"Top Chef" is a reality show unlike any other while it searches for the world's next top chef. Each week this talented group of chefs, professionally trained and self-taught, will be challenged and judged by some of the best known chefs in the industry. Over the course of the season and endless challenges one chef a week is asked to "pack thier knives and go" until there is only one left standing as the ultimate Top Chef. Bravo has once again capitalized on it's knack for finding and fostering top creative talent, while still delivering on the personalities and conflict that make for deliciously fun entertainment.
Each episode of "Top Chef" holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a "quickfire" test of their ability to think out of the box and create something new interesting and tasty, all while under the pressure of very little time. The second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and invention of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The food will be tasted and evaluated by the host and judges, but will also be served to the customers for whom the challenge is aimed, whether it be patrons at a five star restaurant or a room full of hungry kids. Food has to appeal to the diner as well as the critics if the chef is to survive.
Season 11 -- Unknown/TBA
Season 10 -- 17 Epipsodes
"Top Chef" heads to Seattle for the show's 10th season and adds a world-renowned chef to its roster of judges. Wolfgang Puck joins Tom Colicchio, Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse and Padma Lakshmi (who also hosts) in critiquing the cheftestants' dishes. Each episode features two challenges for the aspiring chefs, one that tests their basic culinary abilities and a second, an elimination challenge, that tests the contestants' versatility and inventiveness. The challenges also reveal if the contestants have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities needed to win the competition. After the chefs are pared down each week, the winner receives a prize package that includes $125,000, a feature in Food & Wine magazine and the title of Top Chef.
10x01 -- Nov 07, 2012 -- The Ultimate Chef Test
10x02 -- Nov 14, 2012 -- A Shock at the Space Needle
10x03 -- Nov 21, 2012 -- Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse
10x04 -- Nov 28, 2012 -- 50's Food Flashback
10x05 -- Dec 05, 2012 -- Pike Place Pickle
10x06 -- Dec 12, 2012 -- Even the Famous Come Home
10x07 -- Dec 19, 2012 -- Foiled Again
10x08 -- Dec 26, 2013 -- Jalepeno Business
10x09 -- Jan 02, 2013 -- Something's Fishy
10x10 -- Jan 09, 2013 -- Battle Before The War
10x11 -- Jan 16, 2013 -- Restaurant Wars
10x12 -- Jan 23, 2013 -- Wolfgang Chucks
10x13 -- Jan 30, 2013 -- Chefs At Sea
10x14 -- Feb 06, 2013 -- Kings Of Alaska
10x15 -- Feb 13, 2013 -- Glacial Gourmand
10x16 -- Feb 20, 2013 -- Finale, Part I
10x17 -- Feb 27, 2013 -- Finale, Part II -- Winner & Runner-Up Announced
Cast of Top Chef: Seattle