: Due to a refrigerator malfunction which spoiled some of the chefs' ingredients during the Elimination Challenge, no one was eliminated.Consequently, two chefs were eliminated in the following episode.Each chef was responsible for creating his or her own dish.
The chefs had to use their remaining 50 minutes to create their new dishes, using the Swanson's soup broths provided for them.
Elimination Challenge: As the winner of the Quickfire Challenge, Leah was given the chance to choose her six teammates for the next challenge.
They competed against Angelina Di Angelo of Dominick's Hot Dog Truck in Queens.
The contestants each had 45 minutes and access to the Top Chef pantry to prepare and present their dish to host Padma Lakshmi and guest judge Donatella Arpaia, a successful restaurateur and food expert.
The contestants were given an hour to put their own spin on the recipes made by chefs from previous seasons.
However, ten minutes into the Quickfire, Lakshmi and guest judge Grant Achatz told everyone to convert their dishes into soups.
: Leah, Jamie, and Jeff (the three most recently eliminated contestants) were brought back to the competition to compete in a Quickfire Challenge.
The winner would compete in the subsequent Elimination Challenge, but could only move on to the season finale if they won the challenge.
Top Chef: New York is the fifth season of the American reality television series Top Chef.
It was first filmed in New York City, New York, before concluding in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The chefs, in pairs, cooked dishes which represented the ethnic cuisines of those neighborhoods: Astoria (Greek), Brighton Beach (Russian), Long Island City (Middle Eastern), Ozone Park (Latin), Jamaica (Jamaican), Little Italy (Italian), Chinatown (Chinese), Little India/Curry Hill (Indian).