#1 - Mentors 8.21
Season 9 - Episode 14
In this week’s Quickfire, the chefs must use their sense of touch, smell and taste to navigate through the pantry to gather ingredients for a dish while blindfolded. In a twist, the winning chef from Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen will re-enter the competition and join the remaining four chefs in the elimination challenge, where the chefs must create a delicious dish that will impress their mentors. Host Padma Lakshmi, along with Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and head judge Tom Colicchio will determine which final four chefs will advance to the finale.
#2 - Finale 8.19
Season 9 - Episode 17
For the final challenge, each chef will take over a restaurant in Vancouver where they will have the chance to design a four-course meal for the judges and unbeknownst to them, friends and family.
#3 - Fit For an Evil Queen 8.16
Season 9 - Episode 11
The Quickfire is on the move, except it's the ingredients that are moving—by train. Next, the chefs must access the darkness inside of them when they are asked to create "evil" on a plate.
#4 - Last Supper 8.14
Season 8 - Episode 15
#5 - Everything's Bigger in Texas 8.12
Season 9 - Episode 1
29 chefs gather at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, to compete for 16 slots in the 9th season of Top Chef. Tonight they are divided into three groups and must master their challenge to move forward. Some will know their fate immediately and receive a chef coat or be sent home. Others will be on the "bubble" and must compete and be judged again before they know their fates. Yes, it's bigger in Texas, but it's also hotter and harder, too. Group 1 Qualifying Challenge: Prepare a Dish Using One Cut of a Pig Group 2 Qualifying Challenge: Prepare a Dish Using the Same Ingredient
#6 - BBQ Pit Wars 7.97
Season 9 - Episode 9
The chefs combine learning with cooking tonight when they use Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine to influence their Quickfire dishes. Next, they team up for a barbecue cook-off where the diners determine the winning team.
#7 - Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party 7.97
Season 9 - Episode 5
The chefs must create a dish using what they can find in a standard survival kit, then they have to shift gears and cater dinner to high society.
#8 - Finale (2) 7.93
Season 6 - Episode 15
The final three chefs attempt to earn the title of 'Top Chef.'
#9 - Finale (2) 7.91
Season 3 - Episode 15
The Top Chef is chosen.
#10 - Oui Si a Challenge 7.89
Season 11 - Episode 13
Chef Jacques Pepin tests the contestants; the contestants create French and Spanish dishes.
#11 - All Stars Dinner 7.89
Season 6 - Episode 11
Past chefs recount their favorite moments from the series.
#12 - Red Hot Chili Cook Off 7.87
Season 9 - Episode 4
The contestants provide food for the local rodeo and its audience.
#13 - Culinary Games 7.85
Season 9 - Episode 15
The final 4 chefs arrive in Whistler, British Columbia, for a Top Chef twist on the Olympic games. From cooking on the world’s fastest gondola to a biathlon that requires marksman like precision to get the best ingredients, the chefs will need to have the concentration of a true culinary Olympian to advance to the next round in Vancouver.
#14 - Higher Steaks 7.84
Season 9 - Episode 6
The contestants prepare steak for some of Texas' most discerning palates, at least beef-wise, the attendees of the Cattle Baron's Ball.
#15 - Even the Famous Come Home 7.83
Season 10 - Episode 6
The chefs cater a homecoming party for two married celebrities, but first they must apply the Golden Rule to the holidays in a Quickfire based on their families and whether they can share.
#16 - Like Mama Made 7.83
Season 11 - Episode 10
The chefs must make dishes that remind them of home; Actor Anthony Mackie joins the judges.
#17 - Battle Before the War 7.82
Season 10 - Episode 10
The pressure is on in this Quickfire as the cheftestants must impress culinary icon Wolfgang Puck with one of his favorite ingredients. In the Elimination Challenge, Restaurant Wars begins! The chefs will be cooking up new concepts for more than 200 people at the city’s premier food event, Bite of Seattle. Legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer joins as guest judge alongside Gail Simmons, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi.
#18 - Glacial Gourmand 7.82
Season 10 - Episode 15
Adventure awaits the chefs in a glacial-theme test. Later, a meal prepared by Emeril Lagasse and guest judge Roy Choi sets the stage for an elimination challenge.
#19 - Leaving New Orleans 7.81
Season 11 - Episode 15
The chefs compete for a special prize in the Quickfire, and then they must show how New Orleans has affected their cooking.
#20 - Mano a Mano 7.81
Season 12 - Episode 15
The final chefs take an early-morning hot-air balloon ride in the Season 12 finale. They then face off by creating a four-course menu, after which the winner is revealed.
#21 - Feeding Fallon 7.77
Season 8 - Episode 9
#22 - Finale (1) 7.76
Season 6 - Episode 14
The final four chefs compete in Napa Valley to determine who will be the final three.
#23 - Restaurant Wars: One Night Only 7.76
Season 8 - Episode 7
Fish fillet contest; chefs must open ``one night only'' restaurants in New York City.
#24 - Fit for a King 7.74
Season 8 - Episode 13
The chefs set sail for the Bahamas, and each participates in a culinary duel against the person who was crowned the winner during their first stint on the show. Later, they create meals for Bahamian royalty, but it's a royal pain with limited cooking equipment.
#25 - Restaurant Wars 7.74
Season 11 - Episode 9
The contestants create pop-up restaurants to impress the judges.