There were no refrigerators, no freezers, and no stoves; only prep tables, microwaves, and toaster ovens.

During the two-hour prep time, Tom Colicchio came into the kitchen to make an announcement: the restaurant the chefs would be cooking lunch at was Craft, Colicchio's own flagship New York location.

In addition, the 50 diners were all New York City chefs who auditioned for Top Chef: New York and did not make the cut.

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 with the winning dishes were safe, while the chefs with the losing dishes were eligible for elimination.

The name of the winning chef for each match-up are indicated below in bold.

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 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).