Top Chef Masters
Season 3
No. of tasks19
No. of contestants12
WinnerFloyd Cardoz
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Release
Original networkBravo
Original releaseApril 6 (2011-04-06) –
June 15, 2011 (2011-06-15)
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The third season of the American reality competition show Top Chef Masters was announced on March 2, 2011. In addition to the announcement, it was announced that celebrity chef Curtis Stone would serve as the new host. Food critic and author Ruth Reichl also joined as a new series judge And Critic James Osland Also Returned. The season premiered on April 6, 2011 with 12 award-winning chefs competing against each other in weekly challenges. Unlike previous seasons, the chefs were not judged on a five-star rating system, but in elimination-style challenges similar to the format of the original Top Chef series.[1]

Critics

Master Contestants

12 chefs competed in this season of Top Chef Masters.[2] In the order eliminated:

Contestant Progress

Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Finale Cumulative Winnings
Quickfire
Winner
Traci John C. Hugh Traci Naomi Traci Hugh Hugh Traci None
Floyd IN (-) HIGH IN WIN HIGH LOW HIGH HIGH LOW WINNER $110,000
Mary Sue LOW WIN LOW LOW WIN HIGH HIGH WIN WIN RUNNER-UP $40,000
Traci IN (-) IN IN IN HIGH WIN LOW LOW LOW RUNNER-UP $30,000
Naomi HIGH IN WIN HIGH IN HIGH WIN LOW OUT $26,800
Hugh OUT1 IN IN IN IN HIGH LOW OUT $15,000
Celina IN (+) IN LOW IN LOW LOW OUT
Alex WIN LOW IN LOW LOW OUT $10,000
George IN (-) IN IN HIGH OUT
Suvir IN (-) LOW HIGH OUT $1,700
John C. IN (+) HIGH OUT $5,000
Sue IN (+) OUT
John S. IN (+) WD2

^Note 1 : Hugh was reinstated in Episode 2, after being eliminated in the previous episode.
^Note 2 : John S. withdrew from the competition due to a personal emergency.

  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned Top Chef: Master.
  (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.
  (IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.
  [IN (+)] The chef won a pair or team challenge but was not chosen as one of the judges' favorites.
  [IN (-)] The chef lost a pair or team challenge but was not selected as one of the judges' least favorites.
  (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
  (WD) The chef withdrew from the competition.
  (OUT) The chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was eliminated.

Episodes

In each episode, the chefs compete to win money for their charity. The Elimination Round winners are awarded cash donations ($10,000) for their charities. Each episode consists of a Quickfire and an Elimination challenge. The Quickfire is a short, simple challenge that can vary from cooking, tasting or a food-related task (e.g., peeling a certain amount of apples to certain quality standard in a limited amount of time). The winner(s) of the Quickfire Challenge receive $5,000 for their charity. During the initial episodes of the season, the winner is usually guaranteed immunity from being sent home that week. The Elimination challenge is a more complex challenge which usually requires cooking a meal for many people with certain requirements. Unlike previous seasons of Top Chef Masters, the dishes are no longer rated out of a possible five stars. The star scoring system is replaced with the elimination format of the original Top Chef series. Each week, one or more guest judges join the show to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination is announced in a segment called the "Critics' Table." One or more contestants are eliminated in each episode until the finale where one chef is crowned Top Chef Master. The winning chef receives $100,000 for his or her designated charity.

Episode 1: Restaurant Wars

  • WINNING TEAM: Leela
  • WINNER: Alex (Celery Root, Potato and Spinach Fricassée)
  • ELIMINATED: Hugh (Scallops with Grits, Leeks, Scallions, Peppers and Pancetta)

Episode 2: Everything Old is New Again

Episode 3: Diners to Donors

Episode 4: Biggest Loser

Episode 5: Would You Like Fries with That?

Episode 6: I'm With the Band

Episode 7: Date Night

Episode 8: Blinded Me with Science

Episode 9: A Soldier's Story

Episode 10: Finale - My Life as a Chef

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2011-03-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2011/05/top_chef_masters_recap_fried.html