Preview the First Top Chef All Stars L.A. Quickfire Challenge Before Tonight's Premiere!

Take a tour of the Top Chef All Stars L.A. house and watch the first quickfire challenge before Padma Lakshmi and Tom Cholicchio⋅return to your screens tonight

By Allison Crist 19 Mar, 2020 8:44 PMTags
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The season 17 premiere of Top Chef All Stars L.A. is tonight at 10 p.m. on Bravo, and fans are sure to recognize some—if not all—of the contestants competing at another chance to win the title of Top Chef.

Also returning are fan-favorite judges Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons. Throughout the season, they'll be joined by celeb guest judges Kelly Clarkson, Ali Wong, Randall Park, Jon Favreau, Danny Trejo and more.

Before you tune in to the new season of the award-winning cooking competition, get a sneak peek of everything to come in the preview clip below. Even better, you can also get a tour of the house and kitchen, watch the very first quickfire challenge of the season and reacquaint yourself with all of the chefs set to compete!

"So, which one of you said you would never do this again?" Colicchio asks the season 17 contestants, nearly all of whom raise their hands while laughing.

The clip goes on to show the hardships they'll face over the course of the season, but they also receive some reassuring news: the winner will receive $250,000 the largest cash prize in Top Chef history.

In another first for the show, the chefs will travel to Europe for the finale. However, as the trailer proves, getting there will be difficult!

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Lucky for the chefs, they'll be living in luxury (well, aside from the bunk beds) for the time being. Located in the Hollywood Hills, the Top Chef mansion has views of downtown Los Angeles and the Hollywood sign, a pool, gym and much more.

"I know nothing about L.A., but I do know that that Hollywood Hills is sort of the place you want to be," says Kevin Gillespie, a veteran of season six in Las Vegas, in a below clip of the contestants exploring the home for the first time. 

After everyone claims a bed and gets a feel for the house, the group heads outside where there's champagne awaiting them by the pool.

"This is an incredible group of people, and I've watched all of you on your seasons," says another season six vet, Bryan Voltaggio. "I think we all probably share this common bond—"

"Madness?" season 12's Melissa King chimes in before he can finish his sentence.

"And madness, yeah!" he responds. "It's gonna be great to cook with all of you."

Bravo's cameras also captured the season 17 kitchen with the help of production designer James Connelly, who "creates the world of Top Chef." 

Connelly first takes a look at the "hot line"—made up of burners, a grill and deep fryers—which is positioned to enable the chefs to run back and forth from the prep area. 

"Actually, when you're designing Top Chef kitchen, running is a big deal," he says. "Because that's the spirit of the competition."

Since this season is in L.A., Connelly wanted to incorporate the city's "appreciation for greenery." 

"So, of course we needed one giant living wall," he says while the cameras explore a large, greenery-filled display, complete with the signature Top Chef knife.

The pantry's design also takes a nod from the city of Los Angeles and its icons, like palm trees and the Capitol Records building.

Check out the complete tour below!

To get a real feel for the new season of Top Chef, you can watch a special preview of the very first Quickfire Challenge. 

This one in particular is a competition favorite: the mise en place race. Chefs have to prepare different ingredients for cooking as quick (and skillfully!) as possible. The premiere's challenge involves everything from turning artichokes to cracking California almonds. 

"I don't have a nutcracker in my bag!" season 13 veteran Karen Akunowicz tells the cameras during a confessional. 

Get a better idea of what to expect in the below clip.

To see which teams and contestants win, you'll have to tune in to Top Chef All Stars L.A. tonight at 10 p.m. on Bravo! Until then, get to know all of the season 17 chefs in the gallery below.

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Joe Sasto

ELIMINATED WEEK 1: Joe was eliminated for his overly complicated, soggy flatbread that none of the judges liked.

Joe competed in the Colorado season, season 15.

Angelo Sosa

ELIMINATED WEEK 2: Angelo was eliminated for his overly sweet soup, whose flavors never really came together.

Angelo was in season seven and the All Stars season eight.

Jamie Lynch

ELIMINATED WEEK 3: Jamie was sent home for technique that did not make the cut after he forgot to add his au jus to his dish.

Jamie competed in the Charleston-set season 14.

Lisa Fernandes

ELIMINATED WEEK 4: Lisa's "clunky," poorly cooked Brussels sprouts got her sent home.

Lisa was a contestant on season four, the Chicago-set season

Jennifer Carroll

ELIMINATED WEEK 5: Jen's lemon ginger sauce was not bright and sunny and was a weird texture, per Tom.

Jennifer Caroll was originally on season six, returned for the season eight All Stars season and in Last Chance Kitchen season seven.

Nini Nguyen

ELIMINATED WEEK 6: Nini and Karen were eliminated in the team challenge as their flavors didn't sing (but Karen later returned after winning Last Chance Kitchen).

Nini is a veteran of season 16.

Kevin Gillespie

ELIMINATED WEEK 7: As the leader of failed restaurant wars team, Kevin refused to throw any of this teammates under the bus, too responsibility and went home.

Kevin is a veteran of season six in Las Vegas.

Eric Adjepong

ELIMINATED WEEK 8: Eric's salty fish sent him packing.

Eric competed in season 16 when the show was in Kentucky.

Lee Anne Wong

ELIMINATED WEEK 9: Lee Anne's soggy donut and badly baked clafoutis sent her packing.

Lee Anne was a contestant on season one and came back in Last Chance Kitchen season seven.

Karen Akunowicz

ELIMINATED WEEK 10: Karen was sent home for her poorly cooked duck.

Karen was on season 13 of Top Chef.

Brian Malarkey

ELIMINATED WEEK 11: Brian was eliminated for his mis-matched dual veal dish.

Brian was an early competitor on the show from season three.

Gregory Gourdet

ELIMINATED WEEK 12: The judges didn't think truffles worked with Gregory's heavy stew, so he was sent packing.

Viewers will recognize Gregory from season 12, the Boston-set season.

Kevin Gillespie

ELIMINATED WEEK 13: Kevin's pork was off and his raviolo was smothered in parmesan, so he was sent home.

Kevin won Last Chance Kitchen and returned to the competition week 11! He also made it through to the finale in Italy.

Bryan Voltaggio

Bryan was a runner-up to Melissa, who won!

Bryan competed in season six of the show.

Stephanie Cmar

Stephanie was a runner-up to Melissa, who won!

Stephanie was in New Orleans for season 11.

Melissa King

WINNER: Melissa won Top Chef All Stars: L.A.

Melissa was on season 12 in Boston.

Don't miss Top Chef tonight at 10 p.m.!