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Top Chef Season 3 episodes

Chicago Reunion Season 3, Episode 15

The reunion specials are always a bit of a smorgasbord of amusing memories insight and gossip Here are some tidbits worth tasting Fan Favorite Stephanie not only was the first female Top Chef but also the first to win both titles Way to go girlfriendBromance was all around Ted called Spike and Mark in the bubble bath man soup Richard had fun watching Dale moisturize his nipples Andrew and Spike named their team Vanilla LoveGossip What were the internet rumors surrounding Jennifer and Zoi Are they past their relationship bumps Mark got married Richard opened a restaurant called Home and appeared via satellite while waiting for his baby girl to be bornNicknames Because more chefs were eliminated when teamed with Antonia she was dubbed the Black Hammer The stew room was referred to as the fifth level of hell and not only because of the heatOuttakes149 Without the stress of the competition the chefs were much more relaxed and jovial leaving much of the read more

"Finale" Part 2 Season 3, Episode 14

There you have it baby! A thrilling end to a thrilling season of Top Chef. Unpredictable until the last 15 minutes, we saw twists and turns that at least I was not expecting. And we got a live reveal of the winner to finish it all up. For the finale, the chefs were at the Aspen Mountain Lodge, which costs more than $100,000 to be a member of. That's five zeros my friends. I don't know what's there, but for that much money, I'd expect naked women, bacon in my hand every time I snap my fingers and um… naked women. I mentioned that twice, didn't I? Hey, it's $100,000 — there better be a ton of naked women. Coincidentally, the winner of Top Chef gets $100,000, too. As is usually the case with the last episode, the chefs are told to make their best meal ever for the judges. They needed to come up with three courses and hand the menu to Tom. I like the handing-the-menu-to-Tom thing, as it forces the chefs to stick to their initial game plans and not go to plan C when their foam ... read more

Finale, Part 1 Season 3, Episode 13

This is a great time of year for me in regards to television. I get to watch my Philadelphia Phillies inch closer to a playoff berth every night, and I just love, love, love Top Chef. Yes, that’s it. Two things make this great for me. What can I say, I’m easy to please. It’s 11:12 pm right now as I’m writing this line and I’m just realizing that this is the only night of the work week that I can actually function relatively well at this time. I attribute being awake right now to the exciting first part of the season finale of Top Chef. We begin the finale in Aspen, Colorado, with four competitors left — Brian, Casey, Dale and Hung. We also begin with the weekly rant of Hung claiming he’s much more advanced than the other three chefs. I immediately wondered if there was anyone that could really humble Hung, then of course in the next 10 minutes we see that his father is one of those people and guest judge Eric Ripert is the other. Ripert is one of t... read more

"Manhattan Project" Season 3, Episode 12

Tonight was weird for me. There was no drama. There was very little comedy. The only person still left on the show that makes it edgy is Hung. And I even hate to call him "edgy" since it’s really just pure arrogance. And then, of course, there’s my favorite: men with heavy French accents. For some reason, I have many moments where my brain just doesn’t process words right away. I mean, I’ll get them sooner or later, but it might take me a moment or two to figure out what you just said. So add a heavy French accent in and you can imagine how lost I was at points. Probably as lost as those Frenchmen trying to say "Hung." Le Cirque owner, Sirio Maccioni, didn’t even bother trying to say it. (I mean, c’mon — it’s really not that difficult.) My lone comedic moment was at the very beginning when Dale commented that he’s "a big gay chef and I’m going to outcook your ass." Other than that, it wasn’t exactly ginormous excitement.The Quic... read more

"Snacks on a Plane" Season 3, Episode 11

Turn the frowns upside down, friends! This week's episode was loads of fun compared to the stinker last week. There were just a ton of funny moments, some food that actually might have been good, and fan favorite Anthony Bourdain! That’s just a big old bucket 'o goodness there. I really enjoyed this quickfire challenge. I'm a breakfast man myself. If I could eat eggs and bacon for every meal, I would. Then I'd probably own a pig farm and some chickens too, seeing as I might want those things handy if I got hungry. But then I probably wouldn't have a pig farm and work at TV Guide so I wouldn't get to do this blog and that would be bad. Then again, I'd be eating bacon right now. Hmmm… I really might have to give this some thought. So anyway, a breakfast challenge is right up my alley. And what better way to start your day than have Padma walk through your door! Well OK, I'm sure my wife wouldn't want Padma just walking in our home and Dale would have rather had Ted Allen in ... read more

"Chef Overboard" Season 3, Episode 10

After a one-week semi-hiatus, we're back with only seven chefs remaining until we crown a champion. Now that the field has been reduced by half, it's only fitting that I'm more confused now than ever at who's good and who's going home soon. This week's episode kind of made me look at some different angles, too. It's a cooking show, so naturally I'm drawn to the dishes, but this week I really focused on personalities more. So I think what you're going to see out of me in this blog is less about the food and more about people and perceptions. I'm sure there are plenty of things I'm not picking up on, but let's see what I am and then you can tell me if you see things any differently. • The judges are really getting harsh. True, they have had judges like Anthony Bourdain who are known for not holding anything back, but I can't remember Season-1 or -2 guest judges being so bold as a whole. I mean, good for them. They are the "experts" and they should be bold, but the criticism seems... read more

"Second Helping" Season 3, Episode 9

Holy beef tenderloin, Batman! I usually like going in order when discussing an episode, and the past episodes this season really haven't had anything that shocking that would make me deviate from that norm. But this week was mighty different, wouldn't you say? I have to start off talking about the shocker: Tre is outta here. So many of you thought he was the favorite and even though I still think Dale's going to win, I can't say I would have totally disagreed with you in that assumption about Tre. But here it is with Dale, Howie, Brian and Sara all still in the competition while the talented Tre is packing his knives. The choice to send him packing wasn't wrong, either. Tre's been hit-or-miss this season, but when he's on, he's on. However, both Ted and guest judge Geoffrey Zakarian of Country, thought Tre's wild king salmon was one of the worst meals they'd ever had. Not just bad: the worst they'd ever had. We are still calling these people Top Chefs now, right? A crappy dish is on... read more

"Restaurant Wars" Season 3, Episode 8

This was the week that the chefs look forward to the most. This was the chance to basically open up your own restaurant for a day and do everything from scratch. A freeform menu with no restrictions; a blank canvas for a dining area that they can decorate any way they choose; and the chance to really show what the end result of winning this competition could be. And boy, did these eight screw it up.We start with the Quickfire, which no longer results in immunity but instead will result in a favorable start in the elimination challenge for the winner. In this case, the winner got to choose his own team for restaurant wars. Top Chef brings in Daniel Boluud, whom the chefs consider one of the top 10 chefs in the country, if not the world. One of the things he is famous for is a burger that costs $120! Lord. That better be the best thing I have ever and will ever eat in my life. It better be 40 pounds and 9 feet wide. Anyway, the challenge is to create a unique burger, sort of like the ... read more

"Guilty Pleasures" Season 3, Episode 7

The term "guilty pleasure" has always been interesting to me. I don't like using the term at all, but if I had to, in my mind it would define something that I really like but I know I'm not supposed to. But just because I think I'm not supposed to like Culture Club or What Not to Wear doesn't mean that anyone else thinks those shows shouldn't be liked, either. In this case, though, it seems like "guilty pleasure" is being used to describe a food that will make you fat, but you want anyway, which is a different definition than mine. I mean, who doesn't like Cold Stone Creamery ice cream? If I'm supposed to feel guilty about eating my Love It!-size cake batter with brownies and black cherries, I don't. Ever. Anyway, what school did Hung and Marcel go to that told them to use these ridiculous ingredients? We were just recently reminded of Marcel's bacon and avocado ice cream from last season, and this week his buddy Hung adds in tempura flakes with a white chocolate and cauliflower foa... read more

"Freezer Burn" Season 3, Episode 6

Ah, now this was what I missed so much last week. Forget reunions. I need Joey and Howie opening their big mouths, Sara whining and Hung being a “douche’ as CJ called him. Right from the moment Joey spoke for the first time, you knew it was going to be fun. He said if he had to “throw someone over the bus” he’d do so at this point in the game. I definitely would choose that over the more traditional throwing someone under the bus. I mean, under the bus you really have no shot at making it, but over it just gives you so many more opportunities. You could land on your feet or in a row of bushes. There could be a trampoline on the other side or maybe a river and you could just swim to the bank. If I were those chefs, I’d take that option rather than the second choice of throwing someone “over the balcony.” They probably can’t fly but I’d bet they could walk away from landing on the hood of a 2001 Honda Accord. In all seriousness though,... read more

Latin Lunch Season 3, Episode 5

It's a dessert storm when the chefs are challenged to create a sublime pie crust, after which they must cook up tasty fare for personalities of the Telemundo television network. Chef Maria Frumkin serves as guest judge. read more

Cooking by Numbers Season 3, Episode 4

The remaining chefs are challenged to whip up an appetizer to complement a popular mixed drink. Their culinary prowess must then impress members of Chaine des Rotisseurs, a prestigious gastronomic society. Mixologist Jamie Walker and restaurateur Barton G. Weiss serve as guest judges. read more

Family Favorites Season 3, Episode 3

The remaining culinary contingent works with Miami's fresh seafood and attempts to serve savory fare to Elks Club members. Chef Alfred Portale is the guest judge. read more

Sunny Delights Season 3, Episode 2

The heat is on when the chefs are assigned to cater a gourmet barbecue party. Chef Norman Van Aken serves as the guest judge. read more

First Impressions Season 3, Episode 1

In the third-season opener, 15 budding chefs descend upon Miami Beach, where they compete in a challenge for immunity and then must entertain author-chef Anthony Bourdain. Ted Allen (“Queer Eye”) serves as a judge this season. Padma Lakshmi hosts. read more

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Premise: A reality competition in which aspiring chefs compete for culinary stardom. Each episode features two challenges---a short test of basic cooking skills and an elimination challenge, in which one failing contestant is sent packing.

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