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Top Chef Season 6 Episodes

15 Episodes 2009 - 2009

The sixth season of "Top Chef" takes viewers to Las Vegas, Nevada, where 17 contestants vie for the top prize of $125,000, raised from the previous seasons' $100,000 cash prize, as well as the Fan Favorite Award and the additional $10,000 that goes with it. In line with the Las Vegas theme, contestants determine Quickfire Challenges using popular casino games. They also create dishes inspired by concepts of vice, Las Vegas' status as a top tourist destination, and cuisines popular in the city. The season finale takes place in Napa Valley and features grapes.This season also introduces the High-Stakes Quickfire Challenge. Gail Simmons, Toby Young, and Tom Colicchio return to the judges' table, while Padma Lakshmi resumes hosting duties. Guest judges include Joël Robuchon, Penn and Teller, Tyler Florence, Natalie Portman, Rick Moonen, and Nigella Lawson.

Episode 1

Sin City Vice

Wed, Aug 19, 2009 75 mins

It's viva Las Vegas when 17 fresh chefs infiltrate the gambling mecca to compete in culinary challenges in the Season 6 opener. Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Toby Young return in their series roles.

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Episode 2

Bachelor/Ette Party

Wed, Aug 26, 2009 60 mins

A battle of the sexes rages when the male cooks battle the lady chefs in a contest to cater a poolside bachelor-and-bachelorette party. Chef Todd English is the guest judge.

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Episode 3

Thunderbirds

Wed, Sep 2, 2009 75 mins

The chefs fly high when they create food fare for a renowned aircraft demonstration squadron---the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Restaurateur Mark Peel serves as guest judge.

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Episode 4

Vivre Las Vegas

Wed, Sep 9, 2009 75 mins

It's a French connection when the food fighters form pairs to whip up delectable French dishes. Culinary masters Joel Robuchon, Daniel Boulud, Hubert Keller, Laurent Tourondel and Jean Joho make appearances.

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Episode 5

Camping

Wed, Sep 16, 2009 60 mins

The challenge gets campy when the food fighters visit a campsite and concoct a menu for a collection of Las Vegas cowboys. They must also cook with cactus. Texas chef and "Top Chef Masters" player Tim Love is the guest judge.

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Episode 6

Penn & Teller

Wed, Sep 23, 2009 60 mins

The chefs will need a trick up their sleeve when they conjure up culinary magic for comic illusionists Penn and Teller. Chef Michelle Bernstein is the guest judge.

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Episode 7

Dinner Party

Wed, Oct 7, 2009 60 mins

The chefs try to hit the jackpot when the results of a slot machine define the guidelines for the quickfire challenge. They then serve up a special dinner for a culinary-council collective. Appearing: Tyler Florence; Tom Douglas; Nancy Silverton; Govind Armstrong; and Takashi Yagihashi. Florence also serves as the guest judge.

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Episode 8

Pigs and Pinot

Wed, Oct 14, 2009 60 mins

Pork and wine revolve around the chefs' task to host a "Pigs and Pinot" affair. Charlie Palmer is the guest judge.

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Episode 9

Restaurant Wars

Wed, Oct 21, 2009 75 mins

The galloping gourmets take on the sprawling and time-tested "Restaurant Wars" challenge, in which they must manage all aspects of a restaurant owned by "Top Chef Masters" player Rick Moonen. The tasks include serving, cooking and hosting. Moonen serves up a guest-judge turn.

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Episode 10

Meat Natalie

Wed, Oct 28, 2009 60 mins

A list of television shows compiled by TV GUIDE editors inspires the cooks to serve up a TV dinner. Later, the chefs create a culinary spread for actress Natalie Portman and her posse at a Vegas restaurant owned by Tom Colicchio.

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Episode 11

Strip Around the World

Wed, Nov 11, 2009 60 mins

The six remaining contestants check in to create a hotel-themed breakfast-in-bed dish. Author and culinary personality Nigella Lawson is the guest judge.

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Episode 12

Goodbye to Vegas

Wed, Nov 18, 2009 60 mins

The leftover chefs participate in an elite cooking competition established by notable French chef Paul Bocuse. His chef son Jerome guest judges with culinary figure Thomas Keller. Also appearing: Daniel Boulud, Gavin Kaysen, Timothy Hollingsworth, Alessandro Stratta and Traci Des Jardins.

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Episode 13

Season Finale Part 1

Wed, Dec 2, 2009 60 mins

The scene shifts from Sin City to Napa Valley, Cal., in Part 1 of the two-part Season 6 finale. The four remaining chefs try to seal the deal with an ideal meal in the penultimate challenge. Chef Michael Chiarello is the guest judge.

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Episode 14

Season Finale Part 2

Wed, Dec 9, 2009 60 mins

The winning chef is revealed in the conclusion of the two-part Season 6 finale. Based in Napa Valley, the challenge tasks the Final 3 to create a three-course meal, but there's an obligatory twist. Appearing: Bill Terlato, Donatella Arpaia, Stephen Starr, Drew Nieporent, Sam Nazarian and Doug Keane.

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Episode 15

Watch What Happens Reunion

Wed, Dec 16, 2009 60 mins

Host Andy Cohen serves up a reunion edition featuring the reassembled Season 6 chefs, who cook up more culinary drama while dishing on the highs and lows of the season. Appearing: Padma Lakshmi; Tom Colicchio; Gail Simmons; Toby Young.

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