|Top Chef Masters|
|No. of contestants||13|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original release||July 24 –|
September 25, 2013
The fifth season of Top Chef Masters was announced on May 16, 2013. Gail Simmons appeared as the new head critic for the competition. In addition, Lesley Suter, the food and dining editor for Los Angeles Magazine, joined the judging panel alongside James Oseland, Ruth Reichl, and Francis Lam. The season premiered on July 24, 2013, with 13 award-winning chefs competing in weekly challenges to win the grand prize of $100,000 (USD) for their charity and the title of "Top Chef Master".
Each Top Chef Masters contestant had their sous-chef compete in a series of separate challenges called the "Battle of the Sous Chefs". Hosted by regular Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson, the results of each webisode directly impacted the competitors of the main competition. The winner of each round rewarded their respective head chef with immunity from elimination, while the sous-chefs with the lowest performances earned them a disadvantage, such as less time to prep or shop for ingredients.
13 established chefs, along with their selected sous-chefs, competed in the fifth season of Top Chef Masters. Bryan Voltaggio originally competed in Top Chef: Las Vegas, the sixth season of the original Top Chef series. David Burke previously competed in the second season of Top Chef Masters, while Sue Zemanick appeared in the show's third season. Sous-chef Jorel Pierce vied for a spot on Top Chef: Seattle, the tenth season of Top Chef, but was eliminated during the qualifying rounds.
|Franklin Becker||Vinson Petrillo||Autism Speaks|
|David Burke||Chris Shea||Table to Table|
|Lynn Crawford||Lora Kirk||Sunnybrook Foundation|
|Odette Fada||Benedetto Bartolotta||Doctors Without Borders|
|Neal Fraser||Jason Bowlin||Alex's Lemonade Stand|
|Jennifer Jasinski||Jorel Pierce||Work Options for Women|
|Douglas Keane||Drew Glassell
Paul Winberry, Jr.
|Green Dog Rescue, Inc.|
|Jenn Louis||Cory Chunn||City of Hope|
|Richard Sandoval||Greg Howe||Careers Through Culinary Arts Program|
|Bryan Voltaggio||Graeme Ritchie||Share Our Strength|
|Herbert Wilson||Bobby Silva||American Heart Association|
|Sang Yoon||Ted Hopson||Worldwide Orphans Foundation|
|Sue Zemanick||Nick Lama||Gulf Restoration Network|
^Note 1 : Eliminated by placing last in the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2 : Jennifer beat Sue in the subsequent Battle of the Sous Chefs to return to the competition.
^Note 3 : Jorel and Jennifer beat Nick and Sue to stay in the competition. No immunity was awarded.
^Note 4 : No immunity was awarded for the finale.