with whatever they can find in the aisles.


Episode 11 - For the Gulf

This week, the chefs must use a deep fryer to impress the queen of southern cooking, Paula Deen. Deen is then joined by John Besh as a guest judge in the Elimination Challenge where the chefs provide the seafood at a charity event benefiting the fisherman of the Gulf region.


Episode 12 - Give Me Your Huddled Masses

The chef’testants are tasked with making something out of nothing on the open water for this week’s Quickfire.The chefs then head to Ellis Island where they are surprised with their family tree and are tasked with creating a dish based on their heritage.


Episode 13 - Fit for a King

The remaining chefs are Bahamas-bound for the remainder of the season. For the Quickfire they must go head-to-head with their culinary nemesis: their season’s winner. Each pairing will cook the same dish and the judges will decide who cooked it best. The elimination challenge requires the chefs to cook for Bahamian Royalty with minimal cooking equipment.


Episode 14 - Island Fever

The chefs will cater an upscale lunch party for the Nassau Yacht Club’s 80th anniversary, which will include the Commodore and his friends as guests. They will cook with the finest Bahamian ingredients including conch, which they must dive for and catch in the ocean. Famed Latina chef Lorena Garcia serves as guest judge.


Episode 15 - Last Supper

In the last Quickfire of the season, the chefs will design a challenge for one of their competitors, but there is a twist. For the Elimination challenge, the chef’testants will be making legendary Chefs Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck and Michelle Bernstein, their "Last Supper."


Episode 16 - Finale

It all comes down to this. The final two chefs battle it out to come up with - and implement - their vision for the ultimate dining experience. Only one will earn the title that eluded them the first time around - "Top Chef."


Episode 17 - Reunion

The drama is served extra spicy on Bravo's "Top Chef All-Stars Reunion Special." Bravo executive and "Watch What Happens: Live" host Andy Cohen talks to season eight’s chef'testants and judges -- host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons. Cohen will answer viewers' questions and dish on season eight's good, bad and undercooked.


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