'Top Chef All Stars' Season 8, Episode 1 Recap (Season Premiere)


The very idea of 'Top Chef All Stars' is exciting. For one thing, if you've been a fan of 'Top Chef' for the past seven seasons, you already know these players. There's no need to get familiar with them, they're known quantities. 

Marcel is annoying, but a great cook. Richard might have won if he hadn't choked in the finals. Tiffani overreached in her Season 1 finale and might have deserved the title of Top Chef after all. Every chef has a story that we already know. 

So here we have the creme de la creme ... one step removed. This is the group of chefs who almost won the whole enchilada. To make it worth their while, there would be cash on the line.

First up was the Quickfire Challenge. The chefs had to create a dish that represents the city from their season. Immunity was at stake and the chefs had to work together. Just 25 minutes. But teamwork is always tricky. One team -- New York -- decided to make three dishes that were only linked by apple; they weren't working together at all.

Chicago, on the other hand, demonstrated both collaboration and creativity. They presented a deconstructed hot dog with mustard ice cream! It didn't look like a hot dog -- no bun -- but it was impressive. The pork and plantains from the Miami team showed well, as did Mike Isabella and Jen's pasta that represented Las Vegas. 

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