Season 5 top chef contestants

Season 5 top chef contestants DEFAULT

This is a list of all the contestants seen in Top Chef through to Season 12 (Boston).

Additional included lists cover the contestants of Top Chef Masters, Top Chef Just Desserts, Top Chef Canada, or any other spin-off series.

The lists are sorted by show, season and elimination order.

List of Top Chef Contestants[]

NOTE: Broken links serve as guides for future articles.

Color Codes[]

Light Green: The chef won his/her season.
Light Blue: The chef previously competed in a previous season.
Turquoise: The chef previously competed in a previous season and won his/her present season.

Top Chef (Season 1) (San Francisco)[]

Top Chef (Season 2) (Los Angeles)[]

Top Chef (Season 3) (Miami)[]

Top Chef (Season 4) (Chicago)[]

Top Chef (Season 5) (New York)[]

Top Chef (Season 6) (Las Vegas)[]

Top Chef (Season 7) (Washington, D.C.)[]

Top Chef (Season 8) (All-Stars)[]

Top Chef (Season 9) (Texas)[]

Top Chef (Season 10) (Seattle)[]

Top Chef (Season 11) (New Orleans)[]

Top Chef (Season 12) (Boston)[]

George Pagonis was first eliminated but later returned to the competition.
Doug Adams was eliminated in Episode 10, but returned from Last Chance Kitchen.

Top Chef Masters Seasons List[]

Work in progress.

Top Chef Masters (Season 1)[]

  • Rankings after 6th place are currently under revision.
  • Season/Round indicates the preliminary round in which the contestant participated.

Top Chef, thankfully, continues to stand out from its reality TV competition. Unlike other cooking shows where you may see home cooks try to make opulent desserts, precocious child chefs get yelled at by Gordon Ramsay or industry pros forced to cook a meal from baskets filled with marmite and goat’s brains, the Emmy Award winner is actually trying to suss out who is a great chef.

Last year, for Top Chef All Stars LA, there was a bit of a cognitive dissonance. The season had been filmed the fall before, when Covid-19 virus didn’t even exist in humans. It was strange, yet at times comforting, to see a world not in lockdown unspooling before us. It offered a brief reprieve from the wrath the pandemic was exacting upon the restaurant industry that the show celebrates. This year, it’ll be different. The hosts, cheftestants, crew and rotating panel of guests judges bubbled together in Portland, Ore. like the NBA did in Orlando, to film the show’s 18th season, which kicks off this week. Though the industry is shaken and the show format altered, Top Chef will hopefully still provide a platform for rising stars to compete against each other in a grueling test of their creativity and skill. As we tune in to see who will be crowned the 18th winner, we wanted to check in on what the previous 17 champions are up to now.

Harold Dieterle (Season 1: San Francisco)

Harold Dieterle top chef

Photo: Courtesy Harold Dieterle

That first season was still ironing out the wrinkles a little bit, with no Padma Lakshmi to be seen yet (Katie Lee, Billy Joel’s now ex-wife, was the host). In the finale, which was held in Las Vegas, Dieterle defeated Tiffani Faison with a menu that included olive oil poached bass and pan-roasted quail. After winning, Dieterle ran three restaurants in New York’s West Village: Perilla, Kin Shop and the Marrow. Despite solid reviews for each of the trio, he eventually closed them all, shuttering Perilla in 2015. He returned to New York in 2017 as the consulting chef at the gluten-free Italian restaurant Tali, but it closed in June of 2018. Dieterle now has a restaurant consulting business.

Ilan Hall (Season 2: Los Angeles)

Ilan Hall top chef

Photo: Courtesy Eater NY

In a season that had some controversy, with a hazing incident of one of the contestants and Bravo not actually producing a reunion show because viewers didn’t like the chefs, Hall prevailed. After winning, Hall opened the Gorbals in LA, where he mashed up his Scottish and Jewish heritage with dishes like bacon-wrapped matzo balls. He expanded the concept to hipster enclave Williamsburg, Brooklyn, but he has since closed both locations. In 2015 Hall opened the vegan Ramen Hood in LA’s Grand Central Market. He also hosted a cooking competition show of his own, the testosterone-filled Knife Fight on the now-defunct Esquire Network.

Hung Huynh (Season 3: Miami)

Hung Huynh top chef

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Huynh, who had cooked at Per Se and Guy Savoy before competing on the show, beat fan favorites Casey Thompson and Dale Levitski in the three-way final. After leaving the show, Huynh worked for the restaurant and nightlife company EMM Group for four years, helping it grow the seafood restaurant Catch around the world, from New York to LA to Dubai to Mexico City. Upon departing EMM, Huynh worked private events, and in 2016 he took a job as the culinary consultant for Hilton at Resorts World Bimini in the Bahamas. In late 2019 he opened the Asian fusion restaurant Warrior on LA’s Sunset Strip.

Stephanie Izard (Season 4: Chicago)

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Izard won the season held in her own backyard of the Windy City, defeating Richard Blais in the finale. Since then, she’s gone on to build an empire in Chicago’s thriving West Loop restaurant scene. In 2010, she opened the perpetually packed Girl & the Goat, where she serves delicious, creative and globally inspired dishes such as wood oven roasted pig face, grilled butter chicken and duck tartare. Soon after she opened the Little Goat Diner and her Chinese restaurant Duck Duck Goat. In 2019 at Chicago’s new Hoxton Hotel she opened her Peruvian-influenced Cabra, and last year she opened Sugargoat bakery and expanded her offering with meal kits delivered nationwide through Goldbelly. She has long planned a restaurant in Los Angeles, which the pandemic had delayed, but she’s back working on the project again.

Hosea Rosenberg (Season 5: New York)

Hosea Rosenberg top chef

Photo: Courtesy Eater Denver

Season 5 was filled with chefs who would become fan favorites for years to come, including Fabio Viviani and Carla Hall. However, Rosenberg beat them all. The New Mexico-born chef returned to Colorado and has opened Blackbelly in Boulder, later expanding it to a butcher shop as well. In November 2017, Rosenberg opened Santo in Boulder, a restaurant devoted to the food of his home state, serving dishes such as Navajo fry bread and green chile pork and potato stew. In April of 2020, Rosenberg shared on Instagram that his daughter Sophie was suffering from a rare skeletal  disorder called Multicentric Carpotarsal Osteolysis (MCTO). He and his wife started a foundation to raise funds and awareness around MCTO.

Michael Voltaggio (Season 6: Los Angeles)

Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio holding steaks

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The LA-based chef with a fondness for molecular gastronomy squared off all season against his brother Bryan, edging out his older sibling in a finale that showed their contrasting styles of cooking. Voltaggio recently hosted the Travel Channel show Breaking Borders, where he went to conflict areas around the world to see how food could bring people together. He recently closed his flagship restaurant, Ink, and quickly reopened in a space nearby, but with a more relaxed, convivial environment and menu. However, he shuttered that restaurant in April 2018. He also joined forces with his brother to open a fast-casual fish sandwich concept called Strfsh and the Voltaggio Brothers Steak House at MGM National Harbor in their home state of Maryland. They also have the modern seafood restaurant Estuary in DC.

Kevin Sbraga (Season 7: Washington, DC)

Kevin Sbraga top chef

Photo: Courtesy Kevin Sbraga

Sbraga was a bit of a surprise winner during the DC season, considering he only won one elimination challenge during the whole competition. The drama of the finale was slightly tempered with Bravo accidentally posting a video on its site the day of the episode that revealed the winner before the show had aired. After winning, he opened multiple restaurants in Philly and one in Jacksonville, Fla., but he has eventually shuttered them all, closing the last one, the Fat Ham, in July 2017. In the summer of 2018 he opened his hot chicken spot Sonny & Sons near Purdue University in Indiana.

Richard Blais (Season 8: New York)

Richard Blais top chef

Photo: Courtesy Richard Blais

After losing to Stephanie Izard in the finale of Season 4, Blais came back to the show in its All Stars season, where every chef was a contestant who had lost in previous years. Using his love of molecular gastronomy, and sporting a bad fauxhawk haircut, he prevailed his second time around. He continues to hang around the show, regularly appearing as a judge. In 2014, he opened modern American restaurant Juniper & Ivy in San Diego, while being the creative director of Flip Burger Boutique, with outposts in Atlanta and Birmingham. He currently has an expanding fast-casual fried chicken restaurant called the Crack Shack, which has six locations around Southern California and Las Vegas. And in March he opened Ember & Rye, a modern steakhouse inside the Park Hyatt Aviara north of San Diego.

Paul Qui (Season 9: Texas)

Paul Qui top chef

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Few contestants have been as dominant as Qui was when he won nine of 17 challenges during the season that took place across the Lone Star State. And this wasn’t weak competition here. He defeated Sarah Grueneberg, who a few years ago won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Midwest; Edward Lee, who hosted his own season of Mind of a Chef; and Nyesha Arrington, who worked for Michelin two-starred Melisse before opening her own acclaimed restaurants in LA. Qui went on to earn accolades with his eponymous restaurant in Austin, but a disturbing 2016 domestic violence incident led him to close Qui, and then reopen it as Kuneho. In November, he announced he would be closing that restaurant as well. In Houston, he opened Aqui in 2017, but it also closed.

Kristen Kish (Season 10: Seattle)

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Kish benefited from being on the first season in which Bravo deployed the web series Last Chance Kitchen, where eliminated chefs faced off in a tournament to gain re-entry to the competition at the finale. Kish, having performed very well early in the season with four wins, was eliminated five episodes before the finale. But she battled back to defeat Brooke Williamson, who until Kish had returned, dominated the field, winning three straight challenges. For a few years, you mainly found Kish roving to different events, hosting Travel Channel’s 36 Hours with former soccer player Kyle Martino, and in 2017 she published her first cookbook: Kristen Kish Cooking. In June 2018 she finally opened a new restaurant called Arlo Grey in Austin at the Line Hotel. And this year she cohosts a competition cooking show with fellow Top Chef alums Justin Sutherland and Jeremy Ford on Tru.Tv called Fast Foodies, where the trio compete to remake a celebrity guest’s favorite food.

Nicholas Elmi (Season 11: New Orleans)

Nicholas Elmi top chef

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Defeating Nina Compton, who has gone on to create the outstanding restaurant Compère Lapin in New Orleans, Elmi wasn’t exactly a fan favorite when he scored the upset victory. However, since his win, Elmi has returned to Philadelphia to make his mark on the city’s dining scene. Elmi’s modern French-slash-American restaurant Laurel has earned him accolades both in the City of Brotherly Love and nationwide. With the success of Laurel, he opened the bar ITV and Royal Boucherie. Late 2019 he released his first cookbook, Laurel: Modern American Flavors in Philadelphia. Now Elmi is heading out to the Philly burbs to open the all-day café The Landing Kitchen and the Mediterranean spot Lark.

Mei Lin (Season 12: Boston)

Robb Report's Best Culinary Debut 2019, Mei Lin Nightshade

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A protégé of Season 6 winner Michael Voltaggio, Lin defeated Gregory Gourdet of Departure in Portland, with a menu that included the rice porridge congee, which was topped with carnitas. Since her victory she’s traveled the world hosting pop-up dinners with fellow chefs, tests recipes for her forthcoming restaurant in Los Angeles, and has even been spotted hanging out with Oprah. Her restaurant, Nightshade in LA’s Arts District opened in January 2019 and was one of our Best of the Best winners that year. Now she has another hit on her hands, with her fast casual Szechuan hot chicken spot Daybird, which has seen consistent lines since it opened earlier this year. Also, a totally unrelated fun fact about her season: One of the people she beat went on to lose their restaurant after alleged arborcide.

Jeremy Ford (Season 13: California)

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One of the many Jean-Georges Vongerichten protégés to compete on Top Chef, the bro-ish Ford brought a cockiness and a modernist touch to the season that spanned locations up and down the Golden State. He started out hot, winning two of the first four challenges, but cooled slightly down the stretch before righting the ship and defeating Charlie Palmer disciple Amar Santana in the finale. After his victory he started planning his own restaurant in Miami, leaving Jean-Georges’ Matador Room to opening Stubborn Seed on South Beach, which was one of Robb Report’s best new restaurants a couple years ago. In late 2018 he first discussed plans for a more casual seafood restaurant in the Miami area that had a scheduled opening of 2020, and then 2021, but an updated timeline hasn’t been released during the pandemic. For now, as mentioned above, he’s co-hosting a cooking competition show with previous winner Kristen Kish.

Brooke Williamson (Season 14: Charleston)

Brooke Williamson

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After the bitter sting of defeat in Season 10, Williamson returned to the competition in 2016 to avenge her loss in the final. Her experience paid off as she was a strong competitor throughout and eventually notched the overall win. Back home in LA, she hasn’t tried to chase Michelin stars with a bunch of fine-dining spots. Instead, along with her husband, Nick Roberts, she focused on neighborhood spots like her bar and restaurant Hudson House, gastropub Tripel, Hawaiian-inspired restaurant Da Kikokiko and multi-part concept Playa Provisions. However, the pandemic has been brutal to Williamson’s business: She shuttered two of her restaurants, sold a third and is now holding on to Playa Provisions with a smaller staff.

Joe Flamm (Season 15: Colorado)

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Photo: courtesy Rose Mary

The lovable former executive chef at Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Spiaggia in Chicago defeated Le Bernardin alum Adrienne Cheatham in the final to become the 15th Top Chef. Flamm took a circuitous route to the Colorado season finale. He won the coveted “Restaurant Wars” challenge only to be bounced immediately after a sudden death Quickfire when he cooked subpar cauliflower risotto for the great David Kinch of Manresa. Through the cooking competition Last Chance Kitchen, where eliminated contestants compete in mini-challenges for the chance to reenter the competition, Flamm proved victorious, returning to take on the four remaining contestants. Though he stayed on at Spiaggia for a time, he had a foot out the door; Flamm told us after his win that he’d like to open his own Italian restaurant in the Windy City. He’s on the verge of doing so with Rose Mary, a wood-fired Croatian-Italian restaurant that’s opening in Chicago’s Fulton Market area this spring.

Kelsey Barnard Clark (Season 16: Kentucky)

Kelsey Barnard Clark

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The chef-owner of the restaurant and catering company KBC in Dothan, Alabama, made her mark on Top Chef‘s 16th season by cooking southern fare combined with the skills she learned cutting her teeth under Gavin Kaysen at Cafe Boulud in New York. She returned to her home state to open her own restaurant and came into the competition with her infant son, Monroe, cheering for her at home. In the finale held in Macau, she defeated chefs Eric Adjepong and Sara Bradley to take home the title. After winning, she returned home $125,000 richer to keep running KBC. During Covid-19, the catering arm of her company has taken a hit with people canceling big events. She’s discussed how PPP money helped keep her staff paid when takeout was the only option for KBC. She’s since reopened for in-person dining and in October welcomed her second child.

Melissa King (Season 17: Los Angeles)

Melissa King Top Chef Champ

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“The term fusion has a bad wrap,” Melissa King said last season. “I really want to change that.” In the finale in Tuscany she made her point the best way possible, bringing together China and her surroundings in Italy for a four-course meal that wowed the judges with its skill and elegance. She defeated Bryan Voltaggio and Stephanie Cmar in the end to claim the title of Top Chef. However, the excitement had to have been tamped down a bit as her victory was revealed at a time when restaurants were crushed under the weight of the pandemic. Since winning she has been able to build up her collection of virtual cooking classes, and she also went into the Portland bubble to be one of the rotating judges. So you’ll see a lot more of King this season.

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Top Chef Masters (season 5)

Season of television series

Top Chef Masters
No. of contestants13
WinnerDouglas Keane
Country of originUnited States
Original networkBravo
Original releaseJuly 24 (2013-07-24) –
September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)
WebsiteOfficial website

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The fifth season of Top Chef Masters was announced on May 16, 2013.[1]Gail Simmons appeared as the new head critic for the competition.[1] In addition, Lesley Suter, the food and dining editor for Los Angeles Magazine, joined the judging panel alongside James Oseland, Ruth Reichl, and Francis Lam.[2] The season premiered on July 24, 2013, with 13 award-winning chefs competing in weekly challenges to win the grand prize of $100,000 (USD) for their charity and the title of "Top Chef Master".[3]

Each Top Chef Masters contestant had their sous-chef compete in a series of separate challenges called the "Battle of the Sous Chefs".[4] Hosted by regular Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson, the results of each webisode directly impacted the competitors of the main competition.[4] The winner of each round rewarded their respective head chef with immunity from elimination, while the sous-chefs with the lowest performances earned them a disadvantage, such as less time to prep or shop for ingredients.[4]


13 established chefs, along with their selected sous-chefs, competed in the fifth season of Top Chef Masters. Bryan Voltaggio originally competed in Top Chef: Las Vegas, the sixth season of the original Top Chef series.[5] David Burke previously competed in the second season of Top Chef Masters, while Sue Zemanick appeared in the show's third season. Sous-chef Jorel Pierce vied for a spot on Top Chef: Seattle, the tenth season of Top Chef, but was eliminated during the qualifying rounds.

Contestant Progress[edit]

Episode123456789FinaleCumulative Winnings
Odette WINLOW OUT$10,000
Richard LOW OUT1
Herbert OUT

^Note 1 : Eliminated by placing last in the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2 : Jennifer beat Sue in the subsequent Battle of the Sous Chefs to return to the competition.

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned Top Chef: Master.
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef won that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
  (IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.
  (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
  (OUT) The chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was eliminated.

Battle of the Sous Chefs[edit]

Benedetto IN IN IN OUT
Bobby IN OUT

^Note 3 : Jorel and Jennifer beat Nick and Sue to stay in the competition. No immunity was awarded.
^Note 4 : No immunity was awarded for the finale.

  (WIN) The sous-chef won the round, earning immunity for their head chef in the main competition.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the challenge, but did not win.
  (IN) The sous-chef neither won nor lost the round.
  (LOW) The sous-chef was selected as one of the bottom entries of the round, giving their head chef a disadvantage in the main competition.
  (OUT) The head chef was ousted from the main competition in the previous episode, eliminating their respective sous-chef.
  (WD) The chef withdrew from the competition.


Episode 1: Sous Chefs and Skydives[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: The sous chefs must make a dish that embodies their Top Chef Master's culinary style in 45 minutes.
  • WINNER: Drew (Seared Scallop with Hon Shemeji Mushrooms & Shiitake Broth)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Douglas)
  • Bottom: Chris, Lora, Greg
DISADVANTAGE: Top Chef Master can not use their knives; only a standard table setting may be used in its place (David, Lynn, Richard)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs must prepare a family style dinner for the SkyHawks Parachute Team. Each chef must choose if they want to travel to the site via car or by skydiving. If they skydive, they will have 2 hours to cook, but if they drive they will have only 1 hour. All of the chefs except Douglas decide to jump. After this, the chefs find out that they will only get to use the same ingredients in their dishes as their sous chefs used in the sous chef battle. They also find out that Douglas has won the immunity from his sous chef's performance and that David, Lynn and Richard will not learn their disadvantage until they arrive. The winner earns $10,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Odette (Cold Roast Lamb with Cauliflower & Anchovy Salad)
  • ELIMINATED: Herbert (Grilled Mango-Cucumber Butter & Red Pepper Gazpacho, Note: missing Oysters)
  • Judges: Gail, James, Leslie, The SkyHawks
  • Original Airdate: July 24, 2013
  • Ratings: 945,000 (0.4 18-49 rating)[6]

Episode 2: Asian Night Market[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: the Mise en Place race. The sous chefs must prepare pomegranate, celery root, squid, and 3 cuts of lamb.
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Sang)
DISADVANTAGE: All other Top Chef Masters must finish the Mise en Place before they may begin cooking.
  • Elimination Quickfire: The chefs must prepare a dish in 30 minutes using the Mise en Place ingredients. The winner earns $5,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Sue (Seared Lamb Loin, Celery Root Purée, Fennel Pomegranate Slaw & Crispy Calamari)
  • Bottom: Lynn, Odette, Richard
  • ELIMINATED: Richard (Lamb Tartare, Calamari Salad, Pomegranate Jicama & Micro Green Salad)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs must put an Asian twist on an American classic at the 626 Asian Night Market [1]. The chefs have 2 hours to prepare and cook on site before service begins for 200 guests. The chefs will be assisted by their sous chefs. The winner earns $10,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Sang (Fried Shrimp Head & Poached Tail with Chili Garlic Aioli & Burmese Cabbage Slaw)
  • ELIMINATED: Jenn (Banh Mi with Pork Meatballs, Chili Mayo and Cilantro-Cucumber Salad)
  • Judges: Kathie Lee Gifford, Gail, James, Francis
  • Original Airdate: July 31, 2013
  • Ratings: 1,093,000 (0.5 18-49 rating)[7]

Episode 3: Sex, Greed and Murder[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: The sous chefs must create a dish that highlights sausage in 45 minutes.
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Lynn)
  • Bottom: Graeme, Vinson, Ted
DISADVANTAGE: Loss of 30 minutes of prep time in the Elimination Challenge (Bryan, Franklin, Sang)
  • Quickfire: The chefs must make a dish in 30 minutes using the scraps left over from the sausage challenge as their only protein. The winner earns $5,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Sang (Spicy Pork Larb with Cabbage & Thai Chilies)
  • Bottom: Lynn, Sue
  • Judges: Amelia Posada and Erika Nakamura, Owners of Lindy & Grundy butcher shop
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs will be cooking for the cast of Days of Our Lives who have just completed their 12,000th episode. The chefs must create a dish that best represents one of the 3 cornerstones of Soap opera plotlines, Sex, Greed and Murder. With immunity, Lynn gets her choice of plot. The chefs with each plot compete against each other, with the judges picking a winner and which chef will be up for elimination from each plot. The winner earns $10,000 for their charity.
  • Sex: Neal, David, Franklin, Lynn
  • Greed: Douglas, Bryan, Sue
  • Murder: Odette, Jennifer, Sang
  • WINNER: Jennifer (Seared Duck Breast & Citrus-Chili Duck Sausage with Fregola & Celery Salad)
  • ELIMINATED: Odette (Mushroom & Soft Egg Yolk Filled Raviolo)
  • Judges: Gail, Ruth, Lesley, Cast (Shawn Christian, Peggy McCay, Deidre Hall, Camila Banus, Drake Hogestyn, Bryan Dattilo, Arianne Zucker, Galen Gering, James Reynolds)
  • Original Airdate: August 7, 2013
  • Ratings: 1,151,000 (0.4 18-49 rating)[8]

Episode 4: Curtis' Surprise Party[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: The sous chefs must create a dish using ingredients selected by their Top Chef Master in 45 minutes. No pantry ingredients may be used.
  • WINNER: Drew (Maine Lobster with Thai Vinaigrette, Mango & Avocado)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Douglas)
  • Bottom: Lora, Graeme, Ted
DISADVANTAGE: Loss of 15 minutes shopping time in the Elimination Challenge. (Lynn, Bryan, Sang)
  • Quickfire: The chefs must make a curry dish in 30 minutes. The chefs must develop their own curry mix and pair it with a Goose Island beer. The winner earns $5,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Sang (Thai Yellow Curry with Kaffir Lime & Chicken Thighs, paired with Sofie beer)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs are initially told by James that he is holding a Global Tasting for Saveur magazine and that they will provide the food. The chefs are broken into 3 teams of 3 chefs each. One team is made up of the chefs with the disadvantage and Douglas (with immunity) gets to pick the other 2 members of his team. When Curtis leaves the room to allow the chefs to menu plan with James, it is revealed that the chefs will actually be catering a surprise engagement party hosted by Curtis' fiancée, Lindsay Price. The chefs are given 30 minutes to shop and 2 hours to cook. Each chef must create their own dish and each team must create a dessert. The winning team's chefs each earn $5,000 for their charity.
  • Blue Team - Lynn, Sang, Bryan
  • Green Team - Franklin, Neal, Jennifer
  • Red Team - David, Douglas, Sue
  • LOSING TEAM: Green
  • ELIMINATED: Franklin (Salmon with Citrus, Avocado & Cucumber & Pink Sake Guava Coconut Cocktail. Ricotta Chocolate Donuts)
  • Judges: James, Gail, Ruth
  • Original Airdate: August 14, 2013
  • Ratings: 1,018,000 (0.4 18-49 rating)[9]

Episode 5: Restaurant Wars[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: The sous chefs must create a dish judged against a competitor using an identical basket of ingredients in 30 minutes.
  • Green basket: Jason defeats Chris
  • Red basket: Jorel defeats Nick
  • Yellow basket: Lora defeats Drew
  • Blue basket: Graeme defeats Ted
  • WINNER: Jason (Sardines & Liver Wrapped in Chicken Skin with Plantain Pine Nut Butter)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Neal)
DISADVANTAGE: The Top Chef Masters will not have the assistance of their sous chef in the Elimination Challenge. (David, Sue, Douglas, Sang)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs partner with Busy Philipps to bring to life a restaurant idea she's had for years, to take the segregated food of Los Angeles and put it together in one place. The chefs are broken into 2 teams, based on whose sous chefs won and lost the battle. The sous chefs who won their battles will assist their top chefs for 2 hours of prep time. Each team has $4,000 to shop and 45 minutes to menu plan. The winner earns $10,000 for their charity.
  • "Artisan" Team: Neal, Jennifer, Bryan, Lynn
  • "72 & Sunny" Team: David, Sue, Douglas, Sang
  • WINNING TEAM: "72 & Sunny"
  • WINNER: Sang (Strip Loin with Broccoli Two Ways, Puffed Tendon & Black Bean Ghee)
  • ELIMINATED: Lynn (Chocolate Brownie Sundae with Roasted Banana Ice Cream & Peanut Caramel Sauce)
  • Judges: Gail, Ruth, Francis, Busy, Dana Cowin
  • Note: After the elimination, it is revealed to Douglas that Drew has had a family emergency and must leave the competition.
  • Original Airdate: August 21, 2013
  • Ratings: 953,000 (0.4 18-49 rating)[10]

Episode 6: Mindy Kaling and Yo Gabba Gabba![edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: It is revealed that Drew has been replaced by Paul due to a family emergency. The sous chefs must create a dish that highlights the onion in 45 minutes. It is also revealed that in the next elimination challenge, 2 Top Chef Masters will be eliminated.
  • WINNER: Chris (Spring Onion Flan with Sweet & Sour Onions & Chicken Liver)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (David)
  • Bottom: Nick, Jason, Jorel
DISADVANTAGE: The Top Chef Masters will not have assistance of their sous chefs for the last 30 minutes of preparation during the Elimination Challenge. They must also incorporate an additional ingredient of Brussels Sprouts into their dish. (Sue, Neal, Jennifer)
  • Quickfire: The chefs must prepare a dish in 30 minutes inspired by the favorite romantic comedies of judge Mindy Kaling. The winner earns $5,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Douglas (Scrambled Eggs & Caviar with Pommes Frites)
  • Bottom: Sang, Jennifer
  • Judge: Mindy Kaling
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs must cook a dish for kids and adults using ingredients that kids do not like. This is based on an idea from the song "Party In My Tummy" by DJ Lance and the cast of Yo Gabba Gabba!.
  • WINNER: Neal (Pasta with Brussels Sprout & Spinach Bolognese)
  • ELIMINATED: Sue (Mac & Cheese with Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Bacon), and Jennifer (Melon Yogurt Parfait "Sandwich" with Pickled Brussels Sprouts & Mint)
  • Judges: Francis, Ruth, Gail
  • Note: After the elimination, it is revealed that Jennifer and Sue will complete in Battle of the Sous Chefs with the chance for one of them to return to the competition.
  • Original Airdate: August 28, 2013
  • Ratings: 849,000 (0.4 18-49 rating)[11]

Episode 7: Catch of the Day[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: Jennifer and Sue are given the opportunity to re-enter the competition with the help of their Sous Chefs. They must prepare a dish in 30 minutes showcasing a protein found on the bottom of the sea. The episode ends before the winner is revealed.
  • WINNER: Jennifer & Jorel (Catfish with Coconut Cauliflower Purée & Lentil Vinaigrette)
  • ELIMINATED: Sue & Nick (Cornmeal-Crusted Catfish with Corn Maque Choux & Crawfish Tails)
  • Judges: Francis, Hugh
  • Quickfire: The chefs must prepare their take on Nachos in 30 minutes. The winner earns $5,000 for their charity as well as immunity.
  • WINNER: Douglas (Deconstructed nacho: Shrimp with Powdered Nacho Chips, Cheese, Beans & Salsa Consommé)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs must cook a dish that has both hot and cold seafood preparation. The chefs get 30 minutes to shop all but the seafood protein itself. The protein is revealed the next day. The chefs have to pair up in a team of two: Jennifer and Douglas (John Dory), Bryan and Sang (sablefish) and Neal and David (sea bass). The chefs have to serve 60 guests in Duke's Restaurant, Malibu. The winners each earn $5,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Douglas and Jennifer (John Dory Two Ways: Kimchi Cured John Dory with Crispy John Dory & Cucumbers)
  • ELIMINATED: Neal (Local Sea Bass Crudo with Citrus Tomato Pepper Vinaigrette)
  • Judges: Francis, James, Gail
  • Original Airdate: September 4, 2013
  • Ratings: 971,000 Viewers (0.4 18-49 rating)[12]

Episode 8: Lucha Vavoom[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: The sous chefs must create a dish in 30 minutes that highlights a mistake they made working in their Top Chef Master's kitchen and how they learned from it.
  • WINNER: Paul (Red Wine Risotto, Crispy Chicken Thigh & Parmesan Froth)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity (Douglas)
DISADVANTAGE: The Top Chef Masters will exchange sous chefs during the final prep and service during the Elimination Challenge. (Sang, Jennifer)
  • Quickfire: Douglas gets to pick the challenge because his sous chef won the preceding battle. The chefs must create a dish that highlights ketchup in 20 minutes. The winner earns $5,000 for their charity.
  • Top: Bryan, Jennifer, Sang
  • WINNER: Jennifer (Scallop with Ketchup Sauce, Fermented Black Beans, Avocados & Blood Orange)
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs must create a 2-item Mexican menu for 300 guests at a Lucha VaVOOM event. The chefs have 3 hours to prep the day before and 1 hour at the event. At the event, Sang must work with Jennifer's sous, Jorel; while Jennifer must work with Sang's sous, Ted. The winner earns $10,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Jennifer (Shrimp, Bass & Scallop Ceviche with Papaya, Mango, Pineapple & Plantain Crisp; Guajillo Chile Posole with Shared Cabbage, Lime, Cilantro & Queso Fresco)
  • ELIMINATED: Sang (Thai-Style Shrimp Cocktail with Avocado Foam & Tortilla Strips; Pork Barbacoa with Sweet Corn Sope & Radish Cabbage Slaw)
  • Judges: Lesley, Gail, Jane Goldman - founder of
  • Original Airdate: September 11, 2013

Episode 9: Teacher Tribute[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: The sous chefs must create a dish in 30 minutes that has been conceived by their Top Chef Master.
  • WINNER: Graeme (Steak, Potatoes, Creamed Spinach & Mushrooms)
ADVANTAGE: Immunity and automatic spot in the Finale (Bryan)
  • Quickfire: The chef who makes the best burger in 30 minutes earns $5,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Jennifer (Beef Burger with Caramelized Bacon, Shiitake Ponzu Slaw & Siracha Ketchup)
  • Bottom: Douglas, Bryan
  • Judge: Sang
  • Elimination Challenge: The chefs must create a dish to honor one of 4 teachers at a dinner for the Los Angeles Unified School District. The winner earns $10,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Bryan (Calamari Bolognese with Miso, Cavatelli, Bacon & Squid Ink)
  • ELIMINATED: David (Bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé with Orange Peel & Raspberry Sauce)
  • Judges: James, Gail, Alan Richman
  • Original Airdate: September 18, 2013

Episode 10: Finale[edit]

  • Battle of the Sous Chefs: The sous chefs must create a dessert to be served in their Top Chef Master's Finale meal based on their first day with their Top Chef Master. The winner earns $10,000 for their charity.
  • WINNER: Graeme (Coconut Pudding & Sorbet with Greek Yogurt & Lavender Powder)
  • Bottom: Paul (Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta, Compressed Mango & Thai Herb Ice)
DISADVANTAGE: Will not be able to assist their Top Chef Master in the first day of prep. (Douglas)
  • Elimination Challenge: Create Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Sous
    • Bryan:
      • Groat Salad with Dungeness Crab, Asparagus, Hen Egg Custard, and Chicken Skin
      • Black Cod with Onion Dashi, Date, and Parsnip Puree, and Green Apple
      • Braised Beef Cheek and New York Strip with Seaweed Potatoes and Maitake Mushrooms
      • Coconut, Lavender, and Vanilla
    • Douglas:
      • Soup Billi Bi with White Wine, Saffron, Fennel Puree, and Uni
      • Soba Wrapped Ocean Trout, Ginger Dashi, and Groats
      • Duck Breast with Sake Roasted Daikon, Tamarind, Golden Pea Sprouts, and Dates
      • Black Sesame Panna Cotta, Shattered miso Custard, and Green Tea Matcha
    • Jennifer:
      • Potato-Sunchoke Galette with Salmon, Caviar, Pickled Apple, and Creme Fraiche
      • Paella Gnocchi with Chicken Meatballs, Mussels, and Shrimp
      • Chinese Duck with Shiitake Broth, Eggplant Daikon, Grilled Bok Choy, and Duck Wonton
      • Smoked Macadamia with Chocolate Bavarian Napoleon, Tapioca, and Milk Caramel
  • WINNER: Douglas
  • Original Airdate: September 25, 2013


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Top Chef (season 5) was filmed in New York City. The judges remained the same as in Season 4, except with Toby Young filling in for Gail Simmons for half the season. Celebrity guest judges appeared in every episode. Hosea Rosenberg became the Top Chef, beating Carla Hall and Stefan Richter in the finale in New Orleans. The Fan Favorite was Jamie Lauren who finished in fourth place.



  • Lauren Hope, 24 — Resides in: Savannah, GA (Hometown: Cincinnati, OH)
  • Patrick Dunlea 21 — Resides in: Hyde Park, NY (Hometown: Quincy, MA)
  • Jill Snyder, 28 — Resides in: Baltimore, MD (Hometown: Latrobe, PA)
  • Richard Sweeney, 27 — Resides in: San Diego, CA (Hometown: Sayville, NY)
  • Alex Eusebio, 33 — Resides in: Los Angeles, CA (Hometown: New York, NY)
  • Danny Gagnon, 26 — Resides in: New Hyde Park, NY (Hometown: New Hyde Park, NY)
  • Melissa Harrison, 28 — Resides in: Boulder, CO (Hometown: Sparks, MD)
  • Eugene "Gene" Villiatora, 33 — Resides in: Las Vegas, NV (Hometown: Whitmore Village, HI)
  • Ariane Duarte,41 — Resides in: Verona, NJ (Hometown: Verona, NJ) Runner Up
  • Radhika Desai, 28 — Resides in: Chicago, IL (Hometown: Chicago, IL)
  • Jamie Lauren, 30 — Resides in: San Francisco, CA (Hometown: New York, NY) Fan Favorite
  • Leah Cohen, 26 — Resides in: New York, NY (Hometown: Scarsdale, NY) Runner Up
  • Jeff McInnis, 30 — Resides in: Miami, FL (Hometown: Niceville, FL)
  • Fabio Viviani, 30 — Resides in: Moorpark, CA (Hometown: Florence, Italy)
  • Carla Hall, 44 — Resides in: Washington, D.C. (Hometown: Nashville, TN) Winner
  • Stefan Richter, 35 — Resides in: Santa Monica, CA (Hometown: Tampere, Finland)
  • Hosea Rosenberg, 34 —Resides in: Boulder, CO (Hometown: Taos, NM)




Chef top contestants 5 season

The Astoundingly Comprehensive Guide to 'Top Chef' Contestants

With Top Chef Masters returning on Wed, July 24th, we decided to compile a list of all the restaurants opened (and shuttered) by the original show's cheftestants from seasons 1-10, and provide updates on what they're up to now. Pack your knives and go... look at how brutal the restaurant business can be!


Ken Lee
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Wikipedia says he lives in LA. He has no social media presence. See what happens when you're the first chef to get kicked off?!?

Cynthia Sestito
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now?Her bio says she's Jay-Z and Beyoncé's personal chef. It does not sound like it's a hard knock life for her, and it seems like she's dangerously in love with her job! Those are songs.

Brian Hill
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Regretting coming back to coach the Orlando Magic. JK! The 411 on Brian is that he's Mary J. Blige's personal chef. That is another song.

Candice Kumai
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now?She keeps busy judging Iron Chef America, and writes for Shape Magazine and Men’s Fitness.

Lisa Parks
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? She appears to be making a living holding cooking classes, and wrote a book called If You Wanna Get a Man, Learn How to Cook Book. It's available for the Kindle. No word on if there will be a sequel called How to Get Your Man to Lose Weight Book.

Andrea Beaman
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Beaman is way into cooking healthy, and has her own show called Fed UP!.

Miguel Morales
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? He updates his Facebook page every few months, but it does not reveal his current employment. It does, however, reveal that on Dec 8th, 2012, he wanted everyone to have a "Happy Hanukkah!!!!!".

Stephen Asprinio
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Back in 2011, it sure looked like he was going to open a restaurant called Pizza Vinoteca, but it never happened. He currently owns a hospitality consulting business.

Lee Anne Wong
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now?Currently self-employed, but previously worked for the French Culinary Institute.

Dave Martin
Restaurants Opened:Meatball Factory (now closed)
What's He Up to Now? For a short time in Oct 2011, Martin owned an NYC "balleteria" before it changed hands and eventually closed a short time late. Currently, dude is a very busy cookbook author, caterer, and brand ambassador for badass knife company Messermeister.

Tiffani Faison
Restaurants Opened:Sweet Cheeks
What's She Up to Now? Tiff's been running her BBQ resto near Fenway Park since November 2011. She's lucky she didn't open it in Philly, where people would dismiss it as a come-on to former 76ers guard Maurice Cheeks.

Harold Dieterle
Restaurants Opened: The NY-based trio of Perilla, Kin Shop, and The Marrow.
What's He Up to Now? After winning season one, he's opened and is currently operating those three NYC-area restaurants, including the blazingly hot "West Village Italo-German trattoria-lodge" The Marrow.


Suyai Steinhauer
Restaurants Opened:None
What's She Up to Now? Her LinkedIn claims she owns the food delivery service New York Fork, but their Yelp page says that the business is no longer.

Otto Borsich
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Otto is currently an exec chef at the chain of tasty Texas supermarkets called Central Market.

Emily Sprissler
Restaurants Opened:Mayfair & Pine
What's She Up to Now? She opened the M&P gastropub in DC with her husband in July 2012, but it closed in March 2013. She's currently a sous chef at Stephen Starr's Le Diplomate.

Marisa Churchill
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Marisa's pimping a healthy-ish dessert cookbook she wrote called Sweet & Skinny.

Josie Smith-Malave
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Josie was famously partlymostly 1000% responsible for season 10 winner Kristen Kish getting booted from the show. Now she's hosting/cooking for a weekly Sunday brunch with local DJs at SF's Thee Parkside. She's also into Twitter.

Carlos Fernandez
Restaurants Opened:Hi-Life Cafe (now closed)
What's He Up to Now? The fine-dining resto he co-owned in Fort Lauderdale closed in early 2013, and his blog hasn't been updated since 2007. It's possible he hasn't updated it because nothing interesting has happened to him since.

Frank Terzoli
Restaurants Opened: Frankie the Bull's BBQ (now closed)
What's He Up to Now? Nicknamed Frankie the Bull, he opened a BBQ joint in San Diego in 2009 that shuttered. According to his bio, he currently works as a "Ship's Navigator" for tuna supply company Tri Marine. So baller.

Mia Gaines-Alt
Restaurants Opened: Feed The People (now closed)
What's She Up to Now? Gaines-Alt's BBQ joint in Oakdale, CA closed down, but a peek at her Facebook and LinkedIn shows she packed her knives and went to Hawaii.

Betty Fraser
Restaurants Opened:Grub
What's She Up to Now? Betty's kept busy by co-owning a well-liked Hollywood resto that plates her "California comfort food".

Michael Midgley
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Midgley's cheffing at a "luxury boutique restaurant and catering company" called Ernie's Food & Spirits in Manteca, CA, though as the father of three, his most important job is being a dad. It's true, ask anyone!!

Cliff Crooks
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? He famously was sent home after he woke up Marcel and put him in a half-nelson. Now he's a big shot at ESquared Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns BLT Steak, etc.

Elia Aboumrad
Restaurants Opened:Gorge
What's She Up to Now? In September 2012, she opened a West Hollywood charcuterie/wine bar, one that Glee's Matthew Morrison recently said he loved! Don't let that stop you from going, it actually looks pretty good.

Sam Talbot
Restaurants Opened: Williamsburgh Cafe (now closed), Imperial No. Nine (now closed), Rockaway Plate Lunch Truck (now closed)
What's He Up to Now? Back in Feb 2011, he opened a sustainable seafood resto in the Mondrian Soho called Imperial No. Nine, though it didn't take and eventually shut its doors. He's currently planning a new resto in Montauk, but, in 2012, opened a food truck along with Mike D of the Beastie Boys (and other friends that you didn't have a poster of in college) that gave out free food to anyone who needed it in a town hit hard by Hurricane Sandy.

Marcel Vigneron
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? The season two runner-up and molecular gastronomy whiz recently had a show on Syfy called Marcel's Quantum Kitchen that got canceled, but he seems to keep busy with his own catering company.

Ilan Hall
Restaurants Opened:The Gorbals
What's He Up to Now? About two years after winning season two, in 2009, Hall opened the "non-regional small plate" bistro in downtown LA. Named after a neighborhood in Scotland's largest city, they've also provided catering to "The Oscars, Kim Jong-Un's graduation, and Snooki's baby shower". Good range.


Clay Bowen
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now?LinkedIn sez he moved back to his home state of Mississippi and is now an exec chef at Sodexo, a "food services company".

Sandee Birdsong
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? After exiting the show in the first two weeks, she eventually found a home behind the camera of another popular cooking show, serving as a producer of Fox's MasterChef.

Micah Edelstein
Restaurants Opened:neMesis Bistro
What's She Up to Now? Her world cuisine flare is obvious when taking a look at the menu of her Miami-based resto. If you're ever in the mood for ostrich carpaccio, that is the place for you to get ostrich carpaccio.

Camille Becerra
Restaurants Opened: Paloma (now closed)
What's She Up to Now? After her Brooklyn spot burned down in 2008, Becerra hasn't owned another place, but keeps busy hosting pop-up dinners and posting recipes on her tumblr.

Lia Bardeen
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? There're scant details on what she's been getting into other than a LinkedIn profile that says she works for a "ready-to-eat custom food product" company as a "Culinary Trainer". Heady stuff!

Joey Paulino
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Outside of an Eater update that found him in an NYC steakhouse in 2010, and that's it, there's not much data available on the native New Yorker.

Sara Nguyen
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? In March 2013, Sara prepared an Amélie-themed dinner (where the main ingredient is whimsy!) for a party thrown by Underground Eats.

Tre Wilcox
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Voted one of the top chefs in DFW by The Dallas Morning News, he recently left an exec chef position and is teaching cooking classes and working as a personal chef.

Howie Kleinberg
Restaurants Opened:Bulldog Barbecue & Burger
What's He Up to Now? Kleinberg opened his Miami BBQ spot in 2009 to rave reviews (it was named one of the top new barbecue restos in the country by Bon Appétit), and it remains open to this day.

Chris "CJ" Jacobsen
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Kicked off in season three, but reincarnated in the Seattle season (#10), CJ keeps busy by actively tweeting, and chef'ing at the new Studio City, CA resto Girasol.

Sara Mair
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Sara escaped the rat race in kitchens that totally don't have rats and settled in Grand Cayman, where she's now the exec chef at Ortanique, a restaurant overlooking Camana Bay that serves "tasty tropical flavors". If it's as good as a pack of Starburst, your mouth is in for a treat.

Brian Malarkey
Restaurants Opened: Get ready. Searsucker, Searsucker Austin, Searsucker San Diego, Searsucker Del Mar, Searsucker Scottsdale, Burlap, Herringbone, Gabardine, Gingham
What's He Up to Now? He must not require sleep, as he's created five successful restos in San Diego in two years, plus Austin, Del Mar, and Scottsdale outposts of Searsucker. And this is the beginning of his American domination, as he's planning to open 15 more in the next half-decade. In his loads of spare time, he was the winning judge/ mentor on ABC's The Taste in its first season, though he won't be back for season 2.

Casey Thompson
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? The fan favorite currently lives in Napa, though she still stays close to the Top Chef universe, as she recently was on the TC Cruise and tweeted a bunch at season 10 winner Kristen Kish.

Dale Levitski
Restaurants Opened:Frog & Snail
What's He Up to Now? Chicago's own Levitski came this close (trust us, it's close) to winning season three, but had to settle for runner-up and co-owning a successful bistro with a "swank-meets-swamp" vibe. Frog legs incapable of running away from your mouth share space with burgers and steak on the menu.

Hung Huynh
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? While the season three winner certainly has the chops to open his own joint, Huynh currently oversees the kitchen at swank NYC destination The General.


Nimma Osman
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? The first to go in season four, Osman hasn't yet opened her own place. She previously chef'd at the now defunct fine diner Repast, and currently cooks up a mean brunch at ATL's Sun in my Belly, aka a fantastical way to describe a stomachache.

Valerie Bolon
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? For a time in 2010, Bolon ran a monthly-ish pop-up series of dinners in Chicago called Culinary Speakeasy, but now seems content to be a personal chef and demonstrate vegan recipes online.

Erik Hopfinger
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? His LinkedIn bio reveals that he ran the kitchens at Circa, Spoon, and Butterfly (or he was in the band Spoon, which did a mean cover of the 2000-era song "Butterfly" -- it's unclear), until spending most of 2012 at SF-based Jake's on Market. Currently, he runs Finger Food Consulting, which has quite an active Facebook page!

Manuel Trevino
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Dude has had some high profile exec chef positions, like those at Marble Lane (which he exited in May 2013) and the clubby NYC outpost of Lavo. Get at him on Twitter and maybe he'll tell you what he's up to next.

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Zoi Antonitsas
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Undoubtedly one of the coolest names any chef on the show has had in 10 seasons, Zoi headed things up at Seattle's Madison Park Conservatory from 2010-2012, before leaving to work on a concept called Westward, which'll be opening this summer.

Ryan Scott
Restaurants Opened:3 Sum Eats, Market & Rye
What's He Up to Now? You know those people you graduated high school with who went on to be ultra-successful at everything they touch? Scott's on that trajectory, but he also seems just so gosh-darn likable. He once owned popular SF food truck 3 Sum Eats (now closed). Then, he opened Market & Rye in March 2012 (they have a Cool Ranch Doritos-topped chicken salad sandwich). He also has a TV cooking show Food Rush, a cooking radio show/ podcast, a catering company, and, despite all those activities, he can't help but find time to tweet.

Jennifer Biesty
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Biesty's currently working on opening her own place in the Bay Area sometime in 2013, and prior to that, she was making ridiculously awesome breakfast sammies at Scala's. Follow her on Twitter for blurry, albeit delicious-looking food photos.

Mark Simmons
Restaurants Opened:Kiwiana
What's He Up to Now? A guy from the land of hobbits (he was born and raised on a sheep farm!), he's settled down nicely in Brooklyn, where he was cheffing at the casual eatery Melt, and now he's stepped up to his own place -- Park Slope's Kiwiana features the cuisine of his (and Bilbo's) homeland.

Nikki Cascone
Restaurants Opened:24 Prince (now closed), Octavia's Porch (now closed)
What's She Up to Now? NYC-based 24 Prince was her home base from 2005 until 2010, when it shuttered despite her fleeting TV fame. Then, she tried her hand cooking Jewish cuisine at Octavia's Porch, which closed six months after it opened in 2011. She currently tweets @mothercheffer.

Andrew D'Ambrosi
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? He's been the exec chef at Norwood, a private club in NYC's Chelsea neighborhood, since the show aired in 2008. Though, strangely, his LinkedIn profile has him as the chef at N/A. Sounds exclusive!!

Dale Talde
Restaurants Opened:Thistle Hill Tavern, Talde, Pork Slope
What's He Up to Now? In 2010, he was a sous-chef at Buddakan in NYC (and previously worked in Morimoto's kitchen), but he has since opened two successful spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Talde debuted in January 2012 with dishes like a shaved-ice sundae topped with Cap'n Crunch, and the awesomely named Pork Slope has BBQ and plenty of whiskey. He also became a partner at the Brooklyn eatery Thistle Hill Tavern (co-owned by Fat Mike of NOFX) in 2012, after it had been open for two years.

Evangelos "Spike" Mendelsohn
Restaurants Opened:Good Stuff Eatery, We, The Pizza, Béarnaise
What's He Up to Now? A CIA grad who opened the elevated burger joint Good Stuff Eatery with his family in 2008 (and now has multiple locations in the DC area), Mendelsohn also opened We, The Pizza next door in July 2010. They don't just hawk pizza; they've also got Sriracha hot/honey sweet wings. Spike is clearly doing the work of angels. And just a few days ago, he and his sister introduced Béarnaise, a steak frites spot, to DC.

Antonia Lofaso
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? After coming close to winning season four (she came in fourth) and closer yet in season eight (she came in third), Lofaso's been keeping busy by running the kitchen at Black Market Liquor Bar, a Studio City gastrobistro that serves up all manner of cuisines. She released a cookbook in 2012 called The Busy Mom's Cookbook, and she infrequently tweets @ChefAntonia.

Richard Blais
Restaurants Opened:FLIP Burger Boutique, HD1, The Spence
What's He Up to Now? Though he came up short in season four, he won it all in season eight of Top Chef: All-Stars and has been quite the busy man in the past few years, opening three locations of his FLIP burger joint, the fancier The Spence (peep some tasty food p*rn), and the frankfurter-focused HD1, which has a menu so mouthwatering, you're gonna wanna hop on a plane to the ATL. Or, if you're reading this while you're there, just hop in a car. Lastly, you can try to make food just like him with his newly released cookbook Try This at Home.

Lisa Fernandes
Restaurants Opened:Sweet Chili Food Truck
What's She Up to Now? Falling just short of winning season four, Fernandes has worked at a slew of Asian restaurants (Asia de Cuba, Rain) in NYC, moves that have all built up to launching her own "Thaietnamese" truck in the city in May 2013. The truck's Twitter has plenty of food shots that're worth scoping.

Stephanie Izard
Restaurants Opened:Girl & The Goat, Little Goat
What's She Up to Now? Her bio will inevitably always read that she was first woman to win Top Chef, but she's also made a name for in the highly competitive Chicago food scene by opening the much-loved Girl & The Goat and the diner-inspired Little Goat, which has a dish called Breakfast Spaghetti & Clams. Clearly, she is a genius. Her obligatory cookbook came out in 2011.



Lauren Hope
Restaurants Opened:Frosted Hope
What's She Up to Now? While Hope has a super active Pinterest account, it's less clear whether her cake decorating business in TX, Frosted Hope, is still active. Her Etsy shop under the same name has temporarily shut down.

Patrick Dunlea
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? According to his Facebook, he mans the bar at Mary's in the ATL and works with the non-profit org The Learning Tea.

Jill Synder
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? After chef'ing at Baltimore spots Woodberry Kitchen and Clementine, Snyder's packed up her knives and gone out to Santa Monica, where her LinkedIn says she's offering her services as a personal chef.

Richard Sweeney
Restaurants Opened:R-Gang Eatery
What's He Up to Now? You might remember him as the tall dude with a beard from season five, and he's since gone on to open the San Diego resto R-Gang, which plates comfort food with a twist. And a tasty-sounding brunch. Hit him up on Twitter.

Alex Eusebio
Restaurants Opened:Sweet Salt Food Shop
What's He Up to Now? Eusebio and his wife opened the LA-based cafe Sweet Salt Food Shop, where they serve sandwiches almost exclusively. He abandoned his Twitter in August 2010.

Danny Gagnon
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? The CIA grad has chef'd at Babylon Carriage House and an Italian/Asian spot called DoraNonnie, both on Long Island. As of June 2013, he is no longer the exec chef at DoraNonnie and has no active social media accounts. He's a ghost!

Melissa Harrison
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? She put in time at some of Colorado's finest restaurants before her appearance on the show, then, afterwards, she spent time working as a seasonal chef in Patagonia, Chile, and now has shacked up in Bozeman, Montana, where she operates a catering company that also does pop-up dinners.

Eugene "Gene" Villiatora
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? The Hawaiian-born, Vegas-based chef had a mild stroke after the show wrapped and has found the perfect job to complement the new healthy lifestyle he's adopted: making meals for the grab-'n-go operation My Healthy Meal. If there's one place a healthy food business can thrive, it's, umm, Las Vegas.

Ariane Duarte
Restaurants Opened:CulinAriane
What's She Up to Now? Duarte and her husband opened up the fine diner CulinAriane before the show aired, and they continue to run the well-reviewed spot in Montclair, New Jersey. Has Stephen Colbert been there? Maybe! He lives in Montclair, unless Wikipedia is lying.

Radhika Desai
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? After the show, she worked in the kitchen at English in Chicago, and then according to Eater, moved to Portland in March of 2012. A year later, she moved to India, where she teaches cooking to kids at a school called Sapling.

Jamie Lauren
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? She stays plenty busy despite not having a restaurant of her own, traveling like a madwoman (as evidenced by her active Twitter/Instagram). She can often be found on a studio backlot in LA working for a catering company.

Leah Cohen
Restaurants Opened:Pig & Khao
What's She Up to Now? In Sept 2012, Cohen opened Pig & Khao in NYC, serving up plates with a definite Southeast-Asian edge. And her Twitter says they just got a full liquor license as of June 2013. Drink up.

Jeff McInnis
Restaurants Opened:Yardbird
What's He Up to Now? Post-show, he returned to Miami and whipped up food at Gigi, before opening his own comfort foodery Yardbird in September 2011. It won one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in the US from Bon App in 2012, so you should probably get over there.

Fabio Viviani
Restaurants Opened:Siena Tavern, Firenze Osteria, Cafe Firenze
What's He Up to Now? Though America knows him as "that Italian guy who did those Dominos commercials once", the season four fan fave has thus far been successful at running restos, including Chicago-based Italian eatery Siena Tavern, and Los Angeles spots Firenze Osteria and Cafe Firenze. He also released a cookbook in April 2013 and has quite a following on Twitter.

Carla Hall
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? While she's run an "artisan cookie" shop online and released a cookbook, the season five runner-up has really hit her stride with a co-hosting gig on the food-obsessed ABC TV show The Chew, which will return this Fall for a second season.

Stefan Richter
Restaurants Opened:Stefan's at L.A. Farm, Stefan's Steak House (three of them, all in Finland), Stefan's on Montana (now closed)
What's He Up to Now? Despite coming dangerously close to winning season five, and less dangerously in season 10, none of that has stopped him from opening up steakhouses in his native Finland and successful stateside restos like Stefan's at L.A. Farm after the show aired in 2009. Among his missteps were opening Stefan's on Montana, which closed in January 2011, and inexplicably featuring a photo of himself with the characters from Entourage on the front page of his website. And not even the cool ones, like Turtle or Vinny Chase!! For real.

Hosea Rosenberg
Restaurants Opened: StrEAT Chefs (now closed)
What's He Up to Now? The winner of season five launched the gourmet food truck StrEAT Chefs (based out of Boulder, CO) in June 2010... and then promptly shut it down a year later. Since then, Rosenberg has been focused on his Blackbelly Catering company, and has had eyes on opening his own spot in the Denver area for some time now. In the meantime, he tweets regularly from here.


Jennifer (Jen) Zavala
Restaurants Opened:Cherry Bomb Bus
What's She Up to Now? A self-described "foxy lady chef" (she even made it her Twitter handle), she worked in the kitchen of Mexican Philly joint Xochitl and Interstate Draft House before starting food truck Cherry Bomb Bus with her business partner, where they serve up sammies, burgers, and desserts from a pink Ford "short bus."

Eve Aronoff
Restaurants Opened: Eve (now closed), Frita Batidos
What's She Up to Now? Aronoff was chef/ owner of her own resto, Eve, in Ann Arbor before appearing on the show, before it ultimately closed down in Jan 2011 due to "lease issues". It was popular enough that she even released a now out-of-print cookbook. Now she's focused on cooking up "Cuban inspired street food" at Ann Arbor's Frita Batidos. She's also plenty busy on Facebook.

Preeti Mistry
Restaurants Opened:Juhu Beach Club
What's She Up to Now? Once a chef inside Google's HQ, after the show aired, she chef'd at the now shuttered ACME Chophouse. Since then, she's opened a permanent version of a SoMa pop-up called Juhu Beach Club, which plates Indian street food. Take that, Google!

Jesse Sandlin
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Born, raised, and currently living in Baltimore, Sandlin currently is Exec Chef at Vina Rosina, a Modern American eatery. She worked there for much of 2010 after the show aired, peaced out, and then was rehired in November 2012. She only has 97 followers on Twitter at the time this article was written. Let's see if this mention can push her to 100!

Hector Santiago
Restaurants Opened: Pura Vida (now closed), Super Pan (now closed), El Burro Pollo (now closed)
What's He Up to Now? 2012 was not kind to Santiago, as he shut down both his sandwich shop Super Pan and award-winning tapas at Pura Vida in the ATL. He's said to be working on new concepts, including a burrito one. His Twitter's inactive and his LinkedIn hasn't been updated in a while either, so if you wanna holler at him, your best bet is to literally holler in the streets of Atlanta and see if he answers you.

Mattin Noblia
Restaurants Opened: Iluna Basque (now closed)
What's He Up to Now? The Frenchman successfully ran SF tapas spot Iluna Basque until Dec 2010, when he sold it to open a health/ wellness center next door. It doesn't appear that it ever launched, but he also was Exec Chef at the Rendezvous Tapas Lounge in May 2011 before leaving there and eventually moving back to France. He keeps busy on Twitter, and by hawking nutritional supplements.

Ron Duprat
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? After working in South Florida-based restos like Latitudes Beach Cafe and consulting on others in the Hollywood, FL area, Duprat has set up shop in the US Virgin Islands. According to his LinkedIn, he's a Consulting Exec Chef at the Sugar Bay Resort and Spa. Feel free to stalk him on Twitter.

Ashley Merriman
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Merriman first made a name for herself working as a sous chef in NYC nightclubs Butter and The Darby, before working in Seattle at renowned seafood spot Branzino. She then moved back to NYC in May 2012 to run the kitchen at celeb hangout The Waverly Inn, and she's been there ever since.

Ash Fulk
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? Once a sous chef in 2009 at American eatery Trestle on Tenth in New York, he's since moved on to become Chef de Cuisine at Texas BBQ factory Hill Country. He hasn't been active on social media in about a year, so if you've got something you've been dying to tell him, go stuff your face at Hill Country, swallow, and then talk to the guy.

Laurine Wickett Hope
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? Hope's catering company Left Coast Catering has been going strong ever since season six aired in 2009, and she continues to feed SF's hungry, monied masses. LCC delivers, and you can check their latest menu, as it's the only evidence online that she cares to provide about herself. She is likely the only person living in San Francisco not currently on Twitter.

Mike Isabella
Restaurants Opened:Graffiato, Bandolero, Kapnos, G Grab & and Go, G Sandwich (opening July 26, 2013)
What's He Up to Now? This dude has stayed crazy busy since season six wrapped, taking over DC with an Italian concept Graffiato in June 2011, a modern Mexican joint Bandolero in May 2012, which must've helped him in winning The People's Best New Chef from Food & Wine that year. He doesn't seem to be slowing down, opening the Greek resto Kapnos this month, and readying a sandwich shop called G Sandwich that'll open July 26. Not enough Mike? That's what his Twitter's for.

Robin Leventhal
Restaurants Opened: Crave (now closed)
What's She Up to Now? Prior to appearing on season six, she owned/ operated tiny Seattle resto Crave before shutting it down in Oct 2008 after five years. Post-show, she briefly worked at Stopsky's Delicatessen in June 2011, and in Sept 2012, made a name for herself at the American-cuisine-plating Local 360, before departing this month to become a culinary arts instructor at Walla Walla Community College. Her tweets emanate from this page.

Eli Kirshtein
Restaurants Opened: None
What's He Up to Now? After leaving his Exec Chef position at Atlanta's ENO wine bar right around the time the show ended in Dec 2009, Kirshtein's been keeping busy lately by throwing pop-up dinners around town with cuisines as varied as Israeli street food and Japanese Izakaya. But who cares about all that when once he was put into a Spider-Man comic. He loves the tweeting, too.

Jennifer Carroll
Restaurants Opened: None
What's She Up to Now? With plenty of resto experience in NYC and Philly, Carroll made her name working for Eric Ripert at Le Bernadin and for a time at his spot in the Ritz-Carlton. She had a stint on Life After Top Chef in Oct 2012, and was thisclose to opening her own place, Concrete Blonde, in Greenwich Village, before it fell apart in March of this year. She appears to be back in Philly, tweeting up a storm, and running her "full service event artistry" company Couture Cuisine.

Kevin Gillespie
Restaurants Opened: Woodfire Grill (still open, but he no longer is involved), Gunshow
What's He Up to Now? After almost winning season six, Gillespie returned to his Atlanta "Modern Southern" resto Woodfire Grill in 2009 to bustling crowds. He released a cookbook Fire in my Belly in Oct 2012, and then left Woodfire in January 2013 to work full-time on opening the "meat-a-torium" Gunshow that serves its locally-sourced meats dim sum style. It opened in May 2013, and reviewers and people alike seem to dig it. He also has one of the larger Twitter followings of any Top Chef competitor.

Bryan Voltaggio
Restaurants Opened:VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal, RANGE
What's He Up to Now? The only chef who competed on Top Chef, and was invited to appear in the upcoming season of Top Chef Masters, Voltaggio apprenticed under steakhouse legend Charlie Palmer before opening his first resto in Frederick, MD in 2008, VOLT, a year before he starred in season six. After the success of the modern dining spot, he went on to open sandwich shop Lunchbox in 2011, comfort food eatery Family Meal in mid-2012, and the newest addition to the family, RANGE, which opened in DC in Dec 2012. He and his wife just had a baby girl, and you can read all about it via his popular Twitter.

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Top Chef: New York

Season 5 of American television series

Season of television series

Top Chef: New York is the fifth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. It was first filmed in New York City, New York, before concluding in New Orleans, Louisiana. The season premiered on Bravo on November 12, 2008, and ended on March 4, 2009. In the season finale, Hosea Rosenberg was declared the Top Chef, defeating Stefan Richter and Carla Hall.[1]Fabio Viviani was voted Fan Favorite.[2]


17 chefs were selected to compete in Top Chef: New York.[3]

Name Hometown Current Residence Age
Leah Cohen Scarsdale, New YorkNew York, New York26
Radhika Desai Chicago, IllinoisChicago, Illinois 28
Ariane Duarte Verona, New JerseyVerona, New Jersey 41
Patrick Dunlea Quincy, MassachusettsHyde Park, New York21
Alex Eusebio New York, New York Los Angeles, California33
Daniel Gagnon New Hyde Park, New YorkNew Hyde Park, New York 26
Carla HallNashville, TennesseeWashington, D.C.44
Melissa Harrison Sparks, MarylandBoulder, Colorado28
Lauren Hope Cincinnati, OhioSavannah, Georgia24
Jamie Lauren New York, New York San Francisco, California30
Jeffrey "Jeff" McInnis Niceville, FloridaMiami, Florida30
Stefan Richter Tampere, FinlandSanta Monica, California35
Hosea Rosenberg Taos, New MexicoBoulder, Colorado 34
Jill Snyder Latrobe, PennsylvaniaBaltimore, Maryland28
Richard Sweeney Sayville, New YorkSan Diego, California27
Eugene Villiatora Whitmore Village, HawaiiLas Vegas, Nevada33
Fabio VivianiFlorence, ItalyMoorpark, California30

Carla Hall, Fabio Viviani, and Jamie Lauren returned to compete in Top Chef: All-Stars.[4] Stefan Richter returned for Top Chef: Seattle, and later competed in Top Chef Duels.[5][6]

Contestant progress[edit]

Episode # 12345637891011121314
Quickfire Challenge
ContestantElimination Challenge Results
12 Daniel IN IN LOW IN OUT
13 Alex IN IN IN OUT
14 Richard IN IN OUT
15 Jill IN OUT
16 Patrick OUT
17 Lauren OUT2

^Note 1 : The chef(s) did not receive immunity for winning the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2 : Lauren was eliminated by placing last in the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 3 : Due to a refrigerator malfunction which spoiled some of the chefs' ingredients during the Elimination Challenge, no one was eliminated. Consequently, two chefs were eliminated in the following episode.
^Note 4 : Leah, Jamie, and Jeff (the three most recently eliminated contestants) were brought back to the competition to compete in a Quickfire Challenge. The winner would compete in the subsequent Elimination Challenge, but could only move on to the season finale if they won the challenge. Jeff won the Quickfire, and the judges picked him as one of their favorites in the Elimination Challenge, but did not select him to win. Consequently, he was automatically eliminated.

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned "Top Chef".
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef won the Elimination Challenge.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
  (IN) The chef was not selected as one of the top or bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge and was safe.
  (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
  (OUT) The chef lost the Elimination Challenge.


Main article: List of Top Chef episodes


  1. ^Parker, Eloise (February 26, 2009). "Hosea Rosenberg wins Bravo's 'Top Chef' season 5". New York Daily News. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  2. ^Andy Dehnart (March 5, 2009). "Fabio Viviani wins fan favorite on boring Top Chef 5 reunion". Reality Blurred. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  3. ^Scarpa, Gina (October 1, 2008). "Top Chef: New York - Cast Announced". BuddyTV. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  4. ^Reyhani, Monica A. (October 8, 2010). "'Top Chef All-Stars' Cast is Announced!". The Daily Dish. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  5. ^Gennis, Sadie (September 20, 2012). "Bravo Sets Top Chef: Seattle Premiere Date, Adds New Judge". TV Guide. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  6. ^Ng, Philiana (June 4, 2014). "Bravo's 'Top Chef Duels' Lands Premiere Date, Celebrity Guests (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 11, 2019.

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Top Chef: New York - Season 5

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Product Description

The world-class culinary competition only gets hotter in TOP CHEF: NEW YORK - the No. 1 food show on cable - as 17 new cheftestants head to the Big Apple to test their skills and compete for culinary stardom.

Featuring some of the biggest names in food and entertainment, including Martha Stewart, Foo Fighters, Jean-Georges, and Rocco DiSpirito, the fifth season of this Emmy®-award winning series welcomes newbie Toby Young (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) to the judges' table alongside host Padma Lakshmi, head judge and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons. Each episode features two challenges for the chefs: a Quickfire test of basic abilities and an Elimination Challenge designed to test versatility and inventiveness as the chefs take on unique culinary trials, such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients.

In the most challenging season yet, the cheftestants battle to prove they have what it takes to be crowned the next Top Chef.

Special Features

  • Exclusive Cookbook
  • Never-Aired Stew Room Footage
  • Extended Interviews
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • PC Game Demo

DISC ONE: Melting Pot / Show Your Craft / Foo Fighters Thanksgiving / Today Show / Bonus
DISC TWO: Gail's Bridal Shower / 12 Days of Christmas / Focus Group / Down on the Farm / Bonus
DISC THREE: Restaurant Wars / Super Bowl Chef Showdown / Le Bernadin / The Last Supper / Bonus
DISC FOUR: Finale Part 1 / Finale Part 2 / Watch What Happens / Bonus

Foodies and budding chefs love the reality show Top Chef, but so do millions of other viewers, as evidenced by Top Chef's position as the number one food show on cable. Season 5 of Top Chef takes place in the food city of New York as well as in New Orleans and pits 17 chefs against each other in a test of culinary skill, creativity, flexibility, and performance under pressure. While the show is all about food, it's also about personalities, and this 14-episode season is full of strong personalities. There's the brashly confident Stefan, hyper Carla, ladies' man Fabio, overachiever Jeff, gay and lesbian "team rainbow," and many others, and everyone's antics in the kitchen, the stew room where they await judgment, and their shared apartment translate into some great entertainment. Host Padma Lakshmi is joined by head judge Chef Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young, and an array of guest judges, including celebrities like Emeril Lagasse, Martha Stewart, Jean-Georges, and Wylie Dufresne. The judges are demanding, exacting, and sometimes downright harsh, but they push each chef to deliver the very best food that he or she can--all in hopes of escaping Padma's dreaded words "please pack your knives and go."

Each episode consists of a quickfire challenge and an elimination challenge. The quickfire challenges test the chefs' culinary techniques and palates as well as their ability to think on their feet and create winning dishes with very little time and some particularly odd ingredients. The elimination challenges give the chefs more time but test their versatility and creativity, requiring them to cater to groups such as rock's Foo Fighters and other Top Chef contestants and highly regarded food legends; to cook in specific styles that may lead them far from their comfort zones; to employ highly exotic ingredients; to make do with severely limited kitchens; or to engage in the highly competitive restaurant wars at the very last moment, among other trials.

Just as entertaining as the food challenges are the unpredictable interactions between contestants, which range from unlikely friendships to romantic liaisons and ugly shouting matches. This fifth season gives rise to several burning questions: can a person get voted out for serving deviled eggs or s'mores in a cooking contest? Is making an ostrich egg omelet original enough to keep a contestant in the competition? Is the Top Chef competition all about food, or does service count, too--and if so, how much does it count? Is this purely a cutthroat competition between chefs, or is there room for compassion and maybe even a little holiday spirit? Bonus features include footage and interviews from inside the eliminated cast house, extended interviews with the top four chefs, some pretty amusing stew room footage, and cooking demonstrations of selected contestants' dishes on "The Wong Way to Cook." The DVD also comes with a cookbook insert that features five recipes from past Top Chef seasons. --Tami Horiuchi


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