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The Best Episodes of Top Chef

Every episode of Top Chef ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Top Chef!

An American reality competition show in which chefs compete against each other in culinary challenges and 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.

Genre:Reality
Network:Bravo

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Top Chef" is "Finale", rated 8.2/10 from 34 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Finale" aired on 3/30/2011 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Hands Off".

  • Finale
    8.2/10 34 votes

    #1 - Finale

    Season 8 Episode 16 - Aired 2011-03-30

    The remaining two chefs have no time to digest what just happened as their final challenge is immediately announced. The 2 finalists choose their sous-chefs... blindfolded!

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  • Hands Off
    8.0/10 43 votes

    #2 - Hands Off

    Season 20 Episode 7 - Aired 2023-04-20

    The chefs learn Gaggan Anand is the guest judge; they must create a dish inspired by an emoji and are tasked with creating a plate with a message that's visually stunning and can be eaten without utensils.

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  • Culinary Olympics
    7.9/10 36 votes

    #3 - Culinary Olympics

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2009-11-18

    A challenge based on the Bocuse d'Or. Guest judges include Jerome Bocuse and Thomas Keller.

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  • Finale (1)
    7.9/10 40 votes

    #4 - Finale (1)

    Season 6 Episode 14 - Aired 2009-12-02

    The final four chefs compete in Napa Valley to determine who will be the final three.

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  • Fin.
    7.9/10 35 votes

    #5 - Fin.

    Season 20 Episode 14 - Aired 2023-06-08

    The finalists are on top of the world as they’ve made it to the finale in Paris. The final three will have the opportunity to cook the meal of their lives for Padma, Tom and Gail, along with a table of culinary luminaries. The guests include Marcus Samuelsson, May Chow, Daniela Soto-Innes, Clare Smyth, Simon Rogan, Ángel León, Food & Wine magazine’s Hunter Lewis, Michelin Guide’s International Director Gwendal Poullennec and “Top Chef France” Judge Hélène Darroze. The chefs lay it all on the table in their final challenge, but only one will take home the ultimate title of “Top Chef” World All-Star.

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  • Restaurant Wars
    7.8/10 33 votes

    #6 - Restaurant Wars

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2009-10-21

    Chef Rick Moonen's restaurant is taken over by the contestants and then he serves as their guest judge.

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  • Restaurant Wars: One Night Only
    7.8/10 35 votes

    #7 - Restaurant Wars: One Night Only

    Season 8 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-01-19

    Fish fillet contest; chefs must open ``one night only'' restaurants in New York City.

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  • Feeding Fallon
    7.8/10 33 votes

    #8 - Feeding Fallon

    Season 8 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-02-09

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  • Past Suppers
    7.8/10 34 votes

    #9 - Past Suppers

    Season 10 Episode 9 - Aired 2013-01-02

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  • A Little Place Called Aspen
    7.8/10 28 votes

    #10 - A Little Place Called Aspen

    Season 15 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-03-01

    Before the chefs can prepare the catch of the day, they must first actually catch it; the only thing standing between the chefs and the Grand Finale are 200 plates for the chefs and food connoisseurs attending the Food & Wine Classic.

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  • Parma
    7.8/10 33 votes

    #11 - Parma

    Season 17 Episode 13 - Aired 2020-06-11

    In the penultimate episode in the All Stars competition, the chefs are treated to a culinary dream trip to Parma, the legendary home of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma ham. After getting a behind the scenes tour of some traditional multi-generational factories of these exclusive products, the chefs must feature these ingredients in two courses and serve their dishes to a table of 16 Michelin stars. Pasta master, Chef Evan Funke, sits in as the guest judge along with Tom, Padma, Gail and a bevy of celebrated Italian super-star chefs. One chef is eliminated as only the top three will move on to the finale.

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  • Holiday Vacation
    7.8/10 39 votes

    #12 - Holiday Vacation

    Season 20 Episode 5 - Aired 2023-04-06

    In this week’s extra-sweet Quickfire, the chefs are tasked with creating a celebratory dish featuring honey and mead in order to win over Padma and guest judge Adam Handling. Then, the chefs escape the city and head to the Kent countryside. The cheftestants create a festive family meal featuring their favorite holiday dishes for judges Padma, Tom and Gail, along with Top Chef Mexico judge Martha Ortiz.

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  • Battle of the Wellingtons
    7.8/10 33 votes

    #13 - Battle of the Wellingtons

    Season 20 Episode 11 - Aired 2023-05-18

    Coming into the final stretch before the finale. It’s full steam ahead as the remaining six chefs are tasked with creating a steamed dish for their Quickfire Challenge. In one of the hardest Elimination Challenges yet, the chefs are put in teams of two and must create not one, not two, but three different Wellingtons to serve 20 diners, along with Padma, Tom and Gail. The two chefs from the losing team will pack their knives.

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  • Sin City Vice
    7.7/10 37 votes

    #14 - Sin City Vice

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 2009-08-19

    17 fresh chefs infiltrate sin city to take on culinary challenges in the season six premier.

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  • Give Me Your Huddled Masses
    7.7/10 29 votes

    #15 - Give Me Your Huddled Masses

    Season 8 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-03-02

    The chefs need to make something out of nothing; the contestants head to Ellis Island, where they must make a dish based on their heritage.

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  • Fit For an Evil Queen
    7.7/10 26 votes

    #16 - Fit For an Evil Queen

    Season 9 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-01-18

    The Quickfire is on the move, except it's the ingredients that are moving—by train. Next, the chefs must access the darkness inside of them when they are asked to create "evil" on a plate.

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  • The Jonathan Gold Standard
    7.7/10 39 votes

    #17 - The Jonathan Gold Standard

    Season 17 Episode 2 - Aired 2020-03-26

    This week the chefs honor the late, great Pulitzer-Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold. Using Gold’s last guide list, the chefs fan out all over Los Angeles to sample the unique taquerias, food trucks, mom-and-pop cafes, upscale eateries and ethnic cuisine only found in the City of Angels. Drawing inspiration from this one-in-a-lifetime culinary odyssey, the chefs create dishes to serve 200 of Jonathan Gold’s friends, family, and restaurateurs that he loved at the iconic Union Station. Noted food writer and personal friend of Jonathan Gold, Ruth Reichl serves as guest judge alongside Padma, Tom and Gail.

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  • Finito!
    7.7/10 39 votes

    #18 - Finito!

    Season 17 Episode 14 - Aired 2020-06-18

    In an epic Italian showdown, the final three All Stars cook the meal of their lives in an effort to take home the ultimate title and prize. To win, all they’ll need to impress not only the judges - Tom, Padma, Gail and Nilou Motamed, but also culinary superstars Mauro Colagreco, Clare Smyth, Marcus Samuelsson, Janice Wong, Tony Mantuano, Eighth Generation Italian Butcher Dario Cecchini and Food & Wine magazine’s Hunter Lewis. It’s a fight to the bitter end, but only one will be have their second chance to finally be crowned Top Chef.

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  • The Final Plate
    7.7/10 27 votes

    #19 - The Final Plate

    Season 19 Episode 14 - Aired 2022-06-02

    Aspiring chefs compete for their shot at culinary stardom.

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  • Restaurant Wars
    7.7/10 34 votes

    #20 - Restaurant Wars

    Season 20 Episode 9 - Aired 2023-05-04

    It’s Restaurant Wars, and this season, the perennial favorite is back with a twist! The chefs split into two teams of four and are tasked with creating a restaurant concept and tasting menu. To add to the pressure, they must debut their restaurants at three Michelin-starred Core by Clare Smyth, and the judges will have a full view of the kitchen. Unbeknown to the chefs, Jimi Famurewa, the Chief Restaurant Critic for the Evening Standard, is seated in the dining room and later joins Padma, Tom and Gail at the judges’ table.

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  • Penn & Teller
    7.6/10 35 votes

    #21 - Penn & Teller

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 2009-09-23

    The contestants deconstruct a classic dish for magicians Penn & Teller. Chef Michelle Bernstein serves as a guest judge.

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  • Bike, Borrow & Steal
    7.6/10 27 votes

    #22 - Bike, Borrow & Steal

    Season 9 Episode 13 - Aired 2012-02-01

    In this week’s Quickfire, Pee-wee Herman stops by and the chefs are tasked to create his favorite breakfast dish – pancakes! But this isn’t any old pancake. The Chefs are challenged to be as creative as possible when making their batter, toppings and presentation. In "Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” Pee-wee learned a lot about searching the streets and asking for help. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are set loose in downtown San Antonio with a bike and $100, where they must find their ingredients and create a dish for Pee-wee’s dinner party. Pee-wee Herman joins Gail Simmons, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi at judges’ table.

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  • Battle Before the War
    7.6/10 30 votes

    #23 - Battle Before the War

    Season 10 Episode 10 - Aired 2013-01-09

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  • It'll Take More than Pot Luck
    7.6/10 34 votes

    #24 - It'll Take More than Pot Luck

    Season 15 Episode 1 - Aired 2017-12-07

    A diverse group of chefs enter the Top Chef kitchen in Denver and are immediately put to work, tasked with making a pot luck dish to introduce themselves to the judges and their fellow competitors. Then the cheftestants prepare their modern take on a meat and potatoes dish for a blow-out block party in Larimer Square with 200 diners and Denver's biggest culinary names, including Hosea Rosenberg, Troy Guard, Frank Bonanno and Gregory Gourdet. The chefs learn the importance of the phrase 'first impressions are everything.'

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  • Cooking High
    7.6/10 28 votes

    #25 - Cooking High

    Season 15 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-02-15

    In breathtaking Telluride, the Chefs embark on the first leg of the finals. As they walk down the quaint Main Street they are quickly reunited with the winner of Last Chance Kitchen, and the new group of five face Padma, Tom, and Chef Wylie Dufresne. For the Quickfire challenge, they are tasked to make a dish incorporating the old saloon slinging medicinal beverage, sarsaparilla. Then the chefs cook at Alpino Vino, a fine dining restaurant at the highest elevation in North America, where they prepare a dish that must include a baking element. And no chef knows the difficulty of cooking in high altitude locations like Michelin-star recipient Chef Paul Liebrandt who has cooked in the Swiss Alps.

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