Top Chef is an American reality competition television series which premiered on March 8, 2006, on Bravo. The show features chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode. Since its inception, the series has aired over 250 episodes.

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedLocation
First airedLast aired
112March 8, 2006 (2006-03-08)May 24, 2006 (2006-05-24)San Francisco
213October 18, 2006 (2006-10-18)January 31, 2007 (2007-01-31)Los Angeles
318June 6, 2007 (2007-06-06)October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)Miami
415March 12, 2008 (2008-03-12)June 18, 2008 (2008-06-18)Chicago
515November 12, 2008 (2008-11-12)March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04)New York City
616August 19, 2009 (2009-08-19)December 16, 2009 (2009-12-16)Las Vegas
715June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16)September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22)Washington, D.C.
817December 1, 2010 (2010-12-01)April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06)New York City
918November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)Texas
1017November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07)February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27)Seattle
1117October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02)February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)New Orleans
1215October 15, 2014 (2014-10-15)February 11, 2015 (2015-02-11)Boston
1315December 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)March 17, 2016 (2016-03-17)California
1414December 1, 2016 (2016-12-01)March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02)Charleston
1514December 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)Colorado
1615December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)March 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)Kentucky
1714March 19, 2020 (2020-03-19)June 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)Los Angeles
1814April 1, 2021 (2021-04-01)July 1, 2021 (2021-07-01)Portland
1914TBATBAHouston

Episodes

San Francisco (Season 1)

Main article: Top Chef: San Francisco

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Who Deserves to Be Here?"March 8, 2006 (2006-03-08)
22"Food of Love"March 15, 2006 (2006-03-15)
33"Nasty Delights"March 22, 2006 (2006-03-22)
44"Food on the Fly"March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29)
55"Blind Confusion"April 5, 2006 (2006-04-05)
66"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"April 12, 2006 (2006-04-12)
77"Restaurant Wars"April 19, 2006 (2006-04-19)
88"Wedding Bell Blues"April 26, 2006 (2006-04-26)
99"Napa's Finest"May 3, 2006 (2006-05-03)
1010"Reunion"May 10, 2006 (2006-05-10)
1111"Vegas Finale - Part 1"May 17, 2006 (2006-05-17)
1212"Vegas Finale - Part 2"May 24, 2006 (2006-05-24)

Los Angeles (Season 2)

Main article: Top Chef: Los Angeles

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
131"Into the Fire"October 18, 2006 (2006-10-18)
142"Eastern Promise"October 25, 2006 (2006-10-25)
153"Food for the People"November 1, 2006 (2006-11-01)
164"Less is More"November 8, 2006 (2006-11-08)
175"Social Service"November 15, 2006 (2006-11-15)
186"Thanksgiving"November 22, 2006 (2006-11-22)
197"The Raw and the Cooked"December 6, 2006 (2006-12-06)
208"Holiday Spirit"December 13, 2006 (2006-12-13)
219"Seven"January 3, 2007 (2007-01-03)
2210"Unhappy Customers"January 10, 2007 (2007-01-10)
2311"Sense and Sensuality"January 17, 2007 (2007-01-17)
2412"Hawaii Finale, Part 1"January 24, 2007 (2007-01-24)
2513"Hawaii Finale, Part 2"January 31, 2007 (2007-01-31)

Miami (Season 3)

Main article: Top Chef: Miami

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
261"4-Star All-Stars"June 6, 2007 (2007-06-06)
272"First Impressions"June 13, 2007 (2007-06-13)
283"Sunny Delights"June 20, 2007 (2007-06-20)
294"Family Favorites"June 27, 2007 (2007-06-27)
305"Cooking By Numbers"July 11, 2007 (2007-07-11)
316"Latin Lunch"July 18, 2007 (2007-07-18)
327"Watch What Happens Special"July 25, 2007 (2007-07-25)
338"Freezer Burn"August 1, 2007 (2007-08-01)
349"Guilty Pleasures"August 8, 2007 (2007-08-08)
3510"Restaurant Wars"August 15, 2007 (2007-08-15)
3611"Second Helping"August 22, 2007 (2007-08-22)
3712"Chef Overboard"September 5, 2007 (2007-09-05)
3813"Snacks on a Plane"September 12, 2007 (2007-09-12)
3914"Manhattan Project"September 19, 2007 (2007-09-19)
4015"Finale, Part 1"September 26, 2007 (2007-09-26)
4116"Finale, Part 2"October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03)
4217"Reunion"October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)
4318"Top Chef Holiday Special"December 6, 2007 (2007-12-06)

Chicago (Season 4)

Main article: Top Chef: Chicago

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
441"Anything You Can Cook, I Can Cook Better"March 12, 2008 (2008-03-12)
452"Zoo Food"March 19, 2008 (2008-03-19)
463"Block Party"March 26, 2008 (2008-03-26)
474"Film Food"April 2, 2008 (2008-04-02)
485"The Elements"April 9, 2008 (2008-04-09)
496"Tailgating"April 16, 2008 (2008-04-16)
507"Improv"April 23, 2008 (2008-04-23)
518"Common Threads"April 30, 2008 (2008-04-30)
529"Wedding Wars"May 7, 2008 (2008-05-07)
5310"Serve and Protect"May 14, 2008 (2008-05-14)
5411"Restaurant Wars"May 21, 2008 (2008-05-21)
5512"High Steaks"May 28, 2008 (2008-05-28)
5613"Puerto Rico"June 4, 2008 (2008-06-04)
5714"Finale"June 11, 2008 (2008-06-11)
5815"Reunion"June 18, 2008 (2008-06-18)

New York (Season 5)

Main article: Top Chef: New York

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
591"Melting Pot"November 12, 2008 (2008-11-12)
602"Show Your Craft"November 19, 2008 (2008-11-19)
613"A Foo Fighters Thanksgiving"November 26, 2008 (2008-11-26)
624"Today Show"December 3, 2008 (2008-12-03)
635"Gail's Bridal Shower"December 10, 2008 (2008-12-10)
646"12 Days of Christmas"December 17, 2008 (2008-12-17)
657"Focus Group"January 7, 2009 (2009-01-07)
668"Down on the Farm"January 14, 2009 (2009-01-14)
679"Restaurant Wars"January 21, 2009 (2009-01-21)
6810"Super Bowl Chef Showdown"January 28, 2009 (2009-01-28)
6911"Le Bernardin"February 4, 2009 (2009-02-04)
7012"The Last Supper"February 11, 2009 (2009-02-11)
7113"Finale - Part I"February 18, 2009 (2009-02-18)
7214"Finale - Part II"February 25, 2009 (2009-02-25)
7315"Watch What Happens Reunion"March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04)

Las Vegas (Season 6)

Main article: Top Chef: Las Vegas

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
741"Sin City Vice"August 19, 2009 (2009-08-19)
752"Bachelor/ette Party"August 26, 2009 (2009-08-26)
763"Thunderbirds"September 2, 2009 (2009-09-02)
774"Vivre Las Vegas"September 9, 2009 (2009-09-09)
785"Camping"September 16, 2009 (2009-09-16)
796"Penn & Teller"September 23, 2009 (2009-09-23)
807"Dinner Party"October 7, 2009 (2009-10-07)
818"Pigs and Pinot"October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14)
829"Restaurant Wars"October 21, 2009 (2009-10-21)
8310"Meat Natalie"October 28, 2009 (2009-10-28)
8411"Top Chef All-Stars Dinner"November 4, 2009 (2009-11-04)
8512"Strip Around the World"November 11, 2009 (2009-11-11)
8613"Culinary Olympics"November 18, 2009 (2009-11-18)
8714"Napa Finale, Part 1"December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02)
8815"Napa Finale, Part 2"December 9, 2009 (2009-12-09)
8916"Watch What Happens Reunion"December 16, 2009 (2009-12-16)

D.C. (Season 7)

Main article: Top Chef: D.C.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
901"House of Chef-presentatives"June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16)
912"Outside the Lunch Box"June 23, 2010 (2010-06-23)
923"Capitol Grill"June 30, 2010 (2010-06-30)
934"Room Service"July 7, 2010 (2010-07-07)
945"Farm Policy"July 14, 2010 (2010-07-14)
956"Cold War"July 21, 2010 (2010-07-21)
967"Power Lunch"July 28, 2010 (2010-07-28)
978"Foreign Affairs"August 4, 2010 (2010-08-04)
989"Restaurant Wars"August 11, 2010 (2010-08-11)
9910"Covert Cuisine"August 18, 2010 (2010-08-18)
10011"Making Concessions"August 25, 2010 (2010-08-25)
10112"Gastro-nauts"September 1, 2010 (2010-09-01)
10213"Season Finale, Part I"September 8, 2010 (2010-09-08)
10314"Season Finale, Part II"September 15, 2010 (2010-09-15)
10415"Reunion"September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22)

All-Stars (Season 8)

Main article: Top Chef: All-Stars

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1051"History Never Repeats"December 1, 2010 (2010-12-01)1.66[1]
1062"Night at the Museum"December 8, 2010 (2010-12-08)2.03[2]
1073"New York's Finest"December 15, 2010 (2010-12-15)1.98[3]
1084"Advantage Chef"December 22, 2010 (2010-12-22)2.12[4]
1095"Dim Sum Lose Some"January 5, 2011 (2011-01-05)N/A
1106"We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat"January 12, 2011 (2011-01-12)2.36[5]
1117"Restaurant Wars - One Night Only"January 19, 2011 (2011-01-19)2.33[6]
1128"An Offer They Can't Refuse"February 2, 2011 (2011-02-02)2.34[7]
1139"Feeding Fallon"February 9, 2011 (2011-02-09)2.23[8]
11410"Lock Down"February 16, 2011 (2011-02-16)N/A
11511"For the Gulf"February 23, 2011 (2011-02-23)2.61[9]
11612"Give Me Your Huddled Masses"March 2, 2011 (2011-03-02)2.48[10]
11713"Fit For a King"March 9, 2011 (2011-03-09)2.44[11]
11814"Island Fever"March 16, 2011 (2011-03-16)2.26[12]
11915"The Last Supper"March 23, 2011 (2011-03-23)2.38[13]
12016"Finale"March 30, 2011 (2011-03-30)2.77[14]
12117"Reunion"April 6, 2011 (2011-04-06)1.68[15]

Texas (Season 9)

Main article: Top Chef: Texas

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1221"Everything's Bigger in Texas"November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02)1.59[16]
1232"The Heat Is On"November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09)1.64[17]
1243"Quinceañera"November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16)1.45[18]
1254"Red Hot Chili Cook-Off"November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23)1.67[19]
1265"Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party"November 30, 2011 (2011-11-30)1.86[20]
1276"Higher Steaks"December 7, 2011 (2011-12-07)1.70[21]
1287"Game On"December 14, 2011 (2011-12-14)1.74[22]
1298"Tribute Dinner"December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21)1.69[23]
1309"BBQ Pit Wars"January 4, 2012 (2012-01-04)1.94[24]
13110"Restaurant Wars"January 11, 2012 (2012-01-11)1.82[25]
13211"Fit for an Evil Queen"January 18, 2012 (2012-01-18)2.00[26]
13312"Block Party"January 25, 2012 (2012-01-25)1.83[27]
13413"Bike, Borrow & Steal"February 1, 2012 (2012-02-01)N/A
13514"Mentors at Work?"February 8, 2012 (2012-02-08)N/A
13615"Culinary Games"February 15, 2012 (2012-02-15)N/A
13716"Fire and Ice"February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22)N/A
13817"Finale"February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29)1.85[28]
13918"Reunion"March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)1.04[29]

Seattle (Season 10)

Main article: Top Chef: Seattle

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
1401"The Ultimate Chef Test"November 7, 2012 (2012-11-07)
1412"A Shock at the Space Needle"November 14, 2012 (2012-11-14)
1423"Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse"November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21)
1434"'50s Food Flashback"November 28, 2012 (2012-11-28)
1445"Pike Place Pickle"December 5, 2012 (2012-12-05)
1456"Even the Famous Come Home"December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12)
1467"Foiled Again"December 19, 2012 (2012-12-19)
1478"Jalapeño Business"December 26, 2012 (2012-12-26)
1489"Past Suppers"January 2, 2013 (2013-01-02)
14910"Battle Before the War"January 9, 2013 (2013-01-09)
15011"Restaurant Wars"January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16)
15112"Wolfgang Clucks"January 23, 2013 (2013-01-23)
15213"Chefs at Sea"January 30, 2013 (2013-01-30)
15314"Kings of Alaska"February 6, 2013 (2013-02-06)
15415"Glacial Gourmand"February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)
15516"Finale Part 1"February 20, 2013 (2013-02-20)
15617"Finale Part 2"February 27, 2013 (2013-02-27)

New Orleans (Season 11)

Main article: Top Chef: New Orleans

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
1571"Soiree in the Swamp"October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02)
1582"Rebuilding New Orleans"October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)
1593"Commander's Palace"October 16, 2013 (2013-10-16)
1604"Captain Vietnam"October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)
1615"Lea Michele's Halloween Bash"October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)
1626"Campfires, Cream Cheese and Countryside"November 6, 2013 (2013-11-06)
1637"Jazz Hands"November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13)
1648"Piggin' Out"November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)
1659"Restaurant Wars"December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)
16610"Like Mama Made"December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)
16711"Giving It the College Try"December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18)
16812"Mississippi Mud Bugs"January 1, 2014 (2014-01-01)
16913"Oui Si a Challenge"January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)
17014"Po' Boy Smackdown"January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15)
17115"Leaving New Orleans"January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)
17216"Maui Wowie"January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)
17317"Finale"February 5, 2014 (2014-02-05)

Boston (Season 12)

Main article: Top Chef: Boston

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1741"Sudden Death"October 15, 2014 (2014-10-15)1.09[30]
1752"Boston's Bravest and Finest"October 22, 2014 (2014-10-22)0.98[31]
1763"The Curse of the Bambino"October 29, 2014 (2014-10-29)1.05[32]
1774"12 Chefs Walk Into a Bar..."November 5, 2014 (2014-11-05)0.91[33]
1785"It's War"November 12, 2014 (2014-11-12)0.90[34]
1796"The First Thanksgiving"November 19, 2014 (2014-11-19)0.95[35]
1807"Restaurant Wars"December 3, 2014 (2014-12-03)0.96[36]
1818"Clean Up in Aisle 2!"December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10)0.98[37]
1829"Big Sausage"December 17, 2014 (2014-12-17)0.98[38]
18310"For Julia & Jacques"January 7, 2015 (2015-01-07)1.02[39]
18411"Sous Your Daddy!"January 14, 2015 (2015-01-14)1.09[40]
18512"The Final Battle of Bean Town"January 21, 2015 (2015-01-21)0.99[41]
18613"Getting Prickly In Mexico"January 28, 2015 (2015-01-28)1.11[42]
18714"Holy Escamoly!"February 4, 2015 (2015-02-04)0.89[43]
18815"Mano a Mano"February 11, 2015 (2015-02-11)0.96[44]

California (Season 13)

Main article: Top Chef: California

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
1891"Stop the Presses"December 2, 2015 (2015-12-02)
1902"Pop Up Pandemonium"December 3, 2015 (2015-12-03)
1913"Spines and Vines"December 10, 2015 (2015-12-10)
1924"It's a Dry Heat"December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
1935"Big Gay Wedding"January 7, 2016 (2016-01-07)
1946"Banannaise"January 14, 2016 (2016-01-14)
1957"Back in the Day"January 21, 2016 (2016-01-21)
1968"Where's the Beef?"January 28, 2016 (2016-01-28)
1979"Restaurant Wars, Part 1"February 4, 2016 (2016-02-04)
19810"Restaurant Wars, Part 2"February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11)
19911"Hammer Time"February 18, 2016 (2016-02-18)
20012"Wok This Way"February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25)
20113"Where It All Started"March 3, 2016 (2016-03-03)
20214"Magic Hour"March 10, 2016 (2016-03-10)
20315"Finale"March 17, 2016 (2016-03-17)

Charleston (Season 14)

Main article: Top Chef: Charleston

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
2041"Something Old, Something New"December 1, 2016 (2016-12-01)
2052"Southern Hospitality"December 8, 2016 (2016-12-08)
2063"Choke Holds and Clammy Hands"December 15, 2016 (2016-12-15)
2074"The Feast of Seven Trash Fishes"December 22, 2016 (2016-12-22)
2085"Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em"December 29, 2016 (2016-12-29)
2096"A Southern Legend"January 5, 2017 (2017-01-05)
2107"Booty"January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12)
2118"Restaurant Wars"January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)
2129"For the Kids"January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26)
21310"Shrimp Boats and Hat Ladies"February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02)
21411"Adiós Charleston, Hello James Beard"February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)
21512"Cooking Away in Margaritaville"February 16, 2017 (2017-02-16)
21613"Trial By Fire"February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)
21714"Comida Final"March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02)

Colorado (Season 15)

Main article: Top Chef: Colorado

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
2181"It'll Take More than Pot Luck"December 7, 2017 (2017-12-07)
2192"Smile and Say Mise"December 14, 2017 (2017-12-14)
2203"Keep on Truckin"December 21, 2017 (2017-12-21)
2214"Little Tools, Big Challenge"December 28, 2017 (2017-12-28)
2225"This Is Not Glamping"January 4, 2018 (2018-01-04)
2236"Now That's a Lot of Schnitzel"January 11, 2018 (2018-01-11)
2247"Olympic Dreams"January 18, 2018 (2018-01-18)
2258"Restaurant Wars"January 25, 2018 (2018-01-25)
2269"Bronco Brouhaha"February 1, 2018 (2018-02-01)
22710"Red Rum and Then Some"February 8, 2018 (2018-02-08)
22811"Cooking High"February 15, 2018 (2018-02-15)
22912"Sunday Supper"February 22, 2018 (2018-02-22)
23013"A Little Place Called Aspen"March 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)
23114"Finale"March 8, 2018 (2018-03-08)

Kentucky (Season 16)

Main article: Top Chef: Kentucky

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
2321"The Fastest Two Minutes in Cooking"December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)
2332"Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo"December 13, 2018 (2018-12-13)
2343"Naughty and Nice"December 20, 2018 (2018-12-20)
2354"Surprise...It's Restaurant Wars"December 27, 2018 (2018-12-27)
2365"Restaurant Wars Part 2"January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03)
2376"Roaring Munchies"January 10, 2019 (2019-01-10)
2387"Carne!"January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
2398"Whatever Floats Your Boat"January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)
2409"Music City USA"January 31, 2019 (2019-01-31)
24110"Hoop Dreams"February 7, 2019 (2019-02-07)
24211"The Greatest"February 14, 2019 (2019-02-14)
24312"Kentucky Farewell"February 21, 2019 (2019-02-21)
24413"Holy Macau!"February 28, 2019 (2019-02-28)
24514"The Tao of Macau"March 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)
24615"Finale"March 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)

All-Stars L.A. (Season 17)

Main article: Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
2471"It's Like They Never Left!"March 19, 2020 (2020-03-19)0.76[45]
2482"The Jonathan Gold Standard"March 26, 2020 (2020-03-26)0.82[46]
2493"Strokes of Genius"April 2, 2020 (2020-04-02)0.83[47]
2504"You're So Fresh!"April 9, 2020 (2020-04-09)0.91[48]
2515"Bring Your Loved One to Work"April 16, 2020 (2020-04-16)0.82[49]
2526"Get Your Phil"April 23, 2020 (2020-04-23)0.91[50]
2537"Pitch Perfect"April 30, 2020 (2020-04-30)0.89[51]
2548"Restaurant Wars"May 7, 2020 (2020-05-07)0.94[52]
2559"Cabin Fever"May 14, 2020 (2020-05-14)0.89[53]
25610"Colossal Coliseum Kaiseki"May 21, 2020 (2020-05-21)0.84[54]
25711"Michael's Santa Monica"May 28, 2020 (2020-05-28)0.90[55]
25812"Lucca"June 4, 2020 (2020-06-04)0.84[56]
25913"Parma"June 11, 2020 (2020-06-11)0.99[57]
26014"Finito!"June 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)1.04[58]

Portland (Season 18)

Main article: Top Chef: Portland

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air dateUS viewers
(millions)
2611"First Impressions"April 1, 2021 (2021-04-01)0.82[59]
2622"Trouble Brewing"April 8, 2021 (2021-04-08)0.73[60]
2633"Pan African Portland"April 15, 2021 (2021-04-15)0.74[61]
2644"Thrown for a Loop"April 22, 2021 (2021-04-22)0.89[62]
2655"Meet You at the Drive-In"April 29, 2021 (2021-04-29)0.89[63]
2666"Stumptown U.S.A."May 6, 2021 (2021-05-06)0.90[64]
2677"Feeding the Frontlines"May 13, 2021 (2021-05-13)0.85[65]
2688"Restaurant Wars"May 20, 2021 (2021-05-20)N/A
2699"Portland-ia"May 27, 2021 (2021-05-27)0.83[66]
27010"Tournament of Tofu"June 3, 2021 (2021-06-03)0.77[67]
27111"Blind Ambitions"June 10, 2021 (2021-06-10)0.83[68]
27212"The Cheesier the Better"June 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)0.89[69]
27313"Shellfishly Delicious"June 24, 2021 (2021-06-24)0.82[70]
27414"The Next Top Chef Is..."July 1, 2021 (2021-07-01)0.89[71]

Special episodes

4-Star All-Stars

On June 6, 2007, as part of the buildup for Season 3, Bravo aired a special charity episode called "4-Star All-Stars", which awarded $20,000 to the charity of the winning team's choice. The show brought together Season 1 contestants Harold Dieterle, Tiffani Faison, Dave Martin, and Stephen Asprinio, and Season 2 contestants Ilan Hall, Marcel Vigneron, Sam Talbot, and Elia Aboumrad. The show format was kept the same, with a Quickfire Challenge to start, followed by an Elimination Challenge. The show was filmed in Miami, Florida, the setting for the upcoming season. The Season 1 competitors won, who donated their winnings to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.[72]

Top Chef Holiday Special

On December 6, 2007, a special holiday-themed episode was aired, bringing selected chefs from the first three seasons back for a chance to win a prize of $20,000. Padma Lakshmi presided as host, with Ted Allen, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons presiding as judges. The following chefs participated: Tiffani Faison and Stephen Asprinio (Season 1); Marcel Vigneron, Betty Fraser, and Josie Smith-Malave (Season 2); and Chris "CJ" Jacobsen, Tre Wilcox, and Sandee Birdsong (Season 3). The special was shot in Chicago, Illinois. The first 2 eliminated chefs were Sandee and Stephen. The second 2 eliminated chefs were Betty and Josie. The third 2 eliminated chefs were Marcel and CJ. In the end, Tiffani defeated Tre to receive the $20,000 prize, after cooking one final course to break the tie.[73]

Top Chef All-Stars Dinner

The Top Chef All-Stars Dinner special, which aired on November 4, 2009, was a reunion dinner hosted by Season 5 competitor Fabio Viviani. The guests included several past Top Chef contestants, including Harold Dieterle and Tiffani Faison from Season 1; Ilan Hall and Marcel Vigneron from Season 2; Hung Huynh, Dale Levitski, and Casey Thompson from Season 3; Lisa Fernandes and Richard Blais from Season 4; and Stefan Richter and Carla Hall from Season 5.[74]

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