Hans Välimäki was the head judge of Top Chef Suomi
Top Chef Suomi is a Finnish cooking reality show on Sub based on the American television series Top Chef. Auditions for the series were held in autumn 2010 and 12 contestants were chosen. The programme is hosted by model and restaurant chef Pipsa Hurmerinta  The head judge for the competition is Finland's most renowned chef Hans Välimäki. The other judge is business group manager of Royal Ravintolat Pia Kämppi.Top Chefseason 5 runner up Stefan Richter has made an appearance as a special guest judge for the first four episodes. The show is produced by Solar Television Oy. The show is renewed for a second season, which is expected to premiere in either fall 2011 or in spring 2012.
The winner of Top Chef Suomi Akseli Herlevi received a culinary travel grant to top restaurants worldwide worth €10,000, a contract for a cookbook with the publishing company Tammi, a Samsungflatscreen TV and home entertainment system worth €8,000.
12 chefs competed in the first season. Names, ages, and hometowns below are from the Sub website. In elimination order, the contestants were:
(WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned Top Chef.
(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.
(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 out of the competition.
(IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.
IN (+) The chef won a pair or team challenge but was not chosen as one of the judges' favorites.
IN (-) The chef lost a pair or team challenge but was not selected as one of the judges' least favorites.
^Note 1 : Each entire team was called in for judging, thus there were no top or bottom individual team members. ^Note 2 : There was no Quickfire Challenge in this episode. ^Note 3 : Team Ravintola M.M.M. won the challenge, thus there was no one individual winner.
Each episode includes two challenges. The Tulikoe or Quickfire Challenge is a short, simple challenge with a varying reward each week; in the initial episodes of the season, it usually guarantees the winner immunity from being sent home that week. The Pudotushaaste or Elimination Challenge is a more complex challenge that determines who goes home. One or more guest judges join the show each week to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination is announced in a segment called "Judges' Table."
Episode 1: Who's Who? (Kuka on kuka?)
Quickfire Challenge: The contestants are asked to make an amuse bouche using only the food items and utensils at the buffet table for their welcome party
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs are given 45 minutes to prepare a dessert using chocolate as the main ingredient.
Top: Akseli, Samu, Maija
Bottom: Annina, Markus, Jani
WINNER: Maija (Chocolate Marquise and Pistachio Creme)
Elimination Challenge: The chefs in a team challenge must prepare a buffet table for a Sub press conference with 200 guests taking ecology and ethics into account. Each team receives €900 and 2 hours prep time. As quickfire winner, Maija gets to choose her team members.
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs draw knives and are split into teams for a "broken telephone" challenge. Arto draws a blank knife which entitles him to be a judge. Each team member only gets 10 minutes of cooking time. The challenge starts with one chef starting a dish and after 10 minutes a whistle is blown and the next chef must continue cooking the dish. The chefs that is waiting to cook is blindfolded. The teams and in the order in which the chefs cook are:
WINNING TEAM: Blue Team (Beef Hereford and Warm Salad)
Elimination Challenge: The chefs draw knives for a classic dish to present to food writer Juha Virkki, restaurant critic and author Tuomas Vimma and Anna magazine editor-in-chief Hanna Jensen. The chefs must recreate the classic while preserving its food culture history. The chefs are given 2 hours cooking time to complete the challenge.
Elimination Challenge: Back in the Top Chef Kitchen, The chefs must prepare a meal in two hours from the hunters' catch. Mika, as Elimination Challenge winner, gets to choose first. The others choose in the order from best to worst in the Elimination Challenge.
At Judges' Table, Akseli and Samu were selected as the judges' favorites
At Judges' Table, Annina and Mika were selected as the judges' least favorites
WINNER: Samu (Wild Boar Fillet, Pea Purée in Cherry Plum Sauce)
ELIMINATED: Annina (Elk Topside, Puikula Potato Purée, Shallots and Star Anise Jus) and Mika (Elk Fillet, Apple and Wine Sauce, Potato and Celery Dauphines, Garlic Rosemary Purée)
Guest Judge: Pekka Terävä
Original Airdate: 23 March 2011
Episode 10: Finale (Suomen Top Chef -finaali)
Final Challenge: The finalists must prepare a three course meal for six. Akseli is assisted by former competitor Jussi and Samu is assisted by former competitor Markus. After serving the third course, the finalists are given an extra 15 minutes to prepare a petifour. The final menus for each chef are:
1st Course: Seared Scallops with Fennel Risotto and Fennel Sauce
2nd Course: Lamb Two Ways, Lentil Ragout, Dark Garlic Sauce and Potato Gnocche
3rd Course: Apple Lehikäinen and Oven Baked Apple Ice Cream
1st Course: Juniper Berry Roasted Arctic Char, Smoked Beetroot Purée and FIsh Roe
2nd Course: Reindeer Fillet, Buckwheat and Root Vegetable Ragout, Cep Brick and Dark Fig Sauce
3rd Course: Caramalised Peanut Cake, Poppy Seen Ice Cream, Mangos and Raspberries
Petifour: Dark Chocolate Covered White Chocolate and Almond Crocant and Mango