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Top Chef
TopChef-logo.jpg
Genre Reality
Cooking
Format Competition
Presented by
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 141
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Dan Cutforth
  • Jane Lipsitz
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Magical Elves
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel Bravo
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run March 8, 2006 (2006-03-08) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Top Chef is an American reality competition show on the cable television network Bravo, that first aired in 2006, in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode. The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the same company that created Project Runway.

Nine international adaptations of Top Chef have been produced, two of which, the Franco-Belgian Top Chef and the Dutch Topchef, have had four seasons each. In the United States, the show has had two spin-offs: Top Chef: Masters, featuring established, award-winning chefs, and Top Chef: Just Desserts, featuring pastry chefs. One more spin-off is planned: Top Chef Junior, featuring contestants in their early teens.[2]

The eleventh season of the series is set in New Orleans, Louisiana, and premiered October 2, 2013.[3]

On January 30, 2014, Top Chef was renewed for a twelfth season that will premiere in late 2014.[4] Season 12 is set in Boston, Massachusetts.[5]

Show format[edit]

Basic format[edit]

Top Chef is a reality show that uses a progressive elimination format. The start of each season starts with twelve to nineteen professional chefs, selected through auditions. The chefs are brought to the season's host city which typically inspires themes throughout the season; the chefs live in a provided apartment or house during the course of the season, and normally do not have access to outside communication. Each episode, the chefs participate in a Quickfire and an Elimination challenges (described below); the winner of the Quickfire typically grants immunity from elimination or a prize, or another benefit for the following Elimination, while the loser of the Elimination challenge is eliminated from the competition. This format continues until two or three chefs remain, where each is challenged to create a full course meal; the chef with the best meal as determined by the judges is declared the Top Chef of the season. Near the end of the season, when only four to five chefs remain, the show moves to another host city to finish out the competition.

In the Quickfire challenges, chefs must cook a dish that meets certain requirements (for example, using specific ingredients or inspiring a certain taste) or participate in a culinary-related challenge (for example, a mise en place relay or a taste test). They are usually given an hour or less to complete these tasks.[6] A guest judge selects one or more chefs as the best in the challenge. Early in the season the winning chef(s) are granted immunity from the episode's Elimination Challenge. As the number of contestants dwindle immunity is withdrawn, and instead the winner receives an advantage (such as being team leader for a team challenge or getting first pick of ingredients) or a prize (such as chef's knives, wine or cash.) To emphasise the culture and environment of the sixth season's Las Vegas setting, the show introduced "high-stakes" Quickfires, which featured an extravagant prize (usually a large cash prize); high-stakes Quickfires continued onward in further seasons. Occasionally, a Quickfire will also include the poorest performer 's elimination from the competition, and sometimes contestants have been dismissed for violations such as tasting a sauce with a finger.[7]

In the Elimination Challenge the chefs prepare one or more dishes to meet the challenge requirements, which are usually more complex and require longer time to execute than a Quickfire challenge. Elimination Challenges may be individual challenges or may require chefs to work in a team; some may require a chef or chefs to produce several courses. Teams may be selected by the remaining contestants, but more often are selected by a random process such as by "drawing knives" from a butcher's block, with the team identification revealed on the blade of the knife. The chefs may have from a few hours to a few days to complete an Elimination Challenge, which typically includes preparation and planning time. Ingredients for Elimination Challenges generally allow chefs to access both what staples are available in the "Top Chef" pantry and what the chefs purchase at a grocery store, within a specified budget and shopping time limit. However, certain challenges may provide specific ingredients or limit the type or number of ingredients that can be used, while others require non-traditional methods of obtaining ingredients (such as asking people door-to-door or fishing) or preparation methods (such as tailgate cooking). After shopping, the contestants will cook for up to four judges, usually including at least one guest judge. In most cases, the contestants cook for a group of guests (for example, the cowboys in Colorado) as well.

After the Elimination Challenge ends, the chefs report to Judges' Table, where the four judges will consider the guests' comments (if available) and deliberate on their choices for the best and worst dishes. The top individuals or teams are called in, and may be asked questions about their dishes or preparation before they are notified of their placement. One or more chefs are named the winner of the challenge and may be awarded an additional prize by the guest judge. The same procedure is repeated with the poorest performing chefs or team, after which similar discussion takes place. From this group, one chef is chosen for elimination, with the host asking the chef to "pack [their] knives and go." This is usually followed by a knife packing sequence for the eliminated chef, and with a voice over of their final thoughts about their performance, at the close of the episode. According to the credits, some elimination decisions are made in consultation with the show's producers.

The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was $100,000 for the first 5 seasons, and then increased to $125,000 from season 6 on.[8] Season 8 prize money was for $200,000.

Special formats[edit]

Midway through each season, the contestants participate in a "Restaurant Wars" (or similarly named) Elimination Challenge. They are split into two teams, created by the winner of the previous Quickfire Challenge, or by "drawing knives". In these teams, the chefs must transform an empty space into a restaurant within a set time limit and budget, selecting and creating the name, theme, decor, and menu. According to Dale Levitski, a season three finalist, this is one of the contestants' most anticipated challenges. Season four had not only "Restaurant Wars", but "Wedding Wars" as well.

In the final challenge, the two (or three) remaining chefs prepare a multiple course dinner with the help of other chefs. These other chefs could be previously eliminated chefs or celebrity chefs (for example, Rocco DiSpirito). The winning chef is selected based on several factors, including food quality, their ability to lead their assistant chefs, and general performance during the show. There is no Quickfire Challenge in this episode.

Judges[edit]

Judges Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tom Colicchio
Gail Simmons
Katie Lee Joel
Padma Lakshmi
Ted Allen
Toby Young
Eric Ripert
Anthony Bourdain
Emeril Lagasse
Hugh Acheson
Wolfgang Puck[9]
Richard Blais
  • Names in bold denote the Host

Seasons[edit]

# Location Winner Runner(s)-up Fan Favorite Finale Location Air Dates
1 San Francisco, California Harold Dieterle Tiffani Faison None Las Vegas, Nevada March 8 – May 24, 2006
2 Los Angeles, California Ilan Hall Marcel Vigneron Sam Talbot Waikoloa Village, Hawaii October 18, 2006 – January 31, 2007
3 Miami, Florida Hung Huynh Dale Levitski Casey Thompson Casey Thompson Aspen, Colorado June 13 – October 13, 2007
4 Chicago, Illinois Stephanie Izard Lisa Fernandes Richard Blais Stephanie Izard San Juan, PR March 12 – June 11, 2008
5 New York City, New York Hosea Rosenberg Stefan Richter Carla Hall Fabio Viviani New Orleans, Louisiana November 12, 2008 – March 4, 2009
6 Las Vegas, Nevada Michael Voltaggio Bryan Voltaggio Kevin Gillespie Kevin Gillespie Napa, California August 19 – December 16, 2009
7 Washington, D.C. Kevin Sbraga Ed Cotton Angelo Sosa Tiffany Derry Singapore June 16 – September 15, 2010
8 New York City, New York Richard Blais Mike Isabella Carla Hall The Bahamas December 1, 2010 – April 6, 2011
9 San Antonio, Texas / Dallas, Texas / Austin, Texas Paul Qui Sarah Grueneberg Chris Crary Vancouver, British Columbia November 2, 2011 – March 7, 2012
10 Seattle, Washington / Juneau, Alaska Kristen Kish Brooke Williamson Sheldon Simeon Los Angeles, California November 7, 2012 – February 27, 2013
11 New Orleans, Louisiana Nicholas Elmi   Nina Compton   Nina Compton   Maui, Hawaii October 2, 2013 –February 5, 2014
12 Boston, Massachusetts TBA TBA TBA TBA October 15, 2014 - TBA

Special episodes[edit]

4 Star All Star (Season One vs. Season Two)[edit]

On June 6, 2007, as part of the buildup for season 3, Bravo aired a special charity episode called "4 Star All Star", which awarded $20,000 to the charity of the winning team's choice. The show brought together season 1 contestants Stephen, Harold, Dave, and Tiffani, and pitted them against season 2 contestants Ilan, Elia, Marcel, and Sam. The show format was kept the same, with a Quickfire Challenge to start, followed by an Elimination Challenge. The show was filmed in Miami Beach at the kitchen and hotel used for season 3. Padma Lakshmi hosted.

  • Quickfire Challenge: Create a two-egg breakfast dish in 10 minutes, using only one hand. Prize: An extra $100 for the overall winner's team to spend on groceries for the Elimination Challenge.
    • SEASON 1 TEAM WINNER: Stephen.
    • SEASON 2 TEAM WINNER: Marcel.
    • OVERALL WINNER: Season 1
  • Elimination Challenge: Prepare a four-course meal for the season 3 contestants consisting of scallops, lobster, duck, and Kobe beef. Teams were given 30 minutes of shopping time, with season 1 able to spend $300 and season 2 able to spend $200. Teams were given two hours of cooking time. Courses were served head to head, with the team that wins the most courses winning the challenge.
    • SCALLOPS: Dave made cold smoked scallops & triple olive tapenade with lemon vinaigrette. Elia made a scallop duo with citrus marmalade and endive salad. Elia won.
    • LOBSTER: Stephen made lobster poached in beurre blanc with cauliflower crème anglaise. Marcel made a lobster duo with vanilla gelée and lobster foam. Stephen won.
    • DUCK: Harold made spicy duck meatballs with minted gnocchi. Ilan made almond stuffed duck breast with wild rice, white asparagus & raw egg yolk. Harold won.
    • KOBE BEEF: Tiffani made Kobe beef two ways served with creamy polenta. Sam made seared Kobe beef with mushroom confit & onion relish. Tiffani won.
    • OVERALL WINNER: Season 1, with three wins.
  • Judges: Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Ted Allen.
  • Stephen, as winner of the season 1 team in the Quickfire, became team captain for the Elimination and got to choose his team's charity. He chose Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
  • Marcel, as winner of the season 2 team in the Quickfire, became team captain for his team. He chose Share Our Strength for his charity.
  • Prior to the Quickfire Challenge, season 1 contestant Lee Anne Wong was introduced as having been hired as a food consultant for Top Chef. This also explained Lee Anne's absence from the competition, as she was the fourth-place contestant in the first season of the show.

Top Chef Holiday Special[edit]

The December 24, 2007 special brought selected chefs from all three seasons back with a prize of $20,000 for the winner. Padma Lakshmi presided as host, with regulars Ted Allen, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons among the judges. The following Chefs participated: Tiffani Faison and Stephen (season 1); Josie, Marcel Vigneron, and Betty (season 2); CJ, Tre, and Sandee (season 3). It was shot in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Quickfire Challenge: Chefs drew knives to determine the order in which they would choose gifts—ingredients—from under the tree. Upon their turn, the chef could either choose to 'steal' an already opened gift of another chef, or take a new gift from under the tree.
    • Winner: CJ (Roasted walnuts sauteéd with apples & shrimp)
    • Guest Judge: Eric Ripert
    • Prize: One free pass to the next round during the Elimination Challenge. (The pass could not be used to advance to the final round.)
  • Elimination Challenge: Create a three-course meal for a party of nine. After each course, two chefs will be eliminated.
    • Course 1: Stephen and Sandee eliminated.
    • Course 2: Josie and Betty eliminated.
    • Course 3: Marcel and CJ eliminated.
  • Surprise Challenge: After the three courses, Tiffani and Tre were given a surprise challenge to create an additional dish, utilizing anything left in the kitchen, in 30 minutes.
    • WINNER: Tiffani
    • Winning Menu:
      • First Course: Bacon-Wrapped Apples with Brussels Sprout Salad & Apple Chicken Jus
      • Second Course: Roasted Duck Breast on Spaetzle with Wine & Orange Jus
      • Third Course: Salted Butterscotch Pudding with Whipped Cream
      • Surprise Course: Braised Veal on Puff Pastry with Truffle Butter.
  • Guest Judges: Eric Ripert, Elizabeth Falkner, Norman van Aken, Alan Wong, Alfred Portale

Top Chef Reunion Dinner[edit]

The Top Chef Reunion Dinner special, which aired November 4, 2009, was a dinner hosted by Fabio Viviani from season five, with the other guests being Harold and Tiffani from season one; Ilan and Marcel from season two; Casey, Dale and Hung from season three; Richard and Lisa from season four and Carla and Stefan from season five.[10]

DVD release[edit]

Season 5 was released on DVD in Region 1 by A&E Home Video on October 20, 2009.[11] A season 6 DVD set has been announced for release August 24, 2010.[citation needed] Seasons 4-9 are sold exclusively at Target in 4 disc collections, with the exception of season 8, which is 5 discs, and season 9, which is 6 discs.

Spin-offs[edit]

Top Chef Masters[edit]

Main article: Top Chef Masters

Top Chef Masters features established, award-winning chefs—a contrast from Top Chef, which features chefs that who have been called relative "culinary amateurs".[12] During its first two seasons, food journalist Kelly Choi hosted the show, and restaurant critic Gael Greene, culinary expert and Saveur Editor-in-Chief James Oseland, and food critic Jay Rayner served as judges.[13][14]

The show debuted in 2009, with contestants including Rick Bayless, John Besh, Michael Chiarello, Wylie Dufresne, and Hubert Keller.[15] As of 2013, five seasons have been produced and aired.

Top Chef: Just Desserts[edit]

Top Chef: Just Desserts is a spin-off featuring pastry chefs. The show is hosted by Top Chef judge Gail Simmons; the head judge is Johnny Iuzzini, the award-winning pastry chef at Jean-Georges.[16] Hubert Keller, owner of world-renowned restaurant Fleur de Lys and Top Chef Masters finalist,[17] and Dannielle Kyrillos, "an entertaining expert and Editor-at-Large of DailyCandy"[18] are regularly featured judges.

The show debuted on Bravo on September 15, 2010, after the seventh season finale of Top Chef.

Top Chef: Healthy Showdown[edit]

Top Chef: Healthy Showdown was a special webisode series in 2011 sponsored by Healthy Choice. It featured former Top Chef contestants Sara Nguyen (Top Chef: Miami), Ryan Scott (Top Chef: Chicago), Casey Thompson (Top Chef: Miami, Top Chef: All-Stars), and Tre Wilcox (Top Chef: Miami, Top Chef: All-Stars) competing in a series of Quickfire Challenges to win $25,000 and inspire a Top Chef line of Healthy Choice entrées.[19] It was hosted by Curtis Stone, and Ryan Scott won the competition.

Contestant Quickfire 1 Quickfire 2 Finale
Ryan LOW IN WINNER
Casey HIGH WIN RUNNER-UP
Tre WIN OUT
Sara OUT

Life After Top Chef[edit]

Main article: Life After Top Chef

Life After Top Chef is a spin-off featuring former Top Chef contestants and focuses on various aspects of their lives, from managing and opening a restaurant to dealing with family dynamics and personal issues.

It premiered on October 3, 2012[20] and features Richard Blais, Jen Carroll, Spike Mendelsohn, and Fabio Viviani.[21]

Top Chef Duels[edit]

Top Chef Duels brings contestants from past seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters as they compete in three rounds of challenges.[22] The winner of each challenge will compete in the season finale, where one chef will be given the title of the ultimate Top Chef.[22] The series premiered in August 2014.[22][23]

Unaired spin-offs[edit]

Top Chef Junior[edit]

Top Chef Junior was a spin-off series ordered in 2008 to air on Bravo for eight episodes,[24] but as of 2014 has never been aired, nor is it known if any episodes were produced. It was expected to follow the Top Chef format of competition with teenage contestants and also be produced by Magical Elves.[25][26][27]

International adaptations[edit]

There have been a number of local version of Top Chef around the world based on the original US format. Licensing of the format is handled by NBCUniversal.

Country Name Host Judges Channel Year aired
Arab League Arab World[28] Top Chef Siham Tueni
  • Siham Tueini
  • Joe Barza
  • Changing judge
LBC April 26, 2011 – July 19, 2011
Joumana Mrad
  • Joumana Mrad
  • Joe Barza
  • Changing judge
LBC

Rotana Masriya

March 23, 2012
 Canada[29] Top Chef Canada Thea Andrews (season 1)
Lisa Ray (season 2-present)
Food Network Canada Season 1: April 11, 2011 – July 4, 2011
Season 2: March 12, 2012 – May 28, 2012
Season 3: March 18, 2013 – June 10, 2013

Season 4: - May 2014
Cancelled after 4 seasons [30]

 Finland[31] Top Chef Suomi Pipsa Hurmerinta
  • Pia Kämppi
  • Hans Välimäki
Sub January 26, 2011
France France
Belgium Belgium[32]
Top Chef Sandrine Corman & Stéphane Rotenberg (season 1)
Agathe Lecaron & Stéphane Rotenberg (season 2)
Stéphane Rotenberg (season 3 & 4)
France M6
Belgium RTL-TVI
February 22, 2010
 Greece[33] Top Chef Nadia Boule
  • Elias Mamalakis
  • Christopher Peska
  • Trastelis Apostle
  • Herve Pronzato
ANT1 October 16, 2010
 Indonesia Top Chef Indonesia Farah Quinn SCTV September 7, 2013
 Poland[34] Top Chef Polska Grzegorz Łapanowski

Current:

  • Wojciech Modest Amaro
  • Maciej Nowak
  • Ewa Wachowicz
  • Grzegorz Łapanowski (Season 3-)

Former:

  • Joseph Seelesto (Seasons 1-2)
Polsat September 11, 2013
 Portugal Top Chef Silvia Alberto (season 1)
  • José Cordeiro
  • Susana Felicidade
  • Ricardo Costa
RTP 1 (season 1) August 18, 2012
Romania Romania Top Chef Alina Pușcaș
  • Joseph Hadad
  • Tudor Constantinescu
  • Nicolai Tand
Antena 1 November 5, 2012
 Spain[35] Top Chef Judges

Current:

  • Alberto Chicote
  • Susi Díaz
  • Yayo Daporta (Season 2-)

Former:

  • Angel León (Season 1)
Antena 3 October 2, 2013 (Season 1)
September 8, 2014 (Season 2)
 Sweden Köksmästarna Judges
  • Johan Jureskog
  • Paul Svensson
  • Karin Fransson
Kanal 5 March 13, 2014
 United States (English) Top Chef Katie Lee Joel
Padma Lakshmi
  • Tom Colicchio
  • Gail Simmons
  • Emeril Lagasse
  • Hugh Acheson
  • Wolfgang Puck
Bravo March 6, 2006
Top Chef Masters Kelly Choi
Curtis Stone
  • James Oseland
  • Gail Simmons
  • Ruth Reichl
  • Francis Lam
  • Lesley Suter
June 10, 2009
Top Chef: Just Desserts Gail Simmons
  • Johnny Iuzzini
  • Hubert Keller
  • Dannielle Kyrillos
September 15, 2010
Top Chef Duels Curtis Stone
  • Gail Simmons
  • Wolfgang Puck
 United States (Spanish)[36] Top Chef Estrellas Aylin Mujica
  • Lorena Garcia
  • Jamie Martin del Campo
  • Ramiro Arvizu
Telemundo February 16, 2014
 Vietnam (Vietnamese) Top Chef Vietnam: Đầu bếp thượng đỉnh Nguyễn Võ Lan Trinh
  • TBA
HTV November 16, 2014

Other media[edit]

Top Chef University[edit]

Top Chef University is a comprehensive online culinary school involving 12 courses and over 220 in-depth video-lessons. The program at www.topchefuniversity.com takes participants through a structured program of the basics (knife skills, kitchen set-up, ingredients) through to advanced culinary techniques (sous vide, molecular gastronomy). Instructors at Top Chef University are some of the show's most successful and popular former "cheftestants". Enrollment costs US$199.95 for an annual membership and US$24.95 for a monthly membership.

Top Chef: The Game[edit]

Top Chef: The Game is a computer game released by Brighter Minds for the PC. It challenges players to create the best dish from items in a virtual pantry. Games magazine gave the game an unfavorable review, calling it a "quick cash-in... for an undiscriminating audience."[37]

Top Chef TV Dinners[edit]

In efforts to make certain dishes available to viewers who watch Top Chef but do not have time to try preparing those dishes themselves, Schwan's Home Service started offering Top Chef—branded frozen meals in late 2009.[38]

Top Chef: The Magazine[edit]

In June 2009, news broke that Top Chef is working with Food & Wine magazine on a Top Chef print magazine.[39]

Top Chef: The Cookbook (series)[edit]

Top Chef: The Cookbook[edit]

On March 20, 2008, Chronicle Books released Top Chef: The Cookbook, with a foreword by Tom Colicchio.[40][41]

Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook[edit]

On September 30, 2009, Chronicle Books released Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook, with a foreword by Padma Lakshmi.[42]

How to Cook Like a Top Chef[edit]

On July 14, 2010, Chronicle Books released How to Cook Like a Top Chef, with a foreword by Rick Bayless.[42]

Reception and awards[edit]

Awards[edit]

Top Chef was nominated at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for its second season.[43] Top Chef won the award for Outstanding Editing in a Reality Series at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. Top Chef won the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards,[6] defeating The Amazing Race which had won the award every year since the category's inception in 2003.

Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 Returning Series of 2007, ranking it at #10.[44]

Ratings[edit]

Ratings of Top Chef premieres:

Season premiere # of Viewers in Millions Release Date +/- from previous
Season 9 premiere 1.6[45] November 2, 2011  – 0%
Season 8 premiere 1.7[46] December 1, 2010  – 5.8%
Season 7 premiere 1.8[47] June 16, 2010  – 30.7%
Season 6 premiere 2.6[48] August 19, 2009  – 3.7%
Season 5 premiere 2.7[49] November 12, 2008 + 19.4%
Season 4 premiere 2.26[50] March 12, 2008 + 11.8%
Season 3 premiere 2.02[51] June 13, 2007 + 8%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

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  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 30, 2014). "'Top Chef' Renewed for 12th Season by Bravo". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved January 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ Bibel, Sara (April 30, 2014). "Bravo's 'Top Chef' Heads to Boston for Season 12". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
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  7. ^ Perkins 2011, p. 300.
  8. ^ Perkins 2011, p. 3.
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  10. ^ TV Tonight: Top Chef Reunion Dinner, James Poniewozik, Time, November 4, 2009
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  12. ^ "Bravo Announces Plans for New ''Top Chef Masters'' Spinoff". Realitytvworld.com. July 21, 2008. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
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  15. ^ "Bravo Dishes Premier of ''Top Chef Masters''". Prnewschannel.com. April 7, 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  16. ^ Johnny Iuzzini bio - BravoTV.com
  17. ^ Hubert Keller bio - BravoTV.com
  18. ^ - Dannielle Kyrillos bio - BravoTV.com
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  20. ^ "Bravo Media Ventures Outside the Kitchen in "Life After Top Chef" Premiering Wednesday, October 3 at 10 pm ET/PT". The Futon Critic. August 27, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Season 1 Overview". BravoTV.com. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
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  28. ^ INDEVCO Group (April 21, 2011). "OUTBOUND E-newsletter: Napco Sponsors Season 1 of Top Chef Middle East". Outbound.indevcogroup.com. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
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  30. ^ https://twitter.com/TopChefCanada/status/475028853661114370.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ "Virhe". Sub.fi. July 1, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Audiences : "Top chef" débute modestement". Ozap.com. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  33. ^ "ANT1 TV / TOP CHEF / Ψυχαγωγικές εκπομπές". Antenna.gr. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Polska edycja "Top Chef" jesienią w telewizji Polsat". media2.pl. Retrieved July 9, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Chicote da el gran salto a Antena 3 con 'Top Chef'". vertele.com. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  36. ^ http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2014/01/22/top-chef-estrellas-to-premiere-sunday-february-16th-on-telemundo/231298/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  37. ^ McDonald, Thomas L. (May 2009). "Eat Any Good Games Lately?". Games Magazine: 65–67. 
  38. ^ Stein, Joel (November 30, 2009). "Can Top Chef TV Dinners Live Up to Billing?". Time.com. 
  39. ^ "Top Chef The Magazine". EatMeDaily.com. June 2, 2009. 
  40. ^ Chronicle Books, Top Chef: The Cookbook. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  41. ^ The Futon Critic, BRAVO MEDIA ANNOUNCES "TOP CHEF: THE COOKBOOK" PUBLISHED BY CHRONICLE BOOKS September 8, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  42. ^ a b Amazon.com, Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook. Retrieved September 4, 2010.
  43. ^ "Primetime Emmy Award Nominations, 2007". Emmys.org. September 8, 2007. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  44. ^ Poniewozik, James (December 9, 2007). "Poniewozik, James; Top 10 New TV Series;". Time.com. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  45. ^ Robert Seldman (November 3, 2010). "'Wednesday Cable Ratings'". 
  46. ^ Bill Gorman (December 2, 2010). "'Wednesday Cable Ratings: 'Terriers' Finale Up; 'Top Chef All-Stars' Down; 'Psych' Ratings "Peak" & More". 
  47. ^ James hibberd (June 17, 2010). "'Top Chef' premiere ratings cut down". 
  48. ^ Robert Seidman (August 20, 2009). "Bravo’s Top Chef: Las Vegas premiere draws 2.6 million". 
  49. ^ Huffington Post (November 13, 2008). ""Top Chef" Ratings: 2.7 Million Watch For New All-Time High". 
  50. ^ Foodie Obsessed (March 14, 2008). "Top Chef Chicago has Ratings Boost". 
  51. ^ Reality TV World (July 18, 2007). "'Top Chef 3 Miami' premiere delivers sizzling ratings for Bravo". 

Bibliography

  • Perkins, Arthur (2011). Chef Wars: Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Top Chef-Just Desserts. Charleston, South Carolina: Author House. ISBN 1451521812. 

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