17 Episodes 2012 - 2013
Season 10 of the reality show is set in Oregon, Alaska, and California, and is hosted by Padma Lakshmi; returning as judges are Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse, and Hugh Acheson. Once again, the Web series "Last Chance Kitchen" gives eliminated contestants a chance to rejoin the competition. Twenty-one chefs make up the initial cast of the season, with three more joining during the second episode: Season 2's Josie Smith-Malave, Season 3's Chris Jacobson and Season 5's Stefan Richter.
The Ultimate Chef Test
Wed, Nov 7, 2012 60 mins
Season 10 opens with 21 chefs battling for culinary honors in Seattle.
A Shock at the Space Needle
Wed, Nov 14, 2012 60 mins
The Seattle-based contest heats up with a game-changing surprise twist. Guest judge: Tom Douglas.
Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse
Wed, Nov 21, 2012 60 mins
The foodies serve up assorted dumplings featuring various global tastes. Then, it's a battle between Emeril Lagasse and Tom Colicchio when the two celebrity chefs lead teams in a grand-scale Thanksgiving-theme challenge. Guest judge: Dana Cowin.
50's Food Flashback
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 60 mins
The chefs must work with two slabs of beef. Later, they reinvent a 1950s menu and serve up classic fare.
Pike Place Pickle
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 60 mins
The chefs' culinary skills are tested at Seattle's Pike Place Market. Included: They must please palates with rare ingredients.
Even the Famous Come Home
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 60 mins
The chefs' ability to share is put to the test when their genealogy inspires dishes. Later, they must cater a homecoming party for celebrity couple Anna Faris and Chris Pratt. Rick Moonen is the guest judge.
Wed, Dec 19, 2012 60 mins
An entire pantry wrapped in aluminum foil tests the chefs. Also: head-to-head battles. Former contestant Stephanie Izard is the guest judge.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 60 mins
The foodies harvest oysters and then prepare them for judge Emeril Lagasse. Later, they serve up fare for a Seattle sports team—and host Padma Lakshmi makes an appearance on roller skates.
Wed, Jan 2, 2013 60 mins
The contestants' knife skills are put to the test. Later, memorable moments in "Top Chef" history are recalled and celebrated. Judges include Wolfgang Puck, Wylie Dufresne, Jonathan Waxman and Chris Cosentino.
Battle Before the War
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 60 mins
The foodies set out to impress celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Then, the sweeping and traditional "Restaurant Wars" challenge kicks off, as the group offers new culinary concepts at a Seattle food event.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 75 mins
The men square off against the women in the all-encompassing "Restaurant Wars" challenge. Here, eateries are built from the ground up and the chefs try to please the palate of restaurateur Danny Meyer.
Wed, Jan 23, 2013 60 mins
Sushi dishes test the chefs. Later, they prepare a fried-chicken dinner for a table of culinary judges that includes David Chang, Michelle Bernstein, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo.
Chefs at Sea
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 75 mins
The chefs set sail for Alaska on a cruise ship, where they must transform iceberg lettuce into a tasty bite-size appetizer. Later, they reinvent the classic surf-and-turf dish. Curtis Stone is the guest judge.
Kings of Alaska
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 60 mins
The foodies dock in Juneau, Alaska, and must prove their culinary worth with a local delicacy, king crab. Then, they're tasked with giving their own spin to salmon-and-sourdough dishes. Sean Brock is the guest judge.
Wed, Feb 13, 2013 60 mins
Adventure awaits the chefs in a glacial-theme test. Later, a meal prepared by Emeril Lagasse and guest judge Roy Choi sets the stage for an elimination challenge.
Finale Part 1
Wed, Feb 20, 2013 60 mins
Part 1 of the two-part Season 10 finale features the remaining chefs showcasing their culinary skills at an eatery in Los Angeles owned by Tom Colicchio, who serves as kitchen facilitator. Guest judges: John Besh and Martin Yan.
Finale Part 2
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 60 mins
The "Top Chef" winner is crowned in the conclusion of the two-part Season 10 finale.