Season 2

Top Chef: Los Angeles is the second season of American reality television series Top Chef and was filmed first in Los Angeles, California, and concluded in Waikoloa Village, Hawaii. The season premiered on Bravo on October 18, 2006 and ended on January 31, 2007. Padma Lakshmi took over as host, with Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons returning as judges. Filming began in Westwood, near UCLA in Los Angeles, on August 10, 2006. The number of contestants expanded from 12 to 15. The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was $100,000. The winning recipe from each week's episode is featured on Bravo's Top Chef website and prepared by Season 1 contestant Lee Anne Wong in a web video called The Wong Way to Cook. Bravo cited negative viewer reaction to the reunion episode of season one as the reason why no reunion episode was filmed for season two.

Season episodes list 2

S02E01

S02E01 : Into the Fire 6.64/10 (aired on 10/18/2006)

Fifteen new contestants are introduced for Top Chef's second season in Los Angeles by new host…
S02E02

S02E02 : Eastern Promise (aired on 10/25/2006)

An Asian culinary theme runs through this episode's challenges. First the contestants put their own…
S02E03

S02E03 : Food for the People 6.45/10 (aired on 11/01/2006)

The 13 remaining contestants are asked to make food for everyday people: beach goers and…
S02E04

S02E04 : Less is More (aired on 11/08/2006)

Attention to detail will be rated during this round. The chefs are asked to create a tidbit from…
S02E05

S02E05 : Social Service 5.6/10 (aired on 11/15/2006)

This round is all about leftovers and the chefs’ ability to be creative with difficult ingredients.…
S02E06

S02E06 : Thanksgiving 5.63/10 (aired on 11/22/2006)

Taking the traditional and turning it on its ear is tonight's theme. The chefs are asked to make…
S02E07

S02E07 : The Raw and the Cooked (aired on 12/06/2006)

This round's theme is all about working with limitations. The contestants must create a dish that…
S02E08

S02E08 : Holiday Spirit (aired on 12/13/2006)

It's all a party when the contestants are asked to put their skills to work on both hors d'oeuvres…
S02E09

S02E09 : Seven 6.81/10 (aired on 01/03/2007)

Tonight's theme focuses on the chefs' creativity in using food as an expression of art. They first…
S02E10

S02E10 : Unhappy Customers 5.73/10 (aired on 01/10/2007)

This round's theme deals with vision and execution, challenging the chefs' to create original ideas…
S02E11

S02E11 : Sense and Sensuality (aired on 01/17/2007)

The sensuality of food runs through this round's challenges as the five remaining chefs are asked…
S02E12

S02E12 : Finale (1) 7.11/10 (aired on 01/24/2007)

Location, location, location! The remaining chefs travel to Hawaii for this round, and must use…
S02E13

S02E13 : Finale (2) (aired on 01/31/2007)

The final two contestants battle for the title of "Top Chef." Guest Judge: Hubert Keller Final…