The BEST Episodes of Top Chef

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Network: Bravo

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.

Watch What Happens Reunion

#1 - Watch What Happens Reunion

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 16, 2009

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

star 9.29
38 votes
Finale (2)

#2 - Finale (2)

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 25, 2009

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

star 9.02
44 votes
All Stars Dinner

#3 - All Stars Dinner

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 4, 2009

Past chefs recount their favorite moments from the series.

star 8.70
47 votes
Strip Around the World

#4 - Strip Around the World

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 11, 2009

The chefs must make the perfect breakfast in bed dish. Nigella Lawson serves as guest judge.

star 8.49
63 votes
Thunderbirds

#5 - Thunderbirds

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 2, 2009

The chefs will be creating meals for the US Air Force Thunderbirds, the most renowned aircraft demonstration squadron.

star 8.46
63 votes
Pigs and Pinot

#6 - Pigs and Pinot

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 14, 2009

The chefs head to guest judge Charlie Palmer's Aureole restaurant to host a ``Pig and Pinot'' event.

star 8.45
65 votes
Reunion

#7 - Reunion

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Jun 18, 2008

Season four cast and judges gather to reminisce and learn the winner of the fan favorite contest.

star 8.44
41 votes
Restaurant Wars

#8 - Restaurant Wars

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 21, 2009

Chef Rick Moonen's restaurant is taken over by the contestants and then he serves as their guest judge.

star 8.37
68 votes
Meat Natalie

#9 - Meat Natalie

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 28, 2009

The chefs head to Las Vegas to visit "Craft Steak" and cook for actress Natalie Portman and friends.

star 8.32
63 votes
Finale (2)

#10 - Finale (2)

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 3, 2007

The Top Chef is chosen.

star 8.25
71 votes
Glacial Gourmand

#11 - Glacial Gourmand

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 13, 2013

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.

star 8.23
133 votes
Finale (1)

#12 - Finale (1)

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Sep 26, 2007

The remaining chefs make the move to Aspen, Colorado for the semifinal and the decision of who the final two will be.

star 8.20
75 votes
First Impressions

#13 - First Impressions

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 13, 2007

Getting to know each other is the theme for this first round. The new crop of fifteen chefs arrives in Miami, and then they are given two challenges – one with leftovers – to introduce themselves and their cooking to their fellow contestants and the judges. Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain. QuickFire Challenge: Create an Amuse-Bouche in 10 Minutes Elimination Challenge: Create a Surf & Turf Dish Using Exotic Ingredients

star 8.13
84 votes
Finale (1)

#14 - Finale (1)

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 18, 2009

The season finale finds the chefs traveling from New York to New Orleans. While in the "Big Easy" they will be challenged to kick it up a notch when celebrity judge/chef Emeril Lagasse stops by to appraise their culinary skills.

star 8.13
74 votes
Finale (1)

#15 - Finale (1)

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 2, 2009

The final four chefs compete in Napa Valley to determine who will be the final three.

star 8.10
89 votes
Finale (2)

#16 - Finale (2)

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 9, 2009

The final three chefs attempt to earn the title of 'Top Chef.'

star 8.07
88 votes
Finale (1)

#17 - Finale (1)

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 24, 2007

Location, location, location! The remaining chefs travel to Hawaii for this round, and must use food native to the island for a luau that ends with naming the final contestants. Guest Judge: Alan Wong QuickFire Challenge: There is none in this round. Elimination Challenge: Prepare a Birthday Luau, Reformulating Traditional Luau Fare into each Chef's Own Style. Round Twelve.

star 8.05
82 votes
The Last Supper

#18 - The Last Supper

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 11, 2009

Wylie Dufresne judges a quickfire challenge of egg dishes. For the elimination challenge, the five remaining chefs each cook a "last supper" dish requested by a culinary superstar.

star 8.05
138 votes
Finale

#19 - Finale

Season 8 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 30, 2011

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 8.03
237 votes
Restaurant Wars

#20 - Restaurant Wars

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 21, 2009

Two teams have 24 hours to design and open competing restaurants.

star 8.02
111 votes
Down on the Farm

#21 - Down on the Farm

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 14, 2009

Contestants shop for fresh ingredients at a farm and then create a dinner for the farm workers.

star 8.01
85 votes
Leaving New Orleans

#22 - Leaving New Orleans

Season 11 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 22, 2014

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 8.00
104 votes
Finale

#23 - Finale

Season 9 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 29, 2012

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 7.99
178 votes
Melting Pot

#24 - Melting Pot

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 12, 2008

One chef is eliminated in a three-round quickfire involving apples. The remaining chefs create dishes representing the ethnic cuisines of several New York neighborhoods.

star 7.99
113 votes
Everything's Bigger in Texas

#25 - Everything's Bigger in Texas

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 2, 2011

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 7.99
248 votes