Wednesday evening's Top Chef Season 12 Episode 1 introduced us to 16 talented aspiring chefs, who promptly got their hands dirty in the first challenge of the fall.
Dirty in a delicious way, of course. Not an unsanitary one.
For some, Top Chef Season 12 Episode 1 was simply the beginning of an epic journey. For one, it was a journey ending after it had barely even begun.
Such is life in the world of reality TV competitive cooking.
Richard Blais, who fans may recall as the Top Chef Season 8 All-Stars winner, is on board the judging panel this year along with Tom, Padma and Gail.
At stake? The Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge!!