Emeril Lagasse as Himself - Judge

Episodes 67

November 2, 2011

29 chefs gather at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, to compete for 16 slots in the 9th season of Top Chef. Tonight they are divided into three groups and must master their challenge to move forward. Some will know their fate immediately and receive a chef coat or be sent home. Others will be on the "bubble" and must compete and be judged again before they know their fates. Yes, it's bigger in Texas, but it's also hotter and harder, too.

Group 1 Qualifying Challenge: Prepare a Dish Using One Cut of a Pig Group 2 Qualifying Challenge: Prepare a Dish Using the Same Ingredient

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The Heat Is On

9x2
November 9, 2011

Night two of heats for the coveted contestant spots starts with 10 competitors, 10 ingredients, and only five chef coats left. Once again, those who excel in the challenge get a coat immediately, and those who bomb are sent home. The remaining hopefuls on the "bubble" participate in a cook-off for the last coats against last week's four still waiting for their second chance. Also, tonight the first chefs are awarded an opportunity to get back into the race when they are sent to the sister series Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.

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Quinceanera

9x3
November 16, 2011

The chefs are asked to create a dish using rattlesnakes. Later they cater a girl's quinceañera celebration.

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November 23, 2011

The contestants provide food for the local rodeo and its audience.

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November 30, 2011

The chefs must create a dish using what they can find in a standard survival kit, then they have to shift gears and cater dinner to high society.

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Higher Steaks

9x6
December 7, 2011

The contestants prepare steak for some of Texas' most discerning palates, at least beef-wise, the attendees of the Cattle Baron's Ball.

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Game On

9x7
December 14, 2011

The contestants must cook for an all-star table of chefs whose avocation is hunting.

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Tribute Dinner

9x8
December 21, 2011

The chefs must adapt quickly when their cooking mashes up with social networking and they begin receiving dish notes via Twitter. Later, they will each be able to pay homage to an influential teacher when they are asked to create dishes in the teachers' honor.

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BBQ Pit Wars

9x9
January 4, 2012

The chefs combine learning with cooking tonight when they use Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine to influence their Quickfire dishes. Next, they team up for a barbecue cook-off where the diners determine the winning team.

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Restaurant Wars

9x10
January 11, 2012

The still-standing chefs sharpen their knives for the time-honored fan-favorite "Restaurant Wars" test. The all-encompassing culinary challenge tasks them to create an eatery, from its signage and logos to its menus and meals. The chefs prepare their dishes as quick as they can but the servers are having problems understanding where they need to go.

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January 18, 2012

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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Block Party

9x12
January 25, 2012

The chefs race against time to finish prep work for a meal. Later, they serve up cuisine at a food-drive block party. Guest judge: Cat Cora.

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February 1, 2012

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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Mentors

9x14
February 8, 2012

In this week’s Quickfire, the chefs must use their sense of touch, smell and taste to navigate through the pantry to gather ingredients for a dish while blindfolded. In a twist, the winning chef from Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen will re-enter the competition and join the remaining four chefs in the elimination challenge, where the chefs must create a delicious dish that will impress their mentors. Host Padma Lakshmi, along with Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and head judge Tom Colicchio will determine which final four chefs will advance to the finale.

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Culinary Games

9x15
February 15, 2012

The final 4 chefs arrive in Whistler, British Columbia, for a Top Chef twist on the Olympic games. From cooking on the world’s fastest gondola to a biathlon that requires marksman like precision to get the best ingredients, the chefs will need to have the concentration of a true culinary Olympian to advance to the next round in Vancouver.

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Fire and Ice

9x16
February 22, 2012

Asian Masters lend a hand in a tag-team-style Quickfire. The final 3 chefs must create a dish and cocktail that fuses the concept of fire and ice into one cohesive dish, a culinary testament of their journey from blazing Texas heat to blistering Vancouver cold.

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Finale

9x17
February 29, 2012

For the final challenge, each chef will take over a restaurant in Vancouver where they will have the chance to design a four-course meal for the judges and unbeknownst to them, friends and family.

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Reunion

9x18
March 7, 2012

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November 7, 2012

Twenty-one contestants compete for fifteen spots in real-world challenges administered by the judges.

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November 14, 2012

The fifteen chefs who remain after last week's qualifying challenge must think on their feet and at a high elevation when a twist complicates their challenge.

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November 21, 2012

The chefs choose international dumpling recipes for the Quickfire, and then team up with either Tom or Emeril in a Thanksgiving challenge.

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November 28, 2012

First the chefs must demonstrate their knife skills, and then they board a time machine, metaphorically at least, so they can design menus from the 1950s.

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December 5, 2012

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December 12, 2012

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Foiled Again

10x7
December 19, 2012

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December 26, 2012

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Past Suppers

10x9
January 2, 2013

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January 9, 2013

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Restaurant Wars

10x11
January 16, 2013

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Wolfgang Clucks

10x12
January 23, 2013

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Chefs at Sea

10x13
January 30, 2013

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Kings of Alaska

10x14
February 6, 2013

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Glacial Gourmand

10x15
February 13, 2013

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Finale (1)

10x16
February 20, 2013

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Finale (2)

10x17
February 27, 2013

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October 2, 2013

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October 9, 2013

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October 16, 2013

An elimination quickfire challenge; replicating legacy dishes in the elimination challenge.

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Captain Vietnam

11x4
October 23, 2013

The chefs get a crash course in Vietnamese culture.

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October 30, 2013

Tools and ingredients are wrapped in aluminum foil; the chefs cater a Halloween party for singer/actress Lea Michele, and the food must be spooky and vegetarian.

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November 6, 2013

The creole tomato; the contestants try to impress up-scale chefs.

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Jazz Hands

11x7
November 13, 2013

A food version of musical chairs; the chefs cater a jazzy event.

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Piggin' Out

11x8
November 20, 2013

The contestants make their own hot sauce; the chefs butcher and cook a 300-pound pig.

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Restaurant Wars

11x9
December 4, 2013

The contestants create pop-up restaurants to impress the judges.

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Like Mama Made

11x10
December 11, 2013

The chefs must make dishes that remind them of home; Actor Anthony Mackie joins the judges.

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December 18, 2013

Questlove judges various types of poultry drumsticks; the chefs head to LSU's campus to serve incoming students.

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January 1, 2014

The contestants create their own versions of etouffe; seafood dishes.

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Oui Si a Challenge

11x13
January 8, 2014

Chef Jacques Pepin tests the contestants; the contestants create French and Spanish dishes.

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Po' Boy Smackdown

11x14
January 15, 2014

Po' boys in the Quickfire; the contestants put their own culinary visions on a plate.

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January 22, 2014

The chefs battle for a new car in the Quickfire; the chefs must show how New Orleans has impacted their food.

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Maui Wowie

11x16
January 29, 2014

Top Chef returns to Hawaii for the final rounds. Tonight, the remaining chefs must deal with Spam in the Quickfire.

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Finale

11x17
February 5, 2014

The two remaining chefs open pop-up restaurants for the final challenge.

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Stop the Presses

13x1
December 2, 2015

Top chefs arrive in Los Angeles in the opener of Season 13, which will feature the foodies competing in six cities across California. Here, they try to wow food critics and reporters under the Hollywood sign.

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December 3, 2015

The foodies must open distinct pop-up restaurants in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. Appearing: chef and pop-up impresario Ludo Lefebvre.

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Spines and Vines

13x3
December 10, 2015

The chefs visit Santa Barbara, where they pick up fresh sea urchin for use in a challenge. Later, a surf-and-turf war erupts.

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It's a Dry Heat

13x4
December 17, 2015

Palm Springs, Cal., is the destination for culinary competition. Here, the chefs use solar-powered stoves in the desert, then prepare dishes on a famed golf course. Appearing: John Besh and Mary Sue Milliken.

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Big Gay Wedding

13x5
January 7, 2016

Top dishes for dates are served up by the chefs in Palm Springs, Cal. Later, they cater a wedding for 25 gay couples. Appearing: model Chrissy Teigen and foodie Art Smith.

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Banannaise

13x6
January 14, 2016

The chefs head to San Diego and cook up high-end fish tacos. Then, they prepare dishes to complement handcrafted microbrews. Appearing: chef Javier Plascenia.

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Back in the Day

13x7
January 21, 2016

The chefs return to Los Angeles to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary. A restrictive challenge limits them to 10 ingredients, then they walk down memory lane by creating a dish that represents who they were 10 years ago. Appearing: Michael Voltaggio; Antonia Lofaso; Mei Lin Hua; and Nancy Silverton.

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January 28, 2016

The chefs participate in a plating challenge by preparing visually appealing dishes using only snack food. Then, they cook for diners at a black-tie, finger-food event called Beefsteak. Appearing: Colin Hanks; Max Silvestri; Matt Selman; Jacques La Merde; and Neal Fraser.

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February 4, 2016

The iconic "Restaurant Wars" challenge ensues, with the chefs opening eateries for both lunch and dinner services.

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February 11, 2016

The "Restaurant Wars" challenge progresses with the chefs serving up dinner, during which everything from concept and food to service and consistency will be appraised.

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Hammer Time

13x11
February 18, 2016

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Wok This Way

13x12
February 25, 2016

A showdown includes woks when the chefs visit San Francisco's Chinatown. Later, they must

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March 3, 2016

San Francisco is the setting when the competing foodies cook for chef Traci Des Jardins. Later, they try to wow master chef Hubert Keller, the judges and San Francisco culinary elite with cuisine inspired by the restaurant Fleur de Lys.

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Magic Hour

13x14
March 10, 2016

The chefs land in Las Vegas and participate in a high-stakes challenge of cards and cuisine. Later, they must conjure culinary magic for illusionist David Copperfield.

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Finale

13x15
March 17, 2016

The top chef is crowned in the Season 13 finale. Before that, the final two culinarians must prepare the meal of their lives for their mentors and fallen colleagues. Appearing: Emeril Lagasse; Dominique Crenn; Jonathan Benno; Hubert Keller; Charlie Palmer; and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

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