How to watch ‘Top Chef’

The city of angels will throw down the tastiest gauntlet.

May 19, 2020, 3:26 pm*


Jaime Carrillo 

Jaime Carrillo

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For 17 seasons, chefs from across the country compete for gastronomic greatness on Bravo’s celebrated cooking competition Top Chef. Presented by Padma Lakshmi with culinary experts Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio serving as judges, this is easily the tastiest Battle Royale going.

The upcoming season will be an even more competitive gauntlet. Top Chef: All-Stars L.A. is aptly named, and will pit previous popular Top Chef contestants against each other in the most exciting season yet.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch Top Chef.

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What is Top Chef?

Top Chef began in 2006 as a cooking competition utilizing the progressive elimination format. Each season has a host city or state, where professional chefs compete for greatness. Past judges include superstars like Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Ted Allen.

  • Launched: March 2006
  • Airtime: Thursdays at 10 pm PST/EST.
  • Channel: Bravo
  • Genre: Reality cooking competition
  • Starring: Hosted by Padma Lakshmi, Judged by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons
  • Seasons: 17
  • Status: Pending

Top Chef Reviews

  • Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
  • Metacritic score: 72

What the critics are saying

  • “Somehow the formula still works.” –Linda Stasi, New York Post
  • “And there’s something elusively unappetizing about the egocentric kitchen milieu; from cheftestants to judges to hosts to guest-star chefs, I just don’t root for any of them, nor can I seem to work up the froth required to root against them. It’s never been about how well they cook; it’s about how well they cook with cameras around.” –Hank Stuever, The Washington Post

Where to stream Top Chef

  • Hulu Live TV
  • Sling TV
  • FuboTV
  • AT&T TV Now
  • YoutubeTV

There are a number of ways to get access to Bravo and stream Top Chef and other Bravo shows live.

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Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy.

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For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Whichever package you choose, you can save $10 on your first month. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.

Currently, Sling is also run-in a promotion that allows folks who want to dip their toes in the world of online Live TV streaming to try its service during primetime with its Happy Hour Across America promotion. From the hours of 5pm to midnight, Sling will be totally free. For more information, check out the full offer details.

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FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.

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There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.

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YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

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*First Published: Mar 19, 2020, 4:00 pm