2017

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Comida Final (TV-14-L)

The final two chefs face-off to serve the best meal of their lives and earn the coveted title of Top Chef. The finalists will cook an epic four-course progressive meal with the help of three sous chefs, comprised of two eliminated chefs and one from their restaurants back home. The pressure is on as only one chef can win. The chefs must impress a dining room filled with their families, returning judges Graham Elliot and Gail Simmons, and distinguished chefs Joachim Splichal, Jonathan Waxman, Martha Ortiz, Jonathan Sawyer, Daniel Boulud and FOOD & WINE's Nilou Motamed.
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Trial by Fire (TV-14-L)

The three remaining chefs head to the Yucatan Peninsula where Chef Roberto Muñoz Zurita challenges them to make a dish showcasing the flavor, complexity and heat of the legendary local habanero using ingredients from the local market. Culinary legend Jeremiah Tower gives the chefs a lesson on traditional Mayan cooking, before challenging them to create a dish using only ancient Maya ingredients and tools. The chefs will cook in an ancient cenote, or sinkhole, for a table of judges including local chefs Roberto Solis, Guillermo Beristain and Carlo Cardenas. The two chefs with the best dishes will move on to compete in the finale.
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Cooking Away in Margaritaville (TV-14-L)

The finals begin in Guadalajara, Mexico as the three remaining chefs face off against the winner of Last Chance Kitchen at the new Chivas soccer Stadium. Guest judge Francisco Ruano challenges the chefs to create a dish using goat. At the Patrón Hacienda, the chefs are tasked to pair their own unique cocktail and with a dish that incorporates the sweet, salty, bitter and sour notes of a margarita. With some sous chef help from eliminated chefs, they'll serve their drinks and dishes to 100 VIPs, including Chef Ray Garcia and returning guest judge Richard Blais.
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Adiós Charleston, Hello James Beard (TV-14-L)

The final four chefs cook impromptu dishes while simultaneously instructing mystery partners how to create the exact same dish. When the judges compare dishes, the chefs are shocked to discover their secret partners are their visiting family members. For the final Elimination Challenge, the chefs are tasked with creating a dish that represents their Top Chef journey so far. The winner will not only land a spot in the upcoming finals, but will have their dish featured at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.
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A Southern Legend (TV-14-L)

US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, challenges the remaining chefs to make healthy vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods. To make sure they get some physical activity in, they are only allowed to grab ingredients and tools from the pantry one at a time. Chef Alexander Smalls and author Toni Tipton-Martin ask the chefs to create dishes that pay homage to the matriarch of Southern cuisine. They will cook at Middleton Place, and serve a table of distinguished guests.
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Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em (TV-14-L)

The cheftestants are baffled to enter the kitchen to find it completely dark and empty. Their anxiety grows as the clock begins and the pantry doors open to reveal baking ingredients. With all signs pointing to a biscuit challenge, the chefs make a mad dash to create dishes. Chef John Currence arrives to choose the best biscuit. For the elimination challenge, barbecue master Rodney Scott tasks the chefs to work through the night to prepare a whole hog and three side dishes for 150 local BBQ lovers.
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Southern Hospitality (TV-14-L)

The remaining 15 chefs join Tom, Padma and guest judge, Frank Lee, for a traditional shrimp boil. The chefs are divided up into teams, pitting the newcomers versus the returning chefs, to see who can put the better spin on a traditional lowcountry family meal. After dining at the homes of local chefs Carrie Morey and BJ Dennis, each team will create a family-style feast for some of South Carolina's most renowned chefs.
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Something Old, Something New (TV-14-L)

Eight new chefs and eight returning chefs battle it out in Charleston, SC. The new chefs enter the kitchen first and must cook as many dishes as possible in one hour using a whole chicken. Then the veterans square off to reimagine shrimp and grits. In the end, the chef with the worst dish in each group will go head-to-head in a sudden-death cook off.

Finale (TV-14-L)

It all comes down to this final faceoff. The last two Chefs must make the meal of their lives with help from their culinary mentors and fallen comrades to impress a room full of judges and important diners including Emeril Lagasse, Dominique Crenn, Jonathan Beno, Hubert Keller, Charlie Palmer, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the Chefs' families.

Magic Hour (TV-14-L)

The three remaining chefs head to the finals in Las Vegas to battle it out in a high stakes challenge of cards and cuisine. While the winner of the first challenge gets whisked to the finale, the other three move on to cook for David Copperfield. The chefs must pull a winning dish out of their hats in order to secure the last spot in the finale.