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The world-class culinary competition only gets hotter in TOP CHEF: NEW YORK - the No. 1 food show on cable - as 17 new cheftestants head to the Big Apple to test their skills and compete for culinary stardom.
Featuring some of the biggest names in food and entertainment, including Martha Stewart, Foo Fighters, Jean-Georges, and Rocco DiSpirito, the fifth season of this Emmy®-award winning series welcomes newbie Toby Young (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) to the judges' table alongside host Padma Lakshmi, head judge and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons. Each episode features two challenges for the chefs: a Quickfire test of basic abilities and an Elimination Challenge designed to test versatility and inventiveness as the chefs take on unique culinary trials, such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients.
In the most challenging season yet, the cheftestants battle to prove they have what it takes to be crowned the next Top Chef.
DISC ONE: Melting Pot / Show Your Craft / Foo Fighters Thanksgiving / Today Show / Bonus
DISC TWO: Gail's Bridal Shower / 12 Days of Christmas / Focus Group / Down on the Farm / Bonus
DISC THREE: Restaurant Wars / Super Bowl Chef Showdown / Le Bernadin / The Last Supper / Bonus
DISC FOUR: Finale Part 1 / Finale Part 2 / Watch What Happens / Bonus
Each episode consists of a quickfire challenge and an elimination challenge. The quickfire challenges test the chefs' culinary techniques and palates as well as their ability to think on their feet and create winning dishes with very little time and some particularly odd ingredients. The elimination challenges give the chefs more time but test their versatility and creativity, requiring them to cater to groups such as rock's Foo Fighters and other Top Chef contestants and highly regarded food legends; to cook in specific styles that may lead them far from their comfort zones; to employ highly exotic ingredients; to make do with severely limited kitchens; or to engage in the highly competitive restaurant wars at the very last moment, among other trials.
Just as entertaining as the food challenges are the unpredictable interactions between contestants, which range from unlikely friendships to romantic liaisons and ugly shouting matches. This fifth season gives rise to several burning questions: can a person get voted out for serving deviled eggs or s'mores in a cooking contest? Is making an ostrich egg omelet original enough to keep a contestant in the competition? Is the Top Chef competition all about food, or does service count, too--and if so, how much does it count? Is this purely a cutthroat competition between chefs, or is there room for compassion and maybe even a little holiday spirit? Bonus features include footage and interviews from inside the eliminated cast house, extended interviews with the top four chefs, some pretty amusing stew room footage, and cooking demonstrations of selected contestants' dishes on "The Wong Way to Cook." The DVD also comes with a cookbook insert that features five recipes from past Top Chef seasons. --Tami Horiuchi
So happy I bought this. Just love the show. Season 5 was the best!Published 1 month ago by LOVE PURPLE
Amazing Show! I love watching Top Chef. This is such a great show that allows the contestants to showcase their skills in challenge after challenge. The show never disappoints. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shell6a
Stop killing animals by cutting them up and burning them alive - the seafood should be killed humanely, you creeps!Published 7 months ago by smashbox24cr
Didn't know where Fabio got started in television but now I do. He is great. I have his cookbooks and really like them.Published 12 months ago by Susi
cant get enough of this show. one of the most enjoyable shows out there these days. have learned alot as well as learned what not to do. cast (judges) are enjoyable to watch. Read morePublished 21 months ago by laura
This is the season that got me hooked on Top Chef. This is the season where you got interesting personalities like Fabio and Karla. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D. Pei
Hey, you either like Top Chef or you don't. It was enjoyable as usual and I always enjoy learning how things are prepared. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by GHorsfall
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Oct 27, 2009 by Armchair Commentary | See all 3 posts
This is the only season I've seen for sale legitimately. I've been looking since Season 1 and have written to Bravo numerous times asking if and when they will be released on DVD. I have never received a response. I would buy all but season 2.
May 11, 2009 by sanbow | See all 4 posts