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11-17
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The Last Luau

Finale - Nina and Nicholas each take over a restaurant to prepare four-course menus in the final competition for the title of Top Chef.

02.05.2014 B+

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11-16
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Spam-a-Lot

Maui Wowie - The top three chefs arrive in Hawaii and are soon joined by the winner of Last Chance Kitchen for a Spam challenge and a "canoe crop" challenge to determine the final two.

01.29.2014
01.30.2014
B+

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11-15
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What's Old is New Orleans Again

Leaving New Orleans - After a two-part QuickFire, the final four chefs prepare dishes inspired by the flavors and experiences of New Orleans.

01.22.2014
01.23.2014
C+

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11-14
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Career Fare

Po’ Boy Smackdown - After getting served by the king of food trucks, the chefs are asked to prepare dishes that represent a turning point in their culinary journeys.

01.15.2014
01.16.2014
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11-13
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Revolutionary Cuisine

Oui Si a Challenge - The chefs are split into two teams and asked to prepare French and Spanish courses for a discerning group of judges. One chef's success in the QuickFire puts his team in a precarious position for the Elimination Challenge.

01.08.2014
01.09.2014
B+

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11-12
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One Fish, Two Fish

Mississippi Mud Bags - The chefs craft crawfish dishes, and then prepare a dish for the Louisiana Seafood Council that features local seafood.

01.01.2014
01.02.2014
C

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11-11
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Pass/Fail/Puree

Giving It the College Try - The eight remaining chefs make drumsticks for Questlove, and then head to a college cafeteria to serve 500 incoming freshmen using only what is available at the cafeteria.

12.18.2013
12.19.2013
C

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11-10
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Home is Where the Stove Is

Like Mama Made - The chefs prepare coffee-based items, then dishes inspired by their favorite meals at home, which makes them very tired and emotional.

12.11.2013
12.12.2013
B

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11-9
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Double the Points, None of the Perks

Restaurant Wars - The chefs of the New Orleans season take on Restaurant Wars and while one team seems to have the better chefs, the race isn't even close.

12.04.2013
12.05.2013
B+

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11-8
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Porks and Knives

Piggin’ Out - After making hot sauces, the chefs butcher an entire hog, using every piece except the soul.

11.20.2013
11.21.2013
C

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11-7
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Potluck of the Draw

Jazz Hands - In a loosely jazz-themed episode, the chefs are asked to join forces in three cooking "combos" and create potluck-style menus.

11.13.2013
11.14.2013
C+

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11-6
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More Farm Than Good

Campfires, Cream Cheese and Countryside - The chefs retire to the country to cook with cream cheese and farm-fresh ingredients at John Besh's restaurant, La Provence.

11.06.2013
11.07.2013
C-

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11-5
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All Hallow’s Cheese

Lea Michele’s Halloween Bash - The chefs cook for Lea Michele’s off-season vegetarian costume party and their dishes are judged almost strictly on cheese content.

10.30.2013
10.31.2013
B

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11-4
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Pho King Travis

Captain Vietnam - The contestants are tasked to create Vietnamese menus, which is a dream come true for one chef, who considers himself an expert.

10.23.2013
10.24.2013
B

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11-3
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Commander in Chef

Commander’s Palace - In a double elimination episode, the chefs are challenged to take on food trends, then re-create famous dishes at the Commander's Palace.

10.16.2013
10.17.2013
D

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11-2
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The Good, The Bad, The Ceviche

Rebuilding New Orleans - The chefs break into teams to serve Habitat for Humanity volunteers from food trucks. It is still too soon to make a joke about a hurricane of ceviches.

10.09.2013
10.10.2013
C

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11-1
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Eat You Later, Alligator

Soiree in the Swamp - The new season of Top Chef starts out in New Orleans and for the first time, as the elimination challenge takes place in a swamp, we are glad we can’t smell the show.

10.02.2013
10.03.2013
B-

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10-17
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Iron Top Chef

Season 10 Finale, Part 2 - In a really disjointed, bizarre finale, the final two have to cook in front of a live audience like they're on Iron Chef or something.

02.27.2013
03.05.2013
C

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10-16
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Craft Work

Season 10 Finale, Part 1 - Kristen's back and the final three compete on Tom Colicchio's home turf.

02.20.2013
02.26.2013
B

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10-15
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Mush!

Glacial Gourmand - The cheftestants use multiple modes of transportation to get around Alaska before cooking for the governor (who isn't Sarah Palin anymore, remember?)

02.13.2013
02.19.2013
B

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10-14
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Don't Be Crabby

Kings of Alaska - Now in Alaska, the cheftestants have to cook crab, salmon, and sourdough.

02.06.2013
02.11.2013
B-

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10-13
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Anchors Away

Chefs at Sea - The cheftestants head out on a cruise to Alaska and learn a little something about shipboard cooking.

01.30.2013
01.31.2013
B

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10-12
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The Josie Show

Wolfgang Clucks - Tom serves dinner to a gaggle of famous chefs, and the cheftestants have to prepare fried chicken.

01.23.2013
01.29.2013
B

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10-11
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Josie, Baby

Season 10 Restaurant Wars - You know the idea. Who will screw up service? Who will be a control freak? Why is Josie made out of garbage?

01.16.2013
01.22.2013
B

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10-10
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Thai German? Really?

Battle Before the War - They're messing with Restaurant Wars, you guys!

01.09.2013
01.14.2013
C

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10-9
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Healthy Choices

Past Suppers - The cheftestants have to cook dishes based on memorable moments from past seasons, but make them healthier.

01.02.2013
01.07.2013
B

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10-8
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Going in Circles

Jalapeno Business - The cheftestants go to the derby and cook dishes inspired by derby names.

12.26.2012
01.02.2013
B

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10-7
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Thank You Berry Much

Foiled Again - Josie has completed her transition into the female Guy Fieri and Stefan and John go head-to-head.

12.19.2012
12.26.2012
B

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10-6
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Pork and Recreation

Even the Famous Come Home - The cheftestants cook at a welcome home party for Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.

12.12.2012
12.18.2012
B

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10-5
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Cheese Curds for Life!

Pike Place Pickle - The cheftestants use artisanal ingredients, poorly.

12.05.2012
12.11.2012
B

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10-4
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Parfaits and Calf Liver

’50s Food Flashback - The cheftestants take over a family restaurant and revive the original menu from 1950.

11.28.2012
12.04.2012
B

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10-3
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Talking Turkey

Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse - The cheftestants divide into teams to cook a turkey dinner with Tom and Emeril.

11.21.2012
11.27.2012
B

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10-2
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Veterans' Day

A Shock at the Space Needle - The cheftestants get a surprise when some veterans return to compete.

11.14.2012
11.19.2012
A+

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10-1
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Trim Your Bangs

The Ultimate Chef Test - The chefs are broken into small groups and tested by one of the judges to determine if they even get to be on the show this season.

11.07.2012
11.12.2012
B

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9-18
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Stuff and Giggles

Reunion - You'd be hard-pressed to know that Paul won this thing, since the whole reunion focuses on Chris Hollywood and the ladies.

03.07.2012
03.13.2012
C

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9-17
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Finally! It's Over

Season 9 Finale - Paul and Sarah cook their little hearts out and it's still pretty boring.

02.29.2012
03.06.2012
B-

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9-16
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You're Hot and You're Cold

Fire and Ice - The final three becomes the final two, finally.

02.22.2012
02.28.2012
C

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9-15
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Frozen Food

Culinary Games - The cheftestants have to compete in Olympic style events while freezing their fingers off, because that's the best way to determine who's the best chef.

02.15.2012
02.21.2012
B

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9-14
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Tears of Joy

Mentors - Beverly returns, and then Sarah wins immunity and doesn't have to cook this week. Those who are competing have to cook a meal for his or her culinary mentor, plus there is a lot of crying, mostly from Paul.

02.08.2012
02.14.2012
B-

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9-13
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I Know You Are, But What Am I?

Bike, Borrow, and Steal - The cheftestants have to compete in a pointless Amazing Race-type challenge and I wish they would just let them cook some food.

02.01.2012
02.07.2012
C

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9-12
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A Game of Chicken

Block Party - The cheftestants get paired up to cook the same dish for a block party, with three ending up on top and three ending up on the bottom.

01.25.2012
01.31.2012
B

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9-11
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Snow White, Blood Red

Fit for an Evil Queen - A challenge based on an upcoming product-placed movie somehow ends up inspiring the best food of the season.

01.18.2012
01.19.2012
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9-10
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The War of Restaurants

Season 9 Restaurant Wars - It's men versus women when the cheftestants have to open fake restaurants.

01.11.2012
01.17.2012
B

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9-9
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Salt Lick

Texas BBQ Wars - The cheftestants have to cook BBQ for three hundred people in scorching hot weather.

01.04.2012
01.09.2012
C+

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9-8
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Mom's Home Cooking

Tribute Dinner - The cheftestants have to cook a dish inspired by the person who taught them to cook. Some take that waaaay too literally.

12.21.2011
12.28.2011
B

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9-7
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Ugly Game

Game On - The cheftestants have to determine the bottom three in the challenge, and it gets ugly.

12.14.2011
12.20.2011
B

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9-6
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Who Shot JR?

Higher Steaks - The chefs work as a team to cook a really boring menu for a bunch of ranchers.

12.07.2011
12.13.2011
B

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9-5
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Progress

Don’t Be Tardy for the Dinner Party - The cheftestants head to Big D, where they have to cook for a progressive dinner party.

11.30.2011
12.06.2011
B

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9-4
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Totally Chili

Red Hot Chili Cook Off - The cheftestants work in teams to create chili fit for a Texas cowboy, they hope.

11.23.2011
11.29.2011
B

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9-3
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Corn or Flour?

Quinceanera - For their first challenge, the cheftestants split into two teams. And you know teams never work out well.

11.16.2011
11.22.2011
B

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9-2
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On the Bubble

The Heat Is On - The final group and the bubble group compete in the play-in bracket until all sixteen chef's coats are awarded.

11.09.2011
11.15.2011
B

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9-1
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Pigs and Rabbits

Everything’s Bigger in Texas - Twenty-nine potential cheftestants are brought in and have to compete for sixteen slots on the show.

11.02.2011
11.07.2011
B+

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8-17
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Hootie Hoo!

Reunion Special - There are the usual amusing montages and an uncomfortable discussion between Tom and Elia, but Carla saves the day with her awesomeness.

04.06.2011
04.12.2011
B-

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8-16
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King of Kings

Season 8 Finale - Kind of a blah finale as there are no real glitches and everyone's food is good -- so very little drama -- but in the end, a winner is crowned.

03.30.2011
04.05.2011
B-

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8-15
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Twists and Turns

Last Supper - The cheftestants do a silly Quickfire and then have to prepare the Last Dinner choice of a culinary icon. And of course, there are twists along the way.

03.23.2011
03.28.2011
B

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8-14
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Pros and Conch

Island Fever - The cheftestants have to dive for their dinner, literally.

03.16.2011
03.22.2011
B+

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8-13
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Grease Fire Is The Word

Fit For A King - The final five head to the Bahamas, where they accidentally start a fire and get to meet a king.

03.09.2011
03.14.2011
B+

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8-12
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Family History

Give Me Your Huddled Masses - The cheftestants have to cook a dish based on their ancestries for their family members, so that means everyone is going to cry.

03.02.2011
03.08.2011
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8-11
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Gone Fishing

For the Gulf - The cheftestants cook Gulf Coast seafood -- some well, some not so well.

02.23.2011
03.01.2011
B

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8-10
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T is for Target

Lock Down - The cheftestants have to cook a dish for Target employees while locked in the store overnight, and they can only use items found in Target, all the way down to knives.

02.16.2011
02.22.2011
B

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8-9
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Fallon Down

Feeding Fallon - The cheftestants cook some of Jimmy Fallon's favorite dishes for his birthday dinner.

02.09.2011
02.15.2011
A

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8-8
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Mobbed Up

An Offer They Can’t Refuse - The cheftestants have to cook Italian food for the owner of Rao's. Finally, a challenge where someone besides Angelo and Dale have an advantage!

02.02.2011
02.08.2011
B+

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8-7
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Etched in My Mind

Restaurant Wars: One Night Only - The cheftestants divvy up into two teams and open a restaurant for one night only. It's Restaurant Wars!

01.19.2011
01.25.2011
B+

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8-6
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Gone Fishin'

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat - The cheftestants get to go fishing, and then have to cook what they caught, working in teams of three.

01.12.2011
01.18.2011
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8-5
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Chinatown Breakdown

Dim Sum Lose Sum - The cheftestants have to serve dim sum during lunch rush in Chinatown, and cranking out large amounts of food quickly nearly sinks the group.

01.05.2011
01.11.2011
B

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8-4
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Game, Set, Match

Advantage Chef - The cheftestants have to serve head-to-head against their competition. Spike comes up with a brilliant strategy for his team. Well, maybe just a strategy. Well, maybe not even that.

12.22.2010
12.28.2010
B

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8-3
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Food With Jazz Hands

New York’s Finest - The cheftestants have to make dishes that would fit the menus of four of New York's top restaurants, and you might be surprised by who ends up on the top and on the bottom.

12.15.2010
12.21.2010
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8-2
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What Just Happened?

Night At the Museum - Lack of sleep and an absent teammate lead to a really bizarre and uncomfortable Judges' Table.

12.08.2010
12.14.2010
B

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8-1
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Best of the Best

History Never Repeats - Eighteen cheftestants return, many of them finalists from their seasons, to do battle in New York to be the best of the best.

12.01.2010
12.07.2010
A

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7-15
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…And It Feels So Good

Reunion - All of the cheftestants reunite to discuss who is more cocky and what exactly went down with the pea puree.

09.22.2010
09.28.2010
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7-14
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Singapore Sling

Season 7 Finale Part 2 - The three finalists set out to cook the meal of a lifetime, assisted by former winners as sous chefs. Except Angelo, who's too sick to even get out of bed until the final day.

09.15.2010
09.16.2010
B+

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7-13
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One Night in Singapore

Season 7 Finale Part 1 - The cheftestants travel to Singapore and have to cook Asian food. You'd think Angelo would have an advantage with that, but the playing field is pretty level, and it's anyone's game.

09.08.2010
09.13.2010
A-

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7-12
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More Than Dippin' Dots

Gastro-nauts - The cheftestants have to cook space food, and this late in the competition, it truly is anyone's game. No, for real.

09.01.2010
09.07.2010
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7-11
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Buy Me Some Peanuts and…Tuna Tartare?

Making Concessions - Would you buy raw fish from a baseball park concession stand? Amanda would like you to.

08.25.2010
08.30.2010
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7-10
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Brilliant Disguise

Covert Cuisine - Mystery surrounds the challenges this week, as the Quickfire features mystery ingredients and the Elimination takes place at the CIA.

08.18.2010
08.24.2010
B

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7-9
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EVOO vs. 2121

Season 7 Restaurant Wars - It's the episode everyone waits for all season: Restaurant Wars. And it gets pretty explosive at Judges' Table.

08.11.2010
08.12.2010
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7-8
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It's A Small World, After All

Foreign Affairs - The cheftestants have to create a dish based on a foreign country. Some get countries like France or Italy, but Stephen draws Brazil and is clueless -- more than usual.

08.04.2010
08.09.2010
B

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7-7
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The Theft of the Pea Purée

Power Lunch - The cheftestants get into politics when they have to cook a power lunch. But the big question is, did Alex steal Ed's pea purée?

07.28.2010
08.03.2010
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7-6
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Cold Comfort

Cold War - The chefs have to feed each other cold dishes, and Tamesha learns the hard way that this is Top Chef, not Top Scallop.

07.21.2010
07.27.2010
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7-5
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Old MacDonald

Farm Policy - The cheftestants head down to the farm to cook some local ingredients in the great outdoors.

07.14.2010
07.20.2010
B

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7-4
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Three Courses, No Waiting

Room Service - The cheftestants cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for a product-placed hotel in a slightly ill-conceived challenge that nearly eliminates some of the most talented.

07.07.2010
07.13.2010
C+

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7-3
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The Patriotic Picnic

Capitol Grill - The chefs embarrass America with their lack of grill skills.

06.30.2010
07.06.2010
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7-2
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This Pudding is Bananas

Outside the Lunch Box - The cheftestants divide into teams and, working with a tight budget, try to cook nutritional lunches for schoolkids.

06.23.2010
06.29.2010
A-

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7-1
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This Land is My Land

House of Chef-presentatives - The seventeen cheftestants report for duty in our nation's capital, where they have to cook a dish inspired by their hometowns.

06.16.2010
06.22.2010
B

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6-16
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Not Much Happens

Watch What Happens Reunion S6 - All of the chefs return for a lot of clip packages and some apologies.

12.16.2009
12.22.2009
B

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6-15
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High Voltage

Season 6 Finale Part 2 - The three finalists create one more meal in the hopes of becoming the sixth Top Chef.

12.09.2009
12.15.2009
A

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6-14
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It's Up to The Egg At This Point

Season 6 Finale Part 1 - The cheftestants return to cook in Napa Valley and try to muscle their way into the finals.

12.02.2009
12.08.2009
A

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6-13
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Final Four

Culinary Olympics - The cheftestants have to mimic a legendary culinary competition by cooking a protein and two fancy garnishes for an all-star panel of judges.

11.18.2009
11.24.2009
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6-12
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Walking on Broken Stained Glass

Strip Around the World - Cheftestants have to each visit a casino on the Vegas Strip and then create a dish inspired by it.

11.11.2009
11.17.2009
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6-11
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Re-Hash

Top Chef All Stars Dinner - Cheftestants from all five seasons return to cook and eat a meal together, and rehash their beefs with one another.

11.04.2009
11.10.2009
B

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6-10
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Vegetables and Off-Color Jokes

Meat Natalie - The cheftestants first have to cook faux-TV dinners and then must cook a meal in a steakhouse for Natalie Portman, vegetarian.

10.28.2009
11.03.2009
B+

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6-9
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ReVolting

Season 6 Restaurant Wars - The Brothers Volt continue to dominate as they team up to open their fake restaurant with the help of Robin and Eli. Meanwhile, former chart toppers Jen and Kevin are in big, big trouble.

10.21.2009
10.27.2009
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6-8
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Pork or Cat Food?

Pigs and Pinot - The cheftestants prepare a dish for Charlie Palmer's charity event that pairs some part of the pig with a pinot noir, with varying degrees of success.

10.14.2009
10.20.2009
B

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6-7
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Salty Gnocchi

Dinner Party - The cheftestants pair up once again (maybe a sign that there are too many remaining contestants?) to cook a meal in the kitchen at their residence.

10.07.2009
10.13.2009
B

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3-15
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Relive The Boredom All Over Again

Season 3 Reunion - As if this season didn't drag on for enough eons, we have now have a reunion to remind us of everything we just saw. It's the Alzheimer's Special!

10.09.2007
10.15.2007
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3-14
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The Huynh Of A Lifetime

Season 3 Finale, Part II - Hung -- the guy who "grew up eating," the self-proclaimed Certified Professional Asshole, the documented lover of monkey metaphors -- wins Top Chef.

10.02.2007
10.06.2007
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3-13
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Rocky Mountain High

Season 3 Finale, Part I - Trout and elk get the better of the Brians and their cowboy hat.

09.25.2007
09.30.2007
B-

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3-12
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Sara's Told To Cheese Off

Manhattan Project - After chafing herself raw across two dishes, Sara the Jamaican cheesemaker is sent home. To make cheese, presumably.

09.18.2007
09.23.2007
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3-11
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Chopping Broccolini

Snacks On A Plane - Breakfast in bed with Padma leads to the cheftestants cooking for the mile-high club (except they're on the ground and not having sex), and CJ is sent home for serving blackened broccolini.

09.11.2007
09.18.2007
B-

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3-10
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Hung's 300 Years War

Chef Overboard - Hung trips out during the Quickfire and makes an edible diorama using Fruit Loops, but after catering a booze cruise for a new fashion designer, Howie's muddy flavors and grey presentation gets him sent home.

09.04.2007
09.09.2007
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3-9
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Draining The Tre

Second Helping - After the second installment of "Restaurant Wars," The Garage changes their name to "Quatre" and wins. Sadly, Tre is sent home after executive cheffing his team to a loss.

08.21.2007
08.27.2007
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3-8
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Restaurant Stalemate

Season 3 Restaurant Wars - After making burgers in an Immunity-less Quickfire, the remaining cheftestants do the fake restaurant thing, and no one gets sent home.

08.14.2007
08.20.2007
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3-7
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Cold Stone Chillin'

Guilty Pleasures - While working to feed drunk clubbers, Howie proves that he still doesn't know how to spell "team," but it's Sara N. who goes home.

08.07.2007
08.13.2007
B

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3-8
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Rocco's Got a Brand New Bag: Taste-Testing Bertolli's Skillet Meals for Two

Rocco’s Got A Brand New Bag: Taste-Testing Bertolli’s Skillet Meals For Two - Two coasts, two brands, and two fairly opinionated mouths. Whose Lean Cuisine will reign supreme?

08.07.2007
08.08.2007
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3-6
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OMG, IQF! WTF?

Freezer Burn - Man, after this episode, tri-color fusilli will be as popular as an actuary at a conference on the Riemann Hypothesis. Coming out on top of the frozen dinners challenge, Tre and CJ are off to Italy, while poor Joey From New York is back to New York.

07.31.2007
08.07.2007
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3-5
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Shit Happens

Top Chef 3: Watch What Happens - With Andy Cohen playing the hostess with the mostest, we delve back into the ugly glory of past and present seasons. Mostly, season two, though.

07.24.2007
07.29.2007
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3-5
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'Cuz She's Lia-ving On A Jet Plane

Latin Lunch - Hung strings himself up in a frozen pie crust Quickfire, but due to losing a Latin-loving lunch, it's Lia who packs up her troubles in her old kit bag.

07.17.2007
07.22.2007
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3-4
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Eating On The Dole

Cooking By Numbers - It's the first team challenge of the season, during which powdered gelatin rears its ugly head again, and Camille is sent calmly on her placid way.

07.10.2007
07.16.2007
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3-3
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God Save The Hot Dish

Family Favorites - In an effort to tempt Elks away from high-cholesterol foods, the cheftestants are forced to remake such cafeteria classics as stuffed cabbage rolls, fish sticks, and tuna casserole.

06.26.2007
07.02.2007
B

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3-2
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Bye, Bye Birdsong

Sunny Delights - Sandee is sent packing, Howie and Joey From New York engage in a Battle of the Bulges, and Hung is turning out to be a pretty sweet guy.

06.19.2007
06.25.2007
B

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3-1
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Tastes Like Chicken

First Impressions - The season begins anew with fifteen cheftestants competing for all the junk that goes along with being Top Chef. Before we even get to know him, Clay from Mississippi is sent home.

06.12.2007
06.17.2007
A+

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3-1
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A Very Special Episode of Top Chef

4-Star All Star - The best of Season One (minus Lee Anne) faces off against the dubious best of Season Two, all in the name of charity.

06.05.2007
06.10.2007
A

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2-13
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So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish

Season 2 Finale, Part II - Marcel misplaces his fish, and loses. Ted Ilan makes pinworms on toast, and wins.

01.30.2007
02.01.2007
B

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2-12
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The Poke's On You

Season 2 Finale, Part I - Chef Alan Wong officiates this first half of the Hawaii finale, which throws Sam and Elia back to the sea and keeps Marcel and Ted Ilan for the second half.

01.23.2007
01.29.2007
B-

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2-11
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Scalps and Scallops

Sense And Sensuality - Elia and Ted Ilan shave their heads. Cliff tries to shave Marcel's head but gets sent home for being a brute instead. The food was not even an issue.

01.16.2007
01.22.2007
N/A

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2-10
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Foaming at the Mouth

Unhappy Customers - Marcel raps and before being sent home, Mike references Charlotte's Web. Will wonders never cease?

01.09.2007
01.15.2007
C+

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2-9
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Hate the Sin, Love the Dinner

Seven - The hating of Marcel reaches a boiling point, and Sam loses it, while Ilan becomes an unhinged bully. But it's petty Betty who cooks up sloppy soup and goes home.

01.02.2007
01.08.2007
B-

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2-8
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Mia the Martyr

Holiday Spirit - Mia throws herself on her paring knife to keep Elia in the competition.

12.12.2006
12.18.2006
A

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2-7
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Surfin' So Sorry

The Raw And The Cooked - Breaking fast for some hungry surfers has Elia riding high and Frank dead in the water.

12.05.2006
12.10.2006
B-

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2-6
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What the Turducken?!

Thanksgiving - It's time for a midsummer night's Thanksgiving, and Carlos' salad-eating days are over.

11.21.2006
11.27.2006
A

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2-5
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Ain't it Offal, Mabel?

Social Service - After playing around with pancreas, organ meat, and Social Hollywood's leftovers, Josie and Marisa are sacrificed on the altar of pig's blood.

11.14.2006
11.19.2006
C

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2-4
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Cheaters Seem to Prosper

Less Is More - With a vending machine Quickfire and a sticky children-based Elimination, it's almost as if we never left season one! No one is sent home, but Betty should have been.

11.07.2006
11.10.2006
C+

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2-3
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TGI Top Chef

Food For The People - After she reads him the quiet riot act, Marcel turns Blazing Eyes on Betty and tries to freak her out during the Sell Bravo's Soul to TGI Friday's Elimination Challenge. Also, Padmadala hikes up her shorts a little more and shows her world to us. But first, Marcel grosses LA kids out with his Cobb Salad ice cream.

10.31.2006
11.04.2006
B

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2-2
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Lycheegate

Eastern Promise - Sushi, Ming Tsai, team challenges, and "shoplifted" lychees. Marisa unwittingly challenges Tiffani to a bitchface-off, and Otto is sent home.

10.24.2006
10.28.2006
A+

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2-1
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Food, Fire, and Frog Legs

Into The Fire - Marcel has ridiculous hair, Suyai is sent home, and we all learn how to flambe

10.17.2006
10.23.2006
C+

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1-11
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Leggo My Ego

Vegas Finale, Part II - Harold wins, and Tiffani LOSES!

05.23.2006
10.16.2006
A+

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1-10
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A Minor Exclusion

Vegas Finale, Part I - The toques come off in Vegas as Harold, Tiffani, and Dave put it all on the line…for room service! They cook for high rollers, poker players, and acrobats, and Dave, by virtue of forgetting a dish, is sent home. Amazingly, he doesn't even cry.

05.16.2006
10.10.2006
A

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1-10
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Scenes From A Top Chef Reunion

Season 1 Reunion - The cheftestants gather to drink, cry, apologize, fart, and rhyme.

05.09.2006
10.08.2006
A

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1-9
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Truffle Pigs

Napa’s Finest - Using expensive wine and expensive fungal growths, the cheftestants prepare dishes for the chefs of Napa Valley.

05.01.2006
10.04.2006
B+

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1-8
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The Cake Mix Controversy

Wedding Bell Blues - Stephen is decanted and found to be corked.

04.24.2006
09.25.2006
B

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1-7
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I'm Not Your Bitch, Bitch

Season 1 Restaurant Wars - After the cheftestants team up for dueling restaurant "concepts," Dave gets off his famous quote, and Miguel is sent home.

04.18.2006
09.19.2006
B

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1-6
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Snake Eyes

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner? - Ted Allen shows up for dinner and tasks the cheftestants with a dinner party in celebration of him. Andrea and her colon are sent home. Again.

04.11.2006
09.06.2006
B

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1-5
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Jicama Dickama Dock

Blind Confusion - The cheftestants sell street food in the Mission, but when Lisa forgets some seriously important jicama, she is sent home.

04.04.2006
08.20.2006
B-

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1-4
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Nuke it Up A Notch

Food On The Fly - Nine TV dinners go into the microwave and one chef gets fried.

03.28.2006
08.13.2006
A

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1-3
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Gone Fishhookin'

Nasty Delights - Dividing into two teams, the cheftestants come up with a way to make children eat and enjoy monkfish.

03.21.2006
08.02.2006
B-

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1-2
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Bye Bye, Turdie

Food Of Love - Stephen's fruity pretentiousness gets him immunity in the Quickfire, Miguel wins the sexy desserts Elimination Challenge, and Andrea gets flushed.

03.14.2006
07.30.2006
C-

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1-1
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Who Deserves To Be Here?

Who Deserves To Be Here - Ken sticks his long, dirty finger in Hubert Keller's sauce and even in San Francisco, that's not a good thing.

03.07.2006
07.12.2006
C-

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