Top Chef Season 12 Episode 1: Full Episode Live!

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Ready for some wicked awesome cooking and competing?

On Top Chef Season 12 Episode 1, viewers met 16 chefs, all of whom want to be named this season's big winner.

Richard Blais (Top Chef Season 8 All-Stars winner) is now on board as a judge - along with Tom, Padma and Gail, of course - as the competitors here are thrown into scalding water with the show's' first-ever Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge.

It focused on one chef being forced to cook for his or her life to stay in the competition. Exciting stuff!

The Elimination  Challenge then plays out at the first ever "Top Chef Food Festival" alongside some of Boston's most prominent culinary stars including Barbara Lynch, Ming Tsai, Lydia Shire, Jasper White, Todd English, Ken Oringer, Jamie Bissonnette, Kristen Kish and Tiffani Faison.

Watch Top Chef online and see who was able to stand the heat in the kitchen:

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