Top Chef (season 2)

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Top Chef: Los Angeles
Top-chef-season-2.jpg
Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons, along with the chefs participating in Top Chef's second season
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Broadcast
Original channelBravo
Original runOctober 18, 2006 (2006-10-18) – January 31, 2007 (2007-01-31)
Additional information
Filming datesAugust 10, 2006 (2006-08-10) – December 16, 2006 (2006-12-16)
WinnerIlan Hall
No. of chefs15
No. of tasks13
All-starsMarcel Vigneron,
Elia Aboumrad
Season chronology
 
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Top Chef: Los Angeles
Top-chef-season-2.jpg
Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons, along with the chefs participating in Top Chef's second season
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Broadcast
Original channelBravo
Original runOctober 18, 2006 (2006-10-18) – January 31, 2007 (2007-01-31)
Additional information
Filming datesAugust 10, 2006 (2006-08-10) – December 16, 2006 (2006-12-16)
WinnerIlan Hall
No. of chefs15
No. of tasks13
All-starsMarcel Vigneron,
Elia Aboumrad
Season chronology

Top Chef: Los Angeles is the second season of American reality television series Top Chef and was filmed first in Los Angeles, California, and concluded in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. The season premiered on Bravo on October 18, 2006 and ended on January 31, 2007. Padma Lakshmi took over as host, with Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons returning as judges. Filming began in Westwood, near UCLA in Los Angeles, on August 10, 2006. The number of contestants expanded from 12 to 15. The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was $100,000. The winning recipe from each week's episode is featured on Bravo's Top Chef website and prepared by Season 1 contestant Lee Anne Wong in a web video called The Wong Way to Cook. Bravo cited negative viewer reaction to the reunion episode of season one as the reason why no reunion episode was filmed for season two.[1]

Judges, guest judges and special appearances[edit]

Judges[edit]

Guest judges[edit]

Contestants[edit]

15 chefs competed in Season 2. Names and hometowns below are from the Bravo website. Ages listed are at the time of the Top Chef: Los Angeles taping in August, 2006. In the order eliminated:

Credit order: Josie, Otto, Sam, Elia, Frank, Emily, Cliff, Betty, Marcel, Michael, Mia, Marisa, Carlos, Ilan, Suyai.

Contestant Progress[edit]

Contestant1234 256 4789 610 71112Finale
Quickfire
Winner
SamCliffCliffCarlosSamCliff
Frank
Ilan
Mia
Sam
MarcelCliffMichaelMarcel
Sam
SamNoneNone
IlanWINLOWININWINININHIGHLOWIN (-)HIGHLOWWINNER
MarcelLOWLOWINHIGHINHIGHINHIGHLOWIN (-)LOW9WINRUNNER-UP
SamINHIGHHIGHLOWHIGHINLOWWINHIGHLOWHIGHOUT
EliaHIGHLOWININLOWWINWINLOWHIGHIN (-)LOW9OUT
CliffINLOWHIGHLOWHIGHINLOWLOWINLOWDQ8
MichaelINHIGHLOWLOWHIGHLOWINLOWWINOUT
BettyHIGHWINWINHIGHLOWLOWHIGHHIGHOUT
MiaHIGHHIGHINLOWLOWINHIGHWD5
FrankINLOWLOWWINININOUT
CarlosLOWHIGHINLOWLOWOUT
JosieINHIGHININOUT 3
MarisaINLOWINLOWOUT 3
EmilyINHIGHOUT
OttoLOWWD1
SuyaiOUT

^Note 1 : Otto bowed out voluntarily before Lakshmi eliminated anyone, deciding that his misconduct over the unpaid lychees contributed the most to his team's loss.
^Note 2 : After allegations of cheating, the judges decided not to eliminate anyone.
^Note 3 : Josie and Marisa were both eliminated, who worked as a team in this challenge.
^Note 4 : There were 5 winners in the Quickfire Challenge. These winners did not compete in the Elimination Challenge.
^Note 5 : Mia quit voluntarily before Lakshmi eliminated anyone, fearing Elia would be eliminated.
^Note 6 : Starting with this episode, Quickfire Challenge wins no longer confers immunity from losing the Elimination Challenge.
^Note 7 : There was no winning team in the Elimination Challenge. The bottom 3 was based on each chef's individual performance.
^Note 8 : Cliff was disqualified for aggressive physical contact with Marcel.
^Note 9 : Since Cliff was disqualified no one else was eliminated going into the finale, however Marcel and Elia had the weaker two of the four dishes in the challenge.

     (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned Top Chef.
     (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
     (WIN) The chef won that episode's Elimination Challenge.
     (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
     (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was out of the competition.
     (IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.
     [IN (+)] The chef won a pair or team challenge but was not chosen as one of the judges' favorites.
     [IN (-)] The chef lost a pair or team challenge but was not selected as one of the judges' least favorites.
     (WD) The chef voluntarily left the show.
     (DQ) The chef was disqualified and was asked to leave the show.

Episodes[edit]

Each episode includes two challenges. The Quickfire Challenge is a short, simple challenge with a varying reward each week. The Elimination Challenge is a more complex challenge that determines who goes home. One or more guest judges join the show each week to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination is announced in a segment called "Judges' Table."

Episode 1: Into the Fire[edit]

Episode 2: Eastern Promise[edit]

VIETNAM MENU

KOREA MENU

Episode 3: Food for the People[edit]

Episode 4: Less is More[edit]

Team Black (Betty, Frank, Marcel)

Team Red (Marisa, Mia, Mike)

Team White (Elia, Ilan, Josie)

Team Orange (Carlos, Cliff, Sam)

Episode 5: Social Service[edit]

Episode 6: Thanksgiving[edit]

Episode 7: The Raw and the Cooked[edit]

Episode 8: Holiday Spirit[edit]

Black Team (Cliff, Elia, Mia, Mike)

Orange Team (Betty, Ilan, Marcel, Sam)

Episode 9: Seven[edit]

Episode 10: Unhappy Customers[edit]

Episode 11: Sense and Sensuality[edit]

Episode 12: Hawaii Finale, Part 1[edit]

Episode 13: Hawaii Finale, Part 2[edit]

References[edit]

Contestant and judge sites[edit]

Notable Media & News Coverage[edit]