Top Chef

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Top Chef is a new one-hour reality competition series offering a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level.
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  1. 1. Who Deserves to Be Here
    March 8, 2006
    45min
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    In the premiere episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the cast will be thrown straight into the demanding kitchen of famed San Francisco restaurant Fleur de Lys for the quickfire challenge where Guest judge Hubert Keller (famed chef and partner of Fleur de Lys) joins host Katie Lee Joel and judges Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons to help to make the decision on who must "pack up their knives" first.
  2. 2. Food Of Love
    March 15, 2006
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    In the second episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the kitchen heats up as the contestants are challenged to cook up sweet dishes that are both sexy and erotic, under the watchful eye of guest judges Elizabeth Falkner, owner of Citizen Cake, a celebrated patisserie and dessert hotspot in San Francisco, and Mistress S, who runs a fetish ball and knows a thing or two about eroticism.
  3. 3. Nasty Delights
    March 22, 2006
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    Something smells fishy in this episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," as the cook's must dive into piles of slimy octopus and turn it into a tempting platter of seafood cuisine. Laurent Manrique of the famed San Francisco seafood restaurant Aqua will guest judge the challenge.
  4. 4. Food On The Fly
    March 29, 2006
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    Gas stations and five-star cuisine are not typically paired together in the same sentence, but in this fourth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" the contestants are challenged to create tempting dishes solely from ingredients available in a convenience store.
  5. 5. Blind Confusion
    April 5, 2006
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    In the fifth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," the chefs are blindfolded, fed rare ethnic cuisine, and then must identify the ingredients. They then hit the streets of San Francisco for the elimination challenge where each team must serve a variety of fusion dishes from handcarts and will be judged upon taste, creativity and customer satisfaction.
  6. 6. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
    April 12, 2006
    45min
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    A "Queer Eye" will be watching over the sixth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef" and it will come in the form of the culinary expert of The Fab Five, Ted Allen. Known for his food and entertaining expertise on Bravo's hit series Queer Eye, Allen will challenge the contestants to create a low cost appetizer using only the ingredients that he has pre-selected.
  7. 7. Restaurant Wars
    April 19, 2006
    45min
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    In the seventh episode of Bravo's "Top Chef," contestants are asked to create a gourmet sandwich. The chefs will then move on to the elimination challenge, where they are put into teams and must come up with a new restaurant concept and put it into practice for one night only in an actual restaurant location.
  8. 8. Wedding Bell Blues
    April 26, 2006
    45min
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    It's wedding bells for the competing chefs in the eighth episode of Bravo's "Top Chef." The chefs are put into two teams who must pitch their catering concept to a gay couple that intends to marry in a commitment ceremony, and the couple will choose the most convincing pitch.
  9. 9. Napa's Finest
    May 3, 2006
    45min
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    Only three potential Top Chefs remain, and this episode's quickfire challenge will test their ability to get creative with junk food to make a tasty dish that could still be served to conscientious diners.
  10. 10. Reunion
    May 10, 2006
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    Viewers will have an opportunity to see some of the dramatic moments from the previous challenges that did not make it into the preceding shows as all twelve chefs reunite with judges Katie, Tom and Gail.
  11. 11. Finale, Part One
    May 17, 2006
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    The final three contestants head to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a week of high-stakes competition. Upon arrival to Sin City, the three finalists are immediately thrown into the fire and must showcase their technique, timing and guest service ability through a fast-paced room service challenge.
  12. 12. Finale, Part Two
    May 24, 2006
    44min
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    The remaining two chefs will face-off for one final competition. In the end, only one chef will make it through the spectacular final competition to take the top culinary title.

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Mary C.Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsA review for ALL seasons: best food entertainment on TV!
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I own all 15 seasons of "Top Chef" on Amazon, and, as I write this, I've just finished watching "Restaurant Wars" in real time on Season 15. I also own all seasons of "Top Chef Masters." I love to spend hours cooking, and I prop my iPad on the pass in my itty-bitty kitchen and watch these seasons over and over, in sequence. I could probably recite every line of dialogue from Season 1, I've watched it so many times. For me, there's no better way to make the time pass when peeling carrots, chopping onions, or stirring roux for a gumbo! Naturally, I have opinions on the chefs, hosts, and judges in all of these many seasons--but the fascination, for me, is in seeing not only how the shows have evolved over time (I agree with another reviewer that the nadir was Vancouver, where the finalists had not only to cross-country ski, but shoot their already-dead ingredients), but in seeing chefs return in other "Top Chef" seasons/spinoffs, appearances on "Iron Chef America" and its iterations, as well as on other food shows. I love reading about the chefs' (and judges') triumphs and tribulations as their careers have progressed.
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ReviewerReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of my favorite seasons
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I've owned all the Top Chef seasons, since practically the 1st day each episode was available. Yeah, I'm addicted to the show. The combination of interesting/exciting cooking challenges and the meshing of different cooking styles & backgrounds is, as has been shown by this show's success, a winning one. Up through Season 7, I loved this show. After that, I've grown weary of the producers' ongoing tweaking of a format that already worked & the escalation of drama/conflict/personality b.s. to the point where I'm always fast forwarding through that stuff to get to the cooking challenges. I also skip some of the idiotic challenges that happened in later seasons, such as when the finalists have to chip away at ice to get their ingredients in the Texas season (not something that would happen in most normal kitchens, to say the least; not a realistic test of anything other than endurance & desperation). Ugh.

To Season 1: I love everything about this season. Other than Season 6, which featured an extraordinary amount & level of talent, it seems to me that the producers purposefully cast a mix of "players" (chefs) with diverse backgrounds, some of which don't even make sense in the same kitchen together (there's always a home - or at least home-y cook, caterer, &/or health-oriented cook, for instance, next to someone who's into molecular gastronomy or just high echelon, extensively trained cooking). So I don't have any trouble with the backgrounds & abilities of the cooks on Season 1. If there are a couple of more unseasoned/untrained cooks on Season 1, their presence makes it easier for me to identify, to imagine "what would I do...". And I feel that Andrea Beaman is the most likeable of all the home/health-oriented/caterer-types that have been on the show - she's quietly dignified & good-humored - a pleasure to watch.

I also love the show because it feels like a trip to San Francisco: atmospheric & authentic. Similarly - & this may seem odd to anyone who hasn't watched Tales of the City, the great miniseries PBS made from Armistead Maupin's books about San Francisco - I enjoy Katie Lee as host/judge. She reminds me of the socialite types in Tales of the City as well as the girlishness of Mary Ann Singleton's character. She's lovely to watch, wears great outfits, & seems sincerely engaged in the whole process. For me, she works fine most of the time (the sole exception being a couple of rather shocking instances at judges' table wherein she can seem a bit vicious/vindictive).

But the challenges are just about as varied as those of any other season. I don't come away being unable to tolerate anyone or anything, as occurs with some of the more annoying/hateful personalities that make some of the subsequent seasons, or at least episodes, unwatchable for me (such as the Texas season, when three chefs are so horrible to Beverly, & such unattractive people themselves, I simply can't watch those episodes again).

Top Chef Season 1 is charming. For me, it has strong replay value - I just wait a year or two between going back to it.
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Beth Mason in NCReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2014
5.0 out of 5 starsBest of the 'Reality Competition' Shows!
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As I write this, Top Chef Season 11 is ending. I've watched Top Chef faithfully from the start, and this is the season I've gone back and watched more than any of the others. It's more authentic (if that's possible in reality tv) than the other seasons; they've quickly become staged and contrived. It's too bad Padma didn't begin with this season of the show! Katie Joel is a beautiful girl, but she's so wooden, expressionless, and superficial that she's painful to see and hear. No affect whatsoever, and no personality...just a pretty face; nothing more. And she doesn't seem to know about high-end food or cooking; how was she chosen to host?

I can't help wondering what happened to the contestants, other than Harold. I know Tiffany and Stephen came back to compete on a seasonal special one year, but I wonder about the other contestants and if participating in the pilot season of Top Chef helped elevate their careers. I can easily sit and watch the contestants of each season compete, but there's no way I'd volunteer to live and compete in such a high-pressure environment. That's why it makes for such good viewing. The other ten seasons are good, and Top Chef is the best of all the cooking shows it inspired, but this first season is the one that set the tone for everything that has come later; both good and bad.
CandaceReviewed in the United States on June 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsStill don't know where Rueda is in location to Rioja. :D
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I will always have a soft spot for the first season of this show. It's memorable, quotable, and had people I loved to hate and hated to love. When it comes to reality television, is there much more you can ask for? Between Dave's constant meltdowns, Stephen's pomposity, quotes like "two eyes in front of me and one behind" and "you're a snake, ssssss," and Harold's constant "I'm not a ____, I'm a cook!" lines, this season was a blast!
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Sam's momReviewed in the United States on October 29, 2019
4.0 out of 5 starsTop Chef season 1
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Tiffany is an arrogant woman--might be a good cook but I'd never eat her food. Stephen is a smug, pompous jackass, who treated Candace horribly. Miguel and Dave were hysterically funny, and I liked Katie Joel as the host--better than Padma. Finally, I thought LeeAnn showed lots of class throughout.
AthenaReviewed in the United States on June 30, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsThe first season is always the best...
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This is my favorite season of Top Chef. It looks a little dated from how the show is now, especially with the judge's table and the small kitchen, but the cast was also small so it wasn't so difficult to learn who everyone was. Go Harold!
LaniReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2019
1.0 out of 5 starsFormat changed AFTER purchase!
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I purchased Season One a while back. The producers have chosen to change the format since my purchase and now the show no longer appears FULL Screen on my smart TV. This is not what I paid for and I am wanting my money back!
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Dancer89Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2018
3.0 out of 5 starsEh
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Not as enjoyable as the newer seasons. I'm on the fence about regretting paying for it or not. If you're new to the show go with a newer season for sure.
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