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May 9, 2007 07:50 AM

top chef-- season 3!

the good-- the bad-- the ugly! Check out to see who's up...
Love it or hate it-- I am addicted!

Starts June 13

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  1. It's actually

    Anyway, I'm picking Casey as my early favorite.

    1. Glad it's starting back up again! I see 7 out of 15 are self-taught vs. having a culinary education. I don't recall what the self-taught vs. culinary education odds were the past two seasons, but this year is almost an even split!

      AND there's a grudge match between Season 1 and Season 2 to air beforehand!

      4 STAR ALL-STARS - Season One and Season Two: The grudge match! Watch June 6 at 10/9c

      The pic show Marcel and Lee Ann - but no other information. Interesting - Lee Ann's had the opportunity to watch Season 2's cheftestants in detail while she was assisting; wonder if that will help/hinder.

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        1. re: Sobe

          Found that link, but when you click on the grudge match section, it just gives a list of times for the show to be on TV.

          1. re: LindaWhit

            Just read over on eGullet about the grudge match - from the Bravo TV press release:

            "Top Chef: 4-Star All Stars,” will pit first season’s cheftestants, Harold Dieterle, Stephen “Sommelier” Asprinio, Tiffani Faison and Crying Dave Martin against the second season finalists, Marcel Vigneron, Sam Talbot, Elia Aboumrad and Ilan Hall. The two teams are competing for a $20,000 prize that will be donated to charity."

            My money would be on Season 1. :-)

      1. I'm curious about the Oceanaire dude. My sister lives in SD and loves the palce.

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        1. re: mojoeater

          Hmmmm, another chain dude, similar to Mikey last time around.

          1. re: ChinoWayne

            Don't be too quick to judge there. Oceanaire may be a chain albeit a small chain but the one in San Diego is producing some amazing "non-chain" meals. You might want to check out the San Diego (oops I mean California board we don't have our own board, even though the city is one of the 10 largest in the country, but I digress) board and see the raves that Oceanaire gets.

          2. re: mojoeater

            I've eaten at Oceanaire in SD and it is,indeed as jturtle states, very, very good. I had a piece of swordfish there that was probably the best swordfish I've ever had. A beautiful piece of fish, beautifully prepared. The simple, straightforward preparations work best here, there are a number of overly complex, overly prepared (i.e. too many ingredients all competing) and ambitious options that while good, are less successful and do not transcend to great. Now, whether those are mandated corporate recipes or not, I can't say.

            Brian Malarky is a very good chef, but owning really good cooking chops may not ensure victory, You gotta play the game according to the producers rules and the creativity on the plate may not be as important and how creatively the chef plays the game.

            1. re: DiningDiva

              Growing up in Maine and Boston you learn a thing or two about seafood, and the Oceanaire is hands down my favorite place to belly up to the bar and consume vast quantities of oysters... its amazing to me that I can get a screamingly fresh olympia in Atlanta, Dallas, (and now Denver) on a business trip....

          3. Woo hoo! Just noticed that Ted Allen is listed as one of the judges!


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            1. re: LindaWhit

              I was happy to see that too but disappointed in equal measure to see that the annoying not very knowledgeable Gail is still on the show.

              1. re: laylag

                whatchu talkin' about fool! Gail is the best and most knowledgeable judge on the panel hoss, and though she lacks the legs of Padme and the bald crown of Tom, she's got the chops.

                1. re: mutant4

                  Let's agree to disagree mutant. IMO, Gail is an irritant; arrogant - uses pretension and attitude to fool people into thinking she knows more than she does and that her opinion is more qualified than it actually is. Guess she got you. Who's the fool then?

                2. re: laylag

                  LOL! And don't forget repetitive. What was she going on about in an episode from last year? Ah, that's right. EGGS. She *hates* rubbery eggs. As she told us time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time again! :-)

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    I had been planning on pointing out the samething. I guess she must really hate them, or it's the only thing she has an opinion on...Now will she mention it this season?

                    1. re: LindaWhit

                      HEHEHEEHEHE that show was on last week here in CDN. She did go on and on.
                      BUt you thik she must know a couple of things since she is from Food and Wine.
                      In theory anyway.

                      1. re: starlady

                        Well, since "Food And Wine" is a sponsor, it'd make sense to have Gail or somebody else from the magazine on the judges' panel.

                        I'm not crazy about her, but she doesn't drive me batty either.

                      2. re: LindaWhit

                        Ahem, with "brown crispy bottoms" was it not?

                  2. That was fast! As for the grudge macth my money is on season 1.

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                    1. re: Withnail42

                      Grudge match: I'm happy Sam will get another chance to showcase his "stuff" and comes to the table (no pun intended) a little more aggressively. I'm also excited to see Ted as a judge.
                      I know there's a major concentration of chefs in in big cities like NYC, but it would have been nice to see some from other areas, maybe Saratoga, Denver, CC, Hamptons, Napa, etc. Everyone seems to be from NYC, Miami, CA or TX.