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Top Chef: New York - Season 5 (2009)

Padma Lakshmi , Tom Colicchio  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall, Emeril Lagasse, Stefan Richter
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 700 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026RLMAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,092 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Top Chef: New York - Season 5" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive cookbook
  • Never-aired stew room footage
  • Extended interviews
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • PC game demo

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Foodies and budding chefs love the reality show Top Chef, but so do millions of other viewers, as evidenced by Top Chef's position as the number one food show on cable. Season 5 of Top Chef takes place in the food city of New York as well as in New Orleans and pits 17 chefs against each other in a test of culinary skill, creativity, flexibility, and performance under pressure. While the show is all about food, it's also about personalities, and this 14-episode season is full of strong personalities. There's the brashly confident Stefan, hyper Carla, ladies' man Fabio, overachiever Jeff, gay and lesbian "team rainbow," and many others, and everyone's antics in the kitchen, the stew room where they await judgment, and their shared apartment translate into some great entertainment. Host Padma Lakshmi is joined by head judge Chef Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young, and an array of guest judges, including celebrities like Emeril Lagasse, Martha Stewart, Jean-Georges, and Wylie Dufresne. The judges are demanding, exacting, and sometimes downright harsh, but they push each chef to deliver the very best food that he or she can--all in hopes of escaping Padma's dreaded words "please pack your knives and go."

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

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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.

Special Features

  • Exclusive Cookbook
  • Never-Aired Stew Room Footage
  • Extended Interviews
  • Cooking Demonstrations
  • PC Game Demo

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


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, Great Learning October 26, 2009
Format:DVD
I just finished this series and I loved it. I can cook but I certainly am not a chef. Nevertheless, I adore watching these chefs in their competitions plus I am a creative person so I am learning. I will never be able to do the complex dishes but one learns that often the simpler dishes do better in the competitions. The mortal sin seems to be in undercooking or overcooking anything. If you can stay away from this flaw, you are actually in the running for being a heck of a cook. I began watching this show because I've enjoyed Project Runway so much. One thing that is better for the contestants with this show is that the contestants get great prizes all the way through. In season six this aspect improves even more. So everyone seems to go home with some really great prizes. The judges are really generous with their prizes for winners too. Project Runway is a lot stingier towards its contestants. Maybe chefs are just more generous people than fashion designers. It sure seems so. I applaud Top Chef for creating rewards for as many contestants as possible. No matter what your level of cooking skill, you will enjoy this show. I do not watch reality tv generally but I do like it where you can improve your own skill level by watching these competitions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Season 4 - Controversial Finale March 3, 2009
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The contestants of Season 5 were a refreshing change from Season 4. Season 4's bright star, Richard Blais, of course, is the exception that proves that rule.

I loved watching Team Euro's charm and attitude with talent provided by Fabio and Stefan, quirky but sophisticated Carla who combined New Age philosophies and classical training successfully, and pretty Jamie from San Francisco who had to fend off amorous male attention while creating competitive dishes - really guys, she's not interested... These were my personal favorites.

Thank you casting producers for giving us more of the serious and less of the ridiculous. These contestants were people we liked hanging out with after a hard day's work. We don't need pointless negativity which was Season 4's absolute downfall.

I was excited that New York City was the backdrop, but unfortunately, I think they used up some of NYC's exciting venues in Season 3 when the contestants cooked at Sirio Maccioni's Le Cirque and at the French Culinary Institute. Nonetheless, it must be said that Season 5 DID get into Eric Ripert's Le Bernardin. Impressive. Gorgeous man, gorgeous restaurant. I did ask myself why Ripert does Top Chef - he certainly doesn't need the exposure. But I didn't dwell too long on asking the question because this is what I wait for each season - the SERIOUS culinary challenges at the highest level. We did get to see Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak as well, but wow, Eric Ripert and Le Bernardin.

I have to admit, I was hoping that we could get into one of Daniel Boulud's restaurants as he has made several appearances on the show, but I don't think it was due to a lack of the producers trying. I wonder what that inside story is.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YES! AT LAST!!! August 13, 2009
Format:DVD
I dont get Bravo channel but have occasionally seen Top Chef elsewhere. I have waited for Top Chef to be released in dvd forever and I am THRILLED to get even one season of the show!! I hope seasons 1-4 get released ASAP.

I would LOVE to know why it's taken so long and why they've released out of sequence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive! February 19, 2010
By Belle
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I never thought I would get sucked into a cooking show, let alone review one and give it a five-star rating, but here I am. I got this show for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day because he loves cooking, and I was hooked after we watched the first episode.

The quickfire challenges are fascinating: watching what they can come up with on the fly with such limiting requirements and directions. The delicious looking and creative dishes the contestants were able to come up with in 15 minutes to an hour were incredible.

The elimination challenges were fabulous. I can't imagine the stress the chefs were under, especially with all the harsh criticism from the judges, but they usually managed to produce wonderful looking dishes. They may not have wowed the judges every time, but I have a feeling I would have enjoyed almost everything they made.

The tension in the kitchen creates enough drama to captivate your attention, and I'm sure you'll find yourself rooting for one or two favorites. If you're not a fan of cooking shows, don't be too quick to turn your back on this show. It really is entertaining.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's 1-4? July 16, 2009
Format:DVD
Awesome! We all know 5 was popular, but I like all the seasons& it makes no sense to put out season 5 when there are 4 ahead of it......... Especially when peope from previous seasons return! Give us 1-4 please! I love Top Chef and Tom and Padma! Hey by the way what ever happened to work out?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Chef - a quality show May 23, 2010
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I knew of TOP CHEF but just gave it a viewing a couple of months ago when Bravo did a marathon of season four - the Chicago episodes. I never thought I would enjoy a show about cooking but this show pulled me in right away and got me totally addicted. I of course had to then purchase this season taking place in New York. And what a perfect location for a show about chefs. There are so many reality shows on today but there are those rare few that rise levels above the others. TOP CHEF is one of those. It takes cooking seriously and while we get to know the contestants intimately throughout the season the food is the highlight. I am so impressed at how they mold both facets together so perfectly.

Each episode starts off right away with a quickfire challenge which tests particular skills and talents a chef should possess. So much fun and informative. Then we have the elimination challenge. These are always very creative. What is so appealing about this show is the contestants all have some chef experience and the challenges have the cooks cooking food of al different styles. I in no way cook elegant cuisine though I do enjoy eating out. But here the challenges are so creative that anyone who uses a kitchen will find fun new ways to cook. They come up with everything from the basics to haute cuisine. And I have gained such high admiration for chefs and how difficult, challenging and skilled the job is.

I also think this season is a perfect combination of a great show with perfect contestants. We have all personalities and pure entertainment is provided. Stefan, Carla, Ariane, Jamie, Jeff and of course Fabio all stood out for me. And add the perfect judges Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Gail Simmons and magic happens.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
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 3 months ago by Susan Sewald
5.0 out of 5 stars great show.
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 more
Published 12 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars This got me hooked on Top chef.
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 more
Published 12 months ago by Dekun
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Top Chef, love it or hate it.
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Gary-in-Seattle
4.0 out of 5 stars good
enjoyed the show got it when it was on sale for $10.... eventhough i've seen it before it was worth re-watch
Published 15 months ago by S. Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZON FAN
CASEY SUCKED! KARMA IS A BITCH. JUST LOOK AT HOW GOD BLESSED CARLA, CASEY YOU NEVER WON A QUICK FIRE OR A ELIMINATION CHALLENGE BY SOUS VIDING ANYTHING. CASEY WHO?
Published 15 months ago by FEMMI
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Chef: New York
If you enjoy looking at Top Chef, this one is one of the best. I will order all that I can.
Published 20 months ago by peggy patterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of the best cooking shows out there.Not only is it entertaining but it teaches you the art of cooking.I am now a new fan of this show I will be buying more seasons
Published 21 months ago by Looney
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this season!!!
Season 5 of Top Chef was amazing. I am glad I purchased this DVD, because I can always go back and watch the sheer brilliance and hilarity.
Published on February 17, 2012 by Clementine
2.0 out of 5 stars Food critics and experts who can't use cutlery?
I enjoy cooking shows and some reality TV but this is more than a little irritating. Some interesting content is lost in an intrusive and bland soundtrack and repetitive,... Read more
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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.
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