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Top Chef Season 9 Episodes

18 Episodes 2011 - 2012

Season 9 of the reality show is set in Texas and British Columbia and features a much larger cast than previous seasons: 29 contestants are asked to participate in the various challenges of the first two episodes, so that their number can be narrowed down to 16. The show is once again hosted by Padma Lakshmi, joined for the occasion by returning head judge Tom Colicchio, and fellow judges Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. A new web-based competition is introduced: In "Last Chance Kitchen," contestants who are eliminated can fight for a spot in the main competition.

Episode 1

Everything's Bigger in Texas

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 60 mins

Season 9 opens with 29 chef-testants invading the Lone Star State to prove their culinary worth, but only 16 of them will advance in the competition.

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Episode 2

The Heat Is On

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 60 mins

Aspiring culinary contestants try to win a coveted slot in the final 16.

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Episode 3

Quinceanera

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 60 mins

In a Quickfire with bite, the chef-testants must whip up a savory meal using rattlesnakes in the recipe. Later, they create a feast for a coming-of-age celebration. Johnny Hernandez is the guest judge.

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Episode 4

Red Hot Chili Cook Off

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 61 mins

The heat is on when the chef-testants use hot peppers to create a spicy dish. Later, they visit a rodeo and participate in a chili cook-off. Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are the guest judges.

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Episode 5

Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 61 mins

The culinarians cook a meal using ingredients found inside a basic survival kit. Then, they visit an affluent Dallas neighborhood to serve up a sophisticated spread at a high-society dinner party. Guest judge: restaurateur and chef John Besh.

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Episode 6

Higher Steaks

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 61 mins

The chefs get saucy when creating a dish using a distinct sauce. Later, they sizzle and try not to fizzle when preparing steak and a four-course beef menu at an annual cattle-theme ball. Guest judge: chef Dean Fearing.

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Episode 7

Game On

Wed, Dec 14, 2011 61 mins

The chefs cook up a dish that can nicely accompany tequila. Then, in a hunting-based test, they team up with famous culinarians and work with game. Guest judge: Tim Love.

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Episode 8

Tribute Dinner

Wed, Dec 21, 2011 61 mins

The chefs concoct dishes based on fans' Twitter instructions. Then, the chefs honor their culinary teachers by creating a tribute meal. Singer Patti LaBelle serves as guest judge.

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Episode 9

BBQ Pit Wars

Wed, Jan 4, 2012 75 mins

The chefs are charged with creating innovative fare that will impress precise palates. Later, the heat is on when they square off in an old-fashioned Texas-barbecue showdown. Technology maven and culinary author Nathan Myhrvold is the guest judge.

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Episode 10

Restaurant Wars

Wed, Jan 11, 2012 60 mins

The still-standing chefs sharpen their knives for the time-honored fan-favorite "Restaurant Wars" test. The all-encompassing culinary challenge tasks them to create an eatery, from its signage and logos to its menus and meals.

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Episode 11

Fit for an Evil Queen

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 61 mins

The chefs try not to go off the rails when they use various ingredients delivered to them by a train. Later, they create a gothic dish fit for a queen, yet the plate must embody the very essence of evil. Guest judge: Charlize Theron.

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Episode 12

Block Party

Wed, Jan 25, 2012 61 mins

The chefs race against time to finish prep work for a meal. Later, they serve up cuisine at a food-drive block party. Guest judge: Cat Cora.

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Episode 13

Bike, Borrow & Steal

Wed, Feb 1, 2012 61 mins

The chefs are charged with creating imaginative pancakes for Pee-wee Herman. Later, they hit the streets of San Antonio with a bike to gather ingredients for Pee-wee's big dinner party.

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Episode 14

Mentors

Wed, Feb 8, 2012 61 mins

The blindfolded chefs must use senses other than sight to gather ingredients for a dish. In a twist, an eliminated cook then reenters the competition and does culinary battle with the remaining four chefs. Here, their cuisine must impress their mentors.

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Episode 15

Culinary Games

Wed, Feb 15, 2012 61 mins

The remaining four chefs arrive in British Columbia and wage culinary battle in Olympic-theme games. Cooking on a speeding gondola and grabbing ingredients in a biathlon are included.

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Episode 16

Fire and Ice

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 61 mins

A tag-team battle includes culinary support from Asian masters. Later, a fire-and-ice theme inspires the chefs when they concoct a dish and a cocktail.

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Episode 17

Finale

Wed, Feb 29, 2012 61 mins

Season 9 comes to a close with the final chefs commandeering a Vancouver restaurant, where they must cook up a four-course meal for the judges and some surprise guests.

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Episode 18

Reunion

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 60 mins

A reunion edition featuring the Season 9 chefs.

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