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Top Chef, Season 16 Release Date and Synopsis

For season 16, “Top Chef” heads to the state of Kentucky as 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale showdown in Macau, China.

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Top Chef, Season 16 (2018) Series Cast & Crew

Top Chef, Season 16 (2018) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Top Chef: The characters of season 16. Padma Lakshmi (Herself - Host), Tom Colicchio (Himself - Head Judge), Graham Elliot (Himself - Judge), all returned for top chef, season 16.

Tom Colicchio (Himself - Head Judge)
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Padma Lakshmi (Herself - Host)
Padma LakshmiHerself - HostScore: 4.1
Graham Elliot (Himself - Judge)
Graham ElliotHimself - JudgeScore: 1.5

Tom Colicchio (Producer), all returned for top chef.

Tom Colicchio (Producer)
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Top Chef (Season 16) Full Episodes

Top Chef heads to the state of Kentucky for season 16. This season, 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale showdown in Macau, China.

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1The Fastest 2 Minutes in Cooking (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

The Fastest 2 Minutes in Cooking

06 December 2018$2.99

"Top Chef" Kentucky begins as fifteen of the country's finest chefs are off to the races at Churchill Downs for the ride of their lives. After a lightning fast two minute mise-en-place focused Quickfire, the Chefs are challenged to make a dish that will appeal to a crowd of two hundred at a stakes-filled Kentucky Derby party. Churchill Downs' own Chef David Danielson serves as guest judge along with returning regulars Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Graham Elliot.

2Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 1: Three Vets and a Newbie (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 1: Three Vets and a Newbie

07 December 2018Bonus

Inspired by a challenge in episode 1601 of Top Chef, four chefs face off to see who can make the best biscuits and gravy.

3Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo

13 December 2018$2.99

A very pregnant Gail Simmons asks the chefs to feed her cravings in a special Quickfire delivery. Then it's time to celebrate two iconic Kentucky mainstays: local cuisine and bourbon. The Chefs head to Makers Mark, the oldest distillery in America to put their spins on a meal full of Kentucky classics including burgoo, Benedictine, mutton, hoe cakes and dumplings. This is a true battle for Kentucky as the chefs navigate their first team challenge - and one chef makes a potentially fatal shopping error. Can they recover or will they be scraping the bottom of the barrel to make it through? Food and travel editor, Nilou Motamed joins the judges this season, and Maker's Mark's in-house Chef, Newman Miller, sits on the panel as a guest judge.

4Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 2: When Life Gives You Lemon (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 2: When Life Gives You Lemon

13 December 2018Bonus

Based on a dish that sent a Cheftestant home from Top Chef episode 1602, four chefs battle it out with the use of one lemon.

5Naughty and Nice (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Naughty and Nice

20 December 2018$2.99

It's holiday time for Top Chef, and Richard Blais and Brooke Williamson help spread the festive cheer by presenting a white elephant Quickfire challenge. Then, the Chefs receive an unexpected gift as Michelin starred super Chef Eric Ripert sits down with them to celebrate an elaborate traditional French Chrismas dinner. However, once the last bite is taken, Padma informs the Chefs that they're missing the final part of the tradition of Le Revillon de Noel... the presentation of 13 desserts. It's a midnight pastry free-for-all as the Chefs try to avoid being on the placed on the naughty list. Screen reader support enabled.

6Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 3: Have Yourself a Merry Little Breakfast (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 3: Have Yourself a Merry Little Breakfast

20 December 2018Bonus

Top Chef 1603's newly eliminated chef faces off with three other Cheftestants in the ultimate breakfast battle.

7Surprise... It's Restaurant Wars (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Surprise... It's Restaurant Wars

27 December 2018$2.99

In a massive twist, Padma's favorite challenge Restaurant Wars comes early this year, but before the chefs gear up for battle, they must first duke it out in an amuse bouche-based Quickfire for Top Chef alum turned James Beard Award winning chefs: Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton. Then, the gauntlet has been thrown and with twelve chefs remaining, three restaurants will be battling for victory. James Beard Award winning restaurateur Caroline Styne joins as the guest judge along with Nilou Motamed. And if this unexpected chaos isn't enough, Tom leaves the Chefs breathless with an announcement that will change the course of the competition.

8Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 4: Seafood Mis-En-Place Race (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 4: Seafood Mis-En-Place Race

27 December 2018Bonus

Even though a chef didn't get eliminated from Top Chef 1604, it's still time to trim the fat! Which two chefs will move on?

9Restaurant Wars, Pt. 2 (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Restaurant Wars, Pt. 2

03 January 2019$2.99

The mayhem and drama continues of the biggest Restaurant Wars in the history of "Top Chef." Tom's announcement of a double elimination piles on even more pressure. "Top Chef" alum turned James Beard Award winning Chefs Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton join the restaurant crawl along with Nilou Motamed and guest judge and James Beard Award winning restaurateur, Caroline Styne.

10Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 5: Restaurant Wars Comes to LCK (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 5: Restaurant Wars Comes to LCK

03 January 2019Bonus

Two chefs from Top Chef 1605 enter LCK for a "mini restaurant wars challenge"!

11Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 6: One More Win and You're In (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 6: One More Win and You're In

03 January 2019Bonus

Coming out of Top Chef 1605, two remaining chefs continue to fight it out and receive the biggest LCK surprise yet!

12Roaring Munchies (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Roaring Munchies

10 January 2019$2.99

The chefs walk in on an epic battle of Last Chance Kitchen and are drafted into the fight. Once Tom declares a winner, the chefs immediately begin a challenge making dishes based on Prohibition Era cocktails. Chef Ken Oringer joins Padma, Tom and Graham at a Roaring 20's party with Flappers and Dapper Dans.

13Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 7: The Twist (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 7: The Twist

10 January 2019$2.99

This is a first in Last Chance Kitchen history! Watch a shocking turn of events come out of Top Chef 1606.

14Carne! (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Carne!

17 January 2019$2.99

Lena Waithe surprises the chefs, by challenging them to make their best version of the trademark Kentucky dish, the Hot Brown. Then super-chef Nancy Silverton brings her internationally renowned friend, butcher Dario Cecchini to break down a whole cow for the chefs to utilize along with locally-sourced Kentucky ingredients.

15Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 8: Slime Time (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 8: Slime Time

17 January 2019Bonus

Coming out of Top Chef 1607, two chefs try to make a slimy dish delicious enough for Tom to enjoy.

16Whatever Floats Your Boat (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Whatever Floats Your Boat

24 January 2019$2.99

With more shoreline than Florida, Kentucky is a hotbed for houseboats. For this elimination challenge, the chefs are split into two teams and tasked with throwing raging party in Lake Cumberland. Mega-chef Emeril Lagasse joins Padma, Tom and Nilou along with Captains Sandy and Lee from Below Deck for some houseboat hysteria.

17Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 9: Get Cracklin' (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 9: Get Cracklin'

24 January 2019Bonus

Inspired by a challenge from Top Chef 1608, two chefs take on the biggest pork challenge yet.

18Music City USA (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Music City USA

31 January 2019$2.99

The chefs take a roadtrip to Nashville and have the honor of cooking on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry for country music sensation Hunter Hayes. Then they have to dig deep to create a dish inspired by a vibrant music memory. It's a personal and emotional cook as the chefs put their hearts on a plate for a full table of Nashville food and music giants including Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, model Lily Aldridge, and Chef Jonathan Waxman.

19Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 10: UFOs (Unidentified Food Objects) (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 10: UFOs (Unidentified Food Objects)

01 February 2019Bonus

After Top Chef 1609, two chefs face-off in the ultimate mystery cook-off.

20Hoop Dreams (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Hoop Dreams

07 February 2019$2.99

Kentucky based Top Chef alum Ed Lee drops by for a Quickfire that's part trivia, part culinary creativity. Then, the Chefs head to Rupp Arena where legendary basketball Coach John Calipari and the UK Wildcats host a concession stand cook-off. Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis gets a courtside seat as he joins the judges to see which chef will take center court and who will get dunked.

21Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 11: Shot Clock Shock (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 11: Shot Clock Shock

08 February 2019$2.99

Inspired by Top Chef 1610, chefs try to beat the shot clock.

22The Greatest (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

The Greatest

14 February 2019$2.99

Top Chef can't go to Kentucky without taking a turn at fried chicken. Chef Art Smith guests judges a secret herbs and spices blind taste test ahead of the Quickfire fry-off. After the finger licking goodness, the Chefs turn their attention to another Kentucky legend, the Louisville Lip, boxer and philanthropist Muhammad Ali. Using his memorable fights as inspiration, the Chefs must make a progressive meal for a charity benefit at the Muhammad Ali Center for donors, the judges, and special guest Laila Ali.

23Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 12: The Final Knockout (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Last Chance Kitchen, Ep. 12: The Final Knockout

15 February 2019Bonus

It's the Last Chance Kitchen finale! The winner will head into Top Chef 1612.

24Kentucky Farewell (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Kentucky Farewell

21 February 2019$2.99

All season the chefs have been growing gardens at their Kentucky estate. Tom ambushes the sleeping chefs and challenges them to reap what they sowed and make a dish focused on their garden harvest. Then, for the last elimination challenge in Kentucky, the chefs head to Keeneland, a thoroughbred horse auction house, to bid on luxury ingredients for dishes to show gratitude to their culinary mentors. Chefs Bryan Voltaggio, Gavin Kaysen, JD Fratzke, Kim Alter, David Posey and Chris Coombs join the judges to see how far the Chefs have come and who deserves to go to Macau for the finals.

25Holy Macau! (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Holy Macau!

28 February 2019$2.99

The final five chefs travel to the Chinese territory of Macau for the remaining battles of the competition. Judge Graham Elliot, who has a restaurant in Macau, introduces the Chefs to the local market full of fascinating ingredients and challenges them to a Quickfire highlighting unique Macanese proteins. Then, the chefs throw a party celebrating Chinese New Year. Since it is the Year of the Pig, the dishes must feature pork products and be delicious enough to impress Hong Kong's super chef Jowett Yu along with Tom, Padma and Graham.

26The Tao of Macau (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

The Tao of Macau

07 March 2019$2.99

The day has come when the final four chefs must cook with the world's smelliest fruit durian. This infamous fruit is a delicacy in Macau, but will Padma and guest judge, James Beard Award winner Abe Conlon be able to stomach their creations for the season's last Quickfire? Then, the chefs get a tutorial in the traditional cuisine of Macau, a fusion of Chinese and Portuguese flavors, and are joined by their family members from back home. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are tasked with blending their own heritage with Chinese flavors in order to impress their love ones and the judges, in order to earn their spot in the finale.

27Finale (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Finale

14 March 2019$2.99

It's the final showdown and the top three chefs must create the best four course meal of their lives. And if the pressure isn't already high enough, Tom reveals in a twisted turn of events only two chefs will get the chance to serve their full menu. The internationally star-studded table of diners includes Deputy Editor of FOOD & WINE Magazine Melanie Hansche, acclaimed chefs Mitsuharu Tsumura, Alexander Smalls, Dan Hong, May Chow, and Alvin Leung, along with Tom, Padma, Nilou and Graham. In one of the most competitive contests of artistry and skill, only one chef will emerge victorious and be named Top Chef.

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Has Top Chef, Season 16 been confirmed? Will there be a top chef, season 16?
The countdown to Top Chef [2018] Season 16 Episode 1 begins. An all-new episode of Top Chef is soon going to be released.

Top Chef, Season 16 start date: When does top chef, season 16 come back?
Top Chef, Season 16 will air on Thursday 6th of December 2018.

How many episodes will be in top chef, season 16?
With the season now airing in December 2018. There will be 27 episodes in season 16.

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