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Top Chef Season 3 Episodes

15 Episodes 2007 - 2007

In the third season of this reality show, 15 promising chefs go to Miami to compete for the title of "Top Chef" and the $100,000 cash prize. Padma Lakshmi returns as host, and Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons return as judges. A new judge, Ted Allen, joins this season. Contestants compete in two challenges per episode: the Quickfire Challenge and the Elimination Challenge. In this season, challenges include creating a surf and turf dish in two hours; catching and cooking a shellfish dish in 30 minutes; and catering a party aboard a yacht.

Episode 1

First Impressions

Wed, Jun 13, 2007 75 mins

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.

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Episode 2

Sunny Delights

Wed, Jun 20, 2007 60 mins

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

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Episode 3

Family Favorites

Wed, Jun 27, 2007 60 mins

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.

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Episode 4

Cooking by Numbers

Wed, Jul 11, 2007 60 mins

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.

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Episode 5

Latin Lunch

Wed, Jul 18, 2007 60 mins

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.

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Episode 6

Freezer Burn

Wed, Aug 1, 2007 75 mins

The "chef-testants" are brought to their senses when they must identify ingredients by sight or taste. Afterward, they must work their culinary magic on frozen foods. Celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito ("The Restaurant") is the guest judge.

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Episode 7

Guilty Pleasures

Wed, Aug 8, 2007 60 mins

It's a dessert storm when the culinary contestants work with ice cream and toppings. Then, they whip up quintessential snacks for hangovers. Chef Govind Armstrong is the guest judge.

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Episode 8

Restaurant Wars

Wed, Aug 15, 2007 60 mins

There will likely be big beefs when the chefs are challenged to cook up bold burgers. Then, the gang must create a restaurant concept, complete with menu and meals. Chef Daniel Boulud is the guest judge.

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Episode 9

Second Helping

Wed, Aug 22, 2007 60 mins

The chefs must shuck, chop and whip in a culinary-based relay race. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian is the guest judge.

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Episode 10

Chef Overboard

Wed, Sep 5, 2007 60 mins

The cooks showcase their creative culinary aptitude in a supermarket-based challenge. They then plunge into a contest on the high seas and arrange a buffet. Chef Michael Schwartz is the guest judge.

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Episode 11

Snacks on a Plane

Wed, Sep 12, 2007 60 mins

It's attitudes and altitudes when the chefs take off for a challenge on a plane. Culinary personality Jimmy Canora is the guest judge.

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Episode 12

Manhattan Project

Wed, Sep 19, 2007 60 mins

The remaining cooks attempt to re-create a signature dish by guest judge Sirio Maccioni. Afterward, they try to please the precise palates of various noted chefs. André Soltner is also a guest judge.

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Episode 13

Finale Part 1

Wed, Sep 26, 2007 60 mins

The heat is on when the final four chefs square off in Part 1 of the two-part Season 3 finale.

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Episode 14

Finale Part 2

Wed, Oct 3, 2007 75 mins

The winning chef is revealed in the conclusion of the two-part Season 3 finale.

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Episode 15

Reunion

Wed, Oct 10, 2007 60 mins

Andy Cohen presides over this reunion clip show, in which the Season 3 chefs gather with series host Padma Lakshmi, plus "Top Chef" figures Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Ted Allen, to dish on the season's highs and woes.

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