Top Chef

Wednesday 10:00 PM on Bravo Premiered Mar 08, 2006 Between Seasons




  • Season 3 Episode 6: Latin Lunch

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    *Sara N. - Shrimp & Scallop Avocado Ceviche, Charred Corn & Pickled Radish.
    *Casey - Bacon Wrapped Chicken with Rice & Molasses Coffee Glaze.
    *C.J. - Skirt Steak, Black Beans & Jicama Slaw.
    *Hung - "Arroz con Pollo" (Chicken with Rice).
    *Tre - Jumbo Prawns with Jalapeno Cilantro Dumplings & Lobster Ceviche.
    *Howie - Braised Pork Shoulder with Yuca, Sour Orange Mojo.
    *Joey - Bean Stew with Lobster, Shrimp, Chicken & Chorizo.
    *Lia - Smoked Rainbow Trout with Polenta Cake.
    *Dale - Grilled Poblano & Braised Chicken, Tortilla with Fire-Roasted Corn & Jalapeno.
    *Sara M. - "Chiles Rellenos" (Stuffed Chiles).

  • Joey wins the QuickFire Challenge, and the bottom three are Dale, Lia and Hung.

  • Howie wins the Elimination Challenge, and Lia packs her knives.

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Cooking by Numbers

  • Camille packs her knives.

  • Casey wins the QuickFire Challenge.

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Family Favorites

  • Micah says that she's looking forward to working with conch in the QuickFire Challenge because she used to live in the Bahamas where it is commonly used. But when it comes time to shuck it she fails miserably, even trying to hammer one open!

  • In his interview for the camera, Hung says he turned the oven to "cool down" after his chicken was done, and says Sara M. was at fault for not checking to see if it was on. But when Sara asked him if he turned it off, he denied it.

  • First Run Fan Poll:

    Who is the better chef?

    A. Howie 88%
    B. Joey 12%

    (all percentages are as of the end of the episode.)

  • QuickFire Challenge Dishes Shown:

    • C.J. – Pan Roasted Fruits de Mer, Shaved Cauliflower with Saffron Paprika Vinaigrette & Olives
    • Casey – Linguine with Scallops, Mussels & Cockles, Cilantro Bread with Truffle Butter
    • Tre – Shellfish Poached in Fish Stock, Butter & Chive Oil with Summer Corn & Grilled Leek Compote
    • Micah – Conch Salad Ceviche Style with Sour Orange, Finished with "Sky Juice"
    • Brian – "3 Rivers": Wine, Butter, Garlic, Chives with Clams, Scallops, Mussels & Crayfish
    • Lia – Raw Bay Scallop, Dry Fig & Lemon Zest, Cockle with Tomato Water & Capellini with Crayfish
    • Sara M. – Cornmeal Crusted Conch with Citrus Butter, Mango & Cilantro Mignonette
    • Camille – Crayfish & Mussels in a Hibiscus Sauce, & Mussels Crusted with Tarragon
    • Hung – "East/West" Curry with Heads & Bellies of Scallops & Mussels with a Crunchy Crouton
    • Dale – Spicy Italian Sausage & Scallops with Tomato Sauce, Topped with an Egg
    • Howie – Ceviche of Conch, Scallops, Crayfish & Mussels with Crispy Plantain & Greens

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    • C.J. – Tuna Casserole with Whole Wheat Pasta & Yogurt Topped with Flax Seed Tuile (Tuna casserole)
    • Sara M. – Chicken à la King with Purée of Mushroom Sauce, Couscous & Watercress Salad (Chicken à la king)
    • Lia – Grilled Chicken Sausage with Dijon Lentils, Carrots & Onions (Franks & beans)
    • Dale – Chicken Filled Potato Dumplings with Broccoli, Horseradish & Celery Root (Chicken & dumplings)
    • Hung – Skinless Chicken Marinated in Yogurt & Spices with Pasta & Vegetables (Fried chicken & macaroni & cheese)
    • Sara N. – Panko topped Snapper with Pine Nuts, Currants, Lentils & Roasted Beets (Fish sticks & french fries)
    • Micah – Italian Style Meatloaf with Smashed Garlic Potato & Roasted Pepper Sauces (Meatloaf & mashed potatoes)
    • Brian – Lobster & Shrimp Roll with Lobster Broth (Cabbage rolls)
    • Camille – Beef & Chili Salsa Taco, & Tuna Tomatillo Apple Taco (Tacos)
    • Casey – Rib Eye Sloppy Joes with Butter Pickle & Apricot Compote (Sloppy Joes & tater tots)
    • Joey – Low Cholesterol Lasagna with Turkey Sausage, Eggplant & Mushrooms (Lasagna)
    • Tre – Roast Chicken Cordon Bleu with Bluefoot Chanterelles, Asparagus & Parsnip Sauce. (Chicken cordon bleu)
    • Howie – Fennel Crusted Pork Chops with Apple Fennel Salad & Sultana Raisin Emulsion (Pork chops & applesauce)

  • Brian wins the QuickFire Challenge.

  • Micah packs her knives, and Howie wins the Challenge.

  • Season 3 Episode 3: Sunny Delights

  • QuickFire Dishes Shown:

    • C.J. – Pan Seared Sea Perch, Carrots, Radicchio, Oranges & Hazelnuts
    • Casey – Play on S'Mores with Vanilla/Tequila Cream, Blood Orange & Key Lime
    • Sandee – Trio of Citrus: Key Lime Mojito, Grapefruit Brûlée with Shrimp, Citrus Encrusted Sea Bass
    • Micah – spicy Avocado Citrus Soup with Red Grapefruit
    • Lia – Crab Salad with Sourdough Croutons & Grapefruit Vinaigrette
    • Dale – Citrus Salad with Watercress, Endive, Fennel, Lemon Poppyseed & Goat Cheese
    • Sara N. – Blood Orange & Tangelo Citrus Salad with Shrimp, Honey Tangerine Vinaigrette
    • Hung – Slow Roasted Sea Bass, Citrus Crumble, Watercress & Radish Salad
    • Tre – Raw King Salmon with Macadamia Nut Pesto, Coriander Seared Salmon & Fuji Apple Salad
    • Howie – Vanilla Butter Poached Lobster tail & Citrus Salad
    • Brian – Alaskan Halibut with Blood Orange & Pomegranate Molasses
    • Joey – Fennel Salad with Blood Oranges, Watermelon & Grand Marnier Shooter

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes Shown:

    • Camille – Grilled Swordfish with Chorizo & Artichoke Potato Salad
    • Micah – Lamb with Grilled Halloumi & Pomegranate Sauce
    • Lia – Lettuce Wrap with Grilled Shrimp & Couscous Salad
    • Casey – Strip Steak, Polenta, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Tomato Salad
    • C.J. – N.Y. Steak with Salt Baked Pineapple, Lentil Purée & Dirty Rice
    • Sara N. – Vietnamese BBQ with Pine Nuts, Radish & Cucumber Salad
    • Brian – Scallops, Shrimp & Sea Bass Sausage with Ginger Slaw & Chili Glaze
    • Tre – Peach BBQ Glazed Salmon with Crab Avocado Salad
    • Sandee – Vanilla Poached Lobster, Pancetta Wrapped Date & Truffle Slaw
    • Howie – Jamaican Jerk Pork, Mango Slaw with Citrus Vinaigrette
    • Joey – Korean BBQ Chicken with Charred Corn, Tofu & Bean Sprout Salad
    • Hung – Flank Steak with Grilled Corn Salad & Bagel Chips

  • The top three for the QuickFire Challenge are C.J., Hung and Tre, Hung wins and is awarded immunity. The bottom three are Sara N., Sandee and Micah.

  • Sandee is sent home, and Brian wins the Elimination Challenge.

  • Season 3 Episode 2: First Impressions

  • First Run Fan Poll:

    Is Anthony Bourdain a tougher judge than Tom Colicchio?

    A. Yes 87%
    B. No 13%

    (all percentages are as of the end of the episode.)

  • Micah uses three exotic proteins in her Elimination Challenge dishes- kangaroo, monkfish liver, and ostrich.

  • The initial broadcast of this episode was a "super-sized" edition that ran 15 minutes longer than normal. The first rerun version removed the extra commercials, and these scenes:

    Sandee's introduction, various comments and shots during the QuickFire, Howie's dish in the QuickFire, parts of the tour of the penthouse, the shopping trip – including Joey's response to Micah bolstering Clay, various comments and shots during the elimination prep, Tom speaking to Lia and commenting on group two during elimination prep, various comments and shots during Judges' Table.

  • GE Monogram furnished the kitchen for this season.

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