Top Chef (season 5)

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Top Chef: New York
Top Chef 5 cast.jpg
The contestants for Top Chef season 5
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Broadcast
Original channelBravo
Original runNovember 12, 2008 (2008-11-12) – March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04)
Additional information
Filming datesJuly 2008 (2008-07) – January 2009 (2009-01)
WinnerHosea Rosenberg
No. of chefs17
All-starsCarla Hall
Fabio Viviani
Jamie Lauren
Season chronology
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Season 4
(Chicago)
 
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Top Chef: New York
Top Chef 5 cast.jpg
The contestants for Top Chef season 5
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Broadcast
Original channelBravo
Original runNovember 12, 2008 (2008-11-12) – March 4, 2009 (2009-03-04)
Additional information
Filming datesJuly 2008 (2008-07) – January 2009 (2009-01)
WinnerHosea Rosenberg
No. of chefs17
All-starsCarla Hall
Fabio Viviani
Jamie Lauren
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 4
(Chicago)

Top Chef: New York is the fifth season of American reality television series Top Chef and was filmed first in New York City, New York, and concluded in New Orleans, Louisiana. The season premiered on Bravo on November 12, 2008 and ended on March 4, 2009. The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was $100,000.

Judges, guest judges and special appearances[edit]

Judges[edit]

Guest judges[edit]

Special appearances[edit]

Contestants[edit]

17 chefs competed in Season 5. Names, ages, and hometowns below are from the Bravo website. In elimination order, the contestants were:

Credit Order: Alex, Jill, Daniel, Ariane, Patrick, Melissa, Hosea, Leah, Fabio, Radhika, Stefan, Jamie, Richard, Lauren, Eugene, Carla, Jeff

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant123456 37891011121314
Quickfire
Winner
StefanRadhikaLeahLeahHoseaArianeRadhikaStefanLeah
Radhika
StefanStefanCarlaJeffNone
HoseaIN (+)LOWWIN 2ININ (+)WININLOWIN (+)HIGHLOWLOWHIGHWINNER
CarlaIN (-)HIGHIN (-)INLOWINLOWWINLOWWINHIGHHIGHWINRUNNER-UP
StefanWINININ (+)ININ (+)HIGHHIGHWINWINLOWWINLOWLOWRUNNER-UP
FabioIN (-)WINHIGHHIGHIN (-)INININ (-)HIGHLOWHIGHWINOUT
JeffIN (+)INLOWHIGHHIGHHIGHININ (-)IN (-)OUT OUT 5
LeahHIGHININ (+)ININ (-)ININLOWIN (+)HIGHLOWOUT
JamieIN (+)HIGHIN (+)LOWHIGHLOWWINWININ (-)HIGHOUT
RadhikaIN (-)INWIN 2INHIGHHIGHININ (-)OUT
ArianeLOWLOWIN (-)WINWININHIGHOUT
EugeneHIGHININ (-)INLOWLOWOUT 4
MelissaIN (-)INHIGHLOWIN (-)LOWOUT 4
DannyIN (+)INLOWINOUT
AlexIN (-)ININ (-)OUT
RichardIN (-)INOUT
JillIN (+)OUT
PatrickOUT
LaurenOUT 1

^Note 1 : Lauren was immediately eliminated by placing last in the Quickfire Challenge.
^Note 2 : Team Sexy Pants was proclaimed the winning team on the show, but Verizon Wireless V CAST revealed that there were two individual winners: Radhika and Hosea. However, Bravotv.com states that all chefs from the winning team won the elimination challenge.
^Note 3 : Due to a refrigerator malfunction which spoiled some of the chefs' ingredients during the Elimination Challenge, no one was eliminated.[5] On air, the judges said they would not eliminate any of the contestants as a "holiday gift" because they admired the way they had all helped the affected chefs when the refrigerator failed, and because they had all performed below expectations.
^Note 4 : Because no one was eliminated in Episode 6 (see 3), two contestants were eliminated in this episode.
^Note 5 : Leah, Jamie, and Jeff (the three most recently eliminated contestants) were brought back to the competition to compete in a Quickfire Challenge. The winner would compete in the subsequent Elimination Challenge, but could only move on to the Final Challenge if they won this challenge. Jeff won the Quickfire, and the judges picked him as one of their favorites in the Elimination Challenge, but did not select him to win. Consequently, he was eliminated automatically.

     (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.

Episodes[edit]

Each episode includes two challenges. The Quickfire Challenge is a short, simple challenge with a varying reward each week; in the initial episodes of the season, it usually guarantees the winner immunity from being sent home that 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: Melting Pot[edit]

Episode 2: Show Your Craft[edit]

Episode 3: A Foo Fighters Thanksgiving[edit]

Episode 4: Today Show[edit]

Episode 5: Gail's Bridal Shower[edit]

Episode 6: 12 Days of Christmas[edit]

Episode 7: Focus Group[edit]

Episode 8: Down on the Farm[edit]

Episode 9: Restaurant Wars[edit]

Episode 10: Super Bowl Chef Showdown[edit]

Episode 11: Le Bernardin[edit]

Episode 12: The Last Supper[edit]

Episode 13: New Orleans Finale, Part 1[edit]

Episode 14: New Orleans Finale, Part 2[edit]

Episode 15: Reunion[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]