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Top Chef, Season 5 Release Date and Synopsis

Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef returns for its fifth season, bringing 17 promising chefs to the big apple. Drawing inspiration from New York's diverse cuisine, the chefs team up in their first challenge to shop in various neighborhoods around the city to ultimately craft dishes influenced by the ethnic flavors of their chosen districts. One of the world's most famous chefs and restaurateurs, Jean George Vongerichten, serves as guest judge.

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A pretty good seasonThis season was pretty good, but i want 2 c better. Season 4 was pretty crappy, everything was about like tailgating and not ''gourmet'' food. The season need 2 b more exciting like season 2..Score: 4/5

Season PassesIndividual episodes may be more prompt, but has anyone even taken the time to notice that you'll end up spending about two dollars more on individuals than you would on a pass? The season isn't even over yet, and the total price of individual episodes is already the same as an entire season pass..Score: 3/5

Must Buy!I have been watching Top Chef almost from the beginning. I must add that it has begun to get more and more thrilling each season. The chefs have all stepped up there game this time around! Each person is more interesting then the next. The judges will have a very difficult time judging their food and all these amazing chefs. This show is a must have if you are a food lover or if you just like a little good television..Score: 5/5

Great Show!!!I love this show sooo much!!! Its absolutely fantastic, and its an absolute must-watch!!!!!!.Score: 5/5

Top Chef is BackTop Chef is a great cooking show that challenges the chefs in many ways, The food always looks great and its very entertaining to watch..Score: 5/5

Good Show, but where is First Class All The Way?Good show, but itunes, you really need to put First Class all the Way on here! Please!!.Score: 3/5

It's BackTop Chef is back and better then ever. The challenges are getting, well more challenging and it is exiting to watch. A great start to the season i can't wait to see more..Score: 5/5

Ugh.Jamie should not have gone home. leah should've been 86'ed a while ago. looking forward to next week!.Score: 5/5

Top Chef Season PassThis is the first year I've purchased a season pass. I have not experienced any problems. The notification is on my email the next morning and I'll go on line and download right away. I really enjoy this because then I watch the season over and over again while at work..Score: 4/5

Reality Bites (mostly)I am NOT a fan of reality TV. What you see in 99% of the reality TV out there is merely the byproduct of putting lazy, arogant, and truely bizarre people together in questionable situations. Top Chef is a breath of fresh air. THIS show highlights what happens when you put some of the most talented up-and-coming chefs around into a truely professional and competitive environment. The judges are all VERY respected members of highly critical fields who base their judgements solely upon what the chef's bring to the table (if I can be allowed a slight pun). Though the show does touch occasionally on some of the various problems that the chefs have with each other personally, the show is by NO means dependent upon it (like the majority of the reality shows out there). It is more reminiscent of Iron Chef (the original Japanese version if you can find it dubbed into English). In short...this reality show gets an A+++ from a non-reality show kinda guy. Well done Chef Colicchio and Bravo. No wonder Chef Ramsey's shows are taking a nose dive!!!.Score: 5/5

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Entertaining and enjoyable show!I love to watch Top Chef. I think all of the seasons have been great in different ways. I have to admit that it is taking an extremely long time to put Season 6 on and I can't wait to watch it..Score: 5/5

Makes me want to learn to cook!Love this show - please bring the other seasons!!!!.Score: 5/5

Great Show, but Where Is Season 6??Why has it taken so long to get season 6 on iTunes Canada?.Score: 5/5

Add Top Chef MastersITunes should definately add top chef masters, it would make a welcome addition.Score: 5/5

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Top Chef, Season 5 (2008) Series Cast & Crew

Top Chef, Season 5 (2008) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Top Chef: The characters of season 5. Tom Colicchio (Self - Head Judge), Padma Lakshmi (Self - Host), Gail Simmons (Self - Judge), Toby Young (Self - Judge), Leah Cohen (Herself - Contestant), Carla Hall (Herself - Constestant), all returned for top chef, season 5.

Tom Colicchio (Self - Head Judge)
Tom ColicchioSelf - Head JudgeScore: 3.0
Padma Lakshmi (Self - Host)
Padma LakshmiSelf - HostScore: 8.9
Carla Hall (Herself - Constestant)
Carla HallHerself - ConstestantScore: 3.4
Leah Cohen (Herself - Contestant)
Leah CohenHerself - ContestantScore: 1.6
Gail Simmons (Self - Judge)
Gail SimmonsSelf - JudgeScore: 2.9
Toby Young (Self - Judge)
Toby YoungSelf - JudgeScore: 2.3

Andy Cohen (Executive Producer), Shauna Minoprio (Executive Producer), Erica Ross (Producer), Dan Cutforth (Executive Producer), Gaylen Gawlowski (Producer), Rich Buhrman (Executive Producer), Nan Strait (Executive Producer), Frances Berwick (Executive Producer), Sue Kolinsky (Producer), Andrew Wallace (Producer), Kevin Kearney (Producer), Wade Sheeler (Producer), Christian Homlish (Producer), Chris Gallivan (Producer), Doneen Arquines (Producer), Dave Serwatka (Executive Producer), Scott Shatsky (Producer), Casey Kriley (Executive Producer), Jane Lipsitz (Executive Producer), Liz Cook (Executive Producer), all returned for top chef.

Andy Cohen (Executive Producer)
Andy CohenExecutive ProducerScore: 5.7
Tom Colicchio (Producer)
Tom ColicchioProducerScore: 3.0
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Top Chef (Season 5) Full Episodes

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.

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1Melting Pot (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Melting Pot

12 November 2008$24.99

Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series Top Chef returns for its fifth season, bringing seventeen promising chefs to the big apple. Drawing inspiration from New York's diverse cuisine, the chefs team up in their first challenge to shop in various neighborhoods around the city to ultimately craft dishes influenced by the ethnic flavors of their chosen districts. One of the world's most famous chefs and restaurateurs, Jean George Vongerichten, serves as guest judge.

2Show Your Craft (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Show Your Craft

19 November 2008$24.99

In the second episode of Top Chef New York the chef contestants find themselves at Tom's flagship restaurant, Craft. They are challenged to cook and serve lunch to real customers; who may be their biggest critics yet. Successful restaurateur, food expert and entertainment authority Donatella Arpaia serves as guest judge.

3Foo Fighters Thanksgiving (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Foo Fighters Thanksgiving

26 November 2008$24.99

The holiday season has arrived, and the chef'testants have a lot to be thankful for. And this year it's not just family these cooks must impress; but also six-time Grammy Award-winning rock band, Foo Fighters, as they join the band for a tour stop in Syracuse, New York. Grant Achatz, American chef, restaurateur and recently named Best Chef in the United States for 2008 from the James Beard Foundation, serves as guest judge.

4Today Show (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Today Show

03 December 2008$24.99

The fourteen remaining chef'testants vie for a chance to display their skills on the nation's highest rated morning program, "Today." The winner of a super fast food demonstration challenge will get the booking, with the chance to display their unique culinary expertise on live network television. Celebrity Chef and author Rocco DiSpirito serves as guest judge.

5Gail's Bridal Shower (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Gail's Bridal Shower

10 December 2008$24.99

In the fifth episode of "Top Chef: New York," host and judge, Padma Lakshmi solicits the help of the chefs in arranging a bridal shower for Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and her friends. Wedding traditions are timeless, so in a twist of formality, the chef'testants are teamed up to cook a course based on a fabled ritual. Gail Simmons' friend, Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine Dana Cowin guest judges.

612 Days of Christmas (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

12 Days of Christmas

17 December 2008$24.99

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Bravo gave to me, 'eleven chefs a cookin'. Television host, author and magazine publisher Martha Stewart guest judges the quickfire challenge. In the spirit of the holidays, the chefs use their skills to give back to the community by catering a Christmas cocktail party hosted by special guest judge, actress and foodie Natasha Richardson, for AmFar, the foundation for AIDS research. Richardson has been actively involved in the fight against AIDS since her father, director Tony Richardson, died of AIDS-related causes.

7Focus Group (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Focus Group

07 January 2009$24.99

Cooking excellent food takes focus…and none is greater than the chef'testants on the seventh episode of Bravo's "Top Chef: New York." their quickfire challenge demands they create a sweet treat without using any sugar and in the elimination round, the chefs must serve to an interesting crowd. Toby Young, food critic and best-selling author joins the judges table as Michelin and 5AA Rosette award-winning chef, restaurateur, and star of Bravo's upcoming "Chef Academy", Jean-Christophe Novelli, serves as guest judge.

8Down On the Farm (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Down On the Farm

14 January 2009$24.99

It's time for the big city chefs to head to the country. The remaining chef'testants must shop for the freshest of ingredients at Blue Hill Farm and then work with what they have to create a feast for the farm workers themselves. Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill restaurant in New York City, serves as guest judge.

9Restaurant Wars (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Restaurant Wars

21 January 2009$24.99

It's baaaaaaack! The always anticipated episode, Restaurant Wars -– where the chef'testants must create every aspect of a restaurant in 24 hours – and the heat is on. Restaurateur Stephen Starr, owner of Starr Restaurant Organization (including Buddakan and Morimoto in New York), serves as guest judge.

10Super Bowl Chef Showdown (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Super Bowl Chef Showdown

28 January 2009$24.99

It's time for the Super Bowl and nothing goes better with the all-American pastime than good food! The remaining chefs battle it out in a Super Bowl-themed cook-off against seven all-stars from previous seasons including season four's Andrew and Spike, season three's Camille and season two's Josie. Scott Conant, chef-restaurateur of the Meatpacking District's Scarpetta Restaurant serves as the guest judge.

11Le Bernardin (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Le Bernardin

04 February 2009$24.99

The chef'testants get the opportunity to cook in one of the best restaurants in the world, three star Michelin winner Le Bernadin. Their final product will be judged by renowned chef, Eric Ripert.

12The Last Supper (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

The Last Supper

11 February 2009$24.99

It's time for the knife off. The final five chef'testants learn who will be cooking the last supper on "Top Chef: New York." It's their last chance to impress the judges before the finale and things get heated as the chef'testants pull out all the stops to avoid being cut.

13Finale, Pt. 1 (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Finale, Pt. 1

18 February 2009$24.99

The remaining chefs take their skills outside New York City to compete in the final challenges that will determine who takes home the title of “Top Chef”.

14Finale, Pt. 2 (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Finale, Pt. 2

25 February 2009$24.99

The final chefs battle it out to cook the best meal of their lives and earn the prestigious title of Bravo's "Top Chef" in the final episode of "Top Chef: New York."

15Watch What Happens Reunion (Top Chef) recap, spoilers

Watch What Happens Reunion

04 March 2009$24.99

The drama is served hot on Bravo's "Top Chef: New York: Watch What Happens Reunion." Bravo executive Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chef'testants and judges – host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young. Cohen will answer viewers' burning questions and dish on season five's good, bad and overcooked. The winner of Bravo's "Fan Favorite" will also be announced.

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Here's everything we know so far about top chef, season 5...

Has Top Chef, Season 5 been confirmed? Will there be a top chef, season 5?
The countdown to Top Chef [2008] Season 5 Episode 1 begins. An all-new episode of Top Chef is soon going to be released.

Top Chef, Season 5 start date: When does top chef, season 5 come back?
Top Chef, Season 5 will air on Wednesday 12th of November 2008.

How many episodes will be in top chef, season 5?
With the season now airing in November 2008. There will be 15 episodes in season 5.

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