Top Chef Season 5
S05 E01Nov 13, 2008
Melting Pot Nov 13, 2008 One chef is eliminated in a three-round quickfire involving apples. The remaining chefs create dishes representing the ethnic cuisines of several New York neighborhoods.
S05 E02Nov 20, 2008
Show Your Craft Nov 20, 2008 After re-inventing the hot dog for the quickfire challenge, the chefs cook and serve lunch at Tom's flagship restaurant, Craft.
S05 E03Nov 27, 2008
Foo Fighters Thanksgiving Nov 27, 2008 For the quickfire, the chefs recreate dishes from the Top Chef cookbook. In the elimination challenge, they cook Thanksgiving dinner for the Foo Fighters at the band's tour stop in Syracuse, N.Y.
S05 E04Dec 4, 2008
Today Show Dec 4, 2008 After creating a breakfast amuse-bouche for the quickfire, the contestants compete in a live food demonstration challenge in order to earn a booking on "Today."
S05 E05Dec 11, 2008
Gail's Bridal Shower Dec 11, 2008 For the quickfire, chefs must identify ingredients in a dish. For the elimination challenge, the contestants cater a bridal shower for judge Gail Simmons.
S05 E06Dec 18, 2008
12 Days of Christmas Dec 18, 2008 Domestic guru Martha Stewart oversees the quick fire challenge in this holiday-themed edition. Then, actress Natasha Richardson is the guest judge when the cooks cater a Christmas cocktail party in which the proceeds go to the AIDS research.
S05 E07Jan 8, 2009
Focus Group Jan 8, 2009 The chefs must create a sweet dish without using sugar (guest judge: chef and restaurateur Jean-Christophe Novelli). In the elimination challenge, chefs prepare a family-style meal for blind judging.
S05 E08Jan 15, 2009
Down on the Farm Jan 15, 2009 Contestants shop for fresh ingredients at a farm and then create a dinner for the farm workers.
S05 E09Jan 22, 2009
Restaurant Wars Jan 22, 2009 Two teams have 24 hours to design and open competing restaurants.
S05 E10Jan 29, 2009
Super Bowl Chef Showdown Jan 29, 2009 A Super Bowl cook-off against seven all-stars from previous seasons.
S05 E11Feb 5, 2009
Le Bernardin Feb 5, 2009 After a three-round fish filleting tournament, the contestants cook at Le Bernadin where their final product will be judged by chef Eric Ripert.
S05 E12Feb 12, 2009
The Last Supper Feb 12, 2009 Wylie Dufresne judges a quickfire challenge of egg dishes. For the elimination challenge, the five remaining chefs each cook a "last supper" dish requested by a culinary superstar.
S05 E13Feb 19, 2009
Finale, Part 1 Feb 19, 2009 The season finale finds the chefs traveling from New York to New Orleans. While in the "Big Easy" they will be challenged to kick it up a notch when celebrity judge/chef Emeril Lagasse stops by to appraise their culinary skills.
S05 E14Feb 26, 2009
Finale, Part 2 Feb 26, 2009 Set in New Orleans, season 5 ends as the winning chef is revealed.
S05 E15Mar 5, 2009
Watch What Happens Reunion Mar 5, 2009 Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chefs and judges.