Top Chef (season 9)

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Top Chef: Texas
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18
Original channelBravo
Original runNovember 2, 2011 (2011-11-02) – March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)
Additional information
WinnerPaul Qui
No. of chefs29
Season chronology
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Top Chef: Texas
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes18
Original channelBravo
Original runNovember 2, 2011 (2011-11-02) – March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)
Additional information
WinnerPaul Qui
No. of chefs29
Season chronology

Top Chef: Texas is the ninth season of American reality television series Top Chef and was filmed in various cities in Texas, including San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, before moving on to British Columbia for the finale. The season premiered on Bravo on November 2, 2011 and concluded on February 29, 2012. The reunion episode for this season aired on March 7, 2012. This season of Top Chef features a much larger number of contestants than any previous season; 29 chefs began the competition.[1] The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was $125,000.

This season also introduced a new competition to the series; in addition to the Quickfire and Elimination Challenges featured in televised episodes, the "Last Chance Kitchen" competition allowed eliminated contestants to compete head-to-head in a series of webisodes, with the winner eventually returning to the main competition. The webisodes are available on Bravo's website.[1]


Colicchio, Lakshmi, and Simmons return to the show from previous seasons. Lagasse previously appeared as a guest judge in season 5. Acheson appeared as a contestant in season 3 of Top Chef: Masters.


Twenty-nine chefs competed in the ninth season of Top Chef. In order of elimination:[1]

Eliminated in Qualifying Rounds[edit]

Top 16[edit]

Contestant Progress[edit]

Due to the two-episode qualifying rounds that began this season, the show did not use its traditional elimination format until episode three.

DakotaPaulLindsayGraysonTy-Lör1Paul1Ty-LörNoneLindsay2Chris J.1
WhitneyIN (-)IN (-)INOUT

^Note 1 : Did not win immunity.
^Note 2 : Beverly was cited by the judges as having cooked the best dish. However, she was disqualified for not having several of her required elements plated when time expired.
^Note 3 : Beverly won Last Chance Kitchen, and returned to the competition.
^Note 4 : As a reward for winning the Quickfire Challenge, Sarah was given the choice to receive either a new car or a pass to the next round as her prize. Sarah opted for the pass, allowing her to sit out the Elimination 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 was on the winning team in the Elimination Challenge, but was not chosen as one of the judges' favorites.
     IN (-) The chef was on the losing team in the Elimination Challenge, but was not selected as one of the judges' least favorites.


Most episodes 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; however, in some episodes the Quickfire winner is instead given an advantage in the upcoming Elimination Challenge. Sometimes, the winner of the Quickfire is given an additional prize, including money. The Elimination Challenge is a more complex challenge that determines who goes home. One or more 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: Everything's Bigger in Texas (Elimination Rounds One and Two)[edit]

Episode 2: The Heat Is On (Elimination Rounds Three and Four)[edit]

Episode 3: Quinceañera[edit]

  • Pink Team: Chris C., Dakota, Keith, Lindsay, Nyesha, Sarah, Ty-Lör, Whitney
  • Green Team: Beverly, Chris J., Chuy, Edward, Grayson, Heather, Paul, Richie
  • WINNERS: Green Team [Beverly (Beef Short Rib Asada), Chris J. (Green Chile, Mushroom and Oaxaca Enchiladas), Chuy (Braised Goat Birria), Edward (Tomatillo Gazpacho with Watermelon), Grayson (Chicken in Ancho Pepita Mole), Heather (Vanilla Tres Leches Cake), Paul (Shrimp Yuzu Ceviche), Richie (Tapioca Chicharron with Pork Carnitas)]
  • ELIMINATED: Keith (Pork Tenderloin Huarcite and Enchiladas con Salsa Verde)

Episode 4: Red Hot Chili Cook-Off[edit]

  • Red Team: Chris J., Dakota, Whitney
  • Green Team: Chris C., Chuy, Sarah
  • Blue Team: Edward, Heather, Paul
  • Black Team: Beverly, Nyesha, Richie
  • White Team: Grayson, Lindsay, Ty-Lör
  • WINNER: Green Team (Chili Con Carne with Roasted Corn Salsa)
  • ELIMINATED: Richie (Frito-Encrusted Pork Tenderloin, Potato Hash and Ricotta Cheese Chili Purée)

Episode 5: Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party[edit]

  • Team App: Chris J., Lindsay, Paul, Sarah, Whitney
  • Team Entrée: Beverly, Chuy, Heather, Nyesha, Ty-Lör
  • Team Dessert: Chris C., Dakota, Edward, Grayson
  • WINNER: Paul (Fried Brussels Sprouts with Grilled Prosciutto)
  • ELIMINATED: Chuy (Sockeye Salmon Fillet Stuffed with Goat Cheese)

Episode 6: Higher Steaks[edit]

  • WINNER: Heather ("Right Side Up" Texas Peach Cake, Peach Salad & Candied Pecan Streusel)
  • ELIMINATED: Whitney (Creamy Potato Gratin)
  • PRIZE: The winner receives a 2011 Toyota Venza.

Episode 7: Game On[edit]

  • WINNERS: Edward and Ty-Lör (Sorghum Quail with Pickled Cherries & Eggplant)
  • ELIMINATED: Dakota and Nyesha (Roasted Rack of Venison with Kabocha Squash & Beet Gratin)
  • PRIZE: The winning team will split $10,000.

Episode 8: Tribute Dinner[edit]

  • WINNER: Sarah (Pork Sausage Stuffed Cabbage & Spinach with Browned Butter)
  • ELIMINATED: Heather (Beef Stroganoff with Herb Spaetzle & Roasted Wild Mushrooms)

Episode 9: BBQ Pit Wars[edit]

  • Blue Team: Paul, Lindsay, Grayson
  • Red Team: Edward, Sarah, Ty-Lör
  • White Team: Beverly, Chris C., Chris J.
  • WINNER: Blue Team (Smoked Brisket with Bourbon BBQ Sauce, Curry BBQ Chicken, Caramel Miso Pork Rib, Watermelon Salad and Patis)
  • ELIMINATED: Chris C. (Sweet 'n Sticky Pork Ribs with Dr. Pepper Glaze)
  • PRIZE: The winning team will split $15,000.

Episode 10: Restaurant Wars[edit]

Canteen: Chris J., Edward, Paul, Ty-Lör
  • 1st Course: Thai-Style Crab & Shrimp Salad, Caramel Fish Sauce & Peanuts (Ty-Lör) or Ham & Pork Pâté with Mushrooms, Braised Mustard Seeds & Duck Fat Crostini (Paul)
  • 2nd Course: Poached Salmon In Warm Tomato Water, Clams, Salmon Skin & Tomatillo Jam (Paul and Ty-Lör) or Crispy Skin Pork Belly with Green Apple & Sweet Potato Purée (Paul)
  • 3rd Course: Almond Joy Cake with Malted Chocolate Mousse & Banana Coconut Purée (Edward) or Homemade Cracker Jack, Cherries & Peanut Butter Ice Cream (Chris J.)
Half Bushel: Beverly, Grayson, Lindsay, Sarah
  • 1st Course: Peach Salad with Pickled Shallots, Bacon Vinaigrette & Candied Pistachio (Grayson) or Mozzarella Filled Arancino, Sweet & Sour Eggplant & Celery Salad (Sarah)
  • 2nd Course: Braised Short Rib with Thai Basil Potato Purée, Apple Slaw & Kimchi (Beverly) or Grilled Halibut with Spanish Chorizo, Fennel & Sherry Salad (Lindsay)
  • 3rd Course: Schaum Torte with Vanilla Meringue & Champagne Berries (Grayson) or Hazelnut Cream Italian Doughnuts with Banana Sugar Glaze (Sarah)
  • WINNING TEAM: Half Bushel
  • WINNER: Beverly
  • PRIZE: 3 Liter Bottle of Episode Wine from Terlato Family Vineyards and a 3 Days/2 Nights trip for two to tour their Napa Valley vineyard.

Episode 11: Fit for an Evil Queen[edit]

  • WINNER: Paul ("Enchanted Forest" of Beets, Cherry, Candied Jalapeños & Bacon)
  • ELIMINATED: Beverly (Seared Halibut with Red Curry Coulis and Black Forbidden Rice)
  • PRIZE: Tickets to the premiere of Snow White & the Huntsman

Episode 12: Block Party[edit]

  • WINNER: Paul (Turkey "Kalbi" with Eggplant and White Peach Kimchi)
  • ELIMINATED: Chris J. (Curried Chicken Salad with Tofu Mayonnaise, and Watermelon Salad with Pineapple Ice)
  • PRIZE: $15,000

Episode 13: Bike, Borrow & Steal[edit]

  • WINNER: Lindsay (Stuffed Zucchini with Braised Beef Cheeks, Rice & Goat Cheese with a Salad of Greens & Pickled Carrots and Celery)
  • ELIMINATED: Grayson (Egg Yolk, Spinach & Gorgonzola-Stuffed Chicken with Butternut Roasted Squash with Bacon Vinaigrette)

Episode 14: Mentors at Work?[edit]

As a reward for winning Last Chance Kitchen, Beverly re-enters the main competition.

  • WINNER: Paul (Chilled Sunchoke Dashi Soup with Vegetables)
  • ELIMINATED: Edward (Braised Pork Belly and Smoked Oyster Crema with Pickled Vegetables)
  • PRIZE: Toyota Prius V

Episode 15: Culinary Games[edit]

The competition moves to Whistler Olympic Park British Columbia, where the four remaining chefs are confronted with a series of three Winter Olympic-themed (in honor of Vancouver's hosting of the 2010 Olympics) challenges. The winner of each challenge gets $10,000 and the right to move on in the competition.

Episode 16: Fire and Ice[edit]

Episode 17: Finale[edit]

  • TOP CHEF: Paul
  • RUNNER-UP: Sarah

Episode 18: Reunion[edit]

  • FAN FAVORITE: Chris C.

Last Chance Kitchen[edit]

The Last Chance Kitchen is an online-only series of challenges (available for viewing on in which the ousted chefs competed for a chance to get back into the competition. Each week, two or more chefs competed against each other in the Top Chef kitchen, with the results judged solely by Tom Colicchio. The winner each week continued on to face the next eliminated Top Chef contestant(s), while the loser was eliminated from the competition for good. The winner of the final battle was allowed to re-enter the main competition and compete for the grand prize.

Last Chance Kitchen Progress[edit]

Chris J.OUT
Chris C.OUT
     (WIN) The chef was crowned the winner of the Last Chance Kitchen and returned to the main competition.
     (WIN) The chef won that episode's Last Chance Kitchen Challenge and continued in the competition.
     (OUT) The chef lost that week's Last Chance Kitchen Challenge and was eliminated from the competition.

Episode 1: Andrew vs. Janine[edit]

The final two chefs to be eliminated during the qualification rounds are given 30 minutes to cook a pizza for Tom to judge.

Episode 2: Andrew vs. Keith[edit]

In this challenge, the chefs are given 10 minutes to prep and cook a dish containing six provided ingredients, including clams, lemons, onions, and peppers.

Episode 3: Keith vs. Richie[edit]

The chefs are asked to prepare a dish using at least three ingredients provided from the leftovers of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

Episode 4: Keith vs. Chuy[edit]

Tom directs the chefs to Bolner's Meat Market in San Antonio, where each is given an entire rib rack of beef. They are then given 45 minutes to butcher five bone-in ribeyes, and cook one of them into a "perfect" medium-rare steak to serve to Tom for final judging.

Episode 5: Chuy vs. Whitney[edit]

Tom asks the chefs to create the classic American burger with one of two assigned proteins in 30 minutes. Andrew, Keith and Richie are on hand to offer opinions and moral support.

Episode 6: Whitney vs. Dakota vs. Nyesha[edit]

The chefs must cook a dish using only a wok, with cactus as the main ingredient, in 30 minutes.

Episode 7: Nyesha vs. Heather[edit]

The chefs have 30 minutes to create a dish using three different cooking techniques: frying, injecting, and foaming.

Episode 8: Nyesha vs. Chris C.[edit]

The chefs have 30 minutes to create a dish using ingredients found in a gas station with a budget of $20.

Episode 9: Nyesha vs. Ty-Lör[edit]

The chefs have 30 minutes to create a pastry dessert with the help of a sous-chef. Helpers are chosen from remaining eliminated cheftestants. Nyesha chose Heather; Ty-Lör chose Chris C.

Episode 10: Nyesha vs. Beverly[edit]

The chefs have 30 minutes to create a dish using Black Drum. Chefs will only be allowed to go through the Top Chef Kitchen once to gather all necessary ingredients and equipment. With 23:30 remaining, Tom instructed chefs to switch stations and surrender all ingredients to the opposing chef.

Episode 11: Beverly vs. Chris J.[edit]

The chefs have 30 minutes to make a dish that incorporates all of the ingredients found in a "mystery box", which cannot be opened until time begins. As the challenge progresses, the chefs are given two additional ingredients to use in the final dish.

Episode 12: Beverly vs. Grayson[edit]

The chefs have 30 minutes to cook a dish worthy of competing in the finale.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Bravo's 'Top Chef: Texas' Premieres Wednesday, November 2". 21 September 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 

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