The competition was initially filmed in Seattle, Washington before moving to Juneau, Alaska for three episodes, and then concluding in Los Angeles, California.
Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, the web series introduced in the previous season which puts the eliminated contestants against each other in head-to-head challenges to battle for a chance to re-enter the main competition, also returned.
It’s the culinary equivalent of running suicides, only for each sprint you come back with one shallot.
This challenge seems extra difficult for Katsuji Tanabe because his dishes usually involve roughly 847 different ingredients, so he either needs to really pare down a recipe or get really good at short-distance running.
Former Top Chef competitors Josie Smith-Malave (Top Chef: Los Angeles), Chris "CJ" Jacobson (Top Chef: Miami), and Stefan Richter (Top Chef: New York) joined the competition during the second episode.But the judges were all smiles as they dined, especially during Compton’s service, which didn’t elicit much criticism beyond some dutiful quibbling.Meanwhile, Elmi got dinged for technical inconsistencies and the cardinal sin of under-seasoning, and had an audible, angry kitchen outburst.Nearly eight years after its debut among a spate of dime-a-dozen Project Runway facsimiles, Top Chef has leapfrogged its reality competition forebear (which is now exiled to Lifetime) and minted itself as a successful luxury brand.The show has spawned Top Chef tie-in merchandise, including Quickfire wines, branded cookbooks, frozen dinners, and even a themed cruise.