Top Chef Stats

Compiled stats and facts across 15 seasons.

Also check out stats from Top Chef Masters, Just Desserts and Top Chef Duels!

Total Seasons

16

Total Hosts

2

Total Judges

11

Total Chefs

229

Gender Breakdown

124105

Total Guest Judges

196

Most Frequent Guest Judge

9

Total Cities

34

Total Countries

5

Chefs from California

58

Chefs from New York

39

Average Chef Age

33

Youngest Chef

21
Patrick Dunlea

Oldest Chef

58
John Tesar

Average Quickfire Time (min)

42

Challenges with a Knife Pull

85

Challenges Cooking for Kids

13

Most Quickfire Wins

5

Most Elimination Wins

9
Paul Qui

Most Overall Wins

11
Paul Qui

Top Chef with Least Wins

3
Kevin Sbraga

Challenges Won with Immunity

13

Best Last Chance Kitchen Streak

8
Louis Maldonado

Coats by Season

Seasons 1-7

Season 8 - All-Stars

Season 9 - Texas

Season 10 - Seattle

Season 11 - NOLA

Season 12 - Boston

Season 13 - Cali

Season 14 - Charleston

Season 15 - Colorado

Season 16 - Kentucky

Restaurant Wars

Total Restaurants

30

Menus without Dessert

2

Didn’t Shop for Decor

4

Eliminated Roles

Executive Chef
6
Front of House
5
Line Cook
4

Winning Roles

Executive Chef
5
Front of House
4
Line Cook
5

Quickfires

Total Quickfire Challenges

198

Total Quickfire Cash Won

$415k

% of Quickfires That Awarded Prizes

52%

Immunity

17%

Cash

3%

Skip Challenge

8%

Choose Ingredients

8%

Choose Teammates

Mise en Place Quickfires

15

Pairing Quickfires

7

Blindfolded Quickfires

7

Season Finales

Chefs Competed

35

Total Courses

147

Most Frequent Finale Diner

5
Hubert Keller

Winners Who Skipped Dessert

2

Runners-Up Who Skipped Dessert

4

Winners Who Made Risotto

0

Runners-Up Who Made Risotto

2

Top Chef Voted Fan Fave

1
Stephanie Izard

Most Times Voted Fan Fave

2
Sheldon Simeon

Chef Turned Judge

1
Richard Blais

Also Competed on Masters

1
Bryan Voltaggio

Most Cash Won by a Top Chef

$225k
Richard Blais

Most Cash Won by a Non-Winner

$45k
Kevin Gillespie

Other Prizes Awarded

Trips

27

Cars

12

Cookbooks

32

Knives

22

Computers

1

Super Bowl Tickets

6

Television Spots

2

Dishes in a Menu/Book

10

Eliminated for Seafood

84

Eliminated for Vegetarian Dish

32

Eliminated for Salad

13

Eliminated for Soup

9

Eliminated for Burgers

6

Eliminated for Risotto

7

Voluntarily Left Competition

5

Disqualified from Competition

1
Cliff Crooks

Total Emmy Nominations

26

Total Emmy Wins

2

Official Top Chef Cookbooks

3