Top Chef

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




  • Season 3 Episode 2: First Impressions

  • Quick Fire Dishes Shown:

    • Howie – Poached Shrimp with Heirloom Tomatoes & Champagne Basil Vinaigrette
    • Micah – "Tuscan Sushi Revisited": Italian Ham with Figs & Balsamic Dressing
    • Dale – Beef Tenderloin with Bleu Cheese, Radish & Sea Salt
    • Clay – Fruit Gazpacho Served in an Apple
    • Sara M. – Oyster with Pineapple & Smoked Salmon
    • Hung – Hamachi with Creamy Egg Rice, Grapes, Chili Sauce, Olives & Pesto Vinaigrette
    • Tre – Hamachi with Avocado, Strawberries, & Champagne Served in an Oyster Shell

    Note: Although Casey's dish, Thai Vegetable Roll with Smoked Salmon, was not described on-camera, it was printed in Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook (2009) a couple years later.

  • Elimination Dishes:

    Group One
    * Joey - Seared Buffalo Rib Eye, Grilled Scorpion Fish with Mediterranean Salad & Potato Chips
    * Sara N. - Razor Clams with Sweet Corn Chowder, Buffalo Rib Eye with Black Truffle Sauce
    * Clay - Pan Seared Wild Boar Chop & Cornbread Dressing with Scorpion Fish
    * Lia - Crusted Rack of Boar with Sesame Chili & Lentils, Sea Urchin Panna Cotta
    * Casey - Alligator Fried Steak & Braised Greens with Razor Clams
    * C.J. - Ostrich Tartare with Horseradish, Spider Crabs with Anise & Tomato Broth
    * Sandee - Cajun Fried Frog Legs with Spider Crab Jambalaya
    * Howie - Sea Urchin & Chanterelle Risotto, Crispy Frog Leg Lollipop (Not served due to expired time.)

    Group Two
    * Tre - Roasted Ostrich Fillet with Heirloom Tomato Risotto & Abalone Sauce
    * Brian - "Hair of Medusa": Eyes with Fries with Sriracha & Lime Aioli, Sea Eel, "Electric Venom Soup," Miso & Blood Orange Salad (Not served due to expired time.)
    * Camille - Spicy Maple Crusted Abalone Fritter, Pan Seared Kangaroo with Herb Sauce & Salad
    * Sara M. - Braised Black Chicken & Geoduck Ceviche with Cucumber Ribbons
    * Hung - Slow Cooked Black Chicken & Raw Geoduck with Fennel
    * Micah - Seared Kangaroo on Sweet Potato Pudding, Poached Egg Topped with Monkfish Liver, Ostrich Carpaccio with Monkfish Liver
    * Dale - Mustard Seed Alligator Tail & Monkfish Liver Braised with Apple Hash

  • The top three for the QuickFire are Micah, Sara M. and Hung; Micah is the winner of the challenge. Clay, Dale and Tre are the bottom three for the QuickFire Challenge.

  • Tre wins the elimination challenge, and Clay is asked to pack his knives.

  • Season 3 Episode 1: 4 Star All Stars

  • 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.

  • Season 2 Episode 13: Finale (2)

  • Ilan's Meal

    Course #1
    Pincho of Pan Con Tomate with Angulas, Osetra Caviar & Tomatillos.

    Course #2
    Macadamia Nut Gazpacho with Pan Roasted Moi.

    Course #3
    Seared Squab with Foie Gras, Shrimp, Braised Leeks & Lobster Sauce.

    Course #4
    Braised & Grilled Beef Short Rib with Mushrooms & Romesco Sauce

    Course #5
    Tangelo Soup with Hawaiian Fruit, Surinam Cherry Sorbet & Bay Leaf Fritter.

  • Marcel's Meal

    Course #1
    Uni (Sea Urchin) & Meyer Lemon Gelee with Fennel Cream, Caviar & Kalamata Oil.

    Course #2
    Cucumber & Radish Salad with Citrus Yuzu Vinaigrette. (Isomalt teardrops failed.)

    Course #3
    Hearts of Palm & Maitake Mushrooms with Kaffir Lime Sauce & Sea Beans. (Kampachi left behind.)

    Course #4
    North Shore Strip Loin with Garlic Puree, Crispy Taro Ball & Micro-Greens.

    Course #5
    Blini with Kona Coffee Caviar & Hawaiian Chocolate Mousse.

  • Season 2 Episode 12: Finale (1)

  • Native Dishes Shown:

    • Poi – Ulu (breadfruit), Sweet Potato, & Taro.
    • Lau Lau – Butterfish, Short Ribs & Pork.
    • Lomi Lomi Salmon – Salted Salmon with Tomatoes, Onions & Green Onions.
    • Poke – Raw Fish mixed with Seaweed and Kukui Nut Relish.

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    Dish #1 – Opakapaka (Hawaiian Snapper) Poke with Sea Beans.
    Dish #2 – Haupia: Mascarpone Mousse with Hawaiian Salted Coconut Milk & Citrus Tuile.

    Dish #1 – Ahi Poke with Olives, Capers & Lemon Confit.
    Dish #2 – Snapper Steamed in Ti Leaves with Carrots & Bell Peppers.

    Dish #1 – Salmon Lomi Lomi: Seared Salmon with Tomato Foam, Scallion Oil, Chili Water & Lotus Root Chip.
    Dish #2 – Hamachi Poke with Pineapple Poi.

    Dish #1 – Morcilla (Blood Sausage) & Squid Lau Lau.
    Dish #2 – Saffron Haupia Frita: Saffron & Coconut Milk-based Pudding.

  • Sam and Elia are asked to pack their knives, and Marcel and Ilan are chosen go on to the finale.

  • Season 2 Episode 11: Sense and Sensuality

  • This is the first time in the show someone is eliminated before visiting the judges' table.

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    First Course – Sam

    Organic Beets and Seared Scallops, Lobster-Umeboshi Plum Sauce, Baby Asian Greens; Chappellet Chenin Blanc 2003, Napa Valley.

    Second Course – Ilan

    Fideos with Clams and Saffron; Naveran Brut Reserva Blanc de Blancs NV, Cava, Spain.

    Third Course – Marcel

    Alaskan King Troll Caught Salmon, Beets, Celeriac and Herb Salad; Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005, Marlborough, NZ.

    Fourth Course – Cliff

    Seared Grass-fed Sirloin, Lentil Puree, Garlic Confit, Pearl Onions, Plum Jam; Blackbilly Shiraz 2004, McLaren Vale, Australia.

    Fifth Course – Elia

    "The Kiss" – Chocolate Mint Cremeaux over a Puff Pastry Heart, Chocolate Heart, Berries in Coulis; Santa Barbara Winery Zinfandel Essence 2001, Santa Ynez Valley.

  • QuickFire Challenge Dishes:

    * Elia - Poached Chicken Topped with a Chile Chocolate Sauce & Carmelized Pecans; Cremeaux Mousse of Ginger & Chocolate with Strawberry & Mint on a Crumble.
    * Sam - Shrimp & Banana with Chocolate Chipotle, Black Bean & Cilantro Pesto Sauces.
    * Cliff - Braised Chicken with Piquillo Pepper, Rosemary & Chocolate Sauce with Potatoes.
    * Ilan - Chicken Liver Chocolate Ganache with Fried Ginger & Sherry Sauce.
    * Marcel - Potato Cannelloni Filled with Coffee Whip Cream & Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Powder.

  • Season 2 Episode 10: Unhappy Customers

  • QuickFire Challenge Dishes

    Marcel- Lamb Kebab with Curried Kraft Mayo, Endives, and Tomatoes.

    Cliff- Steak Tartare made with Kraft Mayo, Cornichons and Plums.

    Sam- Southern Kraft Sandwich with Tempura Shrimp, Pickled Peaches and BBQ Aoili.

    Michael- Brie and Crab Quesadilla with Chipotle and Mayo Salad.

    Elia- Fig Raisin Toast with Yogurt, Honey, Almonds, Grapes, and BBQ Sauce.

    Ilan- Smoked Salmon Napoleon with Zesty Italian Dressing.

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