Top Chef2006 | TV Show

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A reality competition in which aspiring chefs compete for culinary stardom. Each episode features two challenges---a short test of basic cooking skills and an elimination challenge, in which one failing contestant is sent packing.

Premiered: March 8, 2006

Rating: TV-14

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Mon Feb 2 12:00pm
Feeding Fallon(Season 8, Episode 9) ESQTV

The chefs prepare fondue. Later, they cater late-night talker Jimmy Fallon's birthday party. Fallon serves as guest judge.

Mon Feb 2 1:00pm
Lock Down(Season 8, Episode 10) ESQTV

The culinarians concoct cookies in a bid to impress "Sesame Street" denizens Cookie Monster, Telly and Elmo. Later, the chefs commandeer a store and whip up dishes from items found in the aisles.

Mon Feb 2 2:00pm
For the Gulf(Season 8, Episode 11) ESQTV

The remaining meal mavens employ a deep fryer in an attempt to please culinary star Paula Deen's precise palate. Later, the chefs serve up seafood at an event that benefits fishermen of the Gulf region. Deen and chef John Besh are guest judges.

Mon Feb 2 3:00pm
Give Me Your Huddled Masses(Season 8, Episode 12) ESQTV

The chefs create food fare on the open water. Later, they journey to Ellis Island to whip up dishes based on their family tree.

Mon Feb 2 4:00pm
Fit for a King(Season 8, Episode 13) ESQTV

The chefs set sail for the Bahamas, and each participates in a culinary duel against the person who was crowned the winner during their first stint on the show. Later, they create meals for Bahamian royalty, but it's a royal pain with limited cooking equip (more…)

Mon Feb 2 5:00pm
Island Fever(Season 8, Episode 14) ESQTV

In the Bahamas, the meal maestros cater a high-end lunch party for a yacht club's 80th anniversary and serve up Bahamian delicacies---including conch, which they themselves must catch in the ocean. Lorena Garcia is the guest judge.

Mon Feb 2 6:00pm
Last Supper(Season 8, Episode 15) ESQTV

The still-standing chefs fashion a challenge for their fellow contestants in Season 8's final Quickfire. Then, they dish up a "last supper" for celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck and Michelle Bernstein.

Mon Feb 2 7:00pm
Finale(Season 8, Episode 16) ESQTV

In the Season 8 finale, the final all-star food fighters try to seal the deal with an ideal meal. Afterward, the winning chef is revealed.

Wed Feb 4 10:00am
Oui Si a Challenge(Season 11, Episode 13) BRAVO

Culinary figure Jacques Pepin arrives to test the chefs' techniques based on one of his favorite dishes. Later, the chefs create meals that represent both France and Spain.

Wed Feb 4 11:00am
Po' Boy Smackdown(Season 11, Episode 14) BRAVO

The chefs create po' boys, then are tasked to prepare their personal culinary visions on a plate. Appearing: Jon Favreau and Roy Choi.

Wed Feb 4 12:00pm
Leaving New Orleans(Season 11, Episode 15) BRAVO

The chefs battle for a new car in tests presented by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. Later, the foodies demonstrate how New Orleans has inspired their dishes. Appearing: Douglas Keane, Grant Achatz and Andrew Carmellini.

Wed Feb 4 1:00pm
Maui Wowie(Season 11, Episode 16) BRAVO

The remaining chefs land in Hawaii, where they prepare food fare featuring Spam. Also: a double elimination.

Wed Feb 4 2:00pm
Finale(Season 11, Episode 17) BRAVO

In the Season 11 finale, the remaining two chefs open pop-up restaurants, after which the winner is crowned.

Wed Feb 4 3:00pm
Clean Up in Aisle 2!(Season 12, Episode 8) BRAVO

The chefs must cook chowder. Later, an ultimate tasting party with fans of the series tests the contestants. Also: The face of the competition potentially changes when eliminated chefs return. Chef Jasper White makes an appearance.

Wed Feb 4 4:00pm
Big Sausage(Season 12, Episode 9) BRAVO

The chefs prepare sausage. Later, they create dishes inspired by the literary work of notable New England authors, including Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe and Emily Dickinson. Appearing: NFL player Rob Gronkowski; chef Tony Maws; and editor Francis Lam.

Wed Feb 4 5:00pm
For Julia & Jacques(Season 12, Episode 10) BRAVO

The chefs make ramen dishes using ingredients found in college dorm rooms. Later, food luminary Jacques Pepin tasks the contestants to prepare French dishes inspired by the techniques of Julia Child. Appearing: Andy Cohen; Dana Cowin; Alex Prud'homme; Barb (more…)

Wed Feb 4 6:00pm
Sous Your Daddy!(Season 12, Episode 11) BRAVO

The chefs' family members pay surprise visits. In a twist, the family members must serve as sous chefs in a challenge that features the creation of one appetizer and one entrée.

Wed Feb 4 7:00pm
The Final Battle of Bean Town(Season 12, Episode 12) BRAVO

Innovative bean dishes are created. Later, the culinary contestants serve up inventive fare that exemplifies the future of cooking, with the winner earning a guaranteed slot in the finals in Mexico. Appearing: Wylie Dufresne.

Wed Feb 4 8:00pm
Getting Prickly in Mexico(Season 12, Episode 13) BRAVO

The three finalists journey to Mexico, and one eliminated contestant rejoins the competition. Then, the chefs must prepare a dish that showcases a unique type of prickly pear. Also: Local artwork inspires dishes. Appearing: chef Enrique Olvera.

Wed Feb 4 9:00pm
Holy Escamoly!(Season 12, Episode 14) BRAVO

The chefs take a surprise trip to an organic farm, after which they create dishes featuring sweet and savory chocolate. Later, they must serve up a six-course progressive menu accented by different Mexican ingredients. Appearing: Richard Blais and Eduardo (more…)

Wed Feb 4 11:30pm
Holy Escamoly!(Season 12, Episode 14) BRAVO

The chefs take a surprise trip to an organic farm, after which they create dishes featuring sweet and savory chocolate. Later, they must serve up a six-course progressive menu accented by different Mexican ingredients. Appearing: Richard Blais and Eduardo (more…)

Sat Feb 7 9:00am
Holy Escamoly!(Season 12, Episode 14) BRAVO

The chefs take a surprise trip to an organic farm, after which they create dishes featuring sweet and savory chocolate. Later, they must serve up a six-course progressive menu accented by different Mexican ingredients. Appearing: Richard Blais and Eduardo (more…)

Mon Feb 9 12:00pm
Restaurant Wars(Season 9, Episode 10) ESQTV

The still-standing chefs sharpen their knives for the time-honored fan-favorite "Restaurant Wars" test. The all-encompassing culinary challenge tasks them to create an eatery, from its signage and logos to its menus and meals.

Mon Feb 9 1:00pm
Fit for an Evil Queen(Season 9, Episode 11) ESQTV

The chefs try not to go off the rails when they use various ingredients delivered to them by a train. Later, they create a gothic dish fit for a queen, yet the plate must embody the very essence of evil. Guest judge: Charlize Theron.

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