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Top Chef Middle East
GenreReality television
Written byAngélie Açaf
Directed byWassim Succar
Presented bySiham Tueni
Country of originLebanon, Saudi Arabia
Original languageArabic
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes13
ProducerMazen Laham
Camera setupMulti-camera setup
Running time60 minutes
Original networkMBC
Picture format576i
Original releaseApril 26, 2011 (2011-04-26) –
2016 (2016)

Top Chef Middle East is a reality competition that airs on in which 17 chefs compete against one another in culinary challenges. It is based on the American reality television show Top Chef. The contestants are judged by the show presenter Siham Tueni, Head Chef Joe Barza, and a weekly panel of professional chefs and other personalities from the food industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode.

Show Format

Each episode has two main challenges; the Quickfire Challenge and the Elimination Challenge.

In the Quickfire Challenge, each contestant is required to cook a dish with specific requirements or participate in a culinary-related challenge within one hour or less. A guest judge selects one or more chefs as the best in the challenge.

In the Elimination Challenge, the contestants have to prepare one or more dishes to meet the challenge requirements. Some of these challenges can be individual while others could require teamwork. After the Elimination Challenge ends, the four judges consider the guests' comments and deliberate on the best and worst dishes.


Guest Judges


Season 1