Top Chef Season 9
S09 E01Nov 3, 2011
Everything's Bigger in Texas Nov 3, 2011 29 chefs gather at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, to compete for 16 slots in the 9th season of Top Chef. Tonight they are divided into three groups and must master their challenge to move forward. Some will know their fate immediately and receive a chef coat or be sent home. Others will be on the "bubble" and must compete and be judged again before they know their fates. Yes, it's bigger in Texas, but it's also hotter and harder, too. Group 1 Qualifying Challenge: Prepare a Dish Using One Cut of a Pig Group 2 Qualifying Challenge: Prepare a Dish Using the Same Ingredient
S09 E02Nov 10, 2011
The Heat Is On Nov 10, 2011 Night two of heats for the coveted contestant spots starts with 10 competitors, 10 ingredients, and only five chef coats left. Once again, those who excel in the challenge get a coat immediately, and those who bomb are sent home. The remaining hopefuls on the "bubble" participate in a cook-off for the last coats against last week's four still waiting for their second chance. Also, tonight the first chefs are awarded an opportunity to get back into the race when they are sent to the sister series Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen.
S09 E03Nov 17, 2011
Quinceanera Nov 17, 2011 The chefs are asked to create a dish using rattlesnakes. Later they cater a girl's quinceañera celebration.
S09 E04Nov 24, 2011
Red Hot Chili Cook Off Nov 24, 2011 The contestants provide food for the local rodeo and its audience.
S09 E05Dec 1, 2011
Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party Dec 1, 2011 The chefs must create a dish using what they can find in a standard survival kit, then they have to shift gears and cater dinner to high society.
S09 E06Dec 8, 2011
Higher Steaks Dec 8, 2011 The contestants prepare steak for some of Texas' most discerning palates, at least beef-wise, the attendees of the Cattle Baron's Ball.
S09 E07Dec 15, 2011
Game On Dec 15, 2011 The contestants must cook for an all-star table of chefs whose avocation is hunting.
S09 E08Dec 22, 2011
Tribute Dinner Dec 22, 2011 The chefs must adapt quickly when their cooking mashes up with social networking and they begin receiving dish notes via Twitter. Later, they will each be able to pay homage to an influential teacher when they are asked to create dishes in the teachers' honor.
S09 E09Jan 4, 2012
BBQ Pit Wars Jan 4, 2012 For the Elimination Challenge, the chefs split into teams and face off in an ultimate BBQ showdown.
S09 E09Jan 5, 2012
BBQ Pit Wars Jan 5, 2012 The chefs combine learning with cooking tonight when they use Nathan Myhrvold's Modernist Cuisine to influence their Quickfire dishes. Next, they team up for a barbecue cook-off where the diners determine the winning team.
S09 E10Jan 12, 2012
Restaurant Wars Jan 12, 2012 The still-standing chefs sharpen their knives for the time-honored fan-favorite "Restaurant Wars" test. The all-encompassing culinary challenge tasks them to create an eatery, from its signage and logos to its menus and meals. The chefs prepare their dishes as quick as they can but the servers are having problems understanding where they need to go.
S09 E11Jan 19, 2012
Fit For an Evil Queen Jan 19, 2012 The Quickfire is on the move, except it's the ingredients that are moving—by train. Next, the chefs must access the darkness inside of them when they are asked to create "evil" on a plate.
S09 E12Jan 26, 2012
Block Party Jan 26, 2012 The chefs race against time to finish prep work for a meal. Later, they serve up cuisine at a food-drive block party. Guest judge: Cat Cora.
S09 E13Feb 2, 2012
Bike, Borrow & Steal Feb 2, 2012 In this week’s Quickfire, Pee-wee Herman stops by and the chefs are tasked to create his favorite breakfast dish – pancakes! But this isn’t any old pancake. The Chefs are challenged to be as creative as possible when making their batter, toppings and presentation. In "Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” Pee-wee learned a lot about searching the streets and asking for help. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are set loose in downtown San Antonio with a bike and $100, where they must find their ingredients and create a dish for Pee-wee’s dinner party. Pee-wee Herman joins Gail Simmons, head judge Tom Colicchio, and host Padma Lakshmi at judges’ table.
S09 E14Feb 9, 2012
Mentors Feb 9, 2012 In this week’s Quickfire, the chefs must use their sense of touch, smell and taste to navigate through the pantry to gather ingredients for a dish while blindfolded. In a twist, the winning chef from Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen will re-enter the competition and join the remaining four chefs in the elimination challenge, where the chefs must create a delicious dish that will impress their mentors. Host Padma Lakshmi, along with Hugh Acheson, Gail Simmons and head judge Tom Colicchio will determine which final four chefs will advance to the finale.
S09 E15Feb 16, 2012
Culinary Games Feb 16, 2012 The final 4 chefs arrive in Whistler, British Columbia, for a Top Chef twist on the Olympic games. From cooking on the world’s fastest gondola to a biathlon that requires marksman like precision to get the best ingredients, the chefs will need to have the concentration of a true culinary Olympian to advance to the next round in Vancouver.
S09 E16Feb 23, 2012
Fire and Ice Feb 23, 2012 Asian Masters lend a hand in a tag-team-style Quickfire. The final 3 chefs must create a dish and cocktail that fuses the concept of fire and ice into one cohesive dish, a culinary testament of their journey from blazing Texas heat to blistering Vancouver cold.
S09 E17Mar 1, 2012
Finale Mar 1, 2012 For the final challenge, each chef will take over a restaurant in Vancouver where they will have the chance to design a four-course meal for the judges and unbeknownst to them, friends and family.
S09 E18Mar 8, 2012
Reunion Mar 8, 2012 The drama is served extra hot on Bravo's "Top Chef: Texas Reunion Special." Andy Cohen talks to season nine's chef'testants and judges - host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons, Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. Cohen will answer viewers' questions and dish on the good, bad and overcooked.