First Run Fan Poll:
Who should be Top Chef?
A. Casey 58%
B. Dale 23%
C. Hung 19%
(all percentages are as of the end of the episode.)
Hung is declared the winner of season three, with Dale coming in second, and Casey in third place.
International Air Dates:
Australia August 27, 2008 on Arena
The finale is "super-sized", airing from 10pm until 11:15pm (ET). The winner is announced live from Chicago, the site of the next season of Top Chef. In the studio audience are the families of the finalists and their former competitors. Sitting with Hung's family is Marcel Vigneron, runner-up from season 2. Marcel and Hung used to work together, and have remained friends.
According to Executive Producer Andy Cohen, the Judges deliberated from 11:33 pm until 4:06 am. Not only was that a long time, but Magical Elves (TC's Production Company) had booked the ski lift's gondolas to carry everyone back down the mountain after the Judges' Table from 2am to 4am, so they had to convince the ski lift operator to stay on duty an extra couple of hours to get everyone down safely.