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Top Chef Season 16 Episodes

15 Episodes 2018 -

Episode 1

The Fastest 2 Minutes in Cooking

Thu, Dec 6, 2018 60 mins

Fifteen American chefs are off to the races at Churchill Downs. After a lightning-fast two-minute mise-en-place focused quickfire, the chefs are challenged to make a dish that will appeal to a crowd of two hundred at a stakes-filled Kentucky Derby party.

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Episode 2

Bourbon, Barrels And Burgoo

Thu, Dec 13, 2018 60 mins

A very pregnant Gail Simmons asks the chefs to feed her cravings in a special Quickfire delivery. Then it's time to celebrate two iconic Kentucky mainstays: local cuisine and bourbon. The Chefs head to Makers Mark, the oldest distillery in America to put their spins on a meal full of Kentucky classics including burgoo, Benedictine, mutton, hoecakes, and dumplings.

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Episode 3

Naughty And Nice

Thu, Dec 20, 2018 60 mins

Richard Blais and Brooke Williamson present a white elephant Quickfire challenge. Then, the chefs receive an unexpected gift as Michelin starred chef Eric Ripert sits down with them to celebrate an elaborate traditional French Christmas dinner. However, Padma informs the chefs that they're missing the final part of the tradition of Le Revillon de Noel, the presentation of 13 desserts.

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Episode 4

Surprise... It'S Restaurant Wars

Thu, Dec 27, 2018 60 mins

In a massive twist, Padma's favorite challenge Restaurant Wars comes early this year, but before the chefs gear up for battle, they must first duke it out in an amuse bouche-based Quickfire for Top Chef alum turned James Beard Award winning chefs.

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Episode 5

Restaurant Wars Part 2

Thu, Jan 3, 2019 60 mins

Tom's announcement of a double elimination piles on even more pressure. "Top Chef" alum turned James Beard Award winning chefs Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton join the restaurant crawl along with Nilou Motamed and guest judge and James Beard Award winning restaurateur, Caroline Styne.

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Episode 6

Roaring Munchies

Thu, Jan 10, 2019 60 mins

The chefs walk in on an epic battle of Last Chance Kitchen and are drafted into the fight. Once Tom declares a winner, the chefs immediately begin a challenge making dishes based on Prohibition Era cocktails. Chef Ken Oringer joins Padma, Tom and Graham at a Roaring 20's party with Flappers and Dapper Dans.

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Episode 7

Carne!

Thu, Jan 17, 2019 60 mins

Lena Waithe surprises the chefs by challenging them to make the trademark Kentucky dish, the Hot Brown. Then, Nancy Silverton brings her internationally renowned friend, Dario Cecchini to break down a whole cow for the chefs to utilize along with locally-sourced Kentucky ingredients.

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Episode 8

Whatever Floats Your Boat

Thu, Jan 24, 2019 60 mins

With more shoreline than Florida, Kentucky is a hotbed for houseboats. For this elimination challenge, the chefs are split into two teams and tasked with throwing raging party in Lake Cumberland. Mega-chef Emeril Lagasse joins Padma, Tom and Nilou along with Captains Sandy and Lee from Below Deck for some houseboat hysteria.

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Episode 9

Music City USA

Thu, Jan 31, 2019 60 mins

The chefs take a road trip to Nashville and cook on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for country music artist Hunter Hayes. Then, they have to dig deep to create a dish inspired by a vibrant music memory. Next, the chefs work on a plate for a full table of Nashville food and some music personalities, including Caleb Followill, model Lily Aldridge, and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

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Episode 10

Hoop Dreams

Thu, Feb 7, 2019 60 mins

"Top Chef" alum Ed Lee drops by for a Quickfire that's part trivia, part culinary creativity. Then, the chefs head to Rupp Arena where legendary basketball Coach John Calipari and the UK Wildcats host a concession stand cook-off. Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis gets a courtside seat as he joins the judges to see which chef will take center court and who will get dunked.

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Episode 11

The Greatest

Thu, Feb 14, 2019 60 mins

Fried chicken is featured. Chef Art Smith guests judges a secret herbs and spices blind taste test ahead of the Quickfire fry-off. After the finger licking goodness, the Chefs turn their attention to another Kentucky legend, the Louisville Lip, boxer and philanthropist Muhammad Ali. Using his memorable fights as inspiration, the chefs must make a progressive meal for a charity benefit at the Muhammad Ali Center for donors, the judges, and special guest Laila Ali.

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Episode 12

Kentucky Farewell

Thu, Feb 21, 2019 60 mins

The chefs have been growing gardens at their Kentucky estate. Tom challenges them to make a dish focused on their garden harvest. For the last elimination challenge in Kentucky, the chefs head to Keeneland, a thoroughbred horse auction house, to bid on luxury ingredients for dishes to show gratitude to their culinary mentors.

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Episode 13

Holy Macau!

Thu, Feb 28, 2019 60 mins

The final five chefs travel to the Chinese territory of Macau for the remaining battles of the competition. Judge Graham Elliot, who has a restaurant in Macau, introduces the Chefs to the local market full of fascinating ingredients and challenges them to a Quickfire highlighting unique Macanese proteins. The chefs throw a party celebrating Chinese New Year. Since it is the Year of the Pig, the dishes must feature pork products and be delicious enough to impress Hong Kong's super chef Jowett Yu

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Episode 14

The Tao of Macau

Thu, Mar 7, 2019 60 mins

The day has come when the final four chefs must cook with the world's smelliest fruit, durian, which is a delicacy in Macau. Then, the chefs get a tutorial in the traditional cuisine of Macau, a fusion of Chinese and Portuguese flavors, and are joined by their family members from back home. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are tasked with blending their own heritage with Chinese flavors in order to impress their love ones and the judges, in order to earn their spot in the finale.

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Episode 15

Finale

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 0 mins

It's the final showdown and the top three chefs must create the best four course meal of their lives. And if the pressure isn't already high enough, Tom reveals in a twisted turn of events only two chefs will get the chance to serve their full menu. The internationally star-studded table of diners includes Deputy Editor of FOOD & WINE Magazine Melanie Hansche, acclaimed chefs Mitsuharu Tsumara, Alexander Smalls, Dan Hong, May Chow, and Alvin Leung, along with Tom, Padma, Nilou and Graham.

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