The top-rated food show on cable, "Top
Chef" is ready to crown a winner. The award-winning reality show from
Bravo follows 17 chef'testants as they take on the Big Apple to see if
they have the culinary chops to be named "Top Chef." "Top Chef" airs ... moreWednesdays
at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.
Cookbook author, actress and host Padma Lakshmi presides over the judges table
alongside head judge Tom Colicchio, renowned culinary figure and chef-owner
of Craft Restaurants, and judge Gail Simmons of Food & Wine magazine.
This season introduced new judge Toby Young, food critic and best-selling author
of the book "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People," which was made
into a movie.
Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs: The first is a "quickfire"
test of their basic abilities, and the second is a more involved elimination
challenge designed to test their versatility and inventiveness. The challenges
not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also determine if they have
the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a top chef.
The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with
being a master chef, and each week someone is asked to "pack up his knives" and
"Top Chef" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.