A reality spin-off in which 24 notable chefs compete in culinary challenges to score a $100,000 prize for charity. The first six episodes feature four cooks in battle. The series kicks off with Hubert Keller, Christopher Lee, Michael Schlow and Tim Love.
Notable chefs Wylie Dufresne, Suzanne Tracht, Graham Elliot Bowles and Elizabeth Falkner get lost. That is, they whip up island-flavored fare inspired by the TV series "Lost." Appearing: "Lost" executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof.
Chief chefs Anita Lo, Douglas Rodriguez, John Besh and Mark Peel are all tied up. That is, they must cook an egg with one hand tied behind their back. Later, they conjure up culinary magic to impress notable guests, including actor Neil Patrick Harris.
Gastronomes Michael Chiarello, Rick Moonen, Nils Noren and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson are tasked to reinvent junk-food classics. Later, they loom large over three-course mini-meals. Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos, both of TV's "Flipping Out," guest star.
The six winning chefs advance to the first installment of the Champions Round, where they must whip up their signature dishes. In a culinary twist, they then re-create their competitors' distinctive meals.
The five remaining meal masters beef up the proceedings when they cook burgers. Later, they serve up lunch fare at a celebrity event hosted by actress Zooey Deschanel. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") makes an appearance.
All eyes are on the remaining four food fighters when they whip up meals while blindfolded. Afterward, the chefs' teaching and leadership talents are put to the test when they cater an event. The catch: They are forbidden to handle the food.
The winning culinary star is crowned in the Season 1 finale. But first the Final 3 must give rise to a four-course meal based on a memory from their past. Guests include previous "Top Chef" winners Harold Dieterle, Ilan Hall, Hung Huynh, Stephanie Izard and Hosea Rosenberg. Also appearing: Padma Lakshmi; Tom Colicchio; and Gail Simmons.