Top Chef Stats

Compiled stats and facts across 17 seasons.

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Total Seasons

17

Total Hosts

2
Padma LakshmiKatie Lee

Total Judges

12

Total Chefs

229

Gender Breakdown

124105

Total Guest Judges

225

Most Frequent Guest Judge

10
Eric Ripert
map of the world with dots on various locations

Total Cities

40

Total Countries

7

Chefs from California

58

Chefs from New York

39

Average Quickfire Time (min)

40.9

Challenges with a Knife Pull

97

Challenges Cooking for Kids

13

Most Quickfire Wins

5
Sam TalbotAntonia LofasoBrooke Williamson

Most Elimination Wins

9
Paul Qui

Most Overall Wins

11
Paul Qui

Best Win Percentage (GOAT)

41%
Melissa King

Top Chef with Least Wins

3
Kevin SbragaKelsey Barnard

Challenges Won with Immunity

13

Best Last Chance Kitchen Streak

8
Louis Maldonado

First chef to win a full episode

1
Michael Midgley

Most full episode wins

3
Stefan Richter

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.

Restaurant Wars

Total Restaurants

37

Menus without Dessert

3

Seasons Not Responsible for Decor

3

Average Food Budget per Diner

$36

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 13 teams who chose first when building their team, only 3 won Restaurant Wars.

Is it beneficial to serve the judges first?

Yes
Of the 16 teams who served the judges first, 11 won Restaurant Wars.

Eliminated Roles

Executive Chef
7
Front of House
6
Line Cook
5

Winning Roles

Executive Chef
5
Front of House
5
Line Cook
5
Entire Team
1

Quickfires

Total Quickfire Challenges

211

Total Quickfire Cash Won

$465k

% of Quickfires That Awarded Prizes

52%

Immunity

19%

Cash

3%

Skip Challenge

10%

Choose Ingredients

9%

Choose Teammates

Is winning an advantage actually beneficial?

Yes
With an advantage, 67% of chefs were safe from the bottom and 24% won the challenge.

Chefs eliminated after winning an advantage

5
Spike MendelsohnRadhika DesaiBrother LuckMichelle MinoriJoe Sasto

Mise en Place Quickfires

16

Pairing Quickfires

7

Blindfolded Quickfires

9

Top Chef Voted Fan Fave

3
Stephanie IzardKelsey BarnardMelissa King

Most Times Voted Fan Fave

2
Sheldon Simeon

Chef Turned Judge

1
Richard Blais

Also Competed on Masters

1
Bryan Voltaggio

Mise en place Races

apple255

Peeled apples

shrimp210

Peeled & deveined shrimp

clam174

Shucked clams

potato170

Peeled potatoes

potato150

Tournée potatoes

onion146

Cups diced onion

artichoke127

Turned artichokes

egg126

Separated eggs

prawn120

Peeled spot prawns

oyster110

Shucked oysters

almond100

Cracked almonds

orange95

Supremed oranges

asparagus90

Peeled asparagus

chicken65

Broken down chickens

beef40

Butchered beef tenderloin

lamb36

Butchered lamb racks

beef35

Butchered Tomahawk chops

lobster32

Cleaned lobsters

fish32

Cleaned Boston mackerel

apple16

Cups brunoised apples

fish12

Cleaned & butterflied sardines

fish10

Cleaned & portioned cod

fish10

Cleaned & portioned fluke

knife9

Sharpened knives

rabbit6

Broken down rabbits

fish4

Filleted arctic char

fish4

Filleted monkfish

corn3

Crates shucked corn

pasta3

Pounds fresh fettuccine

eel2

Filleted fresh-water eels

shallot2

Quarts brunoised shallots

mushroom2

Quarts sliced mushrooms

Season Finales

Chefs Competed

40

Total Courses

167

Most Frequent Finale Diner

5
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 13 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.

Most Cash Won by a Top Chef

$250k
Melissa King

Most Cash Won by a Non-Winner

$45k
Kevin Gillespie

Other Prizes Awarded

Trips

29

Cars

12

Books

36

Knives

22

Computers

1

Super Bowl Tickets

6

Television Spots

2

Dishes in a Menu/Book

10

Eliminated for Seafood

91

Eliminated for Vegetarian Dish

34

Eliminated for Salad

13

Eliminated for Soup

10

Eliminated for Burgers

6

Eliminated for Risotto

7

Voluntarily Left Competition

5
Lee Anne WongHowie KleinbergMia Gaines-AltOtto BorsichCynthia Sestito

Disqualified from Competition

1
Cliff Crooks

Total Emmy Nominations

28

Total Emmy Wins

2

Official Top Chef Cookbooks

3