Top Chef: Colorado
|Top Chef: Colorado|
|Hosted by||Padma Lakshmi|
|No. of contestants||19|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Original release||December 7, 2017 –|
March 8, 2018
Top Chef: Colorado is the fifteenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. Initial details about the season and its cast were revealed on October 12, 2017. The show was filmed in various cities across Colorado, including Denver, Boulder, Telluride, and Aspen. The season premiered on December 7, 2017, and concluded on March 8, 2018. Last Chance Kitchen premiered on November 30, 2017. In the season finale, Joseph Flamm was declared the Top Chef, defeating Adrienne Cheatham. Fatima Ali was voted Fan Favorite.
Top Chef: Colorado features a cast of 15 new contestants. In addition, four returning competitors from previous seasons competed in the Last Chance Kitchen for the opportunity to enter the main competition: Top Chef: San Francisco contestant Lee Anne Wong, Top Chef: Los Angeles runner-up and All-Stars contestant Marcel Vigneron, Top Chef: California contestant Kwame Onwuachi, and Top Chef: Las Vegas finalist and All-Stars contestant Jennifer Carroll. Following the sixth episode of Last Chance Kitchen, Wong was selected to join the main cast. Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins previously appeared as a contestant on the second season of Top Chef México, the Mexican version of Top Chef from NBC Universo.
|Fatima Ali||New York, New York|
|Tyler Anderson||Simsbury, Connecticut|
|Carrie Baird||Denver, Colorado|
|Adrienne Cheatham||New York, New York|
|Laura Cole||Denali National Park, Alaska|
|Joseph Flamm||Chicago, Illinois|
|Rogelio Garcia||San Francisco, California|
|Tanya Holland||Oakland, California|
|Bruce Kalman||Los Angeles, California|
|Brother Luck||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Melissa Perfit||San Francisco, California|
|Tu David Phu||Oakland, California|
|Joe Sasto||Los Angeles, California|
|Christopher "Chris" Scott||Brooklyn, New York|
|Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins||San Diego, California|
|Jennifer Carroll||Washington, D.C.||Season 6, 8|
|Kwame Onwuachi||Washington, D.C.||Season 13|
|Marcel Vigneron||Los Angeles, California||Season 2, 8|
|Lee Anne Wong||Honolulu, Hawaii||Season 1|
|Contestant||Elimination Challenge Results|
^Note 1 : The chef(s) did not receive immunity for winning the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2 : Laura lost the Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge and was eliminated.
^Note 3 : Following Episode 6 of Last Chance Kitchen, Claudette rejoined the competition and Lee Anne was introduced as a regular competitor.
^Note 4 : Due to severe altitude sickness and concerns over her unborn baby's health, Lee Anne elected to withdraw from the competition.
^Note 5 : Joseph lost the Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge and was eliminated.
^Note 6 : Joseph won Last Chance Kitchen and returned to the competition.
- (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned "Top Chef".
- (RUNNER-UP) The chef was the 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.
- (WDR) The chef voluntarily withdrew from the competition.
|Title||Original air date|
|218||1||"It'll Take More than Pot Luck"||December 7, 2017|
Quickfire Challenge: To introduce themselves to the judges and their fellow competitors, the chefs had to create a dish for a potluck. The contestants then voted for their most and least favorite dishes. The winner received immunity from elimination.
|219||2||"Smile and Say Mise"||December 14, 2017|
Quickfire Challenge: Divided into two teams, the chefs competed in the series' traditional mise en place relay race. The race consisted of three tasks: peel and brunoise shallots; peel, destem, and slice mushrooms; and butcher twenty pieces of beef tenderloin. The members of the winning team then competed against each other, cooking dishes using the three prepped ingredients. The winner received immunity from elimination, US$5,000, and a year's supply of Blue Apron dinners. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Troy Guard.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs, remaining in the same teams from the Quickfire Challenge, were required to prepare a four-course meal which incorporated four different cheeses. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Alex Seidel.
|220||3||"Keep on Truckin"||December 21, 2017|
Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge: The chefs deconstructed the Denver omelette. The winner received immunity from elimination. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs, separated into teams of three, had to create a food truck concept with a cohesive three-item menu, which would be served to 150 college students. Each diner was provided a ticket to exchange at one food truck; the team who received the most tickets was safe from elimination. The guest judge for the challenge was Top Chef: New York winner Hosea Rosenberg.
|221||4||"Little Tools, Big Challenge"||December 28, 2017|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs elevated items from a traditional kids' menu; they were also limited to using kids-sized kitchen equipment. The winner received immunity from elimination. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Curtis Stone.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs created dishes inspired by their heritage and backgrounds. The guest judge for the challenge was Food & Wine contributor Nilou Motamed.
|222||5||"This Is Not Glamping"||January 4, 2018|
Elimination Challenge: While camping outside near the mountains of Estes Park, the chefs had to create a meal using only camping equipment and ingredients native to Colorado. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Naomi Pomeroy. Prior to the challenge, Claudette and Lee Anne were selected by head judge Colicchio to join the main competition, following their wins in Episode 6 of Last Chance Kitchen.
|223||6||"Now That's a Lot of Schnitzel"||January 11, 2018|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs had to cook one of the most complicated dishes from their restaurants' menus in only 30 minutes. The winner received immunity from elimination and had their recipe featured in a BuzzFeed Tasty video. The guest judge for the challenge was Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs were responsible for elevating traditional German cuisine. In addition, each contestant had to create their own original radler to pair with their dish. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Keegan Gerhard.
|224||7||"Olympic Dreams"||January 18, 2018|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs made breakfast dishes featuring Nutella. The winner received immunity from elimination and US$5,000. The guest judge for the challenge was Top Chef: Charleston winner Brooke Williamson.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs participated in a team challenge inspired by the 2018 Winter Olympics. In teams of three, the contestants competed head-to-head in three rounds showcasing speed, precision, and creativity. The dishes were served in the Top Chef kitchen, which was converted into an arena setting, to 70 diners, including Olympians Meryl Davis, Gus Kenworthy, and John Daly. In the speed round, the chefs had to feed 30 diners in 45 minutes. In the precision round, the chefs had to cook a protein to the perfect temperature and compose their dish using three knife cut techniques: chiffonade, bâtonnet, and brunoise. In the creativity round, the chefs had to produce the most creative dish possible using a mystery protein. The team with the lowest combined score after all three rounds faced elimination. The guest judge for the challenge was originally chef John Besh. However, following numerous sexual harassment allegations against him in late 2017, Bravo made the decision to edit Besh out of the episode.
|225||8||"Restaurant Wars"||January 25, 2018|
Elimination Challenge: The chefs competed in Top Chef's traditional Restaurant Wars challenge. The contestants, split into two teams, were responsible for transforming an empty space into a fully functioning pop-up restaurant within 24 hours. As usual, the teams were required to cook three-course meals; however, instead of two options, they had to create three options per course, resulting in nine total dishes. To help with the increased workload, each team was allowed to select one sous chef from the pool of previously eliminated chefs. The winning team received US$40,000. The guest judges for the challenge were chefs Bruce Bromberg and Eric Bromberg.
|226||9||"Bronco Brouhaha"||February 1, 2018|
Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge: The chefs incorporated edible flowers into their dishes. Beginning with this challenge, immunity from elimination was no longer awarded to the winner. The guest judge for the challenge was chef David Kinch.
Elimination Challenge: Working in teams of two, the chefs had to create one plate of food for a tailgate Super Bowl party at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The winners each received a trip for two to Super Bowl LII. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Adam Perry Lang.
|227||10||"Red Rum and Then Some"||February 8, 2018|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs traveled to The Stanley Hotel, where they crafted desserts visualizing their worst nightmares.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs were tasked with creating dishes that embodied their culinary journeys on Top Chef. The dishes were served at the Colorado Governor's Mansion to a table of guests, including Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Frank Bonanno.
|228||11||"Cooking High"||February 15, 2018|
Elimination Challenge: The chefs had to create high concept dishes under high-altitude cooking conditions. The dishes were served at Alpino Vino, the highest elevation restaurant in North America, which sits at approximately 12,000 feet (3.7 km) above sea level. Each chef was also required to include a baking element to their dish. The guest judges for the challenge were chefs Wylie Dufresne and Paul Liebrandt.
|229||12||"Nut Allergy"||February 22, 2018|
Quick Fire Challenge: The chefs had to create a dish with Rocky Mountain oysters prepared two ways. The guest judges for the challenge were Top Chef: Las Vegas winner Michael Voltaggio and his brother Bryan Voltaggio. The winner received an advantage in the following Elimination Challenge.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs were greeted by their family members at a surprise reunion. After enjoying a meal served by the contestants' family, the chefs were instructed to take the dish cooked by their relative and elevate it to the next level. As the winner of the Quickfire Challenge, Joe received an extra 30 minutes of prep time.
|230||13||"A Little Place Called Aspen"||March 1, 2018|
Quick Fire Challenge: The chefs had to go fly fishing, catch a trout, and cook a dish within the allotted time frame. The guest judge for the challenge was Top Chef Masters Season 4 winner Chris Cosentino. The winner received an advantage in the following Elimination Challenge.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs served vegetarian dishes to various chefs and food connoisseurs attending the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, including Brooke Williamson, Danny Meyer, Bryan Voltaggio, Michael Voltaggio, Ludo Lefebvre, Scott Conant, and Tim Love. To help with the challenge, each contestant received the assistance of one of the three most recently eliminated competitors: Carrie, Chris, and Bruce. As the winner of the Quickfire Challenge, Joseph was able to select his own sous chef and assign his opponents'. He selected Carrie for himself, Bruce for Adrienne, and Chris for Joe. The guest judge for the challenge was chef Daniel Boulud.
|231||14||"Finale"||March 8, 2018|
Elimination Challenge: The finalists had to create the best four-course progressive meal of their lives. Each finalist received help from two sous chefs, consisting of previously eliminated contestants. Adrienne was assisted by Chris and Carrie, while Joseph was assisted by Joe and Fatima. The guest judges for the challenge were Jonathan Waxman, Nancy Silverton, and Curtis Duffy.
Last Chance Kitchen
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Catch Me Up...Quick!"||November 30, 2017|
Challenge: The four returning Top Chef contestants had to create a dish that represented their current ventures as a chef. In addition, the contestants had to agree upon five ingredients which they would all have to incorporate into their dishes; they chose cauliflower, lamb, serrano peppers, fennel, and olives. Only three contestants would move on to compete against the first eliminated chef from the main cast.
|2||"All of a Spudden"||December 7, 2017|
Challenge: The chefs had to create a dish featuring potatoes.
|3||"Miss Muffet's Favorite"||December 14, 2017|
|4||"Two Wrongs"||December 21, 2017|
Challenge: The chefs were shown seven baskets filled with unusual pairings of ingredients: vanilla beans and pickles, strawberries and garlic, liquorice and peanut butter, sour candy and gochujang, bonito flakes and chocolate, bananas and capers, and coffee and anchovy paste. Each contestant had to select one basket and create a cohesive dish using their ingredients, attempting to turn "two wrongs into a right". Following the judging, two chefs were eliminated.
|5||"All in Your Head"||December 28, 2017|
Challenge (Part 1): In the first round of a two-part challenge, the chefs had to create dishes using animal heads.
|6||"Cook with Your Guts"||December 28, 2017|
Challenge (Part 2): In the second round of a two-part challenge, the chefs had to create dishes using the innards of various animals. The winners of the challenge earned spots in the main competition.
|7||"Make Like a Tree and Leaf"||January 11, 2018|
|8||"Speed Round"||January 18, 2018|
Challenge: The chefs were allowed to cook any dish, but were only given ten minutes to do so.
|9||"Last Last Chance"||January 25, 2018|
Challenge: The chefs had to create dishes using produce that has gone bad; they were also restricted from using any proteins.
|10||"Ultimate Top Chef Taco Bar"||February 1, 2018|
Challenge: The chefs put their own spin on tacos. Instead of creating the entire dish themselves, the chefs had to lay out the components for their tacos and allow Colicchio, as well as the other eliminated contestants, to build their own. In addition, at least one component had to incorporate Hidden Valley ranch seasoning.
|11||"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"||February 8, 2018|
|12||"Finale"||February 8, 2018|
Challenge: The finalists were allowed to cook any dish. The dishes were served to Colicchio, guest judge Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson, and the gallery of previously eliminated chefs, who then voted for their favorite dish. The chef who received the most votes was declared the winner of Last Chance Kitchen and rejoined the main competition.
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