Top Chef (season 3)

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Top Chef: Miami
Top-chef-season-3.jpg
Judges Ted Allen and Gail Simmons (center left), hosts Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio (center right), along with the chefs participating in Top Chef's third season
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Broadcast
Original channelBravo
Original runJune 13, 2007 (2007-06-13) – October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)
Additional information
Filming datesApril 2007 (2007-04) – May 2007 (2007-05)
WinnerHung Huynh
No. of chefs15
No. of tasks14
All-starsDale Levitski
Casey Thompson
Tre Wilcox
Season chronology
 
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Top Chef: Miami
Top-chef-season-3.jpg
Judges Ted Allen and Gail Simmons (center left), hosts Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio (center right), along with the chefs participating in Top Chef's third season
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes16
Broadcast
Original channelBravo
Original runJune 13, 2007 (2007-06-13) – October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)
Additional information
Filming datesApril 2007 (2007-04) – May 2007 (2007-05)
WinnerHung Huynh
No. of chefs15
No. of tasks14
All-starsDale Levitski
Casey Thompson
Tre Wilcox
Season chronology

Top Chef: Miami is the third season of American reality television series Top Chef and was filmed first in Miami, Florida, and concluded in Aspen, Colorado.[1] The season premiered on Bravo on June 13, 2007 and ended on October 10, 2007. Padma Lakshmi returned with Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and new judge Ted Allen, who will switch off with Simmons throughout the season. First season contestant Lee Anne Wong was brought in as a food consultant and assisted in planning the challenges. Production took place in April and May 2007 in Miami Beach, Florida, with 15 contestants living, and the production activity centered, at the historic Fontainebleau Hotel.[1] The prize money awarded to the Top Chef was $100,000. As with Season 2, the winning recipe from each week's episode of Season 3 is featured on Bravo's Top Chef website and prepared by Season 1 contestant Lee Anne Wong in a web video called The Wong Way to Cook. Another former contestant, Season 2's Carlos Fernandez, is featured on a Yahoo!/Telemundo blog called Sabrosazon in which he presents recipes and writes about Season 3 in Spanish, as well as a Bravo blog called Miami Spice in which he presents recipes in English.

Judges, guest judges and special appearances[edit]

Judges[edit]

Beginning this season, Simmons and Allen alternated episodes beginning with the preview episode "Four-Star All Stars", which featured a cook-off between teams of four top chefs from the first two seasons.[2]

Guest judges[edit]

1 Episode 6 was a reunion special.

Special Appearances[edit]

Contestants[edit]

15 chefs competed in Season 3. Names and hometowns below are from the Bravo website.[1] [3] Ages listed are at the time of the Top Chef: Miami taping in April-May, 2007. In the order eliminated:

Credit order: Brian, Joey, Hung, Sara M, Howie, Dale, Micah, Tre, Lia, Sandee, Sara N, Clay, Casey, CJ, Camille

Contestant Progress[edit]

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Quickfire
Winner1
MicahHungBrianCaseyJoeyCaseyDaleCJDale
Howie
Hung
Sara M.
BrianHungHungCasey
HungHIGHININHIGHLOWLOWHIGHINHIGHLOWHIGHWININWINNER
DaleLOWINHIGHLOWINHIGHIN4INHIGHLOWHIGHLOWWINRUNNER-UP
CaseyINININLOWLOWHIGHLOWINLOWWINWINHIGHINRUNNER-UP
BrianLOWWINLOWHIGHININHIGHINLOWLOWLOWHIGHOUT
Sara M.ININLOWLOWINLOWHIGHINWINHIGHLOWOUT
CJININLOWININWINLOWINLOWHIGHOUT
HowieLOWLOWWINLOWWINLOWLOWINHIGHOUT
TreWINLOWINININWINWININOUT
Sara N.INHIGHININLOWINOUT
JoeyINLOWINLOWHIGHOUT
LiaININLOWWINOUT
CamilleINININOUT
MicahINHIGHOUT
SandeeINOUT
ClayOUT

^Note 1 : From Episode 9 forward, the winner of the Quickfire does not receive immunity from elimination.
^Note 2 : Episode 6 was a non-competition reunion special.
^Note 3 : Dale, as winner of the Quickfire, was excused from the Elimination Challenge.
^Note 4 : No one was eliminated in Episode 9. While Brian and Dale were brought back for the second appearance at the Judging Table, they were only there as representatives of their teams, not because they were the worst. They were told that the judges chose to give each team a second run for this Elimination Challenge in Episode 9.

     (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned Top Chef.
     (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
     (WIN) The chef won that episode's Elimination Challenge.
     (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
     (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
     (OUT) The chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was out of the competition.
     (IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.

Episodes[edit]

Each episode includes two challenges. The Quickfire Challenge is a short, simple challenge with a varying reward each week; in the initial episodes of the season, it usually guarantees the winner immunity from being sent home that week. The Elimination Challenge is a more complex challenge that determines who goes home. One or more guest judges join the show each week to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination is announced in a segment called "Judges' Table."

Episode 1: First Impressions[edit]

Episode 2: Sunny Delights[edit]

Episode 3: Family Favorites[edit]

Episode 4: Cooking By Numbers[edit]

Episode 5: Latin Lunch[edit]

Episode 6: Watch What Happens[edit]

Episode 7: Freezer Burn[edit]

Episode 8: Guilty Pleasures[edit]

Episode 9: Restaurant Wars[edit]

  • WINNER: CJ (Scallop Mousse & Shrimp Burger with Tangerine)
Restaurant April: Brian, Casey, CJ, Tre
  • Amuse bouche: Bluepoint Oyster with Ginger and Watermelon Granita
  • First course: Seared Sea Scallop on Corn and Black Truffle Custard
  • Second course: Seared Grouper with Shellfish, Basil Pistou and Artichoke Hearts
  • Third course: Wild Mushroom and Gorgonzola-Crusted Beef Tenderloin on Smoked Fingerling Potatoes
  • Desserts: Mango Lemongrass and Sake Sorbet, Tarte Tatin with Brandy Sauce and Creme Anglaise
The Garage: Dale, Howie, Hung, Sara M.
  • First course: Tuna Tartare with Egg Vinaigrette, Niҫoise Olive Purée and Herb Salad
  • Second course: Wild Mushroom Risotto with Foie Gras and Black Truffles
  • Third course: Braised Lamb Shank with Sunchoke Potatoes and Baby Vegetables
  • Dessert: Sweet Crêpes with Dark Chocolate and Orange Grand Marnier Sauce
  • WINNER: None
    • No team won the Elimination Challenge, since the judges felt both teams' respective successes in their restaurants were canceled out by the relative mis-steps. However, the judges decided not to send anyone home this round, rather opting for a re-do of the challenge the next day, where someone will be going home afterwards.
  • ELIMINATED: None
  • Elimination Challenge Prize: Each chef received a copy of Guest Judge Daniel Boulud's Letters to a Young Chef.

Episode 10: Second Helping[edit]

  1. Shucking 15 oysters (Howie v. Brian)
  2. Finely chopping 5 large onions (Sara M. v. Casey)
  3. Breaking down 4 whole chickens (Hung v. Tre)
  4. Separating 3 egg whites and beating them until the peaks stand in an upside-down bowl for at least five seconds without falling out. (Dale v. CJ)
  • WINNING TEAM: Team Garage
Restaurant April
Quatre (formerly The Garage)
  • WINNING TEAM: Quatre
  • WINNER: Sara M.
  • ELIMINATED: Tre

Episode 11: Chef Overboard[edit]

  • WINNER: Brian (Spam, Corned Beef Hash and Fried Egg with Onions and Balsamic Reduction)
  • NOTE: Howie failed to present any dish for judging.

Episode 12: Snacks on a Plane[edit]

  • WINNER: Hung (Steak and Eggs with Papaya, Banana and Grand Marnier Shake)
  • WINNER: Casey (Veal Medallions with Crimini Mushrooms and Apple Brandy, Cauliflower Gratin with Gruyère)
  • ELIMINATED: CJ (Pan-Seared Halibut and Toasted Farro with Mint Oil, Roasted Broccolini with Breadcrumbs)

Episode 13: Manhattan Project[edit]

  • WINNER: Hung

Episode 14: Aspen Finale, Part 1[edit]

  • Winner: Casey (Trout Filet with Crisped Skin, Grapes and Summer Corn)
  • Brian: Whiskey-Braised Elk Shank, Horseradish and Sour Cream Potato Purée, Pancetta Corn Asparagus Relish, Blackberry Balsamic and Sage Brown Butter
  • Casey: Mushroom-Crusted Elk Loin with a Cauliflower Duo and Tomato Butter
  • Dale: Spiced Elk Loin, Huckleberry and Blackberry Sauce, Cauliflower and Fingerling Potatoes
  • Hung: Seared Elk Loin, Pommes Boulangère, Chocolate Red Wine Sauce
  • WINNER: Dale
  • ELIMINATED: Brian

Episode 15: Aspen Finale, Part 2[edit]

Hung is paired with celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito.
Casey is paired with chef Michelle Bernstein.
Dale is matched with Todd English, also a chef and restaurateur.
On the second day, the chefs are given two hours to complete their dishes before service. With an hour left, however, they are told they must now add a fourth course to their menus. It can be composed of any ingredient available in the kitchen, and can be served at any point in the meal. Eliminated contestants CJ, Howie and Sara M. are randomly paired through knife drawing with Dale, Casey and Hung, respectively, as sous-chefs to assist in the fourth course preparation. The four judges were joined at the dining table by the three celebrity sous-chefs and the eliminated contestant Brian. The final menus for each chef (with the surprise course italicized) are:
Casey:
  • 1st Course: Cinnamon-Scented Scallop with Celery and Foie Gras with Apple
  • 2nd Course: Poached Prawn with Rice Cake in Lobster Mushroom Broth
  • 3rd Course: Crispy Pork Belly over Pea Shoots with a Roasted Peach and Crème Fraîche
  • 4th Course: Seared Sirloin with Potatoes, Mushrooms, Ruby Chard and Parsley Purée
Dale:
Hung:
  • 1st Course: "Fish and Chips": Hamachi, Potatoes, Olive Oil and Tomato Vinaigrette
  • 2nd Course: Shrimp with Palm Sugar, Cucumber Salad and Coconut Foam
  • 3rd Course: Sous-Vide Duck with Mushroom Ragout and Truffle Sauce
  • 4th Course: Chocolate cake with Raspberries and Nougatine Tuile
At "Judge's Table," the judges all agreed that Hung presented the best first and third courses, while Dale presented the best second and fourth courses.
  • TOP CHEF: Hung
  • RUNNERS-UP: Dale and Casey

Episode 16: Reunion[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Bravo Announces Contestants for Top Chef 3 Miami". MovieWeb. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
  2. ^ Ted Allen."I'm Not Wearing Teal," Bravo Top Chef blog, June 11, 2007
  3. ^ "Top Chef Season 3 Cast". Bravo. 2007-05-09. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  4. ^ Andy (2007-08-16). "An Unidentified Christopher Ciccone Spices Up Top Chef". Towleroad. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  5. ^ "What's Cooking?", New York Post Page Six column, August 17, 2007.

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