Top Chef Season 18 episode 3 preview: Pan African Portland

TOP CHEF -- "Pan African Portland" Episode 1803 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gregory Gourdet, Kwame Onwuachi, Padma Lakshmi -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo)
TOP CHEF -- "Pan African Portland" Episode 1803 -- Pictured: (l-r) Gregory Gourdet, Kwame Onwuachi, Padma Lakshmi -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo) /

After last week’s brew and brew (coffee and beer) duo challenge, Top Chef Season 18 episode 3 takes a twist that many savory chefs dread. Which chef finds a sweet reward in the Quickfire?

According to Bravo, Top Chef Season 18 episode 3, “Pan African Portland” features the following:

"The pressure is laid on the chefs in the Quickfire Challenge as they are tasked to make a layered dessert. Gregory and Kwame take the chefs on a tour of restaurants that feature from from the African diaspora."

Have you ever noticed that Top Chef tends to stay away from dessert? Even though the chefs might expect a dessert challenge, that spoonful of sugar can have many chefs feeling the shakes as they hold their knives.

While it doesn’t exactly say in this challenge, the chefs might be drawing some inspiration from a particular gelato brand in this dessert challenge. If you have a pint of Talenti at home, you might want to enjoy it during this Top Chef episode. Maybe it will inspire a sweet treat from your kitchen.

For the other part of this episode, it will be interesting to see how the chefs handle the cultural connection to this discussion. While history and heritage often flavor chefs’ culinary point of view, this discussion is more than just exploring another spice combination. The story and reasoning behind this food topic can be quite revealing.

Given the location and timing of this Top Chef season, the show’s choice to tackle these sensitive topics head on shows the power of the esteemed culinary competition. When handled with care and consideration, this show can be a learning experience. Hopefully, this episode will encourage foodies to explore the topic beyond the plate.

Regardless of the challenges and delicious food served in this week’s Top Chef episode, this episode is about the story and the history on the plate. If foodies can rattle off French and Italian food knowledge, isn’t it time to have a better understanding of all the food cultures?

Here’s how to watch Top Chef Season 18 episode 3, Pan African Portland.

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET

Episode: “Trouble Brewing”

TV Channel: Bravo

Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. You can also watch on Food Network’s website or app.

Top Chef Season 18 airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT.