|Top Chef Masters|
|No. of tasks||19|
|No. of contestants||12|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Original release||April 6 –|
June 15, 2011
The third season of the American reality competition show Top Chef Masters was announced on March 2, 2011. In addition to the announcement, it was announced that celebrity chef Curtis Stone would serve as the new host. Food critic and author Ruth Reichl also joined as a new series judge And Critic James Osland Also Returned. The season premiered on April 6, 2011 with 12 award-winning chefs competing against each other in weekly challenges. Unlike previous seasons, the chefs were not judged on a five-star rating system, but in elimination-style challenges similar to the format of the original Top Chef series.
12 chefs competed in this season of Top Chef Masters.In the order eliminated:
|John C.||IN (+)||HIGH||OUT||$5,000|
|John S.||IN (+)||WD 2|
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