20 Facts About Top Chef


Top Chef is an American reality competition television series which premiered on Bravo on March 8,2006.

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Top Chef is a cooking show that uses a progressive elimination format.

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Season 12 of Top Chef introduced the "Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge", where the chef with the least successful dish faces immediate elimination unless they win a cook-off against another competitor.

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Top Chef: Just Desserts is a spin-off of the Top Chef format featuring pastry chefs.

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Top Chef Healthy Showdown is a special webisode series aired in 2011 sponsored by Healthy Choice.

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Life After Top Chef is a spin-off featuring former Top Chef contestants Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Spike Mendelsohn, and Fabio Viviani, which focuses on various aspects of their lives, from managing and opening a restaurant to dealing with family dynamics and personal issues.

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Top Chef Estrellas is a Spanish-language spin-off featuring eight Hispanic celebrities competing to win $100,000 for their charity of choice.

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Top Chef Junior is a spin-off series originally ordered in 2008 for an eight-episode run on Bravo.

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However, nine years later, Top Chef Junior was mentioned as part of the initial lineup for Universal Kids, an NBCUniversal-owned children's channel launched on September 9,2017.

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The first season of Top Chef Junior premiered on October 13,2017, and its second season premiered on September 8,2018.

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Top Chef Amateurs is a spin-off featuring home cooks competing in head-to-head challenges drawn from past seasons of Top Chef.

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Top Chef Family Style is a spin-off featuring young chefs teaming up with adult family members to compete for $100,000.

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Similar to Top Chef Estrellas, Top Chef VIP is a Spanish-language spin-off featuring sixteen Hispanic celebrities competing for $100,000.

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Top Chef University is a comprehensive online culinary school involving 12 courses and over 200 in-depth video-lessons.

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The instructors at Top Chef University consist of the series' most successful and popular former contestants.

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Top Chef: The Game is a computer game released by Brighter Minds for PCs.

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In efforts to make certain dishes available to viewers who watch Top Chef, but do not have time to prepare those dishes themselves, Schwan's Home Service started offering Top Chef—branded frozen meals in late 2009.

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Top Chef was nominated at the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2007 for Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program for its second season.

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Top Chef won the award for Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008.

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Top Chef won the award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, defeating The Amazing Race, which had won the award every year since the category's inception in 2003.

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