Top Chef: All-Stars

8:30pm – Monday, August 1 on FOUR

It’s last supper time on Top Chef: All-Stars when the remaining contestants compete in the series’ final challenge on the season finale, screening on Monday, August 1 st at 8:30pm on FOUR. This week’s final challenge is inspired by the book My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunea, who will be joining Tom Colicchio, Wolfgang Puck, host Padma Lakshmi and judges Gail Simmons, Masaharu Morimoto and Michelle Bernstein for this week’s final feast. “Winning this means everything to me,” one remaining contestant confesses. “I’ll cry either way – but I hope it’s because I’m happy.”

For this week’s finale the series will be escaping New York City’s brutal winter for a week in and around Nassau’s luxurious Atlantis resort and casino.

“Usually our location doesn’t matter because we’re so immersed in what we’re doing, but I don’t think that was the case this time,” says Lakshmi. “I hope all the sunshine we enjoyed radiates through the TV screen.” The location did present its own challenges. “The Bahamas is not known for having the best food in the world,” says Colicchio.

“Everything has to be shipped in, so that was a bit of an issue.” But the show turned it into an advantage, says Lakshmi. “The fact that Bahamian culture doesn’t have its own cuisine leaves the field wide open. The contestants can’t study up, like they did [last year] with Asian cuisine in Singapore.”

Sounds like it could be anyone’s game. Find out who will take away the $200,000 grand prize when Top Chef: All-Stars concludes its season on Monday, August 1st at 8:30pm on FOUR.

8:30pm – Monday, June 20 on FOUR

The All-Stars get in touch with their inner child with the help of Cookie Monster, Telly, and Elmo when the Sesame Street stars invade Top Chef: All-Stars, screening on Monday, Just 20 th at 8:30pm on FOUR. If you thought creating appetisers out of vending-machine snacks, or preparing a meal out of the food found in a single grocery aisle was hard, then think again. Those challenges were nothing compared to this week’s task of creating the perfect cookie for Sesame Street stars Cookie Monster, Telly, and Elmo!

“I don’t think I’ve seen our chefs more excited to meet a guest judge in all my days on Top Chef than they were this week when they met Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Telly Monster,” Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio explains about this week’s guest judges.

“And not just those chefs who are parents,” Colicchio continues. “All of them were thrilled, since most of the chefs competing grew up watching Sesame Street.”

But it wasn’t just the contestants that went weak at the knees for the Sesame Street crew; Colicchio says he himself got a little star struck.

“I admit to having been excited myself,” he says. “It was amazing to watch Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Telly Monster at work.”

“It was far and away one of the best days we all have ever had on Top Chef!”

Make sure you don’t miss this very special episode when Top Chef: All-Stars screens on Monday, Just 20 th at 8:30pm on FOUR.

8:30pm – Monday, April 18 on FOUR

This week sees 18 past Top Chef contestants returning to compete in the highly anticipated Top Chef: All-Stars, premiering on Monday, April 18th at 8:30pm on FOUR.

If you thought creating appetisers out of vending-machine snacks, or preparing a meal out of the food found in a single grocery aisle was hard, then think again. Those challenges, tested out in previous seasons of Top Chef, are nothing compared to the tasks producers have whipped up for the contestants chosen to compete in the series’ first all-star edition.

“This is going to be our best season yet,” says Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.

“We put together our fantasy list of who would be in the cast,” adds executive producer Andy Cohen. “This is 95 percent of that original list.”

These ex-contestants had plenty of incentive to return, as none emerged victorious in their original seasons.

“These people are looking for retribution,” Cohen says. “Everybody has a compelling reason for being there.”

“On the one hand, the dynamic is a lot looser because we know these people,” Lakshmi continues. “At the same time, when they’re cooking, it’s even more serious. These chefs have something to prove.”

The series’ first episode will see the contestants face their demons – in a deliciously cruel twist, each must create a dish using the ingredients that sent them packing.

“Unlike any other season, they hit the ground running,” Cohen explains, adding that fans will be hooked instantly. “It’s like, ‘Oh, my God, I have a vested interest in all of these people!'”

For head judge Tom Colicchio, that interest made it a lot tougher to be, well, tough. “Usually during a season, we don’t see all the behind-the-scenes stuff – quite frankly, we don’t care,” Colicchio explains.

“But after we shoot, those barriers are more relaxed and we get to spend time with them. They almost become like peers, and it’s very hard to criticise your peers.”

Particularly when some top contestants falter prematurely. “In a regular season, I have no preconceived notions about what people are capable of, but in this one, I was very surprised some of them were cut early,” Colicchio says. “But it’s the worst dish. That’s who goes.”

Lakshmi says that mentality is part of Top Chef’s recipe for success: “It’s never personal, and that’s why our show has lasted. It’s a serious, highbrow show about food that just happens to be, thankfully for us, very entertaining.”

Colicchio concurs: “This is a real meritocracy. We respect these chefs, so it’s not about how we can humiliate them or how they can humiliate themselves. There’s an honesty to the show, and I think it comes through.”

But which of the more than 100 former contestants are up to the challenge of a second chance at the Top Chef title? Find out when Top Chef: All-Stars premieres its cr�me de la cr�me season on Monday, April 18th at 8:30pm on FOUR.