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Top Chef

13 Seasons

Season 8
4.3 out of 5 stars (35) IMDb 7.6/10

They're back and they're ready for redemption -- Top Chef congregates a dream team of 18 past cheftestants who nearly won the title to return to see if they have what it takes. The 2010 Primetime Emmy Award-winning Top Chef returns to New York City for Season 8 with host Padma Lakshmi and head judge chef Tom Colicchio, alongside judges Gail Simmons and new this season, best-selling author and chef, Anthony Bourdain.

Starring:
Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi

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Season 8

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1. History Never Repeats (Supersized)

The All-Stars are back in the Top Chef kitchen. In the first Quickfire challenge, chefs from each season work as a team to create a dish for ultimate bragging rights as the best season ever on Top Chef. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must recreate the dish that sent them packing the first time around. Anthony Bourdain appears in a recurring role at the judges' table.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: December 1, 2010
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2. Night At The Museum (Supersized)

In this Quickfire challenge, pop star Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers challenges the chefs to create a snack for children enjoying a sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History. For the Elimination challenge, the chefs cook breakfast inspired by a dinosaur's diet for the kids and their parents.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: December 8, 2010
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3. New York's Finest

In this week's Quickfire, the Chef'testants' cooking, speed, and accuracy with a knife will be put to the test. The chefs compete in teams in a mise-en-place relay race to push a big red button starting a countdown clock for everyone else. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs cook in four of New York's finest restaurants.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 15, 2010
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4. Advantage Chef

For this Quickfire, all of the toys in the kitchen are taken away, and for $20,000, the chefs must create a delicious holiday stuffing dish using only their two hands. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs cater a launch party for the US Open, one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 22, 2010
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5. Dim Sum Lose Sum

For the first time ever, Head Judge Tom Colicchio picks up his knives in the kitchen. In this week's Quickfire, the chefs must beat his time in making a dish. For the Elimination, the chefs go to Chinatown and make dim sum for hundreds of locals.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 5, 2011
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6. We're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

Hook 'em and cook 'em. The chefs go fishing for their ingredients and serve up the catch of the day at an end of summer beach party.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 12, 2011
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7. Restaurant Wars: One Night Only (Supersized)

Anthony Bourdain sets the stage in this week's Quickfire challenge as the chefs face off in a fish fillet contest in one of the best seafood restaurants in the world -- Le Bernardin. The Elimination Challenge is Pop-Up Restaurant Wars -- the Chefs must open "one night only" restaurants under the stars in New York City.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: January 19, 2011
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8. An Offer They Can't Refuse

Internationally acclaimed designer Isaac Mizrahi is the guest judge for this Quickfire challenge. And, for the first time in Top Chef history, the Quickfire will be judged on presentation and plating only - not taste. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs will prepare a traditional three-course Italian meal in one of New York's most famous and exclusive restaurant's, Rao's.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 2, 2011
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9. Feeding Fallon

In this week's Quickfire challenge, the chefs put their own spin on an old classic, fondue. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs appear on the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show and cater the comedian's birthday party where he is the guest judge.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 9, 2011
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10. Lock Down

The chefs get in touch with their inner child with the help of Sesame Street stars Cookie Monster, Telly, and Elmo. For the Quickfire challenge, the chefs must make a cookie that pleases the gang. The chefs then take over a Target store in the middle of the night and for the Elimination challenge must make a dish with whatever they can find in the aisles.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 16, 2011
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11. For The Gulf

This week, the chefs must use a deep fryer to impress the queen of southern cooking, Paula Deen. Deen is then joined by John Besh as a guest judge in the Elimination Challenge where the chefs provide the seafood at a charity event benefiting the fisherman of the Gulf region.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: February 23, 2011
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12. Give Me Your Huddled Masses

The chef'testants are tasked with making something out of nothing on the open water for this week's Quickfire.The chefs then head to Ellis Island where they are surprised with their family tree and are tasked with creating a dish based on their heritage.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: March 2, 2011
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13. Fit For a King

The remaining chefs are Bahamas-bound for the remainder of the season. For the Quickfire they must go head-to-head with their culinary nemesis: their season's winner. The elimination challenge requires the chefs to cook for Bahamian Royalty with minimal cooking equipment.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: March 9, 2011
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14. Island Fever

The chefs will cater an upscale lunch party for the Nassau Yacht Club's 80th anniversary, which will include the Commodore and his friends as guests. They will cook with the finest Bahamian ingredients including conch, which they must dive for and catch in the ocean. Famed Latina chef Lorena Garcia serves as guest judge.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 16, 2011
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15. Last Supper

In the last Quickfire of the season, the chefs will design a challenge for one of their competitors, but there is a twist. For the Elimination challenge, the chef'testants will be making legendary Chefs Morimoto, Wolfgang Puck and Michelle Bernstein, their "Last Supper."

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 23, 2011
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16. Finale

It all comes down to this. The final two chefs battle it out to come up with - and implement - their vision for the ultimate dining experience. Only one will earn the title that eluded them the first time around - "Top Chef."

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 30, 2011
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17. Reunion

The drama is served extra spicy on Bravo's "Top Chef All-Stars Reunion Special." Bravo executive and "Watch What Happens: Live" host Andy Cohen talks to season eight's chef'testants and judges -- host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons. Cohen will answer viewers' questions and dish on season eight's good, bad and undercooked.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 6, 2011
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By G. C. on February 27, 2011
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The wrong person went home!!! The one thing that bugs me about Top Chef is that the episodes are not cummulative. If a chef does really awesome 5 times in a row, but on the 6th time makes a crappy dish, the past doesn't matter. It doesn't matter if the chef is one of the top performers and is overwhelmingly consistent. It just matters how he or she does on the 6th dish. I was really upset to see one of my favorites go.

Otherwise, this episode was mediocre. The QuickFire was basically a Sesame Street Themed cookie making challenge. It wasn't terribly creative or interesting of a challenge. I think the Producers were trying to make something cute with cross-marketing potential, again, like they did with the Jimmy Fallon episode. The chefs were asked to make cookies for muppets.

The Elimination Challenge had a somewhat interesting concept. Chefs would be free to raid Target for food supplies. The catch was they had 3 hours at midight to find whatever they would need in the store to make food for 100 people. I think Top Chef episodes are starting to focus more on different ways they can stress the contestants and different ways of product placement. I didn't mind so much because I thought the idea of a shopping spree in Target was intriguing. I would just like to see more challenges that were actually pertinent to showcasing the skill of the chef. I don't think it's fair to handicap chefs by taking away cooking utensils, sleep depriving them, and then asking them to rise to the occasion.

Maybe, I'm still upset that one of my favorites just left the show... The two that were spared I didn't think should be.
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These shows are consistently good ... because you learn to care about the contestants over the season, not just as chefs but as individuals. This series would have been a 5, except that one contestant, who made it to the finale but did not win, lost my respect early in the season when he pretty blatantly plagiarized another chef's recipe idea after seeing it in the other chef's notes, then smugly attributed the dish to "inspiration by " the other chef. The judges knew that, and chose to overlook it. For that reason alone, I was glad he did not win.
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What better than having the best chefs who almost won from seven seasons get together to compete? You know you're going to see some amazing dishes and cooking techniques, and hopefully at least a little more maturity among the contestants who are presumably older and wiser. In this episode the elimination challenge was very well chosen -- we can tell by the stares of our old friends as they look at what's under that silver lid that they aren't looking forward to cooking this one.
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the worst episode because of the challenges. I am a huge fan of this show because they focus on the COOKING. wont even mention the junk food dishes they were forced to prepare on a boat for 20 minutes. and who cares about their "heritage?" as someone who was adopted I am grateful to have a perspective of now. now is what is important. who loves me now. who I love now. who I am now. besides that point, if you do care about your "heritage" way way in the past, then what a mean emotional game the judges are playing on the chefs. make them be all emotional when they see their relatives during this stressful time, cooking from the heart a family dish, being judged in front of your family. the judges were curtious and realized they couldn't say anything negative to the chefs mom or wife or husband. then waiting for elimination after you were asked to research your "heritage", meet with your loved ones and pour your heart and soul into a dish. cruel. no stars. and I love this show, I love this season. I love all five contestants thus far.
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Top Chef is getting back into form! The episode was centered around food this time! It was great. There was a little creativity involved with the Quick Fire. The 5 remaining chefs had to make something using basically scraps of food they found on a boat. Some of the ingredients they worked with were just disgusting. They got really innovative! A lot of their concepts were funny.

For the Elimination challenge, the contestants had to create a dish which told a story about their family history. Each chef was given a geneology report. From their report, they learned about their ancestors and their heritage. The chefs then were asked to make a dish inspired by their backgrounds. I liked the surprise which came out from Antonia and Mike's report. The stories the chefs shared were interesting. It gave a little perspective on how they came to be chefs and what drove them.

Next week's episode looks fantastic! I'm excited to see it, too. You will probably enjoy this episode.
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This was not a bad ep, but I thought it would be more exciting. I thought this one was the finale. This was not the finale. There are still 2 more episodes to go. No official winner will be announced. (Of course, there were still 4 contestants to start with, so maybe I should have known better.)

That said... For me, this was an ok episode. There wasn't too much pandering or cross-commercial advertising. One of the guest judges came from an NBC show. Other than that, the episode focused on the chefs.

The quickfire and elimination challenge were not that memorable. It was not unpleasant to watch though. The Elimination challenge was Survivor style. I though the chef that got eliminated left with a good quote. That chef said, "Sometimes you don't get where you [intended] but you still make it further than where you started off."

Next week's episode seems much more exciting. The previews show that the contestants must cook a famous chef's last meal.
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