The Chefs embark on the first leg of the finals. For the Quickfire, they are tasked to make a dish incorporating sarsaparilla. Then the chefs cook at Alpino Vino, where they prepare a dish that must include a baking element.
With their Quickfire set at the Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King's "The Shining," the chefs put their scariest nightmares on a plate. Then, the chefs offer a dish representing their own Colorado journeys to Governor John Hickenlooper.
Cooking for Michelin-starred Chef David Kinch adds pressure to the Sudden Death Quickfire. Then, the chefs put an elevated slant on pre-game food as they host the ultimate tailgate party at Sports Authority Field at Mile High for the Denver Broncos.
The chefs face-off in Restaurant Wars, creating and executing two new restaurant concepts. Culinary icons Bruce and Eric Bromberg join the judges to evaluate each restaurant. Nothing is ever as heated as a kitchen under this kind of pressure.
Padma and Brooke Williamson surprise the chefs at their house and task them to create a delicious breakfast dish featuring Nutella. Then, Olympians inspire the chefs to focus on precision, speed and creativity in the first-ever Top Chef Olympics.
The chefs using Tasty online videos to transform the most laborious dishes from their own menus into accessible thirty minute dishes for home cooks. Then, celebrated German chef, Keegan Gerhard, exposes the chefs to authentic Germanic food.