Season 1

Top Chef: San Francisco is the first season of American reality television series Top Chef and was based first in San Francisco, California, filmed at Paulding & Company, A Creative Kitchen, in Emeryville, and concluded in Las Vegas, Nevada. The season premiered on Bravo on March 8, 2006 and ended on May 24, 2006. Season 1 of Top Chef was taped in October and November 2005 in San Francisco, California. Twelve contestants from around the United States lived together in a house for approximately 21 days competing in a series of challenges. The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was $100,000. The weekly series was hosted by Katie Lee Joel with regular judges chef Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons of Food & Wine Magazine. The winning recipe from each week's episode is featured on Bravo's Top Chef website.

Season episodes list 1

S01E01

S01E01 : Who Deserves To Be Here 6.54/10 (aired on 03/08/2006)

In the first episode of the series we meet the 12 contestants. For the quickfire challenge they are…
S01E02

S01E02 : Food Of Love (aired on 03/15/2006)

For this episode the contestants have to impress Elizabeth Falkner the owner of Citizen Cake. For…
S01E03

S01E03 : Nasty Delights (aired on 03/22/2006)

For the quickfire challenge the contestants have to cook with octopus. For the elimination round…
S01E04

S01E04 : Food on the Fly 6.17/10 (aired on 03/29/2006)

For the quickfire challenge the contestants are brought to a convenience store to buy ingredients…
S01E05

S01E05 : Blind Confusion 6.75/10 (aired on 04/05/2006)

For the quickfire challenge, the contestants are brought into an isolated room with many random…
S01E06

S01E06 : Guess Who's Coming To Dinner 6.28/10 (aired on 04/12/2006)

For the quickfire challenge the contestants are put under some serious money restraints. They have…
S01E07

S01E07 : Restaurant Wars 5.39/10 (aired on 04/19/2006)

For the quickfire challenge the contestants must make a gourmet sandwich. The winner doesn't get…
S01E08

S01E08 : Wedding Bell Blues (aired on 04/26/2006)

Teams compete for the chance to cater a commitment ceremony.
S01E09

S01E09 : Napa's Finest 6.33/10 (aired on 05/03/2006)

The four remaining contestants cook for some of Napa Valley's most respected chefs.
S01E10

S01E10 : Reunion 7/10 (aired on 05/10/2006)

Contestants reminisce about the competition.
S01E11

S01E11 : Finale (1) 6.63/10 (aired on 05/14/2006)

Part 1 of two. The tension boils over when the three remaining chefs journey to Las Vegas to…
S01E12

S01E12 : Finale (2) (aired on 05/24/2006)

The final two contestants compete in the last elimination round to see who will become Top Chef.