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Top Chef - S12E03

Reality-TV . Game-Show . Drama

In a nod to the Boston Tea Party, the cheftestants brace themselves for another Sudden Death Quickfire Challenge where they must use tea to enhance their dishes for guest judge Ming Tsai. The chef with the worst dish must battle against another chef to stay in the competition. Historic Fenway Park hosts its first ever culinary competition in an Elimination Challenge where the chefs must use ballpark snacks to create a fine dining dish that will be served right on the field. Joining the judges are Baseball Hall of Famer and former Red Sox pitcher Dennis Eckersley, Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy and guest judge Ming Tsai.

Episode Title: The Curse of the Bambino
Airs: 2014-10-29 at 22:00
  • Maureen Ryan

    "Top Chef," though it appears to have a stable of good talent in the kitchen, so far doesn't really have much else going for it in the way of personalities.

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    A cooking match that has been seen so many times before in one form or another.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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  • Charlie McCollum

    The series has a familiar format, but the opening episode suggests it may have some real spark to it.

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    Like Bravo's fashion winner "Project Runway," the channel's promising "Top Chef" flaunts terms of art and insiderism to give it authority.

    The New York Times Full Review