Top Chef Season 16

Premiere Date, Episode List

Top Chef season 16 started airing on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Subscribe below for season Sixteen fan alert to get a short reminder email the day of the season finale — Feb 28, 2019. Get a brief email if and when the next season is announced. Make sure to come back to where we’ll have season recap and discussion.

List of Episodes

S16E1 The Fastest 2 Minutes in Cooking

S16E2 Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo

S16E3 Naughty and Nice

S16E4 Surprise..'s Restaurant Wars

S16E5 Restaurant Wars Part 2

S16E6 Roaring Munchies

S16E7 Carne!

S16E8 Whatever Floats Your Boat

S16E9 Music City USA

S16E10 Hoop Dreams

S16E11 The Greatest

most recent episode S16E12 Kentucky Farewell

next episode S16E13 Episode 13

How many episodes are in season 16 of Top Chef?

The season consists of 13 episodes.


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Top Chef's Tom Colicchio Struggles With Anthony Bourdain's Suicide: "The Best Was Yet to Come" - via Bravotv

Colicchio, like many others, does not feel any sense of resolution yet surrounding the tragedy. “We are all grappling with the fact that it's hard to understand how he was in that dark place and didn't find help, and I feel really bad that his best friend had to find him," he said. "It's so rough, and I don't know how to process it."

Anthony Bourdain Redefined How TV Presents Chefs and Tackles Food Shows - via Infosurhoy

“He stood up for the truth and told us stories from every corner of the world, unapologetically,” Joo said. “His raw style and candor made him a true pioneer for food, travel, and television, merging the three genres into an adventure that made the world a little smaller, connecting us all.”

Michael Voltaggio Reveals the Secret to Winning Bravo's Top Chef and It's Actually Really Simple - via Bravotv

That's a skill that not every chef out there has mastered. "It's hard because some people, like people who aren't cooking every single day, you can actually see it not be natural," Voltaggio explained, citing what he saw while watching one recent cooking show that wasn't Top Chef. "If you don't have the instincts of a cook to understand in that moment, then you probably shouldn't be there in the first place."

Padma Lakshmi Just Started Filming Top Chef in Kentucky... And She Already Needs a "Cleanse" - via Bravotv

So where does that leave Padma? Well, rather overindulged... already. Padma shared on Instagram a short video of her visit to Louisville's Lueberry Acai, where she scooped up a colorful fruit-filled acai bowl to help moderate her fatty food intake. She captioned her post: When all of the loaded tater tots & hot chicken catches up with you." And she used hashtags including #cleanse and #healthyish. 

Michael Voltaggio Is Very "Curious" About Top Chef Season 16's Location - via Bravotv

Kentucky is known for its bourbon and barbecue, but fans can expect to see so much more when Top Chef explores the thriving culinary scenes of Louisville, Lexington, and Lake Cumberland next season. “We are always looking for rising culinary destinations and are looking forward to planting our flag in Kentucky and soaking up a diverse region of the country that we haven’t yet explored on Top Chef,” Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media, said in a statement when the location of Top Chef Season 16 was announced in February. “Kentucky has a strong food identity and we know our incoming chefs will be inspired by the bourgeoning culinary scene, known for its innovative takes on Southern cuisine, melding flavors, and use of Kentucky’s agricultural bounty.”

Fan Buzz

Here si a simple mac and chese resipe i think you would like its my own i take nudles cook them then cut up for types of cheses and put in velveta a lettle salt and peper with some chives then i make a brown gravy and take after baking and mixing the rest 375 for 20 to 25 min i take the brown gravy with a brush and brush it on the top of the mac and chese then i put it back in the oven for 10 min. Good one!!! I was hooked... Ilan played it safe through the entire competition with his "Spanish Cuisine. The show starts off with a Quickfire challenge, which I consider the preamble to the show.

Critics Reviews

    Good thing no one seemed to notice because explaining why “Not toothsome enough!” he shrieked, while his handlers tried to calm him down” made my silent shaking laugh turn audible would have been long winded and embarrassing. Oh, and did I mention that we already had TWO CRUDOS in the top three? If there’s one thing I know about the Top Chef judges, it’s that they f*ckin’ looove crudos. One of which was made with tilapia, which I always thought was a no-no for some reason? Take a note, y’all, hot food is passé. Whip me up a dirt fish tartar or get the hell out of my face. <...> - by Uproxx [Vincent Mancini]

    The whole conversation about high vs. low everything is such a mess right now in America. People are constantly saying stuff like “all these snob critics need to get over themselves and realize that superhero movies are just as adventurous and important as Antonioni.” But where are the critics who are denying this? They barely exist. Those jobs have been eliminated. Most of the critics who do have work would be terrified to come across as highbrow or snobbish. Personally, I love the Fast & Furious franchise, and the music of Franz Schubert makes me glad to be alive, and I know which of those two things I’m safer talking about on Twitter. Sixteen seasons in, Top Chef is a show that understands that potato chips are an amazing miracle, and so is confit de canard with furikake <...> - by The Ringer [Brian Phillips]


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Carol Knutson
Carol Knutson
2 months 16 days ago

This is one of my favorite shows and tonight was awesome