MasterChef: Season 3 (2012)


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Air date: Jun 4, 2012

Talented home cooks representing 23 states arrive in Los Angeles and begin competing for the title of MasterChef and the $250,000 grand prize in the Season 3 premiere. Each hopeful prepares a signature dish and presents it to judges Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, who will rate on flavor, originality, creativity and presentation.

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Air date: Jun 5, 2012

Auditions continue in Los Angeles.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2012

The final round of auditions is held in Los Angeles. Then, the 36 remaining hopefuls compete in a ground-beef challenge in hopes of earning a spot in the Top 18.

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Air date: Jun 12, 2012

The Top 18 must create gourmet dishes using duck and bananas. Later, they're challenged to cook with unusual and intimidating ingredients.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2012

Culinary boot camp awaits the 16 remaining hopefuls at California's Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, where they'll work in teams to prepare a healthy, balanced meal for 200 servicemen and women.

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Air date: Jun 19, 2012

Fifteen hopefuls remain, and they're tasked with creating unique dishes using unconventional-and unappetizing-cuts of meat in a challenge that tests their resourcefulness.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2012

The hopefuls get an early-morning wakeup call from the judges, who split them into teams and task them with cooking breakfast for hungry hotel guests.

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Air date: Jun 26, 2012

A budget-friendly mystery-box challenge requires the wannabe chefs to create a gourmet meal using only $20 worth of ingredients. Later, another hopeful is sent packing.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2012

The 12 remaining hopefuls are split into three teams for a food-truck challenge that requires them to create budget-friendly meals for beachgoers.

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Air date: Jul 3, 2012

Judge Graham Elliot joins the amateur cooks in the kitchen, taking part in a mystery-box challenge. Later, a double elimination sends two hopefuls home.

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