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Top Chef

13 Seasons

Season 5
4.5 out of 5 stars (37) IMDb 7.6/10

The fifth season of a reality competition series celebrating the culinary arts with a fascinating window into the competitive, pressurized environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. Showcasing some of the brightest up-and-coming talent in the culinary world, the competing chefs will met in New York and battle for the title of "Top Chef."

Starring:
Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi

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Season 5

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1. Melting Pot

Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" returns for its fifth season, bringing seventeen promising chefs to the big apple.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: November 12, 2008
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2. Show Your Craft

In the second episode of "Top Chef: New York," the chef'testants find themselves at Tom's flagship restaurant, Craft. They are challenged to cook and serve lunch to real customers - who may be their biggest critics yet.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 19, 2008
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3. Foo Fighters Thanksgiving

The holiday season has arrived, and the chef'testants have a lot to be thankful for. And this year it's not just family these cooks must impress; but also six-time Grammy Award-winning rock band, Foo Fighters, as they join the band for a tour stop in Rochester, New York.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 26, 2008
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4. Today Show

The fourteen remaining chef'testants vie for a chance to display their skills on the nation's highest rated morning program, "Today." The winner of a super fast food demonstration challenge will get the booking, with the chance to display their unique culinary expertise on live network television.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 3, 2008
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5. Gail's Bridal Shower

In the fifth episode of "Top Chef: New York," host and judge, Padma Lakshmi solicits the help of the chefs in arranging a bridal shower for Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and her friends.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: December 10, 2008
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6. 12 Days of Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Bravo gave to me...eleven chefs a cookin'. In the spirit of the holidays, the chefs use their skills to give back to the community by catering a Christmas cocktail party hosted by special guest judge, actress and foodie Natasha Richardson, for AmFar, the foundation for AIDS research.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: December 17, 2008
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7. Focus Group

Cooking excellent food takes focus...and none is greater than the chef'testants on the seventh episode of Bravo's "Top Chef: New York." Their quickfire challenge demands they create a sweet treat without using any sugar and in the elimination round, the chefs must serve to an interesting crowd.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 7, 2009
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8. Down on the Farm

It's time for the big city chefs to head to the country. The remaining chef'testants must shop for the freshest of ingredients at Blue Hill Farm and then work with what they have to create a feast for the farm workers themselves.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 14, 2009
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9. Restaurant Wars

It's baaaaaaack! The always anticipated episode, Restaurant Wars - where the chef'testants must create every aspect of a restaurant in 24 hours - the heat is on.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 21, 2009
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10. Super Bowl Chef Showdown

It's time for the Super Bowl and nothing goes better with the all-American pastime than good food! The remaining chefs battle it out in a Super Bowl-themed cook-off against seven all-stars from previous seasons.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 28, 2009
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11. Le Bernardin

The chef'testants get the opportunity to cook in one of the best restaurants in the world, three star Michelin winner Le Bernadin. Their final product will be judged by renowned chef, Eric Ripert.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 4, 2009
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12. The Last Supper

It's time for the knife off. The final five chef'testants learn who will be cooking the last supper on "Top Chef: New York."

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 11, 2009
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13. Finale Part 1

The remaining chefs take their skills outside New York City to compete in the final challenges that will determine who takes home the title of "Top Chef" .

TV-14 CC Runtime: 55 minutes Release date: February 18, 2009
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14. Finale Part 2

The final chefs battle it out to cook the best meal of their lives and earn the prestigious title of Bravo's "Top Chef" in the final episode of "Top Chef: New York."

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 25, 2009
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15. Watch What Happens Reunion

The drama is served hot on Bravo's "Top Chef: New York: Watch What Happens Reunion." Bravo executive Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chef'testants and judges - host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young. The winner of Bravo's "Fan Favorite" will also be announced.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 4, 2009
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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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