Life After Top Chef
2011
(14)
Season 1

Season 1

1. Cook Your Aspen Off

Oct 3, 2012
In the premiere episode of "Life After Top Chef," viewers catch a glimpse into the personal and professional lives of memorable former chef'testants - Richard Blais in Atlanta, Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Spike Mendelsohn in D.C., and Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles. Top Chef: All-Stars champ Richard Blais is beginning construction on a new restaurant, but will his demanding career take too great a toll on his family life? Spike Mendelsohn was born into the restaurant business, and his outrageously opinionated family never lets him forget it. With two successful restaurants, the family empire is expanding, meaning a whole new slew of family feuds. "Fan Favorite" Fabio Viviani is expanding his own culinary brand with cooking classes, endorsement deals and social media, vying to become a male version of Martha Stewart, but are his workaholic ways disconnecting him from real happiness? Jen Carroll is no stranger to pressure, but after she's quit her job to open her own place, her investors start dropping out, leaving her to once again cook for somebody else. Then, competition calls as all the former chef'testants reunite at the Aspen Food & Wine Festival to cook for one of the toughest crowds in the culinary universe.

2. No Food Deed Goes Unpunished

Oct 10, 2012
After some last minute schmoozing and boozing in Aspen, the chefs return home. Never one to rest, Fabio dives into production meetings and a charity cooking class at a local church, but when a crazed client chews him out, will Fabio finally lose his trademark cool? Richard checks in on his Flip Burger boutiques and is appalled to discover his staff is lazy, his cooks are clueless and his reputation is going up in flames. Spike fears his nosy parents will interfere with his new bistro concept, that is, if they ever stop taking jabs at his personal life. Jen's desperate quest for investors leads her to the Charleston Food & Wine Festival, where she serves up lambs and clams to the culinary elite. After a touching visit with her mom, it's clear where Jen gets her determination.

3. Duck Hearts And French Baguettes

Oct 17, 2012
Richard interviews potential chefs for the Spence, only to run into an old enemy. Then, he struggles to get out of the doghouse with his frustrated wife by granting her unsettling birthday wish - a day at the gun range. Spike heads to Canada for a family wedding and enrages his mother when he shows up late. Jen feels the pressure preparing a charity dinner for Cole Hamels and the Phillies, but with high-profile celebrities and athletes expecting the best, can Jen knock it out of the park? Fabio's busy schedule is interrupted by the arrival of his Italian mother, who's got her own advice on how he should be living his life. Along with his life coach, she stages an intervention to set his priorities straight before his stress does him in.

4. Shear Today, Gone To Marrow

Oct 24, 2012
After a teary farewell with his mother, Fabio jets to New York for a celebrity chef appearance on "Good Morning America" filled with VIP treatment and screaming Times Square fans. A few blocks away, Richard cooks at the prestigious Food & Wine Best New Chef event to promote the Spence and impress his critics. But with hundreds of hungry diners and no food leaving the kitchen, panic sets in and Richard freaks out. Later, he confides in Fabio and fellow Top Chef alums Carla Hall, Angelo Sosa and Dale Talde over a revealing dinner. Frustrated with her stalled restaurant, Jen flees Philadelphia on a road trip with Spike for an outrageous crash course in lamb farming. But when the moonshine flows and the two get tipsy, will these flirty friends become chefs with benefits?

5. Good Shuck with That

Nov 7, 2012
A frazzled Richard conducts a nerve-racking menu tasting for his picky partners, and critiques construction of The Spence. Fabio meets a beverage maker in hopes of striking it rich with his own martini drink line before an overbooked charity dinner leaves his high-profile diners asking, "where's the duck?" Spike and Jen wrap up their road trip with a lesson in oyster farming. Then, it's back to D.C., where Spike scouts his new bistro location and serves up a tasting only to have his parents derail his every decision. Meanwhile, Jen decides to launch a pop-up restaurant to woo investors and get her career back on track.

6. Mt. Viviani Erupts

Nov 14, 2012
With only a week left until its opening, Spike and his family scramble to get Good Stuff Crystal City ready for the public. Jen puts her pop-up restaurant on hold to travel to L.A. and help Fabio cater an extravagant charity dinner, but when their sous chef is two hours late delivering their dishes, the diners get restless and Fabio is infuriated. Richard forces his chefs through a gauntlet of cooking tests to find their skills tragically lacking, prompting him to second-guess his cuisine, instincts and career.

7. Let's Do Launch

Nov 21, 2012
In an attempt to further their fortunes outside of their restaurants, Fabio and Jacopo try to make a splash in the beverage biz with a VIP tasting of their new martini line. Spike delivers on his promise to bring investors to Jen's pop up, and makes a clutch appearance behind the grill. Overbooked and understaffed, Jen struggles to impress investors with the launch of her pop-up restaurant. But with an ambitious six-course menu and unfamiliar kitchen, Jen hopes she didn't bite off more than she could chew. It's the opening day of the Spence and Richard is more on edge than ever as he battles a packed house, his rookie staff, and a broken smoker. Can he live up to the diners' lofty expectations, or will his dream restaurant go up in smoke?

8. First Lady's Choice

Nov 28, 2012
Still striving to find a work-life balance, Fabio meets with his life coach and has a shocking breakthrough about his secret, painful past. Then later, his paternal instincts kick into overdrive as he takes in a bbq with his life coach's family. Meanwhile, Spike and his family make a mad dash to open the doors on Good Stuff Crystal City only to discover that none of their staff knows how to cook their signature burgers. Jen treats her mother with a family trip to the salon, which takes a tearful, touching turn. Then, its "Top Chef" déjà vu as the four former cheftestants are summoned one last time to battle it out in a Quickfire-style cook-off for First Lady Michelle Obama.

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