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Top Chef Season 13 Episodes

15 Episodes 2015 - 2016

Season 13 of the reality show is once again hosted by Padma Lakshmi and sees the return of judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse, and Richard Blais. The competition takes place on the road: The chefs' culinary skills are put to test in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland, and Palm Springs, with several celebrity guests waiting to be served the best food possible. Quickfire Challenges help keep the stakes high at each stop, while the web series "Last Chance Kitchen" provides the eliminated contestants with a chance to be brought back into the main competition.

Episode 1

Stop the Presses

Wed, Dec 2, 2015 75 mins

Top chefs arrive in Los Angeles in the opener of Season 13, which will feature the foodies competing in six cities across California. Here, they try to wow food critics and reporters under the Hollywood sign.

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Episode 2

Pop Up Pandemonium

Thu, Dec 3, 2015 60 mins

The foodies must open distinct pop-up restaurants in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. Appearing: chef and pop-up impresario Ludo Lefebvre.

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Episode 3

Spines and Vines

Thu, Dec 10, 2015 75 mins

The chefs visit Santa Barbara, where they pick up fresh sea urchin for use in a challenge. Later, a surf-and-turf war erupts.

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Episode 4

It's a Dry Heat

Thu, Dec 17, 2015 60 mins

Palm Springs, Cal., is the destination for culinary competition. Here, the chefs use solar-powered stoves in the desert, then prepare dishes on a famed golf course. Appearing: John Besh and Mary Sue Milliken.

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Episode 5

Big Gay Wedding

Thu, Jan 7, 2016 60 mins

Top dishes for dates are served up by the chefs in Palm Springs, Cal. Later, they cater a wedding for 25 gay couples. Appearing: model Chrissy Teigen and foodie Art Smith.

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Episode 6


Thu, Jan 14, 2016 60 mins

The chefs head to San Diego and cook up high-end fish tacos. Then, they prepare dishes to complement handcrafted microbrews. Appearing: chef Javier Plascenia.

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Episode 7

Back in the Day

Thu, Jan 21, 2016 60 mins

The chefs return to Los Angeles to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary. A restrictive challenge limits them to 10 ingredients, then they walk down memory lane by creating a dish that represents who they were 10 years ago. Appearing: Michael Voltaggio; Antonia Lofaso; Mei Lin Hua; and Nancy Silverton.

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Episode 8

Where's the Beef?

Thu, Jan 28, 2016 60 mins

The chefs participate in a plating challenge by preparing visually appealing dishes using only snack food. Then, they cook for diners at a black-tie, finger-food event called Beefsteak. Appearing: Colin Hanks; Max Silvestri; Matt Selman; Jacques La Merde; and Neal Fraser.

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Episode 9

Restaurant Wars, Part 1

Thu, Feb 4, 2016 60 mins

Part 1 of 2. The iconic "Restaurant Wars" challenge ensues, with the chefs opening eateries for both lunch and dinner services.

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Episode 10

Restaurant Wars, Part 2

Thu, Feb 11, 2016 60 mins

Conclusion. The "Restaurant Wars" challenge progresses with the chefs serving up dinner, during which everything from concept and food to service and consistency will be appraised.

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Episode 11

Hammer Time

Thu, Feb 18, 2016 60 mins

The chefs land in the Bay Area and prepare fresh dishes for rapper MC Hammer. Later, they cook from important and influential international food eras. Foodie Jonathan Waxman makes an appearance.

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Episode 12

Wok This Way

Thu, Feb 25, 2016 60 mins

A showdown includes woks when the chefs visit San Francisco's Chinatown. Later, they must create a fast-casual restaurant concept. Foodies Martin Yan and Adam Fleischman make appearances.

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Episode 13

Back Where It All Started

Thu, Mar 3, 2016 75 mins

San Francisco is the setting when the competing foodies cook for chef Traci Des Jardins. Later, they try to wow master chef Hubert Keller, the judges and San Francisco culinary elite with cuisine inspired by the restaurant Fleur de Lys.

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Episode 14

Magic Hour

Thu, Mar 10, 2016 60 mins

The chefs land in Las Vegas and participate in a high-stakes challenge of cards and cuisine. Later, they must conjure culinary magic for illusionist David Copperfield.

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Episode 15


Thu, Mar 17, 2016 62 mins

The top chef is crowned in the Season 13 finale. Before that, the final two culinarians must prepare the meal of their lives for their mentors and fallen colleagues. Appearing: Emeril Lagasse; Dominique Crenn; Jonathan Benno; Hubert Keller; Charlie Palmer; and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

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