The BEST Episodes of Top Chef
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2020
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.
#1 - Watch What Happens Reunion
Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Dec 16, 2009
Chefs and judges reminisce about the season and answer viewer questions.
#2 - Finale (2)
Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 25, 2009
Set in New Orleans, season 5 ends as the winning chef is revealed.
#3 - All Stars Dinner
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 4, 2009
Past chefs recount their favorite moments from the series.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#10 - Finale (2)
Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Oct 3, 2007
The Top Chef is chosen.
#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.
#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.
#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
#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.
#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.
#16 - Finale (2)
Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 9, 2009
The final three chefs attempt to earn the title of 'Top Chef.'
#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.
#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.
#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!
#20 - Restaurant Wars
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 21, 2009
Two teams have 24 hours to design and open competing restaurants.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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