Quickfire Challenge: The chefs competed in a short order cooking-themed breakfast challenge. At regular intervals, one of the eight guest judges ― Amar Santana, Melissa King, Kwame Onwuachi, Dale Talde, Gregory Gourdet, Carrie Baird, and Richard Blais ― would call out a breakfast order. The first two chefs to ring their bells then had 30 […]
Top Chef: Portland is the eighteenth season of the American reality television series Top Chef. It was first announced by Bravo on September 28, 2020. The season was filmed in Portland, Oregon, and surrounding areas, including the Hood River Fruit Loop, Columbia River Gorge, Mount Hood, Tillamook Bay, Tualatin Valley, and Willamette Valley wine country. It is scheduled to premiere on April 1, 2021. The winner received US$250,000.
The season highlights the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the food industry. Numerous production changes were made to ensure the safety of everyone involved with filming. Due to the difficulty of bringing in guest judges and diners for individual episodes while observing pandemic safety protocols, in addition to series mainstays Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Padma Lakshmi, the season features a rotating judging and dining panel consisting of various Top Chef alumni.
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were given 45 minutes to create layered desserts inspired by Talenti gelato. The desserts were required to have at least three layers. The winner received immunity from elimination and US$10,000. Winner: Avishar (Buckeye Bonbon with Brown Butter & Liquid Graham Cracker) Elimination Challenge: The chefs toured several Portland restaurants featuring food […]
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs were given 30 minutes to create a dish evoking a food memory, using Campbell’s soup products. The winner received immunity from elimination and US$10,000. Winner: Chris (Grilled Cheese Panzanella with Tomato Soup Vinaigrette & Pickled Shallots) Elimination Challenge: The chefs ventured to Mt. View Orchards at the Hood River Fruit Loop, […]
Quickfire Challenge: In reference to Portland’s nickname as the “City of Roses”, the chefs had to incorporate roses or rose products into their dishes. The winner received immunity from elimination and an advantage in the Elimination Challenge. Winner: Chris Elimination Challenge: The chefs, split into two teams, competed head-to-head catering for patrons at a pop-up […]
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs cooked dishes featuring mushrooms. In reference to another Portland nickname, “Stumptown”, the contestants were forced to use tree stumps as prep tables. Instead of immunity from elimination, the winner received US$10,000. Elimination Challenge: The chefs paired up to create surf and turf dishes featuring local fish, game, and produce for members […]
Challenge: The chefs had 30 minutes to create dishes using blood-themed ingredients, including blood oranges, Bloody Mary mix, blood sausages, pig hearts, and pig blood. Sasha: Brown Butter Basted Blood Sausage with Beet Purée, Pickled Onions & Blood Orange Segments Avishar: “Bloody Good Breakfast” – Blood Sausage with Blood Scrambled Eggs, Blood Orange & Blood […]
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For this week’s Quickfire Challenge, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein from the hit comedy series “Portlandia” task the chefs with creating a dish using hipster ingredients using only old vintage appliances and equipment. For their Elimination Challenge, the chefs must develop and create a recipe fit for the home cook, and are surprised when unexpected […]
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs made custom dishes based on the judges’ preferred flavor combinations using ingredients from Chipotle Mexican Grill. Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Padma Lakshmi were each assigned two chefs. Each judge would declare their favorite dish between their two assigned chefs. Of the three favorites, Richard Blais declared an overall winner. The […]
If Top Chef were a multicourse meal, we’re fully into the meat of it. Only a few more episodes remain until we find out who is the winner of Top Chef: Portland—no more amuse bouches like Fred and Carrie. We’re here for tears, drama and finding out who is in the final four. To start, […]