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Top Season 12 begin with 16 chefs starting off their battles in Boston.

This 75-minute premiere focuses on the contestants being tasked with cooking revamped versions of the first dish they ever created.

We also meet Richard Blais as a judge. He's now on board a panel that also includes Tom, Padma and Gail, per usual.

Viewers were treated this week to the first-ever Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge, with one cook forced to bake for his or her life.

From there, Elimination Challenge played out at another first at the "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.

In the end, one hopeful was sent packing.

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