Top Chef Masters
Season 5
No. of contestants13
WinnerDouglas Keane
Country of originUnited States
Release
Original networkBravo
Original releaseJuly 24 (2013-07-24) –
September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)
Season chronology
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The fifth season of Top Chef Masters was announced on May 16, 2013.[1] Gail Simmons appeared as the new head critic for the competition.[1] 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.[2] 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".[3]

Each Top Chef Masters contestant had their sous-chef compete in a series of separate challenges called the "Battle of the Sous Chefs".[4] Hosted by regular Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson, the results of each webisode directly impacted the competitors of the main competition.[4] 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.[4]

Contestants

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.[5] 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.

Contestant Sous-chef Charity
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

Contestant Progress

Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Finale Cumulative Winnings
Quickfire
Winner(s)
N/A Sue Sang Sang N/A Douglas Douglas Jennifer Jennifer N/A
Douglas IN HIGH LOW WIN HIGH HIGH WIN LOW HIGH WINNER $120,000
Bryan HIGH HIGH IN IN LOW LOW LOW HIGH WIN RUNNER-UP $20,000
Jennifer IN IN WIN LOW LOW OUT2 WIN WIN LOW RUNNER-UP $35,000
David LOW IN IN WIN HIGH IN LOW LOW OUT $5,000
Sang IN WIN IN IN WIN HIGH LOW OUT $30,000
Neal HIGH IN IN LOW LOW WIN OUT $10,000
Sue IN LOW HIGH WIN HIGH OUT $10,000
Lynn IN IN LOW IN OUT
Franklin IN IN HIGH OUT
Odette WIN LOW OUT $10,000
Jenn IN OUT
Richard LOW OUT1
Herbert OUT

^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.

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned Top Chef: Master.
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef won that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
  (IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.
  (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
  (OUT) The chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was eliminated.

Battle of the Sous Chefs

Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Graeme IN IN LOW LOW HIGH IN HIGH WIN WIN4
Jorel HIGH IN IN IN HIGH LOW WIN3 LOW LOW IN
Paul HIGH WIN HIGH LOW
Chris LOW IN HIGH IN LOW WIN HIGH LOW OUT
Ted IN WIN LOW LOW LOW IN LOW OUT
Jason HIGH IN HIGH HIGH WIN LOW OUT
Nick IN IN IN IN LOW LOW OUT
Drew WIN IN IN WIN LOW WD
Lora LOW IN WIN LOW HIGH OUT
Vinson IN IN LOW HIGH OUT
Benedetto IN IN IN OUT
Cory IN IN OUT
Greg LOW IN OUT
Bobby IN OUT

^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.

  (WIN) The sous-chef won the round, earning immunity for their head chef in the main competition.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the challenge, but did not win.
  (IN) The sous-chef neither won nor lost the round.
  (LOW) The sous-chef was selected as one of the bottom entries of the round, giving their head chef a disadvantage in the main competition.
  (OUT) The head chef was ousted from the main competition in the previous episode, eliminating their respective sous-chef.
  (WD) The chef withdrew from the competition.

Episodes

Episode 1: Sous Chefs and Skydives

  • WINNER: Drew (Seared Scallop with Hon Shemeji Mushrooms & Shiitake Broth)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Douglas)
  • Bottom: Chris, Lora, Greg
DISADVANTAGE: Top Chef Master can not use their knives; only a standard table setting may be used in its place (David, Lynn, Richard)
  • Judge: Hugh
  • WINNER: Odette (Cold Roast Lamb with Cauliflower & Anchovy Salad)
  • ELIMINATED: Herbert (Grilled Mango-Cucumber Butter & Red Pepper Gazpacho, Note: missing Oysters)
  • Judges: Gail, James, Leslie, The SkyHawks

Episode 2: Asian Night Market

  • WINNER: Ted
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Sang)
DISADVANTAGE: All other Top Chef Masters must finish the Mise en Place before they may begin cooking.
  • Top: Sang, Sue, Jenn
  • WINNER: Sue (Seared Lamb Loin, Celery Root Purée, Fennel Pomegranate Slaw & Crispy Calamari)
  • Bottom: Lynn, Odette, Richard
  • ELIMINATED: Richard (Lamb Tartare, Calamari Salad, Pomegranate Jicama & Micro Green Salad)
  • Judge: Gail
  • WINNER: Sang (Fried Shrimp Head & Poached Tail with Chili Garlic Aioli & Burmese Cabbage Slaw)
  • ELIMINATED: Jenn (Banh Mi with Pork Meatballs, Chili Mayo and Cilantro-Cucumber Salad)
  • Judges: Kathie Lee Gifford, Gail, James, Francis

Episode 3: Sex, Greed and Murder

  • WINNER: Lora
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Lynn)
  • Bottom: Graeme, Vinson, Ted
DISADVANTAGE: Loss of 30 minutes of prep time in the Elimination Challenge (Bryan, Franklin, Sang)
  • Judge: Hugh
  • Top: Neal, Douglas, Sang
  • WINNER: Sang (Spicy Pork Larb with Cabbage & Thai Chilies)
  • Bottom: Lynn, Sue
  • Judges: Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura, Owners of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop

Episode 4: Curtis' Surprise Party

  • WINNER: Drew (Maine Lobster with Thai Vinaigrette, Mango & Avocado)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Douglas)
  • Bottom: Lora, Graeme, Ted
DISADVANTAGE: Loss of 15 minutes shopping time in the Elimination Challenge. (Lynn, Bryan, Sang)
  • Judge: Hugh
  • Top: Lynn, Sang
  • WINNER: Sang (Thai Yellow Curry with Kaffir Lime & Chicken Thighs, paired with Sofie beer)
  • Blue Team - Lynn, Sang, Bryan
  • Green Team - Franklin, Neal, Jennifer
  • Red Team - David, Douglas, Sue
  • WINNING TEAM: Red
  • LOSING TEAM: Green
  • ELIMINATED: Franklin (Salmon with Citrus, Avocado & Cucumber & Pink Sake Guava Coconut Cocktail. Ricotta Chocolate Donuts)
  • Judges: James, Gail, Ruth

Episode 5: Restaurant Wars

  • Green basket: Jason defeats Chris
  • Red basket: Jorel defeats Nick
  • Yellow basket: Lora defeats Drew
  • Blue basket: Graeme defeats Ted
  • WINNER: Jason (Sardines & Liver Wrapped in Chicken Skin with Plantain Pine Nut Butter)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Neal)
DISADVANTAGE: The Top Chef Masters will not have the assistance of their sous chef in the Elimination Challenge. (David, Sue, Douglas, Sang)
  • Judge: Hugh
  • "Artisan" Team: Neal, Jennifer, Bryan, Lynn
  • "72 & Sunny" Team: David, Sue, Douglas, Sang
  • WINNING TEAM: "72 & Sunny"
  • WINNER: Sang (Strip Loin with Broccoli Two Ways, Puffed Tendon & Black Bean Ghee)
  • LOSING TEAM: "Artisan"
  • ELIMINATED: Lynn (Chocolate Brownie Sundae with Roasted Banana Ice Cream & Peanut Caramel Sauce)
  • Judges: Gail, Ruth, Francis, Busy, Dana Cowin
  • Note: After the elimination, it is revealed to Douglas that Drew has had a family emergency and must leave the competition.

Episode 6: Mindy Kaling and Yo Gabba Gabba!

  • WINNER: Chris (Spring Onion Flan with Sweet & Sour Onions & Chicken Liver)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (David)
  • Bottom: Nick, Jason, Jorel
DISADVANTAGE: The Top Chef Masters will not have assistance of their sous chefs for the last 30 minutes of preparation during the Elimination Challenge. They must also incorporate an additional ingredient of Brussels Sprouts into their dish. (Sue, Neal, Jennifer)
  • Judges: Hugh, Curtis
  • Top: Neal, Douglas, Sue
  • WINNER: Douglas (Scrambled Eggs & Caviar with Pommes Frites)
  • Bottom: Sang, Jennifer
  • Judge: Mindy Kaling
  • WINNER: Neal (Pasta with Brussels Sprout & Spinach Bolognese)
  • ELIMINATED: Sue (Mac & Cheese with Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Bacon), and Jennifer (Melon Yogurt Parfait "Sandwich" with Pickled Brussels Sprouts & Mint)
  • Judges: Francis, Ruth, Gail
  • Note: After the elimination, it is revealed that Jennifer and Sue will complete in Battle of the Sous Chefs with the chance for one of them to return to the competition.

Episode 7: Catch of the Day

  • WINNER: Jennifer & Jorel (Catfish with Coconut Cauliflower Purée & Lentil Vinaigrette)
  • ELIMINATED: Sue & Nick (Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish with Corn Maque Choux & Crawfish Tails)
  • Judges: Francis, Hugh
  • Top: Bryan, Douglas
  • WINNER: Douglas (Deconstructed nacho: Shrimp with Powdered Nacho Chips, Cheese, Beans & Salsa Consommé)
  • WINNER: Douglas and Jennifer (John Dory Two Ways: Kimchi Cured John Dory with Crispy John Dory & Cucumbers)
  • ELIMINATED: Neal (Local Sea Bass Crudo with Citrus Tomato Pepper Vinaigrette)
  • Judges: Francis, James, Gail

Episode 8: Lucha Vavoom

  • WINNER: Paul (Red Wine Risotto, Crispy Chicken Thigh & Parmesan Froth)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Douglas)
  • Bottom: Ted, Jorel
DISADVANTAGE: The Top Chef Masters will exchange sous chefs during the final prep and service during the Elimination Challenge. (Sang, Jennifer)
  • Judge: Hugh
  • Top: Bryan, Jennifer, Sang
  • WINNER: Jennifer (Scallop with Ketchup Sauce, Fermented Black Beans, Avocados & Blood Orange)
  • WINNER: Jennifer (Shrimp, Bass & Scallop Ceviche with Papaya, Mango, Pineapple & Plantain Crisp; Guajillo Chile Posole with Shared Cabbage, Lime, Cilantro & Queso Fresco)
  • ELIMINATED: Sang (Thai-Style Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado Foam & Tortilla Strips; Pork Barbacoa with Sweet Corn Sope & Radish Cabbage Slaw)
  • Judges: Lesley, Gail, Jane Goldman - founder of chow.com

Episode 9: Teacher Tribute

  • WINNER: Graeme (Steak, Potatoes, Creamed Spinach & Mushrooms)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity and automatic spot in the Finale (Bryan)
  • Judge: Hugh
  • Top: David, Jennifer
  • WINNER: Jennifer (Beef Burger with Caramelized Bacon, Shiitake Ponzu Slaw & Siracha Ketchup)
  • Bottom: Douglas, Bryan
  • Judge: Sang
  • WINNER: Bryan (Calamari Bolognese with Miso, Cavatelli, Bacon & Squid Ink)
  • ELIMINATED: David (Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé with Orange Peel & Raspberry Sauce)
  • Judges: James, Gail, Alan Richman

Episode 10: Finale

  • WINNER: Graeme (Coconut Pudding & Sorbet with Greek Yogurt & Lavender Powder)
  • Bottom: Paul (Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta, Compressed Mango & Thai Herb Ice)
DISADVANTAGE: Will not be able to assist their Top Chef Master in the first day of prep. (Douglas)
  • Judge: James, Hugh

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