Top Chef Masters: Season 3 (2011)


Season 3
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Air date: Apr 6, 2011

Season 3 kicks off with 12 accomplished culinarians battling it out in a time-honored and all-encompassing "Top Chef" challenge---Restaurant Wars. Curtis Stone is the new series host and Ruth Reichl serves as a new judge.

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Air date: Apr 13, 2011

Neo-R&B artist Kelis appraises a meat-themed test. Later, actress Christina Hendricks and her husband, actor Geoffrey Arend, put the master chefs through a groovy 1960s challenge.

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Air date: Apr 20, 2011

In a creepy-crawly creature-feature, the fab food fighters must create a tasty feast using vile ingredients---including crickets, beetles and night crawlers. They also serve up dishes for charity. Appearing: Mykel Hawke and Ruth England, married stars of TV's "Man, Woman, Wild."

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Air date: Apr 27, 2011

The ace chefs prepare a healthy, low-calorie breakfast, lunch and dinner for the cast of TV's "The Biggest Loser." Personalities from the show---including Alison Sweeney, Brett Hoebel, Cara Castronuova and contestants---appear as special guests.

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Air date: May 4, 2011

The remaining meal mavens have a need for speed when they work at a traditional Southern California fast-food joint, where they must operate a drive-through and serve up quality fare in less than two minutes.

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Air date: May 11, 2011

The crack cooks serve as judges and appraise their fellow chefs' work. Later, they try to hit all the right culinary notes by fashioning a feast for the rock band Maroon 5. But there's a twist: they must prepare the meals at a surprise location.

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Air date: May 18, 2011

The chefs tap into their five senses to determine mystery ingredients. Later, they help a man propose to his unwitting girlfriend by serving up a six-course feast that represents various stages of their relationship.

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Air date: Jun 1, 2011

The ace culinarians delve into science and technology by utilizing modern-day kitchen gadgetry to whip up breakfast. Later, they tap into old-school chemistry at a science fair to render culinary creations.

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Air date: Jun 8, 2011

The master meal mavens guide culinary apprentices through a step-by-step creation of identical dishes. Later, the chefs salute returning U.S. troops by serving up their favorite meals.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2011

In the Season 3 finale, the chefs must prove their meal mastery and mettle by preparing a four-course feast based on inspiration and self-reflection. Drama boils over when they must also re-create a past dish that resulted in their worst culinary review, then serve it to the food critics who originally panned them.

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Critic Reviews for Top Chef Masters Season 3

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The contestants are already established chefs playing for charity money, so there are no stakes for anyone, and little in the way of backbiting... And about as entertaining as a bottle of Nembutal.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

There are some colorful personalities on display and five-plus years into the franchise, the production team knows exactly how to put together a briskly-paced, entertaining hour of television.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

Part of its appeal has been that it focused attention on the chefs' virtuosity, and not merely on the weekly competition.

Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…

It's about really stepping back and thinking about what used to make Top Chef Masters stand out, and why that was so completely absent.

Sep 5, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Top Chef Masters was, for a time, better than its parent. Now it's dropped to the bottom of the pile, as Top Chef Just Desserts was a far superior spin-off.

Mar 25, 2020 | Full Review…

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