Season 9

Top Chef: Texas is the ninth season of American reality television series Top Chef and was filmed in various cities in Texas, including San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin, before moving on to British Columbia for the finale. The season premiered on Bravo on November 2, 2011 and concluded on February 29, 2012. The reunion episode for this season aired on March 7, 2012. This season of Top Chef features a much larger number of contestants than any previous season; 29 chefs began the competition. The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was $125,000. This season also introduced a new competition to the series; in addition to the Quickfire and Elimination Challenges featured in televised episodes, the "Last Chance Kitchen" competition allowed eliminated contestants to compete head-to-head in a series of webisodes, with the winner eventually returning to the main competition. The webisodes are available on Bravo's website.

Season episodes list 9

S09E01

S09E01 : Everything's Bigger in Texas 8.1/10 (aired on 11/02/2011)

29 chefs gather at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, to compete for 16 slots in the 9th season of…
S09E02

S09E02 : The Heat Is On 7.94/10 (aired on 11/09/2011)

Night two of heats for the coveted contestant spots starts with 10 competitors, 10 ingredients, and…
S09E03

S09E03 : Quinceanera 7.81/10 (aired on 11/16/2011)

In a Quickfire with bite, the chef-testants must whip up a savory meal using rattlesnakes in the…
S09E04

S09E04 : Red Hot Chili Cook Off 7.82/10 (aired on 11/23/2011)

The heat is on when the chef-testants use hot peppers to create a spicy dish. Later, they visit a…
S09E05

S09E05 : Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party 7.11/10 (aired on 11/30/2011)

The culinarians cook a meal using ingredients found inside a basic survival kit. Then, they visit…
S09E06

S09E06 : Higher Steaks 7.89/10 (aired on 12/07/2011)

The chefs get saucy when creating a dish using a distinct sauce. Later, they sizzle and try not to…
S09E07

S09E07 : Game On (aired on 12/14/2011)

The chefs cook up a dish that can nicely accompany tequila. Then, in a hunting-based test, they…
S09E08

S09E08 : Tribute Dinner (aired on 12/21/2011)

The chefs must adapt quickly when their cooking mashes up with social networking and they begin…
S09E09

S09E09 : BBQ Pit Wars (aired on 01/04/2012)

The chefs are charged with creating innovative fare that will impress precise palates. Later, the…
S09E10

S09E10 : Restaurant Wars (aired on 01/11/2012)

The still-standing chefs sharpen their knives for the time-honored fan-favorite "Restaurant Wars"…
S09E11

S09E11 : Fit For an Evil Queen 8.36/10 (aired on 01/18/2012)

The chefs try not to go off the rails when they use various ingredients delivered to them by a…
S09E12

S09E12 : Block Party (aired on 01/25/2012)

The chefs race against time to finish prep work for a meal. Later, they serve up cuisine at a…
S09E13

S09E13 : Bike, Borrow & Steal (aired on 02/01/2012)

The chefs are charged with creating imaginative pancakes for Pee-wee Herman. Later, they hit the…
S09E14

S09E14 : Mentors (aired on 02/08/2012)

The blindfolded chefs must use senses other than sight to gather ingredients for a dish. In a…
S09E15

S09E15 : Culinary Games (aired on 02/15/2012)

The remaining four chefs arrive in British Columbia and wage culinary battle in Olympic-theme…
S09E16

S09E16 : Fire and Ice (aired on 02/22/2012)

A tag-team battle includes culinary support from Asian masters. Later, a fire-and-ice theme…
S09E17

S09E17 : Finale (aired on 02/29/2012)

Season 9 comes to a close with the final chefs commandeering a Vancouver restaurant, where they…
S09E18

S09E18 : Reunion (aired on 03/07/2012)

A reunion edition featuring the Season 9 chefs.