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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Two teams have 24 hours to design and open competing restaurants.
S05E10

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andy Cohen hosts a candid gathering of season five's chefs and judges.
S05E16

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