The Best Episodes of Top Chef

Last Updated: May 27, 2019

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 their knives and go" until there is only one left standing as the ultimate Top Chef.

Finale

#1 - Finale

Season 8 - Episode 16

The remaining two chefs have no time to digest what just happened as their final challenge is immediately announced. The 2 finalists choose their sous-chefs... blindfolded!

star 8.13
52 votes
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Watch What Happens Reunion

#2 - Watch What Happens Reunion

Season 5 - Episode 15

Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chefs and judges.

star 8.00
12 votes
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Finale

#3 - Finale

Season 9 - Episode 17

Season 9 comes to a close with the final chefs commandeering a Vancouver restaurant, where they must cook up a four-course meal for the judges and some surprise guests.

star 7.98
48 votes
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Last Supper

#4 - Last Supper

Season 8 - Episode 15

The still-standing chefs fashion a challenge for their fellow contestants in Season 8's final Quickfire. Then, they dish up a "last supper" for celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck and Michelle Bernstein.

star 7.93
44 votes
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Mano a Mano

#5 - Mano a Mano

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.

star 7.87
55 votes
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Fit For an Evil Queen

#6 - Fit For an Evil Queen

Season 9 - Episode 11

The chefs try not to go off the rails when they use various ingredients delivered to them by a train. Later, they create a gothic dish fit for a queen, yet the plate must embody the very essence of evil. Guest judge: Charlize Theron.

star 7.87
58 votes
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Watch What Happens Reunion

#7 - Watch What Happens Reunion

Season 6 - Episode 16

Chefs and judges reminisce about the season and answer viewer questions.

star 7.82
11 votes
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Game On

#8 - Game On

Season 9 - Episode 7

The chefs cook up a dish that can nicely accompany tequila. Then, in a hunting-based test, they team up with famous culinarians and work with game. Guest judge: Tim Love.

star 7.81
53 votes
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Mentors

#9 - Mentors

Season 9 - Episode 14

The blindfolded chefs must use senses other than sight to gather ingredients for a dish. In a twist, an eliminated cook then reenters the competition and does culinary battle with the remaining four chefs. Here, their cuisine must impress their mentors.

star 7.81
48 votes
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Feeding Fallon

#10 - Feeding Fallon

Season 8 - Episode 9

The chefs prepare fondue. Later, they cater late-night talker Jimmy Fallon's birthday party. Fallon serves as guest judge.

star 7.74
55 votes
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Oui Si a Challenge

#11 - Oui Si a Challenge

Season 11 - Episode 13

Culinary figure Jacques Pepin arrives to test the chefs' techniques based on one of his favorite dishes. Later, the chefs create meals that represent both France and Spain.

star 7.73
90 votes
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New York's Finest

#12 - New York's Finest

Season 8 - Episode 3

The chefs square off in a relay race that tests their culinary skills, speed and accuracy with a knife. Later, they serve up food fare in four top-notch New York restaurants.

star 7.72
61 votes
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Finale (1)

#13 - Finale (1)

Season 10 - Episode 16

Part 1 of the two-part Season 10 finale features the remaining chefs showcasing their culinary skills at an eatery in Los Angeles owned by Tom Colicchio, who serves as kitchen facilitator. Guest judges: John Besh and Martin Yan.

star 7.72
46 votes
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Like Mama Made

#14 - Like Mama Made

Season 11 - Episode 10

The foodies create dishes that remind them of home. Appearing: actor Anthony Mackie and chef Leah Chase.

star 7.71
85 votes
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BBQ Pit Wars

#15 - BBQ Pit Wars

Season 9 - Episode 9

The chefs are charged with creating innovative fare that will impress precise palates. Later, the heat is on when they square off in an old-fashioned Texas-barbecue showdown. Technology maven and culinary author Nathan Myhrvold is the guest judge.

star 7.69
44 votes
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Restaurant Wars

#16 - Restaurant Wars

Season 11 - Episode 9

The "Restaurant Wars" challenge tasks the chefs to create pop-up eateries. The judges' panel includes David Chang.

star 7.67
95 votes
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Leaving New Orleans

#17 - Leaving New Orleans

Season 11 - Episode 15

The chefs battle for a new car in tests presented by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. Later, the foodies demonstrate how New Orleans has inspired their dishes. Appearing: Douglas Keane, Grant Achatz and Andrew Carmellini.

star 7.67
78 votes
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Adios Charleston, Hello James Beard

#18 - Adios Charleston, Hello James Beard

Season 14 - Episode 11

The final four chefs cook impromptu dishes while simultaneously instructing mystery partners on how to create the same dish; when the judges compare dishes, the chefs are shocked to discover their secret partners are their visiting family members.

star 7.66
294 votes
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Kings of Alaska

#19 - Kings of Alaska

Season 10 - Episode 14

The foodies dock in Juneau, Alaska, and must prove their culinary worth with a local delicacy, king crab. Then, they're tasked with giving their own spin to salmon-and-sourdough dishes. Sean Brock is the guest judge.

star 7.65
52 votes
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Comida Final

#20 - Comida Final

Season 14 - Episode 14

star 7.65
294 votes
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Everything's Bigger in Texas

#21 - Everything's Bigger in Texas

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

star 7.65
64 votes
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Jazz Hands

#22 - Jazz Hands

Season 11 - Episode 7

The chefs participate in a culinary version of musical chairs. Later, they prepare dishes for musicians at a potluck event hosted by New Orleans jazz performer Kermit Ruffins.

star 7.65
71 votes
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Finale (2)

#23 - Finale (2)

Season 5 - Episode 14

Set in New Orleans, season 5 ends as the winning chef is revealed.

star 7.65
17 votes
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Trial By Fire

#24 - Trial By Fire

Season 14 - Episode 13

The Yucatan Peninsula is the setting for a challenge to cook a dish showcasing the local habanero. Later, the chefs learn about traditional Maya cooking, then they create a dish using only ancient Maya ingredients and tools. Appearing: Jeremiah Tower; Roberto Munoz Zurita; Roberto Solis; and Guillermo Beristain.

star 7.65
280 votes
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Bike, Borrow & Steal

#25 - Bike, Borrow & Steal

Season 9 - Episode 13

The chefs are charged with creating imaginative pancakes for Pee-wee Herman. Later, they hit the streets of San Antonio with a bike to gather ingredients for Pee-wee's big dinner party.

star 7.64
51 votes
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