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.
|Fifteen new contestants are introduced for Top Chef's second season in Los Angeles by new host…|
|An Asian culinary theme runs through this episode's challenges. First the contestants put their own…|
|The 13 remaining contestants are asked to make food for everyday people: beach goers and…|
|Attention to detail will be rated during this round. The chefs are asked to create a tidbit from…|
|This round is all about leftovers and the chefs’ ability to be creative with difficult ingredients.…|
|Taking the traditional and turning it on its ear is tonight's theme. The chefs are asked to make…|
|This round's theme is all about working with limitations. The contestants must create a dish that…|
|It's all a party when the contestants are asked to put their skills to work on both hors d'oeuvres…|
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…
|This round's theme deals with vision and execution, challenging the chefs' to create original ideas…|
|The sensuality of food runs through this round's challenges as the five remaining chefs are asked…|
|Location, location, location! The remaining chefs travel to Hawaii for this round, and must use…|
|The final two contestants battle for the title of "Top Chef."
Guest Judge: Hubert Keller