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Top Chef season 11 episodes list:
Top Chef is back for Season 11. Nineteen chefs will duke it out in New Orleans for the coveted title of Top Chef. Their first challenge sends them to the Louisiana swamp where they must cook with one of three local delicacies: alligator, frog, or turtle. The competition is hot and humid, as the judges work to send the first chef home.
Gumbo is a dish that gets better over time. For their first Quickfire Challenge, the cheftestants work overnight to perfect dishes for legendary chef, Leah Chase. And for the Elimination Challenge, the cheftestants are tasked with creating and operating food trucks to feed Habitat for Humanity volunteers helping to rebuild New Orleans after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina.
An elimination Quickfire challenge keeps the cheftestants on their toes this week as they make dishes with items on Dana Cowin’s worst “Food Trends” list. For the Elimination Challenge, the cheftestants are asked to replicate legacy dishes from the iconic Commander’s Palace menu. Joining the judges are Commander’s Palace current chef and alumni: Emeril Lagasse, Paul Prodhomme, and Tory McPhail.
The Vietnamese culture has a strong presence in New Orleans. Judge Emeril Lagasse and guest judge Eddie Huang give the cheftestants a crash course in these customs and task them with creating a multi-course Vietnamese meal.
This week, the cheftestants face challenges full of chills and thrills. After tackling a Quickfire Challenge where all of the ingredients and tools are wrapped in aluminum foil, the chefs must cater a Halloween party for singer/actress Lea Michele. Not only does the food have to be vegetarian, but it has to be spook-tacular!
New Orleans super-chef John Besh introduces the cheftestants to one of his favorite farms where they are tasked with making a dish out of a prized local crop -- the creole tomato. For the Elimination Challenge, the farm to table theory continues as the cheftestants try to impress the upper-tiered chefs in John Besh’s restaurant empire.
In this week’s Quickfire Challenge, famed musician Kermit Ruffins provides the tunes for a foodie version of musical chairs. And in the Elimination Challenge, Kermit hosts a jazzy pot luck for his musician friends and the cheftestants must bring the food. Will it be harmonious or will it all go flat?
After a Quickfire Challenge where the cheftestants are tasked with making their own hot sauce for legendary musician Dr. John, the focus turns to the pig, the whole pig and nothing but the pig, as the chefs butcher and cook up a 300-pound hog.
The contestants create pop-up restaurants to impress the judges.
The chefs must make dishes that remind them of home; Actor Anthony Mackie joins the judges.
Questlove judges various types of poultry drumsticks; the chefs head to LSU's campus to serve incoming students.
The contestants create their own versions of etouffe; seafood dishes.
Chef Jacques Pepin tests the contestants; the contestants create French and Spanish dishes.
Po' boys in the Quickfire; the contestants put their own culinary visions on a plate.
The chefs compete for a special prize in the Quickfire, and then they must show how New Orleans has affected their cooking.
Top Chef returns to Hawaii for the final rounds. Tonight, the remaining chefs must deal with Spam in the Quickfire.
After a long journey competing in 30 challenges from New Orleans to Maui, the final two chefs must execute the best service of their lives while opening pop-up restaurants to win the title and the bragging rights to be "Top Chef.”