Top Chef: Charleston
Season 14
Hosted byPadma Lakshmi
JudgesTom Colicchio
Gail Simmons
Graham Elliot
No. of contestants16
WinnerBrooke Williamson
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes14
Release
Original networkBravo
Original releaseDecember 1, 2016 (2016-12-01) –
March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02)
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Top Chef: Charleston is the fourteenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was announced by Bravo on October 13, 2016, which premiered on December 1, 2016, and concluded on March 2, 2017.[1] Filming initially took place in Charleston, South Carolina, beginning in May 2016,[2] while the season's final episodes were filmed in areas across Mexico, including Guadalajara and the Yucatán Peninsula.[3] Top Chef: Charleston featured eight new contestants competing against eight returning contestants from previous seasons.[4] MasterChef and Top Chef Masters alumnus Graham Elliot debuted as a recurring judge, alongside returning judges Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons.[4] In the season finale, Top Chef: Seattle runner-up Brooke Williamson was declared the winner over Top Chef: New Orleans finalist Shirley Chung.[5] Top Chef: Seattle finalist Sheldon Simeon was voted Fan Favorite, his second Fan Favorite win.[5]

Contestants

Top Chef: Charleston features a cast of 16 chefs, consisting of half newcomers and half returnees.[1][6]

New contestants

Name[1] Hometown Current Residence
Silvia Barban Castronno, Varese, Italy Brooklyn, New York
Emily Hahn Lynchburg, Virginia Charleston, South Carolina
Jamie Lynch Rochester, New York Charlotte, North Carolina
Annie Pettry Asheville, North Carolina Louisville, Kentucky
Sylva Senat Port-au-Prince, Haiti Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
BJ Smith South Bend, Indiana Portland, Oregon
Jim Smith Troy, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama
Gerald Sombright St. Louis, Missouri Marco Island, Florida

Jim Smith returned for Top Chef: Kentucky, competing in the Last Chance Kitchen.[7] Jamie Lynch returned for Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.[8]

Returning contestants

Name[6] Hometown Current Residence Season
Amanda Baumgarten Los Angeles, California Chicago, Illinois Season 7
Shirley Chung Beijing, China Irvine, California Season 11
Sheldon Simeon Hilo, Hawaii Maui, Hawaii Season 10
Sam Talbot Charlotte, North Carolina Brooklyn, New York Season 2
Katsuji Tanabe Mexico City, Mexico Los Angeles, California Season 12
John Tesar New York, New York Dallas, Texas Season 10
Casey Thompson Cedar Hill, Texas Napa Valley, California Season 3, 8
Brooke Williamson Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, California Season 10

Contestant progress

Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Quickfire Challenge
Winner(s)
Brooke
Jim
Sheldon Casey Brooke Jamie Jamie N/A Brooke1 Sheldon1 Sheldon1 Brooke1 Brooke1 N/A
Contestant Elimination Challenge Results
1 Brooke IN WIN LOW HIGH LOW LOW WIN HIGH LOW OUT WIN6 LOW WINNER
2 Shirley IN IN HIGH IN IN WIN HIGH LOW WIN HIGH LOW WIN RUNNER-UP
3 Sheldon HIGH IN HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW HIGH HIGH WIN LOW OUT
4 John HIGH IN HIGH WIN IN LOW LOW IN LOW LOW OUT
5 Sylva IN HIGH HIGH LOW WIN HIGH HIGH WIN OUT
6 Casey WIN LOW IN IN IN LOW LOW LOW OUT5
7 Emily IN IN LOW HIGH LOW LOW HIGH OUT
8 Katsuji IN IN WIN LOW IN LOW OUT
9 Jamie LOW IN HIGH IN IN OUT4
10 Jim IN IN LOW IN HIGH OUT3
11 Amanda IN IN LOW LOW OUT
12 Silvia IN LOW LOW OUT
13 BJ LOW LOW OUT
14 Sam IN OUT
15 Annie OUT
16 Gerald OUT2

^Note 1 : The chef(s) did not receive immunity for winning the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2 : Gerald lost the Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge and was eliminated.
^Note 3 : Jim lost the Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge and was eliminated.
^Note 4 : Feeling that his dish contributed the most to his team's loss, Jamie voluntarily forfeited his immunity, resulting in his elimination.
^Note 5 : Casey lost the Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge and was eliminated.
^Note 6 : Brooke won Last Chance Kitchen and returned to the competition.

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned "Top Chef".
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was the runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef won the Elimination Challenge.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
  (IN) The chef was not selected as one of the top or bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge and was safe.
  (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
  (OUT) The chef lost the Elimination Challenge.

Episodes

Main article: List of Top Chef episodes

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2041"Something Old, Something New"December 1, 2016 (2016-12-01)

Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge: The contestants competed in two different groups. The eight new chefs had to cook as many dishes as possible within one hour using a whole chicken, while the eight returning chefs had to create their own version of shrimp and grits. The winners of each group received immunity from elimination.

  • WINNERS: Brooke (Shrimp Scotch Egg & Grits with Lemon Fennel Salad & Espelette Pepper) and Jim (Fried Chicken Innards with Aioli, Bitter Lettuces & Strawberry Vinaigrette)
    • Sudden Death Cook-Off: Gerald and John, who made the judges' least favorite dishes, competed against each other in an oyster roast-themed cook-off. The loser was immediately eliminated from the competition.
      • WINNER: John (Cream-Poached Oysters with Truffle Butter, Hot Sauce & Shaved Truffle)
      • ELIMINATED: Gerald (Roasted Oysters with Thai-Style Mignonette & Tomato Compote)
2052"Southern Hospitality"December 8, 2016 (2016-12-08)

Elimination Challenge: The rookies and veterans were separated into two teams. Each team dined at the home of a local Charleston chef. They then had to create a family-style meal inspired by the home-cooked dishes served to them. The guest judges for the challenge included chefs Carrie Morey, BJ Dennis, Frank Lee, Sean Brock, Robert Stehling, Kevin Johnson, and Michelle Weaver.

  • Jim - Grits with Charred Asparagus, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Ham Hock & Spring Onion
  • Silvia - Hoppin' John with Farro, Crispy Pork Skin, Refried Beans & Carrot Purée
  • Emily - Pickled Shrimp & Dressed Cucumbers
  • BJ (Low) - Peameal Bacon & Pickled Peaches with Sorghum & Pork Gastrique
  • Annie (Out) - Tomato Tart with Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette, Tomato Salad, Candied Benne & Mint
  • Sylva - Cornish Hen with Dark Meat Rice, Adzuki Beans & Haitian-Style Permanent Slaw
  • Jamie (Low) - Summer Squash Casserole with Raw & Roasted Vegetable Salad
  • Shirley - Pork & Oyster Stew with Sweet Potato, Potato & Crispy Pork Crackling
  • John (High) - Carolina Rice with Caramelized Okra, Green Onion & Crab Gravy
  • Brooke - Sweet Corn Biscuits with Salted Benne Butter & Dulce de Leche
  • Amanda - Whole Fish Ceviche with Old Bay, Cayenne Pepper, Sorghum & Lemon
  • Casey (Win) - Collard Greens with Turnips, Coconut, Peanut, Crispy Chicken Skin, Bread Crumb & Smoked Trout Roe
  • Sheldon (High) - Pinakbet with Eggplant, Tomatoes, Fish Sauce, Okra, Bitter Greens & Pickled Onions
  • Katsuji - Shrimp Stew with Hot Pineapple Sauce
  • Sam - Vinegar & Tea-Brined Fried Chicken with Pickled Yellow Beets & Hot Sauce
    • WINNER: Casey (Collard Greens with Turnips, Coconut, Peanut, Crispy Chicken Skin, Bread Crumb & Smoked Trout Roe)
    • ELIMINATED: Annie (Tomato Tart with Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette, Tomato Salad, Candied Benne & Mint)
2063"Choke Holds and Clammy Hands"December 15, 2016 (2016-12-15)

Quickfire Challenge: The contestants, separated into two teams, competed in the traditional mise en place relay race. The tasks involved peeling and mincing garlic, dicing onions, turning artichokes, deveining shrimp, and shucking clams; the first team to complete all five tasks could hit the opposing team's "pause button", forcing them to wait out a three-minute penalty. Once finished, each team then had to cook a dish using the prepped ingredients. The MVP from the winning team, designated by guest judge and Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino, received immunity from elimination.

  • WINNER: Sheldon

Elimination Challenge: Working in the same teams, the chefs had to create a seven-course, progressive meal for the judges and a group of select Top Chef fans; in addition, every dish had to highlight radishes. Each course was compared by the judges and guest diners in head-to-head battles. If the chef won the match-up, they earned their team one point. The first team to receive four points won the challenge. The chefs on the losing team who lost their head-to-head battles were eligible for elimination.

  • First Course: Emily vs. Sam
    • Emily - Black Radish-Cured Salmon with Black Radish Aioli
    • Sam (Out) - Radish Bánh Mì with Brioche & Crispy Chicken Skin
  • Second Course: Jim vs. Katsuji
    • Jim - Grilled Radish with Oyster Emulsion, Pickled Mushrooms, Radish Tops & Green Onion
    • Katsuji - Crab Salad Enchilada with Radish Tortilla, Sweet Pickled Radish & Salsa Verde
  • Third Course: Jamie vs. BJ
    • Jamie - Braised French Breakfast Radish & Pink Radish with Red Miso Emulsion & Kale Chips
    • BJ (Low) - Pink Radish Conserva with Trout, Pickled & Raw Radish
  • Fourth Course: Casey vs. Sylva
    • Casey (Low) - Radish Scallop with Sweet Corn Yogurt Sauce, Pickled Radish & Salsify
    • Sylva (High) - Berbere-Rubbed Halibut with Radish & Tomato Broth, Dashi-Braised Daikon
  • Fifth Course: Shirley vs. Amanda
    • Shirley - Beef-Braised Daikon with Misshaped Pasta, Toasted Walnuts & Daikon Greens
    • Amanda - Roasted Black Cod with Black Radish Purée, Caramelized Radish Greens, Apricot & Pistachio Vinaigrette
  • Sixth Course: John vs. Sheldon
    • John - Radish Ramen with Radish Custard, Hon Shimeji Mushroom, Tofu & Radish Oil
    • Sheldon - Adobo Radish with Radish Porridge, Raw Radish, Spiced Cashews & Micro Radish Greens
  • Seventh Course: Brooke vs. Silvia
    • Brooke (Win) - Purple Daikon Panna Cotta with Sour Pineapple Curd, White Chocolate Pop Rocks & Pineapple Black Radish Juice
    • Silvia (Low) - Daikon Radish Cake with Tarragon-Marinated Blackberries & Yogurt Vanilla Cream
      • WINNER: Brooke (Purple Daikon Panna Cotta with Sour Pineapple Curd, White Chocolate Pop Rocks & Pineapple Black Radish Juice)
      • ELIMINATED: Sam (Radish Bánh Mì with Brioche & Crispy Chicken Skin)
2074"The Feast of Seven Trash Fishes"December 22, 2016 (2016-12-22)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs had to create dishes using a bizarre collection of tools and ingredients packaged within gift boxes, including a pressure cooker, Patrón tequila, pomegranate, chocolate pretzels, cloves, wasabi, squab, and a melon baller; the winner received immunity from elimination. The guest judge for the challenge was Food & Wine editor-in-chief Nilou Motamed.

  • Katsuji - Braised Squab in Tequila & Soy Sauce with Pretzel, Pomegranate & Wasabi Salsa
  • John - Pan-Seared Squab Breast with Mole, Avocado & Pomegranate Salad
  • Brooke - Squab Stew with Clove, Tequila, Pomegranate Stock & Squash
  • Emily - Pan-Roasted Squab & Soubise with Pomegranate Juice, Tequila & Wasabi
  • BJ - Pretzel-Encrusted Squab with Wasabi Cauliflower Purée, Tequila & Pomegranate
  • Jim - Pan-Roasted Squab with Beet, Fennel Broth, Smoked Pretzel & Tequila Whipped Cream
  • Casey - Smoked Chili, Tequila & Squab Soup with Squash, Roasted Chili, Peanuts & Compressed Pineapple
  • Shirley - Clove-Roasted Squab with Wasabi Rapini & Tequila Jus

Dishes from Sheldon, Silvia, Amanda, Jamie, and Sylva were not shown.

  • WINNER: Casey (Smoked Chili, Tequila & Squab Soup with Squash, Roasted Chili, Peanuts & Compressed Pineapple)

Elimination Challenge: Split into pairs, the contestants had to create a meal based on the Feast of the Seven Fishes using "trash fish". Each pair was randomly assigned a trash fish through knife draw; the types of fish included amberjack, mullet, tunny, blackbelly rosefish, barrel fish, triggerfish, and gray tilefish. As the winner of the Quickfire Challenge, Casey was able to work alone and choose the fish for her dish. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Mike Lata.

  • Shirley & Sheldon (High) - Szechuan Pepper Corn-Braised Mullet with Tofu, Celery & Buttered Radish
  • Jamie & Sylva (High) - Ras El Hanout-Dusted Tunny with Melted Leeks, Parsnip Purée, Wild Mushroom Ragout & Xo Jus
  • Brooke & Emily (Low) - Roasted Blackbelly Rose with Marble Potatoes, Leeks, Corn, Fiddlehead Ferns, Coconut & Tamarind Sauce
  • BJ & Silvia (Out, Low) - Barrel Fish Brodo with Leeks, Kale, Cauliflower & Pane Carasau
  • Katsuji & John (Win, High) - Triggerfish with Chili Sauce, Fennel Purée, Bottarga & Garlic Breadcrumbs, Stewed Tomatoes
  • Jim & Amanda (Low) - Seared Gray Tilefish in Tomato & Fennel Broth with Mussels, White Beans & Fennel Salad
  • Casey - Amberjack with Kimchi, Charred Rabe & Rice Porridge
    • WINNER: Katsuji (Triggerfish with Chili Sauce, Fennel Purée, Bottarga & Garlic Breadcrumbs, Stewed Tomatoes)
    • ELIMINATED: BJ (Barrel Fish Brodo with Leeks, Kale, Cauliflower & Pane Carasau)
2085"Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em"December 29, 2016 (2016-12-29)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs walked into an empty Top Chef kitchen; shortly thereafter, the challenge clock began to count down and the doors to the kitchen pantry opened. Without further instructions, the chefs had to surmise the challenge requirements based on the ingredients located in the pantry. Once time expired, Lakshmi returned to inform the contestants that the challenge was to create their own take on a biscuit; the winner received immunity from elimination. The guest judge for the challenge was chef John Currence.

  • Sylva - Grated Corn Biscuit with Pan-Seared Scallop, Jalapeño, Balsamic Vinegar, Peach & Sage Butter
  • John - Cheddar Jalapeño Drop Biscuit with Country Beef Gravy
  • Katsuji - Biscuit with Jalapeño Honey Butter & Sweet Corn Relish
  • Silvia - Salmon Biscuit with Avocado, Crème Fraîche & Roasted Mushrooms
  • Jamie - Breakfast Biscuit with Truffle Honey, Sunny-Side Up Egg, Mushroom & Asparagus Ragout
  • Shirley - Biscuit with Black Pepper Mascarpone & Roasted Blackberry Compote
  • Jim - Cream Cheese & Butter Biscuit with Creamed Corn & Seared Scallop
  • Brooke - Black Pepper & Poppy Seed Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Salad & Avocado Mousse
  • Sheldon - Buttermilk Biscuit Bottom with Country Ham, Soft-Boiled Egg, Parsley & Fennel

Dishes from Casey, Amanda, and Emily were not shown.

  • WINNER: Brooke (Black Pepper & Poppy Seed Biscuit with Smoked Salmon Salad & Avocado Mousse)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs, split into three teams, had to work through the night to prepare a whole hog barbecue. Each team was required to serve their hog with either a vinegar or mustard-based sauce, as well as create three side dishes for their meal. The guest judges for the challenge were pitmaster Rodney Scott and country singer Darius Rucker.

  • WINNER: John (Smoked Mac & Cheese)
  • ELIMINATED: Silvia (Italian Potato Salad)
2096"A Southern Legend"January 5, 2017 (2017-01-05)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were tasked with creating vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods. In addition, following the theme of health and physical activity, the contestants were allowed to grab only one ingredient or cooking utensil at a time, forcing them to run between the kitchen and pantry; the winner received immunity from elimination. The guest judge for the challenge was U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

  • Amanda - Vegetable Stroganoff with Eggplant, Tomato & Yogurt Sauce
  • Katsuji - Squash Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Brooke - Vegetarian Lasagna with Grilled Zucchini, Béchamel & Tomato Sauce
  • John - Mushroom Burger with Dried Cranberries, Almonds & Curry Powder
  • Sylva - Seitan and Masa Dumplings
  • Casey - Vegetable Pot Pie with Silken Tofu & Farro Crust
  • Jamie - Tofu Sloppy Joe with Bell Peppers, Onions & Side Salad
  • Jim - Eggplant Steak with Mushroom Gravy & Tomato Salad
  • Emily - Vegetarian Meatloaf with Almonds Charred Tomato & Herb Salad

Dishes from Sheldon and Shirley were not shown.

  • WINNER: Jamie (Tofu Sloppy Joe with Bell Peppers, Onions & Side Salad)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs created dishes paying homage to Edna Lewis, a pioneer of Southern cuisine. The luncheon was served at Middleton Place to a table of guest judges, including Alexander Smalls, Art Smith, BJ Dennis, Glenn Roberts, Irv Miller, Mashama Bailey, Nathalie Dupree, and Toni Tipton-Martin.

  • Jim (High) - Seared Shrimp with Smoked Turkey Wing & Pork Consommé, Squash & English Pea Salad
  • Katsuji - Fried Chicken with Pickled Watermelon Rind Salad
  • Brooke (Low) - Chicken with Swiss Chard, Sunchokes, Lemon Pudding & Blackberry Vinaigrette
  • Emily (Low) - Semolina-Dusted Chicken Livers with Corn Purée, Dandelion Green Salad & Blackberry Sauce
  • Shirley - Confit Chicken Wings with Collard Greens & Rice, Watercress Salad
  • John - Pan-Broiled Chicken Thigh with Watercress, Roasted Sunchokes & Peas
  • Sylva (Win) - Skillet-Fried Snapper with Garden Vegetables & Vegetable Broth
  • Sheldon (High) - Pork Belly & Cabbage with Cabbage Jus & Potato
  • Amanda (Out) - Roast Duck with Sweet Potatoes, Dandelion Greens, Spiced Pecans & Balsamic Onions
  • Casey - Chicken & Chicken-Stuffed Dumplings with Ham
  • Jamie - Roasted New York Strip Steak wit Sunchokes, Spring Onions & Corn Soubise
    • WINNER: Sylva (Skillet-Fried Snapper with Garden Vegetables & Vegetable Broth)
    • ELIMINATED: Amanda (Roast Duck with Sweet Potatoes, Dandelion Greens, Spiced Pecans & Balsamic Onions)
2107"Booty"January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12)

Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge: The chefs had to create a dish using ingredients and cooking techniques inspired by the elements (earth, air, fire, or water) corresponding to their zodiac signs; the winner received immunity from elimination. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Michael Cimarusti.

  • Jamie - Fire: Dusted Lamb Chop with Fire-Roasted Pepper Salad & Toasted Cashew Jus
  • Sylva - Fire: Lamb with Fire-Roasted Poblano Couscous, Sage Butter & Cherry Smoke
  • John - Water: Snapper & Branzino Tartare with Coconut Milk & Chili
  • Brooke - Fire: Oyster with Cucumber Pepper Broth, Fire-Roasted Poblano & Ancho Chili Salsa
  • Emily - Air: Pan-Roasted Chicken with Spaetzle & Herb Salad
  • Katsuji - Fire: Charred Onion with Cauliflower Purée, Fire-Roasted Habanero & Shishito Pepper Salsa
  • Shirley - Fire: Fried Cauliflower with Brown Butter & Soy Chili Sauce
  • Sheldon - Water: Shrimp Ceviche with Coconut Milk, Orange & Lime Juice, Radish
  • Jim - Fire: Charred Bison with Watermelon Dashi, Charred Chili, Basil & Mint Crème Fraîche
  • Casey -Air: Chicken Wing Stuffed with 'Nduja Sausage Pickled Egg Cream
    • WINNER: Jamie (Fire: Dusted Lamb Chop with Fire-Roasted Pepper Salad & Toasted Cashew Jus)
      • Sudden Death Cook-Off: Emily, Jim, and Sylva, who made the judges' least favorite dishes, had to cook using the ingredients assigned to the earth element, which had not been used during the initial Quickfire Challenge. Before cooking, the participants had to agree upon a single dish to make for the judges; they chose to prepare steak tartare. The loser was immediately eliminated from the competition.
      • Jim - Steak Tartare with Arugula Purée, Egg Yolk Purée, Lemon, Olive Oil & Chive
      • Sylva - Tataki-Style Steak Tartare with Beet Juice, Raw Mushrooms & Brussels Sprouts
      • Emily - Beef Tartare with Fish Sauce, Egg Yolk, Radish & Beet Salad, Potato & Beet Chips
        • ELIMINATED: Jim (Steak Tartare with Arugula Purée, Egg Yolk Purée, Lemon, Olive Oil & Chive)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs, working in teams of three, hosted a pirate-themed party inspired by Blackbeard's exploits in Charleston. However, in order to collect ingredients, each team was given a map of the city which they had to use to find seven treasure chests, each filled with a choice of three ingredients; the ingredients were available on a first-come, first-served basis. The teams were required to collect ingredients from all seven chests before they could return to the Top Chef kitchen and begin cooking.

  • Sylva (High) - Asparagus Soup with 63-Degree Egg, Tarragon & Macadamia Nut Pesto
  • Sheldon (High)- Filet Mignon with Pineapple Nuoc Cham, Charred Pineapple & Candied Macadamia Nuts
  • Shirley (Win)- "Crewman Stew" with Mussels, Roasted Bell Pepper, Farro & Bacon
  • Casey (Low) - Salt-Brined Scallop with Preserved Lemon Purée & Toasted Brazil Nuts
  • Brooke (Low) - Fried Cauliflower with Preserved Lemon Aioli, Raisin, Mustard Seed & Brazil Nut Relish
  • Katsuji (Low) - Cauliflower Soup with Spicy Pork Sausage, Lemon Hot Sauce, Chive Powder & Cumin
  • Emily (Low) - Fennel & Lobster Chowder with Crispy Chicken Skin, Kaffir Lime Leaves & Orange Zest
  • John (Low) - Lobster with Truffle Butter & Canned Pea Gnocchi
  • Jamie (Out) - Chicken Satay with Pickled Fennel & Orange Salad
    • WINNER: Shirley ("Crewman Stew" with Mussels, Roasted Bell Pepper, Farro & Bacon)
    • ELIMINATED: Jamie (Chicken Satay with Pickled Fennel & Orange Salad)
      • Note: Feeling responsible for his team's loss, Jamie opted to forfeit his immunity earned in the Quickfire Challenge. As a result, he was eliminated from the competition, sparing Emily.
2118"Restaurant Wars"January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs competed in Top Chef's traditional Restaurant Wars challenge. The contestants, split into two teams, were responsible for transforming an empty space into a fully functioning pop-up restaurant within 24 hours. Unlike past seasons, the teams took turns transforming the same space, serving their meals on two different days. The guest judges for the challenge were chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara.

  • Latitude: Brooke, Emily, Shirley, Sylva
    • First Course: Cured King Salmon with Pickled Kohlrabi, Marcona Almonds & Tiger Milk (Brooke) or Squid Ink Tagliatelle with Calamari, Lemon Bread Crumbs & Shrimp Butter (Emily)
    • Second Course: Snapper with Bone Broth, Chile de Árbol & Wild Mushrooms (Shirley) or Pan-Roasted Halibut with Fennel Dust, Mushroom Rice & Tomato Chutney (Sylva)
    • Third Course: Poppy Seed Buttermilk Cake with Miso Butterscotch, Pistachios & Blackberries (Emily) or Plum Wine Panna Cotta with Cherries, Toasted Cashews, Tarragon & Freeze-Dried Lychee (Shirley)
  • Southern Belle: Casey, John, Katsuji, Sheldon
    • First Course: Sweet Potato Tamale with Charred Chili Onion Relish (Katsuji) or Crab "Pimento Cheese" with Benne Seed Cracker (John)
    • Second Course: Fried Green Tomato & Almond Gravy Beef Tongue with Green Olives & Tomatoes (Katsuji) or Acorn Squash Stew with Sorghum Cod & Eggplant Crumble (Sheldon)
    • Third Course: Blackberry Cobbler with Patrón Whipped Cream (Katsuji) or Strawberry Lemon Sorbet with Buttermilk Curd, Meringue & Roasted Strawberry (Casey)
      • WINNER: Brooke
      • ELIMINATED: Katsuji
2129"For the Kids"January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs competed in a blindfolded taste test; they had 5 minutes to identify as many ingredients as possible, out of a total of 20. Beginning with this episode, immunity was no longer awarded to the winner of the Quickfire Challenge. Instead, the winner received 14 cases of Terlato wine. The guest judge for the challenge was Top Chef: Las Vegas winner Michael Voltaggio.

  • WINNER: Brooke

Elimination Challenge: The chefs drew inspiration from their favorite childhood memories to create dishes for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital charity gala.

  • John - Butter-Poached King Crab with Garlic Flavors
  • Casey - Crab Macaron, Orange & Lemon Marmalade, Fennel & Pea Shoots
  • Brooke - Fresh Ricotta & Egg Yolk Crêpe with Trout Roe & Crispy Prosciutto
  • Shirley - Roasted Leg of Lamb with Beijing Spice, Sesame Sauce & Cucumber Radish Salad
  • Emily - Icebox Cake with Orange Bourbon Zabaione, Cherries, Hazelnuts & Cocoa Nib Mascarpone
  • Sheldon - Toasted Barley Tea & Rice with Steamed Snapper, Mushrooms & Turnips
  • Sylva - Island Beef "Lollipop" with Ground Rib Eye, Turmeric Potato & Truffle Jus
    • WINNER: Sylva (Island Beef "Lollipop" with Ground Rib Eye, Turmeric Potato & Truffle Jus)
    • ELIMINATED: Emily (Icebox Cake with Orange Bourbon Zabaione, Cherries, Hazelnuts & Cocoa Nib Mascarpone)
21310"Shrimp Boats and Hat Ladies"February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02)

Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge: After going on a shrimping trip with head judge Colicchio, the chefs had to create a dish using their freshly caught shrimp.

  • Casey - Red Curry Shrimp with Coconut Broth, Charred Tomato, Grilled Pineapple, Cilantro & Sea Bean
  • Sylva - Togarashi & Orange-Marinated Shrimp with Coconut Broth, Dill, Corn & Mango
  • Shirley - Garlic Shrimp with Charred Sea Bean Jalapeño & Habanero
  • Brooke - Shrimp with Clarified Shrimp Butter, Pickled Sea Beans & Tomato Seed Vinaigrette
  • Sheldon - Tomato Water-Poached Roe Shrimp with Smoked Pine, Yuzu, Radish & Sea Beans
  • John - Shrimp Ceviche with Fennel, Peppers, Jalapeño, Lime & Olive Oil
    • WINNER: Sheldon (Tomato Water-Poached Roe Shrimp with Smoked Pine, Yuzu, Radish & Sea Beans)
      • Sudden Death Cook-Off: Casey, Shirley, and Sylva, who made the judges' least favorite dishes, had to create a dish using the bycatch from their shrimping trip. The loser was immediately eliminated from the competition.
        • Shirley - Grilled Baby Squid with Roasted Fennel, Mirin, Ginger, Garlic & Chili Broth
        • Casey - Charred Squid with Mushroom Soy Broth, Roasted Fennel, Poached Radish & Mirin
        • Sylva - Redfish with Tarragon Butter, Tomato, Cabbage, Fish Sauce & Champagne Vinegar
          • ELIMINATED: Casey (Charred Squid with Mushroom Soy Broth, Roasted Fennel, Poached Radish & Mirin)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs were tasked with making creative and whimsical breakfast and lunch mash-up dishes for a southern brunch. The guest judge for the challenge was pastry chef Dominique Ansel.

  • Shirley - Beef & Cheddar Dumpling with Bacon Tomato Jam
  • Sylva - Arctic Char Frittata with Morel Mushrooms, Beet Sabayon & Pancetta
  • Brooke - Matcha & Chia Greek Yogurt with Hibiscus & Strawberry Broth, Peanut Butter Crumble
  • John - Octopus Hash & Kimchi Scramble with Chorizo, Hollandaise
  • Sheldon - Korean Fried Chicken with Seaweed Butter & Waffle Crumble
    • WINNER: Shirley (Beef & Cheddar Dumpling with Bacon Tomato Jam)
    • ELIMINATED: Sylva (Arctic Char Frittata with Morel Mushrooms, Beet Sabayon & Pancetta)
21411"Adiós Charleston, Hello James Beard"February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)

Quickfire Challenge: The chefs had to cook a dish while simultaneously giving instructions to a mystery partner, hidden behind a partition, on how to cook the same exact dish. The mystery partners were Brooke's sister Jessica, John's wife Tracy, Sheldon's wife Janice, and Shirley's husband Jimmy. The contestants were judged based on how closely both dishes resembled each other in terms of taste and presentation. The winner received $10,000 and a new sous-vide machine. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Michael Solomonov.

  • John - Pan-Seared Scallop with Jumbo Lump Crab Succotash & Beurre Monté
  • Shirley - Soft Scrambled Eggs with Brown Butter, Corn & Crab Ragout
  • Brooke - Collard Greens, Corn & Bacon Hash with Poached Egg
  • Sheldon - 6-Minute Egg with Sautéed Mushrooms, Charred Onion & Brown Butter Grapefruit Sauce
    • WINNER: Sheldon (6-Minute Egg with Sautéed Mushrooms, Charred Onion & Brown Butter Grapefruit Sauce)

Elimination Challenge: The chefs prepared dishes that represented their journeys through Charleston. The winner received the honor of serving their dish and an accompanying menu at the James Beard House in New York City. The guest judges for the challenge included Top Chef Masters alumna Mary Sue Milliken and James Beard Award winners Michael Solomonov, Sean Brock, Ken Oringer, and Renee Erickson.

  • John - Sofrito-Crusted Scallops with Braised Leek Sea Broth
  • Shirley - Oil-Poached Grouper with Meat & Bone "Herbal Tea" Consommé, Collard Greens & Cracklings
  • Brooke - Braised Pork Shoulder & Tenderloin with Smoked Island Sweets, Radish & Egg Yolk
  • Sheldon - Carolina Gold Rice Chow Fun with Pork Belly, Okra, Annatto Seed & Turkey Broth
    • WINNER: Sheldon (Carolina Gold Rice Chow Fun with Pork Belly, Okra, Annatto Seed & Turkey Broth)
    • ELIMINATED: Brooke (Braised Pork Shoulder & Tenderloin with Smoked Island Sweets, Radish & Egg Yolk)
21512"Cooking Away in Margaritaville"February 16, 2017 (2017-02-16)

Quickfire Challenge: The three remaining chefs arrived at the Estadio Chivas in Guadalajara, Mexico for the final rounds of the competition. There, the winner of Last Chance Kitchen, Brooke, was reinstated. The four competitors had to cook dishes featuring goat, the team mascot for C.D. Guadalajara. The winner received $10,000 and an advantage in the Elimination Challenge. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Francisco Ruano.

  • Shirley - Braised Goat Breast with Tortilla-Pressed Noodle, Huitlacoche & Radish
  • Brooke - Goat Ribs with Chamomile, Guajillo & Pasilla Chiles, Mango & Papaya Salad
  • John - Crispy Goat Torta with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce & Arbol Chile Sauce
  • Sheldon - Braised Goat Cheek with Ancho Chile, Charred Salsa & Avocado
    • WINNER: Brooke (Goat Ribs with Chamomile, Guajillo & Pasilla Chiles, Mango & Papaya Salad)

Elimination Challenge: At the Patrón Hacienda, the chefs created dishes to pair with their own original margaritas using Patrón tequila. The dishes were expected to incorporate the sweet, salty, sour, and bitter notes of a margarita. To assist them with cooking and serving, the chefs were paired up with the four most recently eliminated contestants. As the winner of the Quickfire Challenge, Brooke was able to choose her own sous chef and assign her opponents' sous chefs. She chose to work with Casey and picked Emily for Sheldon, Sylva for Shirley, and Katsuji for John. The winner received a limited edition bottle of tequila, Patrón En Lalique, worth approximately $7,500. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Ray Garcia.

  • Sheldon - Octopus Kinilaw with Guava & Coconut Margarita
  • Shirley - Charred Beef with Salsa Molcajete, Cucumber & Honeydew Margarita
  • John - Caldo Verde Con Polo with Patrón Silver Margarita
  • Brooke - Chilled Avocado Soup, Watermelon & Coconut Salad, Spicy Watermelon & Hibiscus Margarita
    • WINNER: Brooke (Chilled Avocado Soup, Watermelon & Coconut Salad, Spicy Watermelon & Hibiscus Margarita)
    • ELIMINATED: John (Caldo Verde Con Polo with Patrón Silver Margarita)
21613"Trial By Fire"February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23)

Quickfire Challenge: After arriving in the Yucatán Peninsula, the chefs were challenged to create a dish featuring habaneros and ingredients from the local market. The winner received a seven-night trip with a guest to any Secrets Resorts & Spas location of their choice. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita.

  • Brooke - Roasted Pork Loin with Orange & Green Habanero Salsas
  • Sheldon - Pan-Roasted Chayote Squash Stuffed with Tamal & Charred Habanero Salsa
  • Shirley - Masa Dumpling with Poached Egg, Chayote Squash, Habanero & Chicharrón
    • WINNER: Brooke (Roasted Pork Loin with Orange & Green Habanero Salsas)

Elimination Challenge: In honor of traditional Mayan cooking, which laid the foundation for modern Mexican cuisine, the chefs had to create dishes using only ancient Mayan ingredients and tools. While they were allowed to keep their knives, the contestants were unable to use electrical kitchen equipment and were forced to rely on an open flame as a heat source. The guest judges for the challenge were Top Chef México head judge Guillermo González Beristáin and chefs Jeremiah Tower, Roberto Solís, and Carlo Cardenas.

  • Brooke - Hoja Santa Leaf-Steamed Snapper with Bean & Corn Ragout, Jicama & Papaya Relish
  • Sheldon - Grilled Snapper with Annatto Crab Sauce, Yucatan Vegetables & Habanero Salsa
  • Shirley - Hoja Santa Leaf-Grilled Grouper with Crustacean Habanero Tomato Sauce & Dragon Fruit Corn Salad
    • WINNER: Shirley (Hoja Santa Leaf-Grilled Grouper with Crustacean Habanero Tomato Sauce & Dragon Fruit Corn Salad)
    • ELIMINATED: Sheldon (Grilled Snapper with Annatto Crab Sauce, Yucatan Vegetables & Habanero Salsa)
21714"Comida Final"March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02)

Elimination Challenge: The finalists had to create a four-course progressive meal for a full dining room of guests. Each finalist received help from three sous chefs, consisting of two previously eliminated contestants and one chef from their restaurants back home. Brooke was assisted by Sheldon, Sam, and her chef de cuisine Chris, while Shirley was assisted by Casey, Katsuji, and her chef de cuisine Jay. The guest judges for the challenge were Top Chef Masters alum Jonathan Waxman, Food & Wine editor-in-chief Nilou Motamed, and chefs Martha Ortiz, Joachim Splichal, Jonathon Sawyer, and Daniel Boulud.

  • Brooke:
    • First Course: Warm Oyster with Grilled Swiss Chard & Bacon
    • Second Course: Charred Octopus with Orange Annatto Seafood Broth, Radish, Garlic Purée & Garlic Chips
    • Third Course: Braised Pork Belly & Beans with Charred Onion & Purslane
    • Fourth Course: Aged Rum & Chamomile Flan with Candied Cashews
  • Shirley:
    • First Course: "Let Me Take You To Lijiang" - Snapper Crudo with Chili Soy Vinegar & Crispy Shallots
    • Second Course: "When I Was Eight" - Ramen with Egg, Kimchi, Purslane & Rendered Pork Fat
    • Third Course: "Dear Baba" - Braised Piglet Shank with Lentils, Wild Rice, Blanched Spinach & Habanero Onions
    • Fourth Course: "Mama Said, Always Finish Your Rice" - Rice Pudding with Tropical Fruit & Lemon-Lime Snow
      • WINNER: Brooke
      • RUNNER-UP: Shirley

Last Chance Kitchen

Main article: Top Chef § Last Chance Kitchen

Episodes

No. Title Original air date
1"The Clock"December 8, 2016 (2016-12-08)

Challenge: The first two eliminated chefs competed in a challenge designed to test their time management skills. The contestants had two minutes to shop for ingredients from the Top Chef pantry. Each section of the pantry was labeled with a specific amount of time; for example, spices were worth +1 minute, while pork and ground beef were worth +4 minutes. Every ingredient the chefs chose would add to their total cook time, and they were required to incorporate these ingredients into their final dish.

  • Annie: Lamb Tartare with Romanesco & Harissa
  • Gerald: Shellfish Broth with Turnip & Fennel
    • WINNER: Gerald
2"Celery Me on Your Dish"December 15, 2016 (2016-12-15)

Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to create a dish featuring celery.

  • Gerald: Celery Salad with Alabama BBQ Sauce & Celery Juice Sorbet
  • Sam: Cream of Celery Soup Topped with Apple & Fried Capers
    • WINNER: Sam
3"Holiday Leftovers"December 22, 2016 (2016-12-22)

Challenge: The chefs had 20 minutes to create a dish using holiday leftovers.

  • BJ: Deep Fried Turkey Leg with Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Miso Gravy & Fried Egg
  • Sam: Reconstructed Green Bean Casserole, Creamed Spinach, Swiss Chard Vinaigrette & Sweet Potato Crisps
    • WINNER: Sam
4"With a Little Luck"December 29, 2016 (2016-12-29)

Challenge: The chefs had 20 minutes to create a dish incorporating at least seven "lucky" ingredients, such as pork, sage, garlic, kale, onions, fish, and black-eyed peas.

  • Sam: Chicken-Fried Pork Chop, Crunchy Kale, Brown Butter, Sage & Pomegranate Vinaigrette
  • Silvia: Pan-Seared Branzino with Kale, Red Onion & Light Vinaigrette
    • WINNER: Silvia
5"Duck!"January 5, 2017 (2017-01-05)

Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to cook a soulful dish "from the heart" using the ingredients from Amanda's dish that got her eliminated, including duck, red onion, pecans, dandelion greens, sweet potato, and balsamic vinegar.

  • Amanda: Duck with Sweet Potato & Brown Butter Purée, Dandelion Salad with Sherry Gastrique & Balsamic Duck Jus
  • Silvia: Duck with Spicy Red Onion & Balsamic Purée, Dandelion Greens & Sweet Potato Chips
    • WINNER: Silvia
6"Raw Deal"January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12)

Challenge: The chefs had 25 minutes to create a steak and potatoes dish.

  • Jim: Seared Porterhouse Steak with Arugula Basil Sauce, Charred Onions & Fingerling Potatoes
  • Silvia: Grilled New York Ribeye with Roasted Fingerlings, Salsa Verde & Blue Potato Chips
    • WINNER: Jim
7"Treasured Ingredients"January 12, 2017 (2017-01-12)

Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to cook a dish using the ingredients assigned to Jamie's team during the pirate-themed Elimination Challenge.

  • Jamie: Butter Poached Lobster & Pea Emulsion with Fennel, Radish & Black Truffle Salad
  • Jim: Butter Poached Lobster in Fennel Ginger Broth with Shiitake Mushrooms & Truffles
    • WINNER: Jamie
8"Just Five"January 19, 2017 (2017-01-19)

Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to create a dish using five ingredients selected by Jamie; he chose sweet potatoes, onions, shishito peppers, sorghum, and limes.

  • Jamie: Sorghum Sweet Potatoes, Charred Shishito & Grilled Onion Salad with Shishito Vinaigrette & Lime Sorghum Gastrique
  • Katsuji: Sautéed Onions and Sweet Potatoes with Sorghum & Charred Shishito Salsa with Lime
    • WINNER: Jamie
9"No Second Guesses"January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26)

Challenge: To test their confidence and decision-making, the chefs had only 45 seconds to shop for ingredients. They then had 20 minutes to cook their dish.

  • Emily: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Charred Tomato & Corn Vinaigrette with Fresh Corn & Radish
  • Jamie: Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Salad with Arugula Purée & Fresh Radish
    • WINNER: Jamie
10"Snack Attack"February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02)

Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to create an original snack concept. The dishes were required to incorporate at least one variety of Hidden Valley ranch dressing, and the chefs had to serve enough portions to feed the gallery of eliminated contestants. Instead of one winner, two chefs would move on to the next challenge.

  • Casey: Cheese Puff Chicken Tender Lettuce Cups with Aerated Original Ranch
  • Jamie: Pretzel Nachos with Pimento Cheese, Fire-Roasted Pepper & Sriracha Ranch
  • Sylva: Cilantro-Lime Pork Belly on Honey Graham Crackers with Cheese Sauce & Kimchi Strawberry Jam
    • WINNERS: Casey and Jamie
11"3-Way, 2 Ways"February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)

Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to create a dish featuring a protein prepared using two different cooking techniques: braising and sautéing. The contestants with the two best dishes advanced to the final challenge.

  • Brooke: Braised Pork Belly & Bacon with Farro, Sautéed Bacon with Cabbage & Asian Flavors
  • Casey: Braised Pork Belly with Fish Sauce & Soy, Sautéed Ground Pork with Cabbage & Swiss Chard
  • Jamie: Braised Scallop over Potato Risotto & Sautéed Scallop over Pickled Tomatoes and Cucumber
    • WINNERS: Brooke and Casey
12"Who Wants to Go to Mexico?"February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09)

Challenge: To test their consistency, the chefs had 45 minutes to cook two separate dishes. Once finished, the dishes were concealed under cloches. Colicchio then randomly selected one dish from each contestant for judging.

  • Brooke:
    • Cauliflower Soup with Garnish of Olive, Dill, Pepper & Preserved Lemon
    • Ground Pork Larb with Apple & Fennel Salad
  • Casey:
    • Steamed Cod with Lettuce Cream, Aromatics of Onion, Ginger & Garlic, Crispy Cauliflower
    • Seared Strip Steak with Spicy Rub, Crispy Potatoes, Collard Greens, Chorizo & Pickled Peach
      • WINNER: Brooke

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