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Recap: Top Chef DC Finale, And The Winner Is...

Another year, another city, another Top Chef finale! The competition was fierce as the final three contestants cooked their hearts out for the judges in Singapore. Who won the title of Top Chef, and who just went home empty handed? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC Finale, Part 1

This week on Top Chef, the final four headed to Singapore to compete in part one of the finale. They cooked street food and experienced the local scene before catering an event hosted by Food & Wine. The competition was incredibly intense, and the judges found themselves splitting hairs during the elimination. Who moved on? Who went home? And how much does Angelo love black cockles? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 12, Gastro-nauts

Another week, another episode of Top Chef! This time, the final five paired food and wine before heading to NASA to prepare meals for astronauts. And in case that wasn't exciting enough, Padma and Tom were joined by Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, and Buzz Aldrin. Who got kicked off the show? How many corny space puns did the hosts drop? Who won a car? And how many times did Bourdain and Ripert look like they wanted to kill each other? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 11, Ballpark Challenge

This week on Top Chef, the top six tried to impress seafood-master Rick Moonen, and whipped up some high end concession food at the brand new Washington Nationals Stadium. Who struck out, who hit it out of the park, and what the heck is up with Angelo's mysterious Russian bride? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 10, CIA Challenge

Last time on Top Chef, Kenny went home after disappointing the judges with his dishes during Restaurant Wars. This week, the final seven tackled the difficult mystery box challenge and disguised familiar dishes for the CIA. Who survived? Who choked? And what the heck are ramps, anyway? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [WARNING: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 9, Restaurant Wars

It's everyone's favorite episode of Top Chef: Restaurant Wars! This week, the final 8 competitors split into two teams, and cooked for guest judge Frank Bruni, former restaurant critic for the New York Times. Who won? Who lost? And who named their restaurant after an annoying Rachael Ray catchphrase? The results might shock you, and it's all ahead in this week's recap! [WARNING: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 8

Can you believe we're only half way through this season of Top Chef DC? It feels like it's been on since the Reagan administration! Anyway, this week Marcus Samuelsson stopped by to judge an Ethiopian quickfire challenge, and the chefs payed a culinary homage to 9 different countries. Who won? Who lost? And what the heck was up with Samuelsson's hat? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [WARNING: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 7

Another week, another episode of Top Chef DC! This week, the finalists prepared tiny appetizers and cooked a power lunch out of the Palm Hotel. Who cooked well? Who tanked? And who stole Ed's pea purée? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [WARNING: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 6

Another week, another episode of Top Chef DC! This week, the chefs prepared meals with outlandish ingredients, and judged each other's cooking in a savage, underhanded "Cold War" challenge. There were duck balls! There were old rivalries! There was a completely pointless ride on a hideously decorated ship! And it's all ahead in this week's recap. [WARNING: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 5

Last week on Top Chef DC, Arnold and Lynne were eliminated after a grueling team challenge. This week the 12 finalists got intimate with blue crabs—and each other—and cooked a family-style meal on a farm in Virginia. Who cooked well? Who crumbled? And who admitted to having a bad case of crabs? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [WARNING: Spoilers abound after the jump!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 4

Another week, another episode of Top Chef! There was a double elimination this week, which was fine by me since I still have no idea who half of these people are. In other news, Kenny was still pissed off, Angelo was still cocky, and Andrea's hair was still crispy. So, who made the cut? Who didn't? And more importantly, why the hell does Padma have a tacky snakeskin pouch sewn to her shirt? It's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 3

Another week, another episode of Top Chef! This week, the contestants stumbled through a pastry-themed quickfire, and chef Jonathan Waxman stopped by to judge the elimination challenge. There were fights, there were laughs, and there was even a hilarious fly-by goosing. And it's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 2

This week on Top Chef DC, a bunch of people whose names I still don't know cooked a bunch of delicious looking food for a delicious looking man named Sam Kass (who just happens to be the assistant chef at the White House). There were bad puns! There was sabotage! There was drama! And it's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: There are spoilers ahead. And for your viewing pleasure, there are also multiple photos of Sam Kass. Enjoy.] More

Recap: Top Chef DC, Episode 1

Another year, another season of Top Chef! It's hard to believe it's been six whole months since the Voltaggio brothers' scripted totally believable, not-at-all-producer-influenced sibling rivalry played out before our eyes on the Las Vegas finale! This season, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons set up shop in Washington D.C., and brought master chef Eric Ripert with them on their quest to weed through the crazies and find someone worthy of being crowned the next Top Chef. [Warning: there are tons of episode spoilers ahead.] More

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