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Top Chef Season 8 Episodes

17 Episodes 2010 - 2011

Season 8 of the reality show is an All Stars season and features the return of non-winning contestants from previous seasons. It's filmed in New York, with the finale taking place in The Bahamas, and is hosted by veteran Padma Lakshmi, joined by judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Anthony Bourdain. Among the chefs competing for the $200,000 cash prize are New York native Richard Blais, runner-up in Season 4, Italian chef Fabio Vitali, who placed fourth in Season 5, and self-trained Tiffani Faison, who was runner-up in Season 1.

Episode 1

History Never Repeats

Wed, Dec 1, 2010 75 mins

Season 8 opens with 18 past contestants returning to compete in New York City-based culinary heats. They are challenged to re-create the ill-fated dish that caused their elimination during their previous stint on the show. Among the returnees: Richard Blais; Tiffani Faison; Spike Mendelsohn; Angelo Sosa; Marcel Vigneron; and Fabio Viviani. Anthony Bourdain serves as a seasonal judge.

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Episode 2

Night at the Museum

Wed, Dec 8, 2010 75 mins

Pop singer Joe Jonas enlists the gourmets to prepare a snack for children taking in a sleepover at New York's American Museum of Natural History. Later, prehistoric sustenance inspires breakfast items for the children, with Season 1 host Katie Lee Joel returning to guest judge.

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Episode 3

New York's Finest

Wed, Dec 15, 2010 60 mins

The chefs square off in a relay race that tests their culinary skills, speed and accuracy with a knife. Later, they serve up food fare in four top-notch New York restaurants.

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Episode 4

Advantage Chef

Wed, Dec 22, 2010 60 mins

The chefs prepare a holiday stuffing dish without the benefit of any kitchen tools or knives. Later, they hold court by catering a bash for the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

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Episode 5

Dim Sum Lose Sum

Wed, Jan 5, 2011 60 mins

In a series first, head judge Tom Colicchio enters the competition, challenging the chefs to beat his time in creating a dish. Then, the meal masters head to Chinatown to serve up dim sum for locals.

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Episode 6

We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Wed, Jan 12, 2011 60 mins

The remaining culinary all-stars hook and cook a fish dish for a summer's end beach party.

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Episode 7

Restaurant Wars: One Night Only

Wed, Jan 19, 2011 75 mins

The chefs get hooked into a fish-fillet contest at an elite seafood restaurant. In a unique Restaurant Wars test that follows, they must establish "one night only" eateries under the stars in New York City.

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Episode 8

An Offer They Can't Refuse

Wed, Feb 2, 2011 60 mins

The contestants' presentation and plating techniques are evaluated. Later, they must create a traditional three-course Italian meal. Designer Isaac Mizrahi and actress Lorraine Bracco are the guest judges.

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Episode 9

Feeding Fallon

Wed, Feb 9, 2011 60 mins

The chefs prepare fondue. Later, they cater late-night talker Jimmy Fallon's birthday party. Fallon serves as guest judge.

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Episode 10

Lock Down

Wed, Feb 16, 2011 60 mins

The culinarians concoct cookies in a bid to impress "Sesame Street" denizens Cookie Monster, Telly and Elmo. Later, the chefs commandeer a store and whip up dishes from items found in the aisles.

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Episode 11

For the Gulf

Wed, Feb 23, 2011 60 mins

The remaining meal mavens employ a deep fryer in an attempt to please culinary star Paula Deen's precise palate. Later, the chefs serve up seafood at an event that benefits fishermen of the Gulf region. Deen and chef John Besh are guest judges.

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Episode 12

Give Me Your Huddled Masses

Wed, Mar 2, 2011 76 mins

The chefs create food fare on the open water. Later, they journey to Ellis Island to whip up dishes based on their family tree.

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Episode 13

Fit for a King

Wed, Mar 9, 2011 60 mins

The chefs set sail for the Bahamas, and each participates in a culinary duel against the person who was crowned the winner during their first stint on the show. Later, they create meals for Bahamian royalty, but it's a royal pain with limited cooking equipment.

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Episode 14

Island Fever

Wed, Mar 16, 2011 60 mins

In the Bahamas, the meal maestros cater a high-end lunch party for a yacht club's 80th anniversary and serve up Bahamian delicacies---including conch, which they themselves must catch in the ocean. Lorena Garcia is the guest judge.

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Episode 15

Last Supper

Wed, Mar 23, 2011 60 mins

The still-standing chefs fashion a challenge for their fellow contestants in Season 8's final Quickfire. Then, they dish up a "last supper" for celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck and Michelle Bernstein.

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Episode 16

Finale

Wed, Mar 30, 2011 61 mins

In the Season 8 finale, the final all-star food fighters try to seal the deal with an ideal meal. Afterward, the winning chef is revealed.

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Episode 17

Reunion Special

Wed, Apr 6, 2011 60 mins

Host Andy Cohen serves up a reunion edition featuring the regrouped all-star food fighters, who dish on the raw antics and well-done dramas of Season 8. Appearing: series host Padma Lakshmi and judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.

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