The BEST Episodes of Top Chef: Masters

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Network: Bravo

Bravo’s Top Chef Masters returns for a fifth season with 13 new award-winning chefs ready to compete for bragging rights, the title of ‘Top Chef Master’ and $100,000 for their charity. In a new twist this season, each Master will have his or her sous chef compete in an online competition, “Battle of the Sous Chefs,” hosted by Hugh Acheson. The results of each online episode directly impacts the Masters, awarding them advantages, such as immunity (the winner of each battle earns the Top Chef Master immunity), and sometimes, disadvantages, depending on their sous chef’s performance (the chefs who perform the worst always earn obstacles for their Top Chef Master). Every episode of “Battle of the Sous Chefs” leads up to the next episode of Top Chef Masters, and explores the uniquely interdependent relationship between a Master chef and his or her sous chef. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone is back as series host alongside new head critic Gail Simmons, with returning judges James Oseland, Ruth Reichl, and Francis Lam, and new judge, food and dining editor Lesley Suter. The chefs face off in some of the most difficult and unique challenges seen thus far -- and they’re serving up food for some top entertainers and celebrity guest judges including: Busy Philipps, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lindsay Price, the cast of Days Of our Lives, Ali Larter, the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba, LA Cult Favorites Lucha Va Voom among others. To date, Top Chef Masters has given over 1 million dollars to charities with this season increasing that total to over 1.25 million dollars. The series pits 13 world-renowned chefs against each other to see how well they fare in fierce culinary competition. Each week will whittle down the chefs until the finale where one winner is crowned “Top Chef Master” and receives the grand prize of $100,000 for their charity.

The Lost Supper

#1 - The Lost Supper

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 17, 2009

Top Chef season two's "Less is More" influences tonight's quickfire challenge, but there won't be any Cheetos in melted chocolate bars tonight as the next four chefs are asked to create an elegant amuse-bouche from vending machine fare. Then it's on to the elimination challenge where the show Lost acts the muse.

star 8.78
54 votes
Finale

#2 - Finale

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 25, 2013

Season 5 comes to a close with the final three master chefs creating memorable dishes from their personal and professional lives, after which the winner is revealed.

star 8.00
57 votes
Top Chef Master

#3 - Top Chef Master

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 9, 2010

The remaining three chefs face their final challenge.

star 7.96
69 votes
Offal Tasty

#4 - Offal Tasty

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 24, 2009

Tonight's quickfire challenge for the next group of four chefs comes from season four's "Seven", asking them to make a dish using color. Then they must sell upmarket street food using offal as the base ingredients.

star 7.95
19 votes
Teacher Tribute

#5 - Teacher Tribute

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 18, 2013

The chefs serve up their version of a burger for a surprise guest critic. Also: The culinarians pay tribute to teachers through food; and three contestants advance to the finale.

star 7.95
55 votes
Mindy Kaling and Yo Gabba Gabba

#6 - Mindy Kaling and Yo Gabba Gabba

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 28, 2013

star 7.86
57 votes
Finale: Top Chef Master

#7 - Finale: Top Chef Master

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 19, 2009

star 7.85
20 votes
Sous Chefs and Skydives

#8 - Sous Chefs and Skydives

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 24, 2013

Thirteen chefs arrive in Los Angeles to participate in culinary heats in the Season 5 opener. Here, the foodies take flight by cooking outdoors for a professional skydiving team and are given the opportunity to dive from the sky themselves. In Season 5, the chefs also have sous-chefs who will compete in their own online competition.

star 7.82
108 votes
Restaurant Wars

#9 - Restaurant Wars

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 21, 2013

The epic "Restaurant Wars" challenge tasks the foodies to open eateries with a Los Angeles theme. Appearing: actress Busy Philipps and culinary editor Dana Cowin.

star 7.82
56 votes
Foodie Flash Mob

#10 - Foodie Flash Mob

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 12, 2012

It's getting down to the wire -- this week, the chefs will participate in one of the world's greatest underground dining events: a Diner en Blanc. For our Masters to take on this Diner en Blanc, each chef will create a picnic style meal with abundant ingredients to create an epic feast and pack it up for the first ever Diner en Blanc picnic in Vegas.

star 7.81
42 votes
Lucha Vavoom

#11 - Lucha Vavoom

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 11, 2013

The winner of this week’s Battle of the Sous Chefs challenge, along with their Top Chef Master, get to create today’s Quickfire. Then, the chefs face a culinary body slam, as they create dishes with a Mexican flair for the wrestlers of Lucha Vavoom. Que sabroso!

star 7.76
29 votes
Old School, New School

#12 - Old School, New School

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 19, 2012

The ace chefs instruct a mystery guest to make a dish in the penultimate Season 4 episode. Later, they mentor culinary students.

star 7.74
43 votes
Asian Night Market

#13 - Asian Night Market

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 31, 2013

The chefs create classic American cuisine with an Asian spin.

star 7.73
97 votes
Sex, Greed and Murder

#14 - Sex, Greed and Murder

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 7, 2013

Soap-opera themes inspire culinary creations. Appearing: the cast of "Days of Our Lives."

star 7.71
69 votes
Curtis Surprise Party

#15 - Curtis Surprise Party

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 14, 2013

As every chef knows, curry is difficult to hurry, but the chefs are challenged with making their version of curry in 30 minutes for this week’s Quickfire Challenge. Host Curtis Stone is not easy to surprise, but the tables are turned on him this week as fiancée Lindsay Price and the chefs team up to throw Curtis a surprise engagement party he won’t forget.

star 7.70
64 votes
Pub Food

#16 - Pub Food

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 21, 2010

Convincing high-brow clients of pub grub's merits is tonight's seemingly impossible challenge for the chefs as they try to show that flair and flavor can be found in other than haute cuisine. Competing chefs, Graham Elliot Bowles, Jonathan Waxman, Ludo Lefebvre, Mark Peel, Rick Moonen and Wylie Dufresne are tasked to reimagine old-school pub grub.

star 7.68
101 votes
Cast and Crew Meal

#17 - Cast and Crew Meal

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 28, 2010

op Chef Masters Season Two there are only five chefs left to compete in the first level for the final two spots in the champion round. Susur Lee, Rick Tramanto, Maria Hines, Debbie Gold, and Jody Adams. All but Susur have been awarded a James Beard. The chefs dabble in craft service as they prepare meals for the cast and crew of ABC's Modern Family.

star 7.64
99 votes
The Buffet Must Go On

#18 - The Buffet Must Go On

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 25, 2012

star 7.56
80 votes
Thai One On

#19 - Thai One On

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 29, 2012

On this week’s episode, the chefs will be creating an aphrodisiac dish using known aphrodisiac ingredients. The chef whose dish really turns them on will be the winner for this challenge. Lotus of Siam is a legendary Nevada Culinary landmark that has amassed award after award. For this Elimination Challenge, our chefs will be faced with the task of creating their own Thai restaurant in the Top Chef Masters kitchen and attempting to create their own versions of classic Thai dishes. Special guest judge is Dita Von Teese.

star 7.51
73 votes
Wedding Wars

#20 - Wedding Wars

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 5, 2010

Top Chef's brutal tag team relay begins the first champions round Quickfire, followed by the dreaded wedding elimination challenge—the first time the master chefs have seen this particular trial—and this time there's no cheats: the person with the lowest score packs their knives, so everyone must put his or her best dish forward… even if it is a wedding cake.

star 7.45
71 votes
Scary Surf & Turf

#21 - Scary Surf & Turf

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 12, 2010

The chefs are asked to create Quickfire dishes inspired by Simpsons characters who then judge them, and then they must turn their skills toward making offal tasty in a surf & turf presentation.

star 7.45
69 votes
Date Night

#22 - Date Night

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2011

In this week’s Quickfire Challenge the chefs must use each of their five senses to identify mystery ingredients -- however they can only use one of their senses at time. In the Elimination Challenge, the masters help a man propose to his unsuspecting girlfriend on her favorite show, Top Chef Masters. In a six-course meal, the chefs must create dishes that reflect different stages of the couple’s relationship, but could one bad dish ruin the whole plan?

star 7.44
75 votes
Miniaturize Me

#23 - Miniaturize Me

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 15, 2009

The chefs are challenged to turn classic junk food items into fine-dining cuisine. The cast of Flipping Out are the diners for this challenge. Then, the chefs are challenged to create a mini 3-course "meal" for 100 people, without any help whatsoever. The meal must be based on an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert.

star 7.42
19 votes
Champions Round Begins

#24 - Champions Round Begins

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 29, 2009

The top six chefs get a surprise as they prepare to cook their signature dishes.

star 7.41
17 votes
Biggest Loser

#25 - Biggest Loser

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 27, 2011

Eating healthy is a challenge that people face every day. For this week’s Elimination Challenge, the cheftestants must prove nutritious food can still taste good. The remaining masters will be broken up into three teams of three to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the cast of The Biggest Loser, but that’s not all, all three meals, when added up, cannot exceed the daily allotment of 1500 calories a day.

star 7.38
103 votes