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Top Chef - S12E01

Reality-TV . Game-Show . Drama
 

The wicked-awesome supersized season premiere introduces the 16 chefs from across the country who will be battling it out in Boston. Richard Blais (“Top Chef All-Stars” winner) joins Tom, Padma and Gail at judges table. The chef’testants are immediately thrown into hot water with the series’ first ever Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge where one chef is forced to cook for their life to stay in the competition. For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs must cook and serve a re-imagined version of the first dish they ever remember making, but will this trip down memory lane be a dream come true or a nightmare for the chefs? The challenge plays out at the first ever “Top Chef Food Festival” alongside some of Boston’s most prominent culinary stars including Barbara Lynch, Ming Tsai, Lydia Shire, Jasper White, Todd English, Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette, Kristen Kish and Tiffani Faison.

 
Episode Title: Sudden Death
Airs: 2014-10-15 at 22:00
  • Maureen Ryan

    "Top Chef," though it appears to have a stable of good talent in the kitchen, so far doesn't really have much else going for it in the way of personalities.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Marilyn Moss

    A cooking match that has been seen so many times before in one form or another.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Paul Brownfield

    "Top Chef" seems like a no-brainer, an extension both of the interactivity of TV cooking and the art-and-craft side of reality shows, in which people are actually making things as opposed to just asses of themselves.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    The series has a familiar format, but the opening episode suggests it may have some real spark to it.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Virginia Heffernan

    Like Bravo's fashion winner "Project Runway," the channel's promising "Top Chef" flaunts terms of art and insiderism to give it authority.

    The New York Times Full Review