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Top Chef: New York - Season 5

4.5 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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Product Description

Product Description

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

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

Special Features

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Carla Hall, Emeril Lagasse, Stefan Richter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 1
  • Rated:
    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 (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026RLMAC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,531 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Top Chef: New York - Season 5" on IMDb

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I think this DVD was one of the better DVDs in the Top Chef series, because it included exit interviews and featured what happened to the eliminated chefs, but the season itself was probably the least entertaining of the entire series.

I didn't really care for this particular season, and candidly, I don't know whether it was because of the challenges or the chefs. There were some very colorful chefs. This is the season that gave audiences the arrogant Stefan Richter (who I was set up to loathe, but I found him enjoyable to watch and nowhere as nasty as others described him – he comforted Carla Hall, when she was upset at Judges’ Table during the Finale, Part 2); the charismatic Fabio Viviani; and the energetic Carla Hall.

Most of the elimination challenges appeared interesting. Except the cooking on television was silly, extremely intimidating, which only a chef with the character traits of a psychopath would succeed at. I also didn't like the Super Bowl Show Down, where a chef could be rattled by the audience. My two favorite challenges were definitely the Le Bernardin challenge, where I found Eric Ripert to be both complimentary to the contestants as well as full of humility (notice no criticism for Jamie Lauren's faux pas about confessing that the bass and celery was not a favorite of hers). I also liked the Last Supper elimination challenge, which was both illuminating and a joy to watch.

Hosea has been criticized as one of the weaker Top Chef winners, but I thought his biggest flaw was personality. Being immature like Ilan Hall denouncing Marcel Vigneron's food. Hosea's performance was inconsistent, but I will applaud him for his ambition.
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Hey, you either like Top Chef or you don't. It was enjoyable as usual and I always enjoy learning how things are prepared. Eat first as otherwise one can end each show with a binge.

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Of all the seasons of TC, this has to be one of the best. It's where we're introduced to Carla (Hooty Hoo), Jamie, Stefan, Fabio and Hosea. I would love to know what happened to Hosea as he's one of the few that we never see anymore!
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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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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. have been trying to collect all the seasons. thank you.
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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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