Top Chef Stats

Total Seasons

19

Total Hosts

2

Katie Lee

Total Judges

23

Total Chefs

259

Gender Breakdown

139

120

Total Guest Judges

251

Most Frequent Guest Judge

11

Eric Ripert

eric ripertmap of the world with dots on various locations

Total Cities

45

Total Countries

7

Chefs from California

63

Chefs from New York

41

Chefs Who Are

“Not here to make friends.”

Tiffani FaisonMarcel VigneronDale TaldeRobin LeventhalCarlos Gaytan

Average Quickfire Time (min)

40.2

Challenges with a Knife Pull

110

Challenges Cooking for Kids

13

Most Quickfire Wins

5

Sam TalbotAntonia LofasoBrooke Williamson

Most Elimination Wins

9

Paul Qui

paul qui

Most Overall Wins

11

Paul Qui

paul qui

Best Win Percentage (GOAT)

41%

Melissa King

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Top Chef with Least Wins

3

Kevin SbragaKelsey Barnard

Challenges Won with Immunity

15

Best Last Chance Kitchen Streak

8

Louis Maldonado

louis maldonado

First chef to win a full episode

1

Michael Midgley

michael midgley

Most full episode wins

3

Stefan Richter

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Total phone calls home

62

Does a phone call home predict anything?

Yes

When we see a phone call, 82% of the time that chef is called to judges table.

Is a phone call a very bad sign?

No

Of the 62 phone calls we see, only 11 chefs were eliminated that episode (and 16 were winners).

Coats by Season

white Top Chef chef coat

Seasons 1-7

black Top Chef chef coat

Season 8 – All-Stars

blue Top Chef chef coat with texas on the shoulder

Season 9 – Texas

blue Top Chef chef coat with space needle on the shoulder

Season 10 – Seattle

white Top Chef chef coat with fleur de lis on the shoulder

Season 11 – NOLA

white Top Chef chef coat with B on the shoulder

Season 12 – Boston

white Top Chef chef coat with a bear on the shoulder

Season 13 – Cali

white Top Chef chef coat with S.C. on the shoulder

Season 14 – Charleston

white Top Chef chef coat with mountains on the shoulder

Season 15 – Colorado

white Top Chef chef coat with whiskey barrel on the shoulder

Season 16 – Kentucky

black Top Chef chef coat with knife emblem on the shoulder

Season 17 – All-Stars L.A.

white Top Chef chef coat with pine tree emblem on the shoulder

Season 18 – Portland

white Top Chef chef coat with HTX emblem on the shoulder

Season 19 – Houston

“This is Top Chef, Not _________.”

Top Sous ChefS 01

Top SommelierS 01

Top CaptainS 01

Top WaiterS 01

Top CookS 03

Top Line CookS 13

Top PussyS 05

Top ScallopsS 05

A Personality ContestS 02

A Popularity ContestS 04

A Housewives’ Cooking CompetitionS 01

Culinary Bootcamp VacationS 11

Fun and Games and Hot Air BalloonsS 03

A Wet T-shirt ContestS 11

A Butt-Rubbing ContestS 05

Restaurant Wars

Total Restaurants

41

Menus without Dessert

3

Seasons Not Responsible for Decor

3

Average Food Budget per Diner

$43

Restaurant Wars Tom Missed

1

Chicago

Restaurant Wars with No Winner

2

Los Angeles, Miami

Seasons with Sous-Chef Help

2

Chicago, Colorado

Seasons That Served on Different Days

2

Texas, Charleston

Seasons with Teams Separated by Gender

1

Texas

Is it beneficial to choose your team first?

No

Of the 14 teams who chose first when building their team, only 4 won Restaurant Wars.

Is it beneficial to serve the judges first?

Yes

Of the 18 teams who served the judges first, 13 won Restaurant Wars.

Eliminated Roles

7

Executive Chef

7

Front of House

6

Line Cook

Winning Roles

6

Executive Chef

6

Front of House

5

Line Cook

1

Entire Team

Chefs Described As

“A force to be reckoned with.”

Marcel VigneronStephanie IzardZoi AntonitsasKevin GillespieJennifer CarrollAngelo SosaTre WilcoxCarla HallRichie FarinaGrayson SchmitzBrooke WilliamsonNina ComptonJustin DevillierGregory GourdetMei LinJeremy FordIsaac ToupsShirley ChungJamie LynchMelissa King

Quickfires

Total Quickfire Challenges

233

Total Quickfire Cash Won

$535k

% of Quickfires That Awarded Prizes

53%

Immunity

26%

Advantage

20%

Cash

10%

Choose Ingredients

9%

Choose Teammates

3%

Skip Challenge

Is winning an advantage actually beneficial?

Yes

With an advantage, 68% of chefs were safe from the bottom and 23% won the challenge.

Chefs eliminated after winning an advantage

6

Spike MendelsohnRadhika DesaiBrother LuckMichelle MinoriJoe SastoJamie Tran

Mise en Place Quickfires

16

Pairing Quickfires

8

Blindfolded Quickfires

9

Top Chef Winners Who Won Their Season’s

First Elimination Challenge

Harold DieterleIlan HallStephanie IzardPaul QuiMei LinJeremy Ford

Top Chef Winners Who Won Their Season’s

Restaurant Wars

Stephanie IzardMichael VoltaggioRichard BlaisNicholas ElmiBrooke WilliamsonJoe Flamm

Top Chef Winners Who Won Their Season’s

Last Chance Kitchen

Kristen KishBrooke WilliamsonJoe Flamm

Top Chef Voted Fan Fave

3

Stephanie IzardKelsey BarnardMelissa King

Most Times Voted Fan Fave

2

Sheldon Simeon

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Chef Turned Judge

12

Richard BlaisCarrie BairdNina ComptonTiffany DerryGregory GourdetMelissa KingKristen KishEdward leeKwame OnwuachiAmar SantanaDale TaldeBrooke Williamson

Also Competed on Masters

1

Bryan Voltaggio

bryan voltaggio

Mise en place Races

apple

255

Peeled apples

shrimp

210

Peeled & deveined shrimp

clam

174

Shucked clams

potato

170

Peeled potatoes

potato

150

Tournée potatoes

onion

146

Cups diced onion

artichoke

127

Turned artichokes

egg

126

Separated eggs

prawn

120

Peeled spot prawns

oyster

110

Shucked oysters

almond

100

Cracked almonds

orange

95

Supremed oranges

asparagus

90

Peeled asparagus

chicken

65

Broken down chickens

beef

40

Butchered beef tenderloin

lamb

36

Butchered lamb racks

beef

35

Butchered Tomahawk chops

lobster

32

Cleaned lobsters

fish

32

Cleaned Boston mackerel

apple

16

Cups brunoised apples

fish

12

Cleaned & butterflied sardines

fish

10

Cleaned & portioned cod

fish

10

Cleaned & portioned fluke

knife

9

Sharpened knives

rabbit

6

Broken down rabbits

fish

4

Filleted arctic char

fish

4

Filleted monkfish

corn

3

Crates shucked corn

pasta

3

Pounds fresh fettuccine

eel

2

Filleted fresh-water eels

shallot

2

Quarts brunoised shallots

mushroom

2

Quarts sliced mushrooms

Season Finales

Chefs Competed

46

Total Courses

191

Most Frequent Finale Diner

5

Hubert Keller

hubert keller

Winners Who Skipped Dessert

2

Kristen KishHosea Rosenberg

Runners-Up Who Skipped Dessert

5

Gregory GourdetBrooke WilliamsonDale LevitskiCasey ThompsonSara Bradley

Winners Who Made Risotto

0

Runners-Up Who Made Risotto

2

Amar SantanaTiffani Faison

Is it beneficial to choose your team first?

Eh

Of the 14 chefs who chose sous chefs first, 7 won the finale.

Is it beneficial to serve the judges first?

Yes

Most finales are served head-to-head. But of the 4 chefs who served the judges first, 4 won the finale.

Total Cash Money Given Away

$3,745,000

Most Cash Won by a Top Chef

$260k

Buddha Lo

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Most Cash Won by a Non-Winner

$45k

Kevin Gillespie

kevin gillespie

Other Prizes Awarded

Trips

34

Cars

12

Books

36

Knives

22

Computers

1

Super Bowl Tickets

6

Television Spots

2

Dishes in a Menu/Book

10

Chefs Eliminated for a Dessert

18

Eliminated for Seafood

99

Eliminated for Vegetarian Dish

36

Eliminated for Salad

13

Eliminated for Soup

11

Eliminated for Burgers

6

Eliminated for Risotto

7

Chefs Who Won an Elimination Challenge and Were

Eliminated the Next Episode

Michael MidgleyLia BardeenDale TaldeRichie FarinaChuy ValenciaBeverly KimLindsay AutryKuniko YagiCarla PellegrinoJohn TesarKristen KishStephanie CmarAaron GrissomDoug AdamsPhillip Frankland LeeCarl DooleySylva SenatTanya HollandJoe FlammNatalie MaronskiNini NguyenMichelle MinoriKevin GillespieLee Anne WongJackson KalbJae Jung

Voluntarily Left Competition

5

Lee Anne WongHowie KleinbergMia Gaines-AltOtto BorsichCynthia Sestito

Disqualified from Competition

1

Cliff Crooks

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Total Emmy Nominations

42

Total Emmy Wins

2

Official Top Chef Cookbooks

3