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The reality cooking competition Top Chef features the top chefs in the country facing off in culinary challenges and being judged by a panel of professional chefs and restauranteurs. Padma Lakshmi hosts Top Chef alongside longtime judge Tom Colicchio.

Created by the production company responsible for Project Runway, Top Chef has inspired some spin-offs including Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Desserts.

Network: Bravo

First Episode Date: March 8, 2006

Judges:

Top Chef Winners:

Where to Watch: Hulu, Peacock

Latest Top Chef News and Updates

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    Reality TV

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    By Shannon Raphael
  • Evelyn Garcia and Damarr Brown
    Reality TV

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    Who won the Fan Favorite prize on 'Top Chef' Season 19? Details on the finalists, and find out who ultimately secured the title.
    By Shannon Raphael
  • Buddha Lo
    Reality TV

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    Buddha Lo, who won 'Top Chef: Houston,' spoke with Distractify about his finale menu, and what he's doing next both personally and at the restaurant he works at.
    By Shannon Raphael
  • 'Top Chef: Houston' Cast
    Reality TV

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    Who was eliminated from 'Top Chef' Season 19? The hit cooking competition is featuring the food scene in Houston, but some of the chefs failed to shine.
    By Shannon Raphael
  • Evelyn Garcia, Buddha Lo, and Sarah Welch
    Reality TV

    Who Won 'Top Chef: Houston'? (SPOILERS)

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    By Shannon Raphael
  • 'Top Chef'
    Reality TV

    'Top Chef's Season 20 Location Takes the Show on an International Journey

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    By Anna Garrison
  • Tom Colicchio
    Reality TV

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    By Shannon Raphael
  • Tiffani Faison
    Reality TV

    'Top Chef's' Tiffani Faison Announced Her Divorce on National Television

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    By Kori Williams
  • Kwame Onwuachi
    Reality TV

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    By Kori Williams
  • Jeremy Abrams and Gail Simmons
    Reality TV

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    By Shannon Raphael
  • 'Top Chef: Houston'
    Reality TV

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    By Shannon Raphael
  • Luke Kolpin
    Reality TV

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  • Jackson Kalb
    Reality TV

    Jackson Kalb Lost His Senses of Taste and Smell from COVID Ahead of 'Top Chef: Houston'

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    By Shannon Raphael
  • 'Top Chef' Houston
    Reality TV

    Yeehaw! 'Top Chef' Is Headed to Houston — Find Out Which Chefs Made the Cut

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    By Shannon Raphael
  • Padma Lakshmi
    Celebrity Relationships

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  • Padma Lakshmi
    Entertainment

    How Has Modeling and TV Hosting Impacted Padma Lakshmi's Net Worth?

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  • Gabe Erales and Tom Colicchio
    Entertainment

    'Top Chef' Has Come Under Scrutiny More Than Once in Its 18-Year History

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    By Leila Kozma
  • Eric Adjepong
    Entertainment

    Chef Eric Adjepong on Introducing West African Cuisine to 'Top Chef' (EXCLUSIVE)

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  • Top Chef
    Entertainment

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    By Distractify Staff
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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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  • Karen Akunowicz Top Chef
    News

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  • Floyd Cardoz and Fatima Ali
    Entertainment

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  • Padma Lakshmi with her daughter
    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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  • padma lakshmi
    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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  • padma lakshmi
    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    Entertainment

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    A decade after 'Top Chef Masters' and a couple of years after the release of her cookbook, 'Solo', we couldn't help but wonder what Chef Anita Lo is up to today.
    By Pippa Raga
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    Entertainment

    'Top Chef' Watch Parties Are About to Get Wild With This Drinking Game

    Season 18 of 'Top Chef' is officially starting up. Luckily, we have a 'Top Chef' drinking game for your next watch party (even if it's virtual!).
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    Entertainment

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    When was 'Top Chef' Season 18 filmed? The hit Bravo cooking competition has returned for a new set of episodes in Portland, Ore. Details.
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