15 of the best aspiring and promising chefs from all around America are challenged with creating amazing culinary dishes. They are competing to try and receive the title of `Top Chef America'.
S16 E1: The Fastest 2 Minutes In Cooking 53m
In Kentucky, 15 chefs are off to the races at Churchill Downs for the the ride of their lives; the chefs must make a dish that will appeal to a crowd of 200 at a Kentucky Derby party; Churchill Downs' own chef David Danielson serves as guest judge.
S16 E2: Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo 53m
A pregnant Gail Simmons asks the chefs to feed her cravings; the chefs head to Makers Mark, the oldest United States distillery, to put their spin on a meal full of Kentucky classics, including burgoo, Benedictine, mutton, hoe cakes, and dumplings.
S16 E3: Naughty and Nice 42m
Richard Blais and Brooke Williamson present a Quickfire challenge; chef Eric Ripert sits down with the chefs to enjoy a traditional French Christmas dinner; Padma tells the chefs they're missing the final part of the tradition of Le Revillon de Noel.
S16 E4: Surprise...It's Restaurant Wars 42m
The Restaurant Wars challenge comes early this year; first, the chefs duke it out in an amuse bouche-based Quickfire; with 12 chefs remaining, three restaurants battle for victory; Tom makes an announcement that leaves the chefs breathless.
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S16 E5: Restaurant Wars Part 2 42m
The Restaurant Wars causes drama and mayhem, while Tom announces a double elimination piling on even more pressure. Chefs Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton join the restaurant crawl along with Nilou Motamed and guest judge Caroline Styne.
S16 E6: Roaring Munchies 42m
The chefs walk in on an epic battle of Last Chance Kitchen and are drafted into the fight; once Tom declares a winner, the chefs begin a challenge making dishes based on Prohibition Era cocktails; chef Ken Oringer joins for a Roaring Twenties party.
S16 E7: Carne! 42m
Actress Lena Waithe challenges the chefs to make a trademark Kentucky dish known as the Hot Brown; chef Nancy Silverton and butcher Dario Cecchini break down a whole cow for the chefs to utilize along with locally-sourced ingredients.
S16 E8: Whatever Floats Your Boat 42m
For an elimination challenge, the chefs are split into teams and tasked with throwing houseboat parties on Lake Cumberland; chef Emeril Lagasse joins Padma, Tom and Nilou, along with Below Deck captains Sandy and Lee, for some houseboat hysteria.
S16 E9: Music City USA 42m
In Nashville, Tennessee, the chefs cook onstage at the Grand Ole Opry for singer Hunter Hayes. Inspired by a vibrant music memory, the chefs put their hearts on a plate for musician Caleb Followill, model Lily Aldridge and chef Jonathan Waxman.
S16 E10: Hoop Dreams 42m
"Top Chef" alum Ed Lee drops by for a Quickfire that's part trivia, part culinary creativity; coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats host a concession-stand cook-off in Rupp Arena; Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis joins the judges.