Top Chef (season 8)
|Top Chef: All-Stars|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||17|
December 1, 2010– April 6, 2011
|No. of contestants||18|
Top Chef: All-Stars is the eighth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. The season was first filmed in New York City before concluding in The Bahamas. All-Stars consisted of chefs from the previous seven seasons who did not win the title of "Top Chef". It premiered on December 1, 2010. The cast was announced during the Top Chef: D.C. reunion special on September 22, 2010. The prize money awarded to the winner for the season was increased to $200,000.
18 past Top Chef contestants were selected to compete in Top Chef: All-Stars.
|Elia Aboumrad||27||Season 2|
|Stephen Asprinio||29||Season 1|
|Richard Blais||38||Season 4|
|Jennifer Carroll||35||Season 6|
|Tiffany Derry||27||Season 7|
|Tiffani Faison||33||Season 1|
|Carla Hall||46||Season 5|
|Mike Isabella||35||Season 6|
|Jamie Lauren||32||Season 5|
|Dale Levitski||37||Season 3|
|Antonia Lofaso||34||Season 4|
|Spike Mendelsohn||29||Season 4|
|Angelo Sosa||35||Season 7|
|Dale Talde||32||Season 4|
|Casey Thompson||32||Season 3|
|Marcel Vigneron||30||Season 2|
|Fabio Viviani||32||Season 5|
|Tre Wilcox||34||Season 3|
|Tre||Mike||N/A||Dale T.||Richard||Dale T.1||Dale T.1||Mike1||Carla1||Mike1
- (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 and was out of the competition.
|No.||Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"History Never Repeats"||December 1, 2010||1.66|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs from each season teamed up to create a dish that represented the city where their seasons took place. The winning team received immunity from elimination.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs were confronted with the ingredients from the dishes that sent them home during their respective seasons. Each chef had to recreate their losing dish and turn it into a success. The winner received $10,000.
|2||"Night at the Museum"||December 8, 2010||2.03|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs had to create a midnight snack for children spending the night at the American Museum of Natural History. The snack had to be edible without the need for utensils and served inside of a brown paper bag. The top two chefs served their midnight snacks for 150 children at the museum, who decided the winner of the Quickfire Challenge.
Elimination Challenge: Competing as two teams, the chefs created a breakfast for the children and their parents that was limited to a specific dinosaur's diet: a Tyrannosaurus rex (meat, eggs, and dairy) or a Brontosaurus (fruits, vegetables, and grains).
|3||"New York's Finest"||December 15, 2010||1.98|
Quickfire Challenge: Teams of four competed in a race to complete three mise en place tasks: butchering lamb ribs, chopping garlic, and cleaning artichokes. The first team to finish started a fifteen-minute timer; all teams had to prepare a dish within that time limit, using all three prepared ingredients. The other teams were required to complete their mise en place tasks before cooking. While the winning team did not earn immunity, each member won $5,000.
Elimination Challenge: Using the same teams from the Quickfire, the chefs competed among themselves in a double elimination to prepare a dish in the style of one of four notable New York City restaurants. Dishes were tasted by the celebrity chefs who ran those restaurants; each master chef's favorite was eligible to win, while their least favorite was eligible for elimination. The winner received a six-night trip to New Zealand.
|4||"Advantage Chef"||December 22, 2010||2.12|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs prepared a stuffing dish. All cutlery and utensils had been removed from the kitchen, so the contestants were forced to improvise tools. The winner earned $20,000.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs were divided into two teams to individually cook for the players in the U.S. Open. The teams designated representatives for head-to-head match-ups, which were scored like a tennis match. The first team to reach four points got the team victory. Chefs that scored a point for the winning team (indicated in bold below) were eligible for the win, while chefs that lost a point for the losing team were eligible for elimination. Though all chefs prepared a dish, due to the format, some ended up not serving; these chefs were ineligible to win, but were still safe from elimination. The winner received a trip to Italy.
|5||"Dim Sum Lose Some"||January 5, 2011||N/A|
Quickfire Challenge: In a series first, head judge Tom Colicchio entered the competition, challenging the chefs to beat his time in creating a dish: 8 minutes, 37 seconds. The winner received a new Toyota Prius.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs went to Chinatown and worked as a team to serve dim sum for the locals.
|6||"We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat"||January 12, 2011||2.36|
Elimination Challenge: In a double elimination, the remaining all-stars went fishing in Montauk. They then cooked fish dishes at the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City for a summer's-end beach party. The winner received a trip to Amsterdam and $5,000 for airfare.
|7||"Restaurant Wars - One Night Only"||January 19, 2011||2.33|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs went to the kitchen of noted seafood restaurant Le Bernardin for a knife skills challenge, butchering and cleaning whole fish. After being judged by Anthony Bourdain and Justo Thomas, the top four chefs competed in a 45-minute cook-off using only the remaining pieces of the cleaned fish: eyes, organs, cheeks, collars, fins, and tails.
Elimination Challenge: The ten remaining chefs were formed into two teams and had 24 hours to create pop-up restaurants. The winning and losing restaurants were selected by the diners. The individual winner, selected by the judges, received $10,000.
|8||"An Offer They Can't Refuse"||February 2, 2011||2.34|
Quickfire Challenge: The nine remaining chefs created a visually appealing dish that was judged solely on presentation.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs cooked a family-style Italian meal at Rao's restaurant for the judges, as well as the restaurant's owners and staff. They were divided into three groups: antipasti, primi, and secondi. The chefs were judged individually on their dishes.
|9||"Feeding Fallon"||February 9, 2011||2.23|
Quickfire Challenge: The eight remaining chefs created fondue dishes and were judged by their fellow contestants. The chefs rated their top three and bottom three dishes, and could not vote for themselves. The winner received a three-day trip to Napa Valley. From this point forward, the winners of the Quickfire no longer received immunity from elimination.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs traveled to NBC Studios at the Rockefeller Center, where they participated in the Cell Phone Shootout on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. In the shootout, they selected the dishes they had to prepare for the challenge and then cooked one of Jimmy Fallon's favorite dishes for his birthday lunch at Tom Colicchio's restaurant, Colicchio and Sons. The winner received a cooking segment on an episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a trip to Tokyo.
|10||"Lock Down"||February 16, 2011||N/A|
Elimination Challenge: The chefs cooked a meal at a Target store using only ingredients and cooking supplies available inside the store. The winner received $25,000.
|11||"For the Gulf"||February 23, 2011||2.61|
Quickfire Challenge: Each chef prepared a Southern-style dish with a deep-fried element. The winner received $5,000.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs catered a charity benefit for the Greater New Orleans Foundation, an organization that provides assistance to fisheries and tourism impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Six previously eliminated contestants from this season were paired with a Gulf Coast seafood. The chefs had to choose a pair of an ingredient and an assistant. The winner received a trip to Barbados.
|12||"Give Me Your Huddled Masses"||March 2, 2011||2.48|
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs made dishes using ingredients found in a ferry snack bar, during a trip from Manhattan to Ellis Island.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs had to create a dish inspired by their ancestry and prepare a meal for one of their family members and the judges. The winner secured a spot in the Final 4 and received a Toyota Highlander Hybrid.
|13||"Give Me Your Huddled Masses"||March 9, 2011||2.44|
Quickfire Challenge: The remaining chefs competed in a culinary duel against the Top Chef from their season. Each season's chefs were given a mystery ingredient selected for them by Tom Colicchio, which they had to share. The chefs had 40 minutes to create a dish featuring their ingredient. Each winner (indicated in bold) won $10,000. Stephanie, going up against two competitors from her season, was eligible to win up to $20,000.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs created meals for the King of Junkanoo with limited cooking equipment.
|14||"Island Fever"||March 16, 2011||2.26|
Quickfire Challenge: Working in teams of two, the chefs had to make 100 identical dishes in one hour. The winners split $5,000.
Elimination Challenge: On a deserted island with minimal facilities, the chefs catered a high-end lunch party for a yacht club's 80th anniversary and served up Bahamian delicacies, including conch, which they had to catch from the ocean.
|15||"The Last Supper"||March 23, 2011||2.38|
Quickfire Challenge: Each chef completed a challenge based on a Quickfire from a previous season; the competitors assigned the challenges to one another. Midway through the competition, an additional twist element was added inspired by another previous Quickfire. The winner received $5,000.
Elimination Challenge (Part 1): For the first portion of a two-part challenge, the chefs prepared a meal, inspired by what one of the guest judges would want for their last meal.
Elimination Challenge (Part 2): Following the announcement of the winner, the two losing chefs were asked to cook one last perfect bite to secure the last spot in the season finale.
|16||"Finale"||March 30, 2011||2.77|
Elimination Challenge: The two finalists were asked to design their own dream restaurant and create a four-course tasting menu. Each chef was allowed to work with three sous chefs. The sous chefs were selected from the sixteen previously eliminated contestants through a blind taste test. Richard was assisted by Angelo, Antonia, and Spike. Mike was assisted by Carla, Jamie, and Tiffani.
|17||"Reunion"||April 6, 2011||1.68|
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