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Top Chef - (S12E08)

Reality-TV . Game-Show . Reality

In another Sudden Death Quickfire, chefs feel the pressure when they must cook chowder for the leading authority on New England chowder, Chef Jasper White. Then, in a monumental mid-season twist, the eliminated chefs from this season are brought back with the potential of changing the competition completely. For the Elimination Challenge, the Top Chef kitchen opens its doors for the first time ever for the ultimate tasting party with Top Chef super fans. In another first, Tom cleans out the shelves and Padma gets into mischief as the judges head to the grocery store to do all the shopping for the chefs' pantries.

Episode Title: Clean Up In Aisle 21!
Airs: 2014-12-10 at 22:00
  • Virginia Heffernan

    Like Bravo's fashion winner "Project Runway," the channel's promising "Top Chef" flaunts terms of art and insiderism to give it authority.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    The series has a familiar format, but the opening episode suggests it may have some real spark to it.

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Paul Brownfield

    "Top Chef" seems like a no-brainer, an extension both of the interactivity of TV cooking and the art-and-craft side of reality shows, in which people are actually making things as opposed to just asses of themselves.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marilyn Moss

    A cooking match that has been seen so many times before in one form or another.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    "Top Chef," though it appears to have a stable of good talent in the kitchen, so far doesn't really have much else going for it in the way of personalities.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review

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