Top Chef

Season 3 Episode Special

4 Star All Stars

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 06, 2007 on Bravo
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Eight chefs return from the previous seasons to compete against each other for $20,000 for their team's selected charity, and Season Three's contestants are introduced. QuickFire Challenge: Cook Perfect Eggs with One Hand behind Your Back. Elimination Challenge: Create a Four Course Meal Using Scallops, Lobster, Duck & Kobe Beef.moreless

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  • eight former contestants..4 from season 1 and 4 from season 2..return to compete for more money while contestants from the upcoming season 3 judge

    this was a very interesting ep b/c it was nice to see some friendly faces again..i liked who they chose for most part but two it was nice to see them all back and again they have to compete which put them back in the same conditions as before but still for money..i think it had an interesting twist on it when the contestants from season 3 joined them and got to taste their was interesting how the returning contestants said its easy to be on the other side and judge lol..and they gave advice to the new contestants at the end which was nicemoreless
  • An interesting challenge for worthy causes.

    The egg challenge was interesting and also realistic. I know of many a chef that had had to work with a bandaged hand or burnt hand and was basically working one handed. To see two different chefs each using one hand to help each other was good team work and a little comical.

    The teams were great. Dave may not have won in his season but is definitely a star. Tiffany showed her skills, as did everyone else.

    The choice of the courses was a real spectrum of the culinary chart, scallops, lobster, duck and kobe beef. I think that Dave being the team player may have toned it down too much, but the judges liked both dishes. The lobster was good, but Marcel and his freaking foams, goofy hair and just unbearable attitude I can do without. I am glad they judges did not prefer this dish. However his counterpart Stephen is equally arrogant, but shows a lot of skill.

    The duck was just not done well by either, and that was a disappointment, both could have done better.

    The beef dish on both sides was great. I did not care who won the overall as long as I did not have to hear Marcel run his mouth, and he did at the end of the program still griping about using spices instead of his self professed cooking skill.

    I found it equally interesting that the palates of the new students was so bad. Some of them had no clue on what the chefs were doing and if it did not taste like diner food they were lost. And the table that had Marcel lovers, they will learn that talent and not attitude is what it takes to win.

    I saw the previews of the new season at the end, and it looks like the critics of the all stars got theirs in spades.moreless
Brian Malarkey

Brian Malarkey

Season 3 Contestant

Guest Star

C.J. Jacobson

C.J. Jacobson

Season 3 Contestant

Guest Star

Camille Becerra

Camille Becerra

Season 3 Contestant

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Padma tells the competitors that they will be cooking for 20 people, but in fact only cook for the fifteen chefs of Season Three, Padma, Gail, Tom, and Ted.

    • Lee Anne Wong, a quarterfinalist from Season One and a culinary producer on Top Chef since midway through Season Two made a brief cameo, but she did not take part in the All-Star competition.

    • Season 1's charity is the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.

      Season 2 plays for Share Our Strength, Working to End Childhood Hunger in America.

    • Goofs: Beurre Blanc spelled Buerre Blanc
      Crème Anglaise spelled Créme Anglaise
      Cauliflower spelled Caulifower

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes:

      Season 1
      • Dave – Eggs of Fire: Asian Spiced Scrambled Eggs
      • Tiffani – Herb & Cream Poached Eggs with Parmesan Cheese
      • Stephen – The Perfect Omelette
      • Harold – Parmesan Shirred Eggs with Soy Butter

      Season 2
      • Marcel – "Ode to a Spanish Breakfast": Scrambled Eggs with Saffron Foam
      • Ilan – Egg White Omelette with Béarnaise Sauce
      • Elia – Panko-fried Eggs with Tarragon & Paprika
      • Sam – Fried Eggs over Pickled Cranberries & Cherries with a Pine Nut Vinaigrette

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      1st Course – Scallops
      • Dave – Cold Smoked Scallops & Triple Olive Tapenade with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
      • Elia – Duo of Scallops: Carpaccio & Seared with Citrus Marmalade & Endive Salad

      2nd Course – Lobster
      • Stephen – Lobster Poached in Beurre Blanc with Cauliflower Crème Anglaise
      • Marcel – Lobster Duo: Melon & Tomato, Cilantro & Mango with Vanilla Gelée, Lobster Foam

      3rd Course – Duck
      • Harold – Spicy Duck Meatballs with Minted Gnocchi in a Braised Duck Sauce
      • Ilan – Almond Stuffed Duck Breast with Wild Rice, White Asparagus & Raw Egg Yolk

      4th Course – Kobe Beef
      • Tiffani – Kobe Beef Two Ways: Roasted & Carpaccio with Polenta
      • Sam – Seared Kobe Beef with Mushroom Confit & Onion Relish

    • Stephen wins the QuickFire to become team captain, and Season One wins the QuickFire overall. Marcel was the top chef in the QuickFire for Season Two, and became their captain for the elimination round.

      Season One wins the elimination challenge.

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