|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||17|
|No. of episodes||260 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company||Magical Elves Productions|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||March 8, 2006 –|
Top Chef is an American reality competition television series that premiered on March 8, 2006, on Bravo. The show features chefs competing against each other in culinary challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode. The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the company that created Project Runway .
The show has spawned multiple spin-off series, including Top Chef Masters , featuring established award-winning chefs, and Top Chef: Just Desserts , featuring pastry chefs. Top Chef Junior , which features contestants in their early teens, premiered in October 2017 on Universal Kids. A spin-off featuring home cooks, Top Chef Amateurs, is scheduled to premiere in 2021. Numerous international adaptations of Top Chef have also been produced.
The eighteenth season, Top Chef: Portland , premiered on April 1, 2021.
Top Chef is a cooking show that uses a progressive elimination format. The beginning of each season starts with twelve to nineteen professional chefs selected through auditions. The chefs are brought to the season's host city or state, which typically inspires themes throughout the season. The chefs live in a provided apartment or house during the course of the season, with limited access to outside communication. Each episode, the chefs participate in a Quickfire Challenge and an Elimination Challenge (described below). The winner of the Quickfire Challenge is typically granted immunity from elimination, a prize, or another benefit for the following Elimination Challenge. The loser of the Elimination Challenge, as the name suggests, is eliminated from the competition. This format continues until two or three chefs remain. Each finalist is challenged to create a full-course meal; the chef with the best meal as determined by the judges is declared the "Top Chef" of the season. Towards the end of the season, when only four or five chefs remain, the show moves to another location to finish out the competition.
In the Quickfire Challenge, chefs must cook a dish that meets certain requirements (for example, using specific ingredients or inspiring a certain taste) or participate in a culinary-related challenge (for example, a mise en place relay race or a taste testing contest). They are usually given an hour or less to complete these tasks. The Quickfire Challenge traditionally begins with the host saying "Your time starts now" and ending with the host saying "Hands up, utensils down". US$10,000. High-stakes Quickfire Challenges continued onward in further seasons. The twelfth season of Top Chef introduced the "Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge", where the chef with the least successful dish faces immediate elimination unless they win a cook-off against another competitor.A guest judge selects one or more chefs as the best in the challenge. Early in the season, the winning chef(s) are granted immunity from the episode's Elimination Challenge. As the number of contestants dwindle, immunity is withdrawn and instead the winner receives an advantage (such as being the team leader for a team challenge or getting first pick of ingredients) or a prize (such as chef's knives, wine, or cash). To emphasize the culture and environment of the sixth season's Las Vegas setting, the show introduced "High-stakes Quickfire Challenges", which features extravagant rewards, usually a large cash prize upwards of
In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs prepare one or more dishes to meet the challenge requirements, which often includes a specific theme and are usually more complex and require more time to execute than a Quickfire Challenge. Elimination Challenges may be individual challenges or require chefs to work in teams; some may require the contestants to produce several courses. Teams may be selected by the remaining chefs, but are more often determined by a random process, such as "drawing knives" from a knife block. The time limit for an Elimination Challenge may range from a few hours to a few days, which typically includes preparation and planning time. Ingredients for Elimination Challenges generally allow chefs access to both the Top Chef pantry and the ingredients they previously purchased at a grocery store, within a specified budget and shopping time limit. However, certain challenges may provide specific ingredients or limit the type or number of ingredients that can be used, while others require non-traditional methods for obtaining ingredients (such as asking people door-to-door or fishing). After shopping, the contestants will cook for up to four judges, usually including at least one guest judge. In most cases, the contestants cook for a group of guest diners as well.
After the Elimination Challenge, the chefs report to the Judges' Table, where the judges will deliberate on their choices for the best and worst dishes. The judges may also consider guests' comments, if available. The top individuals or teams are called in, and may be asked questions about their dishes or preparation before they are notified of their placement. One or more chefs are named the winner of the challenge and may be awarded an additional prize by the guest judge. The same procedure is repeated with the poorest performing chefs or teams, after which similar discussion takes place. From this group, one or more chefs are chosen for elimination, with the host asking the chef(s) to leave by saying "Please pack your knives and go." This is usually followed by a knife packing sequence for the eliminated chef(s), with a voice-over of their final thoughts about their performance, at the close of the episode. According to the credits, some elimination decisions are made in consultation with the show's producers.
The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was US$100,000 for the first five seasons, which was then increased to $125,000 from the sixth season onward. The prize was temporarily increased to $200,000 for the show's eighth season, Top Chef: All-Stars , and $250,000 for the seventeenth season, Top Chef: All-Stars L.A. Furthermore, beginning with Top Chef: Los Angeles , a fan vote is held each season to determine the Fan Favorite, which features an additional $10,000 prize.
Midway through each season, the contestants participate in a "Restaurant Wars" (or similarly named) Elimination Challenge. They are split into two teams, created by the winner of the previous Quickfire Challenge, or by drawing knives. In these teams, the chefs must transform an empty space into a functioning pop-up restaurant within a set time limit and budget, selecting and creating the name, theme, décor, and menu. Typically, one team member is designated the role of "executive chef", who is responsible for managing the kitchen and expediting food, while another team member is designated as "front of house", who is responsible for training the waitstaff and managing the dining room. Top Chef: Chicago featured not only Restaurant Wars, but a "Wedding Wars" challenge as well. Top Chef: Kentucky introduced the challenge much earlier in the season, during its fourth episode, and utilized three teams instead of the usual two.
In the final Elimination Challenge, the two or three remaining chefs must prepare a multiple course dinner with the assistance of sous chefs. These sous chefs could be previously eliminated contestants, members of the contestants' family, or celebrity chefs. The winner is selected based on the overall quality of their meal. There is typically no Quickfire Challenge during this episode.
The Last Chance Kitchen is a web series, first introduced in Top Chef: Texas , featuring challenges in which the contestants compete for a chance to re-enter the main competition. Each week, two or more previously eliminated chefs compete against each other in the Top Chef kitchen, with the results judged solely by Tom Colicchio. The winner(s) of each week moves on to face the next eliminated Top Chef contestant(s), while the loser is eliminated from the competition for good. Initially, only the winner of the final episode of Last Chance Kitchen returned to compete. However, beginning with Top Chef: Colorado , the format was changed to allow two chances to re-enter.
|Season||Winner||Runner(s)-up||Fan Favorite||Air Dates||Filming Location|
|1||Harold Dieterle||Tiffani Faison||N/A||March 8 – May 24, 2006||San Francisco, California|
|2||Ilan Hall||Marcel Vigneron||Sam Talbot||October 18, 2006 – January 31, 2007||Los Angeles, California|
|3||Hung Huynh||Dale Levitski||Casey Thompson||Casey Thompson||June 6 – October 13, 2007||Miami, Florida|
|4||Stephanie Izard||Lisa Fernandes||Richard Blais||Stephanie Izard||March 12 – June 11, 2008||Chicago, Illinois|
|5||Hosea Rosenberg||Stefan Richter||Carla Hall||Fabio Viviani||November 12, 2008 – March 4, 2009||New York City|
|6||Michael Voltaggio||Bryan Voltaggio||Kevin Gillespie||Kevin Gillespie||August 19 – December 16, 2009||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|7||Kevin Sbraga||Ed Cotton||Angelo Sosa||Tiffany Derry||June 16 – September 15, 2010||Washington, D.C.|
|8||Richard Blais||Mike Isabella||Carla Hall||December 1, 2010 – April 6, 2011||New York City|
|9||Paul Qui||Sarah Grueneberg||Chris Crary||November 2, 2011 – March 7, 2012||Texas|
|10||Kristen Kish||Brooke Williamson||Sheldon Simeon||November 7, 2012 – February 27, 2013||Seattle, Washington|
|11||Nicholas Elmi||Nina Compton||Nina Compton||October 2, 2013 – February 5, 2014||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|12||Mei Lin||Gregory Gourdet||N/A||October 15, 2014 – February 11, 2015||Boston, Massachusetts|
|13||Jeremy Ford||Amar Santana||Isaac Toups||December 2, 2015 – March 17, 2016||California|
|14||Brooke Williamson||Shirley Chung||Sheldon Simeon||December 1, 2016 – March 2, 2017||Charleston, South Carolina|
|15||Joseph Flamm||Adrienne Cheatham||Fatima Ali||December 7, 2017 – March 8, 2018||Colorado|
|16||Kelsey Barnard Clark||Sara Bradley||Kelsey Barnard Clark||December 6, 2018 – March 14, 2019||Kentucky|
|17||Melissa King||Bryan Voltaggio||Stephanie Cmar||Melissa King||March 19 – June 18, 2020||Los Angeles, California|
|18||TBA||TBA||TBA||April 1, 2021||Portland, Oregon|
Top Chef Masters features established, award-winning chefs, in contrast to Top Chef, which typically features younger, up-and-coming chefs. The series debuted on June 10, 2009, with contestants including Rick Bayless, John Besh, Michael Chiarello, Wylie Dufresne, Jonathan Waxman and Hubert Keller. As of 2013, five seasons have been produced and aired. During its first two seasons, food journalist Kelly Choi hosted the show, while restaurant critic Gael Greene, culinary expert and Saveur editor-in-chief James Oseland, and food critic Jay Rayner served as judges.Beginning with the third season, celebrity chef Curtis Stone replaced Choi as host.
Top Chef: Just Desserts is a spin-off of the Top Chef format featuring pastry chefs. The series was announced by Bravo on October 25, 2009.The show was hosted by Top Chef regular Gail Simmons. The judging panel included James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, Top Chef Masters finalist Hubert Keller, and DailyCandy's "editor-at-large" Dannielle Kyrillos. The show debuted on Bravo on September 15, 2010, following the seventh season finale of Top Chef. The series was cancelled after two seasons.
Top Chef: Healthy Showdown is a special webisode series aired in 2011 sponsored by Healthy Choice. It featured former Top Chef contestants Sara Nguyen (Season 3), Ryan Scott (Season 4), Casey Thompson (Season 3, Season 8), and Tre Wilcox (Season 3, Season 8) competing in a series of Quickfire Challenges to win $25,000 and inspire a Top Chef line of Healthy Choice entrées.The series was hosted by Curtis Stone; Ryan was declared the winner of the competition.
Life After Top Chef is a spin-off featuring former Top Chef contestants Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Spike Mendelsohn, and Fabio Viviani, which focuses on various aspects of their lives, from managing and opening a restaurant to dealing with family dynamics and personal issues. It premiered on October 3, 2012.
Top Chef Duels brings back contestants from past seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters, pitting them against each other in head-to-head challenges.The winner of each match-up advanced to the season finale, where one chef received $100,000. The series premiered on August 6, 2014.
Top Chef Junior is a spin-off series originally ordered in 2008 for an eight-episode run on Bravo.The show had never aired, nor is it known if any episodes were produced at that time. However, nine years later, Top Chef Junior was mentioned as part of the initial lineup for Universal Kids, an NBCUniversal-owned children's channel launched on September 9, 2017. The series features young chefs between the ages of 9–14. It is hosted by actress Vanessa Lachey, with Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Duels host Curtis Stone serving as its head judge. The first season of Top Chef Junior premiered on October 13, 2017, and its second season premiered on September 8, 2018.
Top Chef Amateurs is a spin-off featuring home cooks competing in head-to-head challenges drawn from past seasons of Top Chef.Production of the show began in October 2020 in Portland, Oregon, following filming of the original series' eighteenth season. The show will be hosted by Gail Simmons and is slated to premiere in 2021.
There have been a number of local versions of Top Chef around the world based on the original American format. Licensing of the format is handled by NBCUniversal Television Distribution.
|Country||Local title||Host(s)||Judges||Channel(s)||Year(s) aired|
|Algeria||Top Chef DZ||Brahim Ghazali||Lina Television||15 November 2020|
|Arab World||Top Chef||Siham Tueni (season 1)|
Joumana Mrad (season 2)
| LBC |
|Mona Mosly|| MBC 1 |
MBC Masr 2
Galaxy (TV Channel)
|Brazil||Top Chef Brasil||Felipe Bronze||RecordTV||2019–present|
|Canada (in English)||Top Chef Canada|| Thea Andrews (season 1)|
Lisa Ray (seasons 2–4)
|Food Network Canada||2011–2014, 2017–present|
|Chile||Top Chef||Julián Elfenbein||TVN||2014|
|El Salvador||Top Chef El Salvador||Marcela Santamaria (season 1–2)||TCS||2015–2016|
|Finland||Top Chef Suomi||Pipsa Hurmerinta||Sub||2011–2013|
| France |
Belgium (in French)
|Top Chef||Stéphane Rotenberg|
Sandrine Corman (season 1)
Agathe Lecaron (season 2)
| M6 |
|Germany||Top Chef Germany||Daniel Boschmann||Sat.1||2019|
|Greece||Top Chef||Nadia Boule||ANT1||2010|
|Indonesia||Top Chef Indonesia||Farah Quinn||SCTV||2013|
|Italy||Top Chef Italia||N/A||NOVE||2016–2017|
|Mexico||Top Chef México||Ana Claudia Talancón||Canal Sony, NBC Universo||2016–present|
|Netherlands||Topchef||Martijn Krabbé||RTL Nederland||2009–2012|
|Panama||Top Chef Panamá||Karen Guerra|
|Poland||Top Chef (season 1–7)||Grzegorz Łapanowski||Polsat||2013–2016, 2018|
|Top Chef. Gwiazdy od kuchni(spin-off)||Maciej Rock|
|Portugal||Top Chef||Silvia Alberto||RTP 1||2012|
|Romania||Top Chef||Alina Pușcaș||Antena 1||2012|
|South Africa (in English)||Top Chef South Africa||Lorna Maseko||SABC 3||2016–present|
|Spain||Top Chef||N/A||Antena 3||2013–2017|
|Thailand||Top Chef Thailand||Pitipat Kutragule||ONE HD||2017–2019|
|United States (in Spanish)||Top Chef Estrellas||Aylin Mujica||Telemundo||2014–2015|
|Vietnam||Top Chef Vietnam: Đầu Bếp Đỉnh||Thúy Hạnh||HTV7||2014–2015|
|Top Chef Vietnam: Đầu Bếp Thượng Đỉnh||Khả Như |
Each episode has a guest judge
Top Chef University is a comprehensive online culinary school involving 12 courses and over 200 in-depth video-lessons. The program takes participants through a structured program of the basics (knife skills, kitchen set-up, ingredients) to advanced culinary techniques (sous-vide, molecular gastronomy). The instructors at Top Chef University consist of the series' most successful and popular former contestants. Enrollment costs $25 for a monthly membership and $200 for an annual membership.
Top Chef: The Game is a computer game released by Brighter Minds for PCs. It challenges players to create the best dish from items in a virtual pantry. Games magazine gave the game an unfavorable review, calling it a "quick cash-in... for an undiscriminating audience."
In efforts to make certain dishes available to viewers who watch Top Chef, but do not have time to prepare those dishes themselves, Schwan's Home Service started offering Top Chef—branded frozen meals in late 2009.
On March 20, 2008, Chronicle Books released Top Chef: The Cookbook, with a foreword by Tom Colicchio.On September 30, 2009, Chronicle Books released Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook, with a foreword by Padma Lakshmi. On July 14, 2010, Chronicle Books released How to Cook Like a Top Chef, with a foreword by Rick Bayless.
Top Chef was nominated at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for its second season.Top Chef won the award for Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. Top Chef won the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, defeating The Amazing Race , which had won the award every year since the category's inception in 2003.
Time magazine's James Poniewozik named Top Chef one of the Top 10 Returning Series of 2007, ranking it at #10.
|Season||Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||March 8, 2006||1.30||May 24, 2006||1.50|
|2||October 18, 2006||1.87||January 31, 2007||3.89|
|3||June 13, 2007||2.02||October 3, 2007||3.08|
|4||March 12, 2008||2.26||June 11, 2008||3.51|
|5||November 12, 2008||2.70||February 25, 2009||3.74|
|6||August 19, 2009||2.60||December 9, 2009||3.40|
|7||June 16, 2010||1.80||September 15, 2010||2.70|
|8||December 1, 2010||1.70||March 30, 2011||2.77|
|9||November 2, 2011||1.59||February 29, 2012||1.85|
|10||November 7, 2012||N/A||February 27, 2013||1.85|
|11||October 2, 2013||N/A||February 5, 2014||1.70|
|12||October 15, 2014||1.09||February 11, 2015||0.96|
Top Chef: Los Angeles is the second season of the American reality television series Top Chef. It was first filmed in Los Angeles, before concluding in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. The season premiered on October 18, 2006 and ended on January 31, 2007. Padma Lakshmi replaced Katie Lee Joel as the host, with Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons returning as judges. The winning recipe from each week's episode was featured on Bravo's Top Chef website and prepared by Season 1 contestant Lee Anne Wong in a web video called The Wong Way to Cook. Bravo cited negative viewer reaction to the Season 2 chefs' attitudes and overall behavior as the reason why no reunion episode was filmed. In the season finale, Ilan Hall was declared the Top Chef, defeating Marcel Vigneron. Sam Talbot was voted Fan Favorite.
Top Chef: Miami is the third season of the American reality television series Top Chef. It was first filmed in Miami, Florida, before concluding in Aspen, Colorado. The season was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Reality Competition Series, and garnered the Emmy Award for Best Editing in the category. Season 3 premiered on June 13, 2007 and ended on October 10, 2007. Padma Lakshmi returned with Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and new judge Ted Allen, who switched off with Simmons throughout the season. Top Chef: San Francisco contestant Lee Anne Wong was brought in as a food consultant and assisted in planning the challenges. Production took place in April and May 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida, with production activity centered at the Fontainebleau Hotel. The winning recipe from each week's episode of Season 3 was featured on Bravo's Top Chef website and prepared by Lee Anne Wong in a web series called The Wong Way to Cook. In the season finale, Hung Huynh was declared the Top Chef, defeating Dale Levitski and Casey Thompson. Thompson was voted Fan Favorite.
Top Chef: Chicago is the fourth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. It was first filmed in Chicago, Illinois, before concluding in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The season premiered on Bravo on March 12, 2008 and ended on June 18, 2008. In the season finale, Stephanie Izard was declared the Top Chef, defeating Richard Blais and Lisa Fernandes. Izard was also voted Fan Favorite.
Top Chef: New York is the fifth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. It was first filmed in New York City, New York, before concluding in New Orleans, Louisiana. The season premiered on Bravo on November 12, 2008, and ended on March 4, 2009. In the season finale, Hosea Rosenberg was declared the Top Chef, defeating Stefan Richter and Carla Hall. Fabio Viviani was voted Fan Favorite.
Top Chef Junior is an American reality competition television series that serves as a spin-off of the popular Top Chef series. Ordered in 2008 for an eight-episode run on Bravo, the show had never aired, nor is it known if any episodes were produced at that time. However, nine years later, Top Chef Junior was mentioned as the marquee program for Universal Kids, an NBCUniversal-owned children's channel launched on September 9, 2017. Season 1 consisted of 14 episodes and feature 12 young chefs, aged 9–14. The winner receives $50,000 and the title of Top Chef Junior. The show is hosted by actress Vanessa Lachey, with Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Duels host Curtis Stone serving as its head judge. Top Chef Junior premiered on October 13, 2017. In November 2017 Top Chef Junior was renewed for a 2nd season which premiered September 8, 2018. It consists of 12 chefs ages 9–14.
MasterChef Australia is an Australian competitive cooking game show based on the original British MasterChef. It is produced by Shine Australia and screens on Network 10. Restaurateur and chef Gary Mehigan, chef George Calombaris and food critic Matt Preston served as the show's main judges until 2019, when they were replaced by Series 4 winner and chef Andy Allen, food critic Melissa Leong, and restaurateur and chef Jock Zonfrillo.
Top Chef: Just Desserts is an American reality competition show, spun off from Top Chef. It premiered on the cable television network Bravo on September 15, 2010. Top Chef: Just Desserts features pastry chefs competing in a series of culinary challenges, focusing on pastries and desserts. The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the same company that created Top Chef and Project Runway, and distributed by Bravo and Tiger Aspect USA. It is hosted by Gail Simmons, with head judge Johnny Iuzzini, head pastry chef at Jean-Georges. Other judges include Hubert Keller, owner of restaurant Fleur de Lys and a Top Chef Masters finalist, and Dannielle Kyrillos, "an entertaining expert and editor-at-large of DailyCandy".
The third season of the American reality competition show Top Chef Masters was announced on March 2, 2011. In addition to the announcement, it was announced that celebrity chef Curtis Stone would serve as the new host. Food critic and author Ruth Reichl also joined as a new series judge And Critic James Osland Also Returned. The season premiered on April 6, 2011 with 12 award-winning chefs competing against each other in weekly challenges. Unlike previous seasons, the chefs were not judged on a five-star rating system, but in elimination-style challenges similar to the format of the original Top Chef series.
Top Chef: Texas is the ninth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was filmed in various cities in Texas, including San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, before moving on to British Columbia for the finale. The season premiered on November 2, 2011. This season of Top Chef featured a much larger number of contestants than any previous season, with 29 chefs. Top Chef: Texas also introduced a new competition to the series; in addition to the Quickfire and Elimination Challenges featured in televised episodes, the Last Chance Kitchen competition allowed eliminated contestants to compete head-to-head in a series of webisodes, with the winner eventually returning to the main competition. In the season finale, Paul Qui was declared the Top Chef, defeating Sarah Grueneberg. Chris Crary was voted Fan Favorite.
Around the World in 80 Plates was an American reality competition television series that debuted May 9, 2012, on Bravo. The series follows twelve chefs competing in a culinary race across ten countries in 44 days and is hosted by professional chefs Curtis Stone and Cat Cora.
The fourth season of Top Chef Masters was announced on May 24, 2012. Food and travel journalist, Krista Simmons, and features editor of Gilt Taste, Francis Lam, join James Oseland and Ruth Reichl as new additions to the judges' table. The season premiered on July 25, 2012 with 12 award-winning chefs competing in weekly challenges to win $100,000 for their charity and the title of Top Chef Master.
Top Chef: Seattle is the tenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was announced on September 19, 2012, and premiered on November 7, 2012. The competition was initially filmed in Seattle, Washington before moving to Juneau, Alaska for three episodes, and then concluding in Los Angeles, California. Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, the web series introduced in the previous season which puts the eliminated contestants against each other in head-to-head challenges to battle for a chance to re-enter the main competition, also returned. The winner continued to compete in the season finale. In addition, viewers could vote each week for chefs eliminated from the Last Chance Kitchen to move on in the "Save a Chef" competition. The winner of the final vote was "saved", and earned a spot in the final round of the Last Chance Kitchen. In the season finale, Kristen Kish was declared the Top Chef, defeating Brooke Williamson. Sheldon Simeon was voted Fan Favorite.
Top Chef is a Romanian reality competition show on the cable television network Antena 1, that first aired in 2012, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode. The show is hosted by Alina Pușcaș. The judges are Joseph Hadad, Tudor Constantinescu and Nicolai Tand.
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".
Top Chef: New Orleans is the eleventh season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was announced on May 10, 2013. Filming took place from early May through late July, beginning in New Orleans, Louisiana and concluding in Maui. The season premiered on October 2, 2013. State and local tourism offices in Louisiana sponsored the season, paying a total of $375,000. The state contribution came from a recovery fund established by BP after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition to the return of the Last Chance Kitchen, Bravo launched a new web series called Padma's Picks. Debuting on August 14, 2013, the competition, presided over by host Padma Lakshmi, featured ten New Orleans chefs competing for the chance to join the official lineup of contestants and represent the city.
MasterChef Junior is an American cooking competition involving children from the ages of 8–13 that premiered on Fox on September 27, 2013. It is based on the format of the British series Junior MasterChef.
Top Chef: Boston is the twelfth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was formally announced on August 20, 2014, and premiered on October 15, 2014. Filming for Season 12 took place from May through June 2014 in locations around Boston, Massachusetts, concluding with a finale in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato and the surrounding area. Top Chef: Chicago finalist and Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais debuted as a recurring judge, joining Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and host Padma Lakshmi on the judging panel. Last Chance Kitchen also returned for its fourth season, beginning with a two-part redemption mid-season and continuing until the first part of the finale. In the season finale, Mei Lin was declared the Top Chef, defeating Gregory Gourdet. Unlike previous seasons, no Fan Favorite vote was held.
Top Chef: California is the thirteenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was announced by Bravo on April 14, 2015. Similar to Top Chef: Texas, filming took place in several locations across California, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland, and the greater Palm Springs area, concluding with a finale in Las Vegas, Nevada. Top Chef: California had a two-night premiere on December 2–3, 2015. Host Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio returned, alongside judges Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse, and Richard Blais, among others. The companion web series, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, also returned, premiering immediately following the second part of the season premiere on December 3, 2015. In the season finale, Jeremy Ford was declared the Top Chef, defeating Amar Santana. Isaac Toups was voted Fan Favorite.
Top Chef: Kentucky is the sixteenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. Initial details about the season and its cast were revealed on October 18, 2018. The competition was filmed at various locations in Kentucky, including Louisville, Lexington, and Lake Cumberland. The season finale took place in Macau, China. Padma Lakshmi returned as host, with Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot, and Nilou Motamed forming the judging panel. Due to being on maternity leave for the majority of filming, Top Chef regular Gail Simmons did not appear as one of the main judges for the season. Top Chef: Kentucky premiered on December 6, 2018, and concluded on March 14, 2019. In the season finale, Kelsey Barnard Clark was declared the Top Chef, defeating Sara Bradley. Clark was also voted Fan Favorite.
Top Chef: All-Stars L.A. is the seventeenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was first announced on November 16, 2019, during a Top Chef-themed panel at Bravo's inaugural fan convention, BravoCon. The competition was filmed in Los Angeles, California, the same setting as the second season. The season finale took place in Italy, marking the first time the show has traveled to Europe. As with the previous all-stars edition, the cast of All-Stars L.A. was composed entirely of returning contestants. Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio returned to judge, along with Gail Simmons, following her absence from the previous season. Along with the return of Last Chance Kitchen, a new web series titled What Would Tom Do? debuted, showcasing Colicchio's approach to the contestants' various challenges. The winner received US$250,000.
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