Top Chef (Spanish TV series)

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Top Chef
GenreReality
Cooking
Directed byJavier Llanos
Ángel Rodríguez
Judges
  • Current
  • Alberto Chicote
  • Susi Díaz
  • Paco Roncero (season 3-)
  • Former
  • Ángel León (season 1)
  • Yayo Daporta (season 2)
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes42
Production
Running time90 minutes approx.
Production company(s)Boomerang TV
Atresmedia
Release
Original networkAntena 3
Picture format16:9, 480p (SDTV) / 1080p (HDTV)
Original releaseOctober 2, 2013 (2013-10-02) –
present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

Top Chef is a Spanish television show based on the American format of the same name. The base of the program is a cooking competition that features chefs competing for the title of best chef in the country. Atresmedia produces the show for its main channel Antena 3 in association with production company Boomerang TV.

History[edit]

In January 2013, Atresmedia confirmed it had bought the rights to adapt the Top Chef format in Spain, which rival group Mediaset España had previously discarded producing for its channel Cuatro.[1] As the details of the adaptation were revealed, the show was initially meant to air on Atresmedia's second channel laSexta, which at the time had the success of Pesadilla en la cocina (the Spanish adaptation of the Kitchen Nightmares franchise) to its credit.[2] However, after seeing the success of similar format MasterChef on public channel La 1, Atresmedia decided to air Top Chef on its main channel Antena 3 instead.[3] The first season premiered on October 2, 2013.[4]

Format[edit]

Top Chef searches for the best professional cook in the country, who will get a cash money prize and supplies for his or her restaurant. In order to become the "top chef", contestants must face weekly challenges on each episode:

  • Trial by fire: A quick challenge where the contestants must prove their skills to work against the clock. The winner gets immunity and/or privileges for the next challenge.
  • Team challenge: The contestants are thrown into teams for an outdoor task where they will cook for a collective whose votes will decide the winning team.
  • Last chance: The members of the losing team in the previous task face each other with the judges of the show deciding who cooked the best plate. The loser of this challenge gets eliminated from the competition.

Season 1[edit]

The first season ran from October 2 to December 18, 2013, and featured chefs Alberto Chicote, Ángel León and Susi Díaz as judges. On week 9 the eliminated contestants returned for a repechage challenge where the chefs still in contention served as judges. The special panel of judges for the finale featured Pedro Subijana, Martín Berasategui, Joan Roca, Quique Dacosta, Eneko Atxa, Juan Mari Arzak and Karlos Arguiñano.

Contestants[edit]

Name Place of birth Details
Begoña Rodrigo Valencia Winner
Antonio Arrabal Zaragoza Runner-up
Miguel Cobo Cantabria 3rd place
Jesús Almagro Madrid Eliminated on week 5, repechaged on week 9, eliminated again on week 11
Javier Estévez Madrid Eliminated on week 10
Bárbara Amorós Valencia Eliminated on week 8
Antonio Canales Madrid Eliminated on week 7
Elisabeth Julianne Menorca Eliminated on week 6
Borja Letamendia San Sebastián Eliminated on week 4
Hung Fai Chiu Hong Kong Eliminated on week 3
Iván Hernández Ávila Eliminated on week 2
Érika Domínguez A Coruña Eliminated on week 1 (final castings)
Eduardo Sánchez Madrid
Enrique Lozano Sevilla
Vicente Cubertoner Castellón de la Plana

Weekly stats chart[edit]

Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Finale
Begoña Qualified Saved Nominated Saved Nominated Saved Saved Saved Judge Nominated Nominated Winner
Antonio A. Qualified Nominated Saved Saved Nominated Nominated Nominated Saved Judge Nominated Saved Runner-up
Miguel Qualified Nominated Nominated Nominated Immune Saved Saved Saved Judge Nominated Saved Third
Jesús Qualified Nominated Saved Saved Eliminated Repechage Saved Eliminated
Javier Qualified Saved Saved Immune Saved Saved Nominated Nominated Judge Eliminated
Bárbara Qualified Nominated Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Saved Eliminated
Antonio C. Qualified Saved Immune Saved Nominated Saved Eliminated
Elisabeth Qualified Saved Nominated Saved Saved Eliminated
Borja Qualified Saved Nominated Eliminated
Hung Fai Qualified Immune Eliminated
Iván Qualified Eliminated
Eduardo Eliminated
Enrique Eliminated
Erika Eliminated
Vicente Eliminated

Season 2[edit]

The second season premiered on September 8, 2014 and ended on December 17, 2014. Alberto Chicote and Susi Díaz returned as judges, with Yayo Daporta replacing Ángel León. On week 2 the contestants dropped on the final castings (week 1) were given another chance to earn a place on the competition against the losers of the week's team challenge, and featured again the repechage challenge, that took place on week 11. The special panel of judges for the finale featured Martín Berasategui, Pedro Larumbe, Andoni Luis Adúriz, Carles Gaig, Toño Pérez, Francis Paniego and Ángel León.

Due to an agreement with McDonald's, this season also featured a "burger challenge", which was won by Javier García Peña. As a result, his creation would be commercialized for a limited time in the Spanish McDonald's restaurants as the Grand McExtrem Top Chef.[5]

Contestants[edit]

Name Place of birth Details
David García Cantero Barcelona Winner
Marc Joli Girona Runner-up
Fran Vicente Salamanca Eliminated on week 8, repechaged on week 11, eliminated again on week 14
Víctor Rodrigo Castellón de la Plana Eliminated on week 13
Javier García Peña Valladolid Eliminated on week 12
Carlos Medina Valencia Eliminated on week 10
Inés Abril Vigo Eliminated on week 9
Marta Roselló Palma de Mallorca Eliminated on week 7
Honorato Espinar Palma de Mallorca Eliminated on week 1 (final castings), repechaged on week 2, eliminated again on week 6
Rebeca Hernández Madrid Eliminated on week 5
Teresa Gutiérrez Albacete Eliminated on week 4
Pablo González Seville Eliminated on week 3
Joaquín Espejo Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Eliminated on week 2
Pedro Jerez Santander Eliminated on week 1 (final castings)
Francisco Jerez Santander
Irina Concepción Herrera Peru

Weekly stats chart[edit]

Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Finale
David Qualified Saved Immune Nominated Saved Nominated Nominated Immune Nominated Nominated Judge Saved Saved Saved Winner
Marc Qualified Saved Nominated Nominated Nominated Nominated Nominated Saved Saved Immune Judge Nominated Nominated Nominated Runner-up
Fran Qualified Immune Saved Nominated Saved Immune Saved Eliminated Repechage Immune Nominated Eliminated
Víctor Qualified Nominated Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Saved Saved Immune Saved Judge Saved Eliminated
Peña Qualified Saved Nominated Saved Saved Saved Immune Saved Saved Nominated Judge Eliminated
Carlos Qualified Nominated Nominated Immune Nominated Saved Saved Saved Nominated Eliminated
Inés Qualified Saved Saved Saved Saved Nominated Saved Nominated Eliminated
Marta Qualified Saved Saved Saved Saved Saved Eliminated
Honorato Eliminated Repechage Saved Saved Nominated Eliminated
Rebeca Qualified Saved Saved Saved Eliminated
Teresa Qualified Nominated Saved Eliminated
Pablo Qualified Saved Eliminated
Joaquín Qualified Eliminated
Pedro Eliminated
Francisco Eliminated
Irina Eliminated

Season 3[edit]

The third season ran from September 9 to December 16, 2015. Alberto Chicote and Susi Díaz continued as judges, while Paco Roncero replaced Yayo Daporta.[6]

Contestants[edit]

Name Place of birth Details
Marcel Ress Germany Winner
Alejandro Platero Valencia Runner-up
Mari Paz Marlo Cuenca Eliminated on week 14
Sergio Bastard Cantabria Eliminated on week 13
Oriol Lomas Barcelona Eliminated on week 11
Luca Rodi Italy Eliminated on week 9
Montse Estruch Barcelona Eliminated on week 8
Álex Clavijo Ecuador Eliminated on week 7
Carlos Caballero Málaga Eliminated on week 6
María Espín Barcelona Eliminated on week 5
Julio Velandrino Murcia Eliminated on week 4
Carlota Bonder Ibiza Eliminated on week 3
Jesús Vega Madrid Eliminated on week 2
Iván Serrano Toledo Eliminated on week 1 (final castings)
Borja Aldea Segovia
Vanessa Merino Girona

Weekly stats chart[edit]

Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Finale
Marcel Qualified Nominated Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Immune Nominated Saved Pardoned Saved N/A Advanced Saved Winner
Alejandro Qualified Saved Nominated Saved Saved Nominated Saved Saved Immune Saved Nominated N/A Advanced Nominated Runner-up
Mari Paz Qualified Saved Saved Saved Saved Nominated Saved Nominated Saved Nominated Saved Advanced Eliminated
Sergio Qualified Nominated Nominated Saved Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Nominated Nominated Immune N/A Eliminated
Oriol Qualified Saved Nominated Saved Nominated Saved Saved Immune Nominated Nominated Eliminated
Luca Qualified Saved Saved Saved Saved Immune Saved Saved Eliminated
Montse Qualified Immune Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Nominated Eliminated
Álex Qualified Saved Saved Saved Nominated Saved Eliminated
Carlos Qualified Saved Saved Saved Saved Eliminated
María Qualified Nominated Saved Immune Eliminated
Julio Qualified Saved Saved Eliminated
Carlota Qualified Saved Eliminated
Jesús Qualified Eliminated
Iván Eliminated
Borja Eliminated
Vanessa Eliminated

Note: Episode 12 featured a non-elimination challenge, with the winner qualifying for the semifinals.

Season 4[edit]

This season ran from February 15 to May 17, 2017. The panel of judges from season 3 (Alberto Chicote, Susi Díaz and Paco Roncero) returned unchanged for this season.

Contestants[edit]

Name Place of birth Details
Rakel Cernicharo Valencia Winner
Víctor Gutiérrez Peru Runner-up
Pablo Montoro Alicante Eliminated on week 12
Melissa Herrera Granada Eliminated on week 5, repechaged on week 7, eliminated on week 11
Richard Alcayde Málaga Eliminated on week 10
David Marcano Madrid Eliminated on week 9
Federico Filippetti Argentina Eliminated on week 8
Manu Núñez A Coruña Eliminated on week 7
Mª Rosa García León Eliminated on week 6
Julio Miralles Madrid Eliminated on week 4
Tomás López Alicante Eliminated on week 3
Eva de Gil Barcelona Eliminated on week 2
Fátima Pérez Valladolid Eliminated on week 1 (final castings)
Xavi Viamonte Barcelona

Weekly stats chart[edit]

Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Finale
Rakel Qualified Nominated Nominated Saved Immune Nominated Nominated Saved Immune Nominated Nominated Saved Winner
Víctor Qualified Saved Immune Saved Nominated Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Nominated Saved Nominated Runner-up
Montoro Qualified Immune Nominated Immune Saved Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Saved Saved Eliminated
Melissa Qualified Saved Saved Nominated Eliminated Repechage Nominated Nominated Nominated Eliminated
Richard Qualified Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Nominated Nominated Saved Nominated Eliminated
Marcano Qualified Saved Saved Saved Nominated Saved Nominated Immune Eliminated
Filippetti Qualified Saved Saved Nominated Saved Saved Nominated Eliminated
Manu Qualified Nominated Saved Saved Nominated Nominated Eliminated
Mª Rosa Qualified Saved Saved Immune Saved Eliminated
Julio Qualified Nominated Nominated Eliminated
Tomás Qualified Nominated Eliminated
Eva Qualified Eliminated
Fátima Eliminated
Xavi Eliminated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "laSexta prepara el reality 'Top Chef', un formato muy parecido al 'MasterChef' que emitirá La 1". FormulaTV (in Spanish). 29 January 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  2. ^ "La Sexta prepara el reality "Top chef", similar al talent show "Master chef" en La 1". Vertele (in Spanish). 29 January 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  3. ^ "'Top Chef' recalará finalmente en la parrilla de Antena 3". FormulaTV. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  4. ^ Molina, Berto (26 September 2013). "'Top Chef' se estrena el próximo miércoles 2 de octubre en el prime time de Antena 3". FormulaTV (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  5. ^ López, Tony (22 October 2014). "Los platos de 'Top Chef' saltan de la televisión a una conocida cadena de hamburguesas". FormulaTV (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Paco Roncero, nuevo juez de la tercera temporada de 'Top Chef'". Antena 3 (in Spanish). 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.