The chefs are brought to the season's host city or state, which typically inspires themes throughout the season.The chefs live in a provided apartment or house during the course of the season, and normally do not have access to outside communication.

The loser of the Elimination Challenge, as the name suggests, is eliminated from the competition.

This format continues until two or three chefs remain.

Each finalist is challenged to create a full-course meal; the chef with the best meal as determined by the judges is declared the "Top Chef" of the season.

The show has had multiple spin-off series, including Top Chef Masters, featuring established, award-winning chefs, and Top Chef: Just Desserts, featuring pastry chefs.

Although one more spin-off had been planned in 2008 featuring contestants in their early teens, titled Top Chef Junior, it has never aired.

Top Chef is a reality show that uses a progressive elimination format.The beginning of each season starts with twelve to nineteen professional chefs selected through auditions.Top Chef is an American reality competition television series which premiered on March 8, 2006, on Bravo.The show features chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges.They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode.The show is produced by Magical Elves Productions, the same company that created Project Runway.