Original air date: 12/22/2016 Runtime: 60 min. Padma and Nilou Motamed ring in the holiday season by having the chefs create dishes using a bizarre collection of ingredients and tools inside gift boxes. For the elimination challenge, culinary legend Mike Lata has the chefs tackle a challenge based on the Feast of the Seven Fishes. The catch is that they must use "trash fish." The chefs will serve a table of special guests.
Original air date: 12/29/2016 Runtime: 54:02 min. The cheftestants are baffled to enter the kitchen to find it completely dark and empty. Their anxiety grows as the clock begins and the pantry doors open to reveal baking ingredients. With all signs pointing to a biscuit challenge, the chefs make a mad dash to create dishes. Chef John Currence arrives to choose the best biscuit. For the elimination challenge, barbecue master Rodney Scott tasks the chefs to work through the night to prepare a whole hog and three side dishes for 150 local BBQ lovers.
Original air date: 01/05/2017 Runtime: 43:02 min. US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, challenges the remaining chefs to make healthy vegetarian versions of traditional comfort foods. To make sure they get some physical activity in, they are only allowed to grab ingredients and tools from the pantry one at a time.
Original air date: 01/19/2017 Runtime: 54:07 min. It’s the challenge the chefs have been waiting for all season - Restaurant Wars. The remaining chefs divide into two teams to design a restaurant. Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara task the teams to take over the same restaurant space on separate nights, meaning one lucky team gets an extra day to refine their concept. When egos collide, tempers flare and anything can happen.
Original air date: 01/26/2017 Runtime: 43:04 min. Top Chef season six winner Michael Voltaggio puts the remaining chef’s palates to the test with a blindfolded taste experiment. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are asked to draw inspiration from their own childhood memories to create dishes for the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital charity gala. The chefs will need to impress 100 guests, as well as returning judge, Graham Elliot.
Original air date: 02/02/2017 Runtime: 43:04 min. The competitors start their day boarding a boat with Tom Colicchio, who gives them a lesson in shrimpin’. Padma is waiting with a Sudden Death Quickfire where the chefs must create a dish that showcases their freshly caught shrimp. The losing chef is sent home on the spot, while the others are surprised by an unexpected guest judge for their elimination challenge. They are asked to prepare a brunch for the famed Charleston Hat Ladies. It won’t be a traditional southern brunch as they must create breakfast and lunch hybrid dishes.
Original air date: 02/09/2017 Runtime: 43:05 min. The final four chefs cook impromptu dishes while simultaneously instructing mystery partners how to create the exact same dish. When the judges compare dishes, the chefs are shocked to discover their secret partners are their visiting family members. For the final Elimination Challenge, the chefs are tasked with creating a dish that represents their Top Chef journey so far. The winner will not only land a spot in the upcoming finals, but will have their dish featured at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City.
Original air date: 02/16/2017 Runtime: 43:04 min. The finals begin in Guadalajara, Mexico as the three remaining chefs face off against the winner of Last Chance Kitchen at the new Chivas soccer Stadium. Guest judge Francisco Ruano challenges the chefs to create a dish using goat. At the Patrón Hacienda, the chefs are tasked to pair their own unique cocktail and with a dish that incorporates the sweet, salty, bitter and sour notes of a margarita. With some sous chef help from eliminated chefs, they’ll serve their drinks and dishes to 100 VIPs, including Chef Ray Garcia and returning guest judge Richard Blais.
Original air date: 02/23/2017 Runtime: 43:04 min. The three remaining chefs head to the Yucatan Peninsula where Chef Roberto Muñoz Zurita challenges them to make a dish showcasing the flavor, complexity and heat of the legendary local habanero using ingredients from the local market. Culinary legend Jeremiah Tower gives the chefs a lesson on traditional Mayan cooking, before challenging them to create a dish using only ancient Maya ingredients and tools. The chefs will cook in an ancient cenote, or sinkhole, for a table of judges including local chefs Roberto Solis, Guillermo Beristain and Carlo Cardenas. The two chefs with the best dishes will move on to compete in the finale.
Original air date: 03/02/2017 Runtime: 43:04 min. The final two chefs face-off to serve the best meal of their lives and earn the coveted title of Top Chef. The finalists will cook an epic four-course progressive meal with the help of three sous chefs, comprised of two eliminated chefs and one from their restaurants back home. The pressure is on as only one chef can win. The chefs must impress a dining room filled with their families, returning judges Graham Elliot and Gail Simmons, and distinguished chefs Joachim Splichal, Jonathan Waxman, Martha Ortiz, Jonathan Sawyer, Daniel Boulud and Food & Wine's Nilou Motamed.