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‘Top Chef’ season 18 Power Rankings: Week 3

The Top Chef contestants take a culinary tour of the Pan-African cuisine of Portland.

We saw our first contestant completely eliminated from Top Chef last week and the competition is only going to get fiercer as it continues with the cream rising to the top. Episode three saw more of a spotlight on the chefs individually since there were no team challenges.

During the quickfire, Carrie Baird joined as guest judge. She tasked the chefs to create a layered dessert with at least three flavors that was delicious and inventive. Since baking may be involved, they were given 45 minutes to cook. In a nice form of sponsor synergy, the challenge was inspired by Talenti Gelato Layers. The winner received immunity, $10,000, and their creation would be turned into Talenti’s next Gelato Layers flavor.

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For the elimination, Top Chef visited several exciting restaurants in downtown Portland that featured cuisine from the African diaspora. Previous contestants turned judges, Gregory and Kwame, served as guides as they dined on west African, Jamaican, Guyanese, and Haitian food. The competitors were then to make a dish that took inspiration from and paid homage to what they ate during their little field trip.

Let’s take a look at how the results impacted the Week 3 Power Rankings.

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Top Chef airs Thursday nights on Bravo.

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