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5 Jan. 2017
A Southern Legend
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.
 
12 Jan. 2017
Booty
For their Quickfire Challenge, Padma and Chef Michael Cimarusti challenge the chefs to cook dishes using ingredients corresponding to the element of their zodiac sign. Since it's a surprise Sudden Death Quickfire, one chef will be eliminated immediately. Returning guest judge Graham Elliot splits the chefs into teams to throw a pirate-themed party. They'll have to race through the streets of Charleston to collect their ingredients. The chef with the worst dish on the losing team will be forced to walk the plank.
 
19 Jan. 2017
Restaurant Wars
It's the challenge the chefs have been waiting for all season - Restaurant Wars. The remaining chefs divide into two teams to design a restaurant. Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara task the teams to take over the same restaurant space on separate nights, meaning one lucky team gets an extra day to refine their concept. When egos collide, tempers flare and anything can happen.
 
26 Jan. 2017
For the Kids
Blindfolded taste test challenge; followed by the chefs creating meals for a charity gala benefiting for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital.
 
2 Feb. 2017
Shrimp Boats and Hat Ladies
The competitors start their day boarding a boat with Tom Colicchio, who gives them a lesson in shrimpin'. Padma is waiting with a Sudden Death Quickfire where the chefs must create a dish that showcases their freshly caught shrimp. The losing chef is sent home on the spot, while the others are surprised by an unexpected guest judge for their elimination challenge. They are asked to prepare a brunch for the famed Charleston Hat Ladies. It won't be a traditional southern brunch as they must create breakfast and lunch hybrid dishes.
 
9 Feb. 2017
Adios Charleston, Hello James Beard
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.
 
16 Feb. 2017
Cooking Away in Margaritaville
The finals in Guadalajara, Mexico. Three remaining chefs face off against the winner of Last Chance Kitchen.
 
23 Feb. 2017
Trial by Fire
On the Yucatan Peninsula the chefs cook a dish showcasing the local habanero. Later the chefs cook Maya food, they create a dish using only ancient Maya ingredients and tools.
 
2 Mar. 2017
Comida Final
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.
 
7 Dec. 2017
It'll Take More than Pot Luck
A diverse group of chefs enter the Top Chef kitchen in Denver and are immediately put to work, tasked with making a pot luck dish to introduce themselves to the judges and their fellow competitors. Then the cheftestants prepare their modern take on a meat and potatoes dish for a blow-out block party in Larimer Square with 200 diners and Denver's biggest culinary names, including Hosea Rosenberg, Troy Guard, Frank Bonanno and Gregory Gourdet. The chefs learn the importance of the phrase 'first impressions are everything.'
 
14 Dec. 2017
Smile and Say Mise
In one of Top Chef's signature Quickfires, the chefs battle against each other in a fierce Mise En Place relay. Then, acclaimed local Chef Alex Seidel invites the group to his farm to learn about his take on farm-to-table cuisine. There, they are tasked with creating a progressive meal incorporating a mystery ingredient from the farm into each dish. In this first team challenge, the sparks fly as the chefs get to know each other.
 
21 Dec. 2017
Keep On Truckin
In a Sudden Death Quickfire based on the iconic Denver omelet, one chef completely cracks under the pressure. Then, the cheftestants tap into their college palates as they make dishes in food trucks for students in Boulder.
 
28 Dec. 2017
Little Tools, Big Challenge
The chefs make upscale versions of kid menu classics. But there's a catch, they can only use child-sized cookware, utensils and mixers. Then, the chefs must present dishes based on their heritage for Immigrant food influencers.
 

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