Season 5

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.

Season episodes list 5


S05E01 : Melting Pot 7.4/10 (aired on 11/12/2008)

One chef is eliminated in a three-round quickfire involving apples. The remaining chefs create…

S05E02 : Show Your Craft 7.18/10 (aired on 11/19/2008)

After re-inventing the hot dog for the quickfire challenge, the chefs cook and serve lunch at Tom's…

S05E03 : Foo Fighters Thanksgiving 6.94/10 (aired on 11/26/2008)

For the quickfire, the chefs recreate dishes from the Top Chef cookbook. In the elimination…

S05E04 : Today Show 7.29/10 (aired on 12/03/2008)

After creating a breakfast amuse-bouche for the quickfire, the contestants compete in a live food…

S05E05 : Gail's Bridal Shower 7.4/10 (aired on 12/10/2008)

For the quickfire, chefs must identify ingredients in a dish. For the elimination challenge, the…

S05E06 : 12 Days of Christmas 7.12/10 (aired on 12/17/2008)

Domestic guru Martha Stewart oversees the quick fire challenge in this holiday-themed edition.…

S05E07 : Focus Group 7.47/10 (aired on 01/07/2009)

The chefs must create a sweet dish without using sugar (guest judge: chef and restaurateur…

S05E08 : Down on the Farm 7.5/10 (aired on 01/14/2009)

Contestants shop for fresh ingredients at a farm and then create a dinner for the farm workers.

S05E09 : Restaurant Wars 7.44/10 (aired on 01/21/2009)

Two teams have 24 hours to design and open competing restaurants.

S05E10 : Super Bowl Chef Showdown 7.56/10 (aired on 01/28/2009)

A Super Bowl cook-off against seven all-stars from previous seasons.

S05E11 : Le Bernardin 7.51/10 (aired on 02/04/2009)

After a three-round fish filleting tournament, the contestants cook at Le Bernadin where their…

S05E12 : The Last Supper 7.71/10 (aired on 02/11/2009)

Wylie Dufresne judges a quickfire challenge of egg dishes. For the elimination challenge, the five…

S05E13 : Finale (1) 7.48/10 (aired on 02/18/2009)

The season finale finds the chefs traveling from New York to New Orleans. While in the "Big Easy"…

S05E14 : Finale (2) 6.91/10 (aired on 02/25/2009)

Set in New Orleans, season 5 ends as the winning chef is revealed.

S05E15 : Watch What Happens Reunion (aired on 03/04/2009)

Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chefs and judges.

S05E16 : Episode 16 (aired on 03/04/2009)