Top Chef, Season 1
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Top Chef is a new ten-episode, one-hour reality competition series offering a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series, hosted by Katie Lee Joel, will feature twelve aspiring chefs who head to San Francisco for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef" and a culinary prize package that includes a $100,000 and a feature in Food & Wine magazine.
|1||VideoTop Chef Trailer||Overview of new reality competition series Top Chef.||2:01||Free||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoWho Deserves to Be Here||In the premiere episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the cast will be thrown straight into the demanding kitchen of famed San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys for the quickfire challenge.||45:08||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoFood of Love||In the second episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the kitchen heats up as the contestants are challenged to cook up sweet dishes that are both sexy and erotic, under the watchful eye of guest judges.||45:09||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoNasty Delights||Something smells fishy in this episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," as the cook's must dive into piles of slimy octopus and turn it into a tempting platter of seafood cuisine.||45:13||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoFood On the Fly||Gas stations and five-star cuisine are not typically paired together in the same sentence, but in this fourth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" the contestants are challenged to create tempting dishes solely from ingredients available in a convenience store.||45:03||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoBlind Confusion||In the fifth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the chefs are blindfolded, fed rare ethnic cuisine, and then must identify the ingredients.||45:05||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoGuess Who's Coming to Dinner||A "Queer Eye" will be watching over the sixth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" and it will come in the form of the culinary expert of The Fab Five, Ted Allen.||45:06||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoRestaurant Wars||In the seventh episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," contestants are asked to create a gourmet sandwich. The chefs will then move on to the elimination challenge, where they are put into teams and must come up with a new restaurant concept and put it into practice for one night only in an actual restaurant location.||45:08||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoWedding Bell Blues||It's wedding bells for the competing chefs in the eighth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef." The chefs are put into two teams who must pitch their catering concept to a gay couple that intends to marry in a commitment ceremony, and the couple will choose the most convincing pitch.||45:01||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoNapa's Finest||Only three potential Top Chefs remain, and this episode's quickfire challenge will test their ability to get creative with junk food to make a tasty dish that could still be served to conscientious diners.||45:02||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoReunion||Viewers will have an opportunity to see some of the dramatic moments from the previous challenges that did not make it into the preceding shows as all twelve chefs reunite with judges Katie, Tom and Gail.||45:06||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoFinale, Pt. 1||The final three contestants head to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a week of high-stakes competition. Upon arrival to Sin City, the three finalists are immediately thrown into the fire and must showcase their technique, timing and guest service ability through a fast-paced room service challenge.||45:07||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoFinale, Pt. 2||The remaining two chefs will face-off for one final competition. In the end, only one chef will make it through the spectacular final competition to take the top culinary title.||43:47||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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This show is great. Because its from the same people that made Project Runway, the show is set up almost identically. There are the same number of people, and one by one they get voted off based on the creations that they have made. There are themes to their food, such as cakes or international, and they not only have to make it sweet, but also make it candy for the eyes.
Don't review trailers...
...it just makes you look like a fool. It says, quite clearly, "Top Chef TRAILER". It's just like with the movies, if it's a 'trailer' it's not the movie. Either way, the first episode is wonderful. You get a good impression of what the competition is like from the first two challenges. The show is interesting, amusing at the very least. Don't really expect to learn much about cooking (as there are no recipes and there is no explanation as to how dishes are prepared). However, look for explosive interactions between what is typically viewed to be a 'blazing fire' personality group. Emotions are promised to run high, and you can see that just from the group's interaction with Ken. Watch it for the drama, not the intellect. Watch it for a relaxing show, not in place of discovery channel.
Can I get fries with that?
Aside from making me very hungry, I have to say that I like this show based on the free episode (thanks iTunes). I´m looking forward to buying the rest when they come along. If you are culinary impaired or just aren´t into the cooking scene, you really shouldn´t judge this show, it´s not fair to the rest of us who actually find this show interesting. The contestants all have their own personalties and styles and I look forward to finding out more about them. The show has a nice flow so don´t paty attention to all of the posts here from people who haven´t even watched the show yet feel compelled to leave useless reviews.