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* EpicFail: One of the 29 initial contestants for Season 9, Tyler Stone, was eliminated without cooking a single dish. How? The challenge his group had was to cook a cut of pig. Tyler did such a bad job butchering not only his cut, but the cut of pork one of the other contestants had assigned (due to being closely attached to his cut), the judges eliminated him immediately.

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One of the 29 initial contestants for Season 9, Tyler Stone, was eliminated without cooking a single dish. How? The challenge his group had was to cook a cut of pig. Tyler did such a bad job butchering not only his cut, but the cut of pork one of the other contestants had assigned (due to being closely attached to his cut), the judges eliminated him immediately.immediately.
** Season 17's Restaurant Wars was such a disaster that it resulted in one of the fasted eliminations in ''Top Chef'' history - [[spoiler:Kevin's main entree was served with ''eight side dishes'', which the four chefs obviously couldn't keep up with resulting in an absolute mess out front. Tom straight up asked at Judges Table "Why shouldn't we send you home?", and upon Kevin taking full responsibility and offering no excuses, they eliminated him on the spot]].



** Season 17 had Brian Voltaggio and Brian Malarkey.

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** Season 17 had Brian Voltaggio and Brian Malarkey.Malarkey, resulting in Malarkey largely going by his last name.


* YourCheatingHeart: The whole situation involving Hosea and Leah in ''Top Chef New York''. Both had significant others waiting for them, but for whatever reason the two just couldn't keep their hands off each other, culminating in the two kissing during Restaurant Wars. In the reunion special, it's revealed that both their significant others broke up with them after finding out about the incident.


*** Although pretty much everyone (except Jen surprisingly) was a complete jerkass about and towards Robin. Another notable example was Mike Isabella making Robin do tasks that wouldn't matter towards the dish and just tossing them out.

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*** Although pretty much everyone (except Jen surprisingly) and Kevin) was a complete jerkass about and towards Robin. Another notable example was Mike Isabella making Robin do tasks that wouldn't matter towards the dish and just tossing them out.

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** Season 17 had Brian Voltaggio and Brian Malarkey.


* GenreSavvy:
** In Season 2 Episode 4 of ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'', the chefs are taken on an outing to a movie theater to get away from the kitchen. Matthew chooses movie theater snacks that will be easy to make a dessert with, suspecting a surprise challenge. [[spoiler:It doesn't happen, but very good guess.]]
** Also in Season 5, Episode 9, Jamie intentionally lost the Quickfire Challenge, knowing that the two winners will be team leaders for restaurant wars, which would pretty much make it a 50/50 chance of getting eliminated.
** In Season 4, Antonia anticipated there would be a blindfolded taste-testing Quickfire and practiced that skill before auditioning. Her efforts paid off and she won immunity for that episode.



** Arguably anybody who volunteers to become a team leader in Restaurant Wars. The "head chef" always takes the fall for the losing team. [[GenreSavvy This is even pointed out in later seasons by the cheftestants themselves during the confessionals]].

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** Arguably anybody who volunteers to become a team leader in Restaurant Wars. The "head chef" always takes the fall for the losing team. [[GenreSavvy This is even pointed out in later seasons by the cheftestants themselves during the confessionals]].confessionals.


** Episode 4 of ''TopChef: Just Desserts'' had two non-gameplay eliminations: first Seth was "evacuated" by the producers when (after several weeks of erratic behavior) he had a panic attack and collapsed during the prep for the Quick Fire challenge. Then Malika quit at Judges Table (while the guest judge was trying to tell her how much she enjoyed her dish!), saying that the stress from the competition was ruining her enjoyment of cooking.

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** Episode 4 of ''TopChef: ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'' had two non-gameplay eliminations: first Seth was "evacuated" by the producers when (after several weeks of erratic behavior) he had a panic attack and collapsed during the prep for the Quick Fire challenge. Then Malika quit at Judges Table (while the guest judge was trying to tell her how much she enjoyed her dish!), saying that the stress from the competition was ruining her enjoyment of cooking.

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** [[spoiler: For Top Chef season 15, the four initial competitors in Last Chance Kitchen were from earlier seasons: Lee Anne (Season 1), Marcel (Season 2 and All Stars), Jen Carroll (Season 6 and All Stars), and Kwame (Season 13).]] [[spoiler: Of these four, Lee Ann made it back into the competition, only to be taken out by altitude sickness an episode later.]]

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** Season 15 has two Joes, Joe Sasto, and Joseph Flamm.

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** Nearly everyone who chooses to do a dessert in a challenge where you donít have to do a dessert, they have a tendency to be disasters that send the chef home.


* BaconAddiction: If a "cheftestant" uses bacon in a dish, some judge is bound to say, "Bacon is always a good idea," or the like. Makes you wonder why they don't use it more often.

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**[[spoiler:Jamie]] in Season 14 put immunity on the table because felt that his dish was the reason his team ended up on the chopping block [[spoiler:He promptly gets eliminated]]


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** Top Chef Season 14 had an interesting spin on this, half rookie chefs and half veteran chefs.


It has three spinoffs: ''Top Chef: Masters'' (with award-winning chefs playing for charity), ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'' (with pastry chefs), and ''Top Chef Canada'' (with Canadian chefs; it aired on the Creator/FoodNetwork in Canada). A fourth spinoff, ''Top Chef Junior'' (with teenage chefs), was announced in 2010 but seems to be stuck in DevelopmentHell.

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It has three spinoffs: ''Top Chef: Masters'' (with award-winning chefs playing for charity), ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'' (with pastry chefs), and ''Top Chef Canada'' (with Canadian chefs; it aired on the Creator/FoodNetwork in Canada). A fourth spinoff, ''Top Chef Junior'' (with teenage chefs), was announced in 2010 but seems to didn't take off until May 2017, when it was announced that it would be stuck in DevelopmentHell.
the first original program on the upcoming children's network, [[Creator/{{Sprout}} Universal Kids]].


** Josie's time mismanagement and incompetence got her team losing Season 10's Restaurant Wars. She put team captain Kristen (who won the most elimination challenges at that point) under the bus, resulting in [[ShockingElimination her elimination]]. However, Josie wound up eliminated the very next episode for the same reasons. Guess who faced [[CurbStompBattle (and beat) her]] on Last Chance Kitchen?

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** Josie's time mismanagement and incompetence got her team losing Season 10's Restaurant Wars. She put team captain Kristen (who won the most elimination challenges at that point) under the bus, resulting in [[ShockingElimination her elimination]].elimination. However, Josie wound up eliminated the very next episode for the same reasons. Guess who faced [[CurbStompBattle (and beat) her]] on Last Chance Kitchen?


** "I am not a pastry chef." [[EpicFail Epic Failure]] generally follows.

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** "I am not a pastry chef." [[EpicFail Epic Failure]] {{Epic Fail}}ure generally follows.



* BreatherLevel: In season 12, the final four chefs get a challenge with no eliminations--as they will prepare dishes with the assistance of their family members. The winner of the challenge gets a spot in the finals.
* BrickJoke: In episode 3 of season 4, Andrew makes a remark that if he were eliminated, he would have to be dragged out kicking and screaming by security. Several episodes later, Andrew is eliminated, and bows out gracefully, stating that bringing in security won't be necessary.

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* BreatherLevel: BreatherLevel:[[invoked]] In season 12, the final four chefs get got a challenge with no eliminations--as they will prepare eliminations--they prepared dishes with the assistance of their family members. The members, and the winner of the challenge gets got a spot in the finals.
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In episode 3 of season 4, Andrew makes a remark that if he were eliminated, he would have to be dragged out kicking and screaming by security. Several episodes later, Andrew is eliminated, and bows out gracefully, stating that bringing in security won't be necessary.



* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Angelo comes off as this in season 7. Apparently when he was growing up, he had an altar to great 4-star chefs that he wanted to be like, and he would pray at it every day.

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Angelo comes off as this in season 7. Apparently when he was growing up, he had an altar to great 4-star chefs that he wanted to be like, and he would pray at it every day.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Three times in episode 12 of ''All-Stars''.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: Three times in episode 12 of ''All-Stars''.''All-Stars'':



* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: The show itself, which ended ''Series/{{The Amazing Race}}'s'' seven year run when it won the Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program in 2010. It was the first show to have beaten ''The Amazing Race''.

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* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: The show itself, which ended ''Series/{{The Amazing Race}}'s'' ''Series/TheAmazingRace's'' seven year run when it won the Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program in 2010. It was the first show to have beaten ''The Amazing Race''.



* EliminationCatchPhrase: "Please pack your knives and go." In season 6, Tom Colicchio had to perform an elimination for a Quickfire, and he purposely avoided using the usual phrase, instead saying "Please pack your knives and leave".

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"Please pack your knives and go." In season 6, Tom Colicchio had to perform an elimination for a Quickfire, and he purposely avoided using the usual phrase, instead saying "Please pack your knives and leave".



* GenreSavvy: In Season 2 Episode 4 of ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'', the chefs are taken on an outing to a movie theater to get away from the kitchen. Matthew chooses movie theater snacks that will be easy to make a dessert with, suspecting a surprise challenge. [[spoiler:It doesn't happen, but very good guess.]]
** Also in Season 5, Episode 9, Jamie intentionally loses the Quickfire Challenge, knowing that the two winners will be team leaders for restaurant wars, which would pretty much make it a 50/50 chance of getting eliminated.

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* GenreSavvy: GenreSavvy:
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In Season 2 Episode 4 of ''Top Chef: Just Desserts'', the chefs are taken on an outing to a movie theater to get away from the kitchen. Matthew chooses movie theater snacks that will be easy to make a dessert with, suspecting a surprise challenge. [[spoiler:It doesn't happen, but very good guess.]]
** Also in Season 5, Episode 9, Jamie intentionally loses lost the Quickfire Challenge, knowing that the two winners will be team leaders for restaurant wars, which would pretty much make it a 50/50 chance of getting eliminated.



* HeroicSacrifice: A non-lethal variety invoked twice and averted a third time. In Season 2, both Otto and Mia voluntarily withdrew from the competition prior to announcement of the result to save those they thought were undeserving of elimination, which the judges allowed. The very next season, Howie attempts to do the same, but by then the judges had decided the cheftestants could no longer have the power to affect the results and put a stop to it; they told Howie he could quit if he wanted to, but whoever was slated for the chopping block would get eliminated anyway. Turns out it was Howie.

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A non-lethal variety invoked twice and averted a third time. In Season 2, both Otto and Mia voluntarily withdrew from the competition prior to announcement of the result to save those they thought were undeserving of elimination, which the judges allowed. The very next season, Howie attempts to do the same, but by then the judges had decided the cheftestants could no longer have the power to affect the results and put a stop to it; they told Howie he could quit if he wanted to, but whoever was slated for the chopping block would get eliminated anyway. Turns out it was Howie.



* InsistentTerminology: Fabio in Season 5 insisting his cheesesteak was a "Filet Mignon Sandwich."

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Fabio in Season 5 insisting his cheesesteak was a "Filet Mignon Sandwich."



*** Also from season 6, both Michaels (Voltaggio and Isabella). Ironically, Michael Voltaggio's nicest moment was his speaking well of Robin in the reunion and genuinely apologizing for his bad behavior towards her, unlike Eli, who followed it up with an incredibly rude excuse for an apology for his comments and behavior towards Robin.

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*** ** Also from season 6, both Michaels (Voltaggio and Isabella). Ironically, Michael Voltaggio's nicest moment was his speaking well of Robin in the reunion and genuinely apologizing for his bad behavior towards her, unlike Eli, who followed it up with an incredibly rude excuse for an apology for his comments and behavior towards Robin.



* LaserGuidedKarma: Spike in season 4. Every time he won a quickfire challenge in the post immunity part of the game he would use his advantage to try to screw over the other cheftestants. In both episodes this landed him in the bottom for elimination. In Boxed Lunched he picked ingredients to prevent the others from using them and didn't think about making a good dish, and in High Steaks he picked scallops that were frozen and using them got him eliminated.

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Spike in season 4. Every time he won a quickfire challenge in the post immunity part of the game he would use his advantage to try to screw over the other cheftestants. In both episodes this landed him in the bottom for elimination. In Boxed Lunched he picked ingredients to prevent the others from using them and didn't think about making a good dish, and in High Steaks he picked scallops that were frozen and using them got him eliminated.



* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads and Loads of Cheftestants]]: Season 9 introduced ''twenty-nine'' cheftestants. Guess they really do do everything bigger in Texas.
** Immediately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] when they revealed that 15 of them were going to be eliminated in the first challenge.

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* [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters Loads and Loads of Cheftestants]]: Season 9 introduced ''twenty-nine'' cheftestants. Guess they really do do everything bigger in Texas.
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Texas. Immediately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] subverted]], however, when they revealed that 15 of them were going to be eliminated in the first challenge.



* OneNoteCook: Several chefs throughout the seasons were notorious for rarely cooking anything besides a particular food.

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* OneNoteCook: Several chefs throughout the seasons were notorious for rarely cooking anything besides a particular food.food:



** Richard Blais, runner-up in season 4 and Top Chef in Season 8, rarely did anything without liquid nitrogen during Season 8. He even tried to make a damn cookie with liquid nitrogen (and was called out for not actually making a cookie by the Cookie Monster himself). Also, in season 4, he cooked "Banana Scallops" THREE times.

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** Richard Blais, runner-up in season 4 and Top Chef in Season 8, rarely did anything without liquid nitrogen during Season 8. He even tried to make a damn cookie with liquid nitrogen (and was called out for not actually making a cookie by the Cookie Monster himself). Also, in season 4, he cooked "Banana Scallops" THREE times.''three times''.



* OneSteveLimit: Averted with the two Heathers in ''Just Desserts''. They can be told apart however due to one of them is Asian and the other has a large bandage on her face.

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Averted with the two Heathers in ''Just Desserts''. They can be told apart however due to one of them is Asian and the other has a large bandage on her face.



* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Every single season finale until season 8 has included a twist. And every single time, the chefs are legitimately surprised by it. Come on people! Pay attention!

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Every single season finale until season 8 has included a twist. And every single time, the chefs are legitimately surprised by it. Come on people! Pay attention!



* WhatAnIdiot: One chef decided to make beignets to serve to a crowd, however she had to make them hours in advance since she didn't have the time make them fresh at the site. When given a mediocre review of her beignets by the judges, she says outright she wishes she could have made them to order, but couldn't because of the challenge. The judges call her out in that if she was already aware of the glaring flaw in being unable to make beignets fresh, then she should have just done something else.

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