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Season 3 of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE premieres Mondays, June 17-August 12 on PBS and streaming on and the PBS App

The Great American Recipe Season 3 Announcement
Season 3 of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE will introduce new judges and contestants.

Season 3 of PBS’s popular cooking competition series THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE premieres Monday, June 17 with eight new home cooks, two new judges and one new location. Award-winning chef and Los Angeles restaurateur Tim Hollingsworth and Francis Lam, host of public radio’s “The Splendid Table,” are new judges for Season 3, joining returning host Alejandra Ramos and judge Tiffany Derry at a new filming location in Nashville, Tennessee. The eight-episode series premieres Mondays, June 17 through August 12, 2024, 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS, and the PBS App.

An upbeat cooking competition that spotlights the amazing variety of tastes and traditions found across the country, THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE celebrates the roots of America’s diverse cuisine. Season 3 will feature eight new talented home cooks preparing their most beloved recipes. Each week the judges will determine which home cook has the winning dish and, in the final week, the top three will compete for a chance to win this year’s competition.

"Season 3 of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE will introduce audiences to several new faces and provide some fun, unexpected twists,” said VPM Chief Content Officer Steve Humble. “With community, tradition and culinary diversity at the heart of the show, the new season remains faithful to these ideas while highlighting new cuisines and experiences.”

“We are thrilled for the return of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE, featuring new faces and a fresh location for Season 3,” said Zara Frankel, Senior Director of Programming and Development, General Audience Programming at PBS. “Since its start, this friendly competition series has proven itself to be a delicious hit, resonating with audiences across the country. We are excited to welcome Tim and Francis to the family and look forward to meeting a whole new group of home cooks this season.”

Season 3 of THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE was filmed at GREEN DOOR GOURMET, a 350-acre farm, on-farm market, and agritourism destination in Nashville, Tennessee. THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE is co-produced for PBS by VPM and Objective Media Group America. Steve Humble is the Executive in Charge for VPM. Zara Frankel is the Executive in Charge for PBS. At Objective Media Group America, an All3Media company, Alyssa Hastrich is Showrunner, Layla Smith and Jilly Pearce are Executive Producers and Erin Flynn is Senior Vice President of Current Series.

About the Host and Judges

Alejandra Ramos (Host) is a television host, TODAY Show contributor, and writer. Known for her vibrant, playful culinary point of view, and passion for style both in and out of the kitchen, Alejandra’s ability to inspire in a way that is fun and approachable has made her a favorite with audiences nationwide. In addition to her broadcast work, Alejandra hosts digital cooking series and holiday specials on NBC’s streaming app Peacock. As a writer, Alejandra contributes original recipes and essays to a number of publications; her work has appeared on, Cosmopolitan, The Kitchen, Real Simple, O Magazine, and Saveur. A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican descent, her Latina heritage proudly informs her work, providing a fresh and authentic perspective across platforms. In recognition of her work, Alejandra was named a “Rising Latina Food Star” by NBC News, “One to Watch” by Latina Magazine, and one of HOLA! USA’s Top 100 Latina Powerhouses in 2021.

Tiffany Derry (Judge) is the founder of Tiffany Derry Concepts and co-founder of T2D Concepts, the Texas-based purpose-driven hospitality group behind Roots Chicken Shak, Roots Southern Table, Radici and and ‘Shef Tiffany spice and apparel line. Tiffany stepped into the spotlight when she appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Season 7, earning the title of “fan favorite” and finishing in the top four. Derry has also appeared on Top Chef: All-Stars, where she was again a finalist, and was a series host on Spike TV’s Hungry Investors and Bar Rescue alongside Jon Taffer. She has made multiple appearances on Food Network, NBC and PBS. In addition to The Great American Recipe, you can find Tiffany on Bobby’s Triple Threat and Worst Cooks in America on The Food Network.

Tiffany’s authentic approach to Southern cooking landed her on the 2022 James Beard Award finalist list in two categories – Best Chef: Texas and Best New Restaurant for Roots Southern Table. Outside of her restaurants, Tiffany is a fierce advocate for social justice and equity across gender, race and food access. She serves as a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and is a spokesperson for the James Beard Foundation’s sustainability efforts, an ambassador for diabetes organization Novo Nordisk, and sits on the Board of Directors for Food Policy Action.

Tim Hollingsworth (Judge) is an award-winning chef and restaurateur in Los Angeles.

In 2015, he opened Otium, a contemporary American restaurant featuring a sophisticated yet accessible menu with eclectic, vibrant flavors inspired by the wood fire and global influences. He is currently working on expanding the Otium brand in other major cities. He is also the co-founder of a concept called Chain with B.J. Novak, which reimagines familiar chain restaurant favorites.

In 2001, Hollingsworth began as a commis chef at The French Laundry in Napa Valley, where he learned from former chefs de cuisine Eric Ziebold and Corey Lee. In 2004, Thomas Keller selected Hollingsworth as part of a team that trained for the opening of his New York restaurant Per Se. After returning to The French Laundry, Hollingsworth was promoted to sous chef in 2005 and in 2009, to chef de cuisine. Hollingsworth has won multiple awards, including the 2010 James Beard Foundation Rising Chef of the Year Award, the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Rising Star Chef, and the 2009 Bocuse d'Or, where he placed sixth. In 2018, he competed and won Netflix’s The Final Table, a global culinary competition series.

Born in Houston, Texas, his family moved to Placerville, California, in 1980. Raised as a Southern Baptist in Texas, religion and family dinners were a large part of his upbringing. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four kids.

Francis Lam (Judge) is the host of public radio’s The Splendid Table, produced by American Public Media. Lam is the former “Eat” columnist for The New York Times Magazine and is Vice President and Editor in-Chief at Clarkson Potter, a division within Penguin Random House that is a leader in cookbook publishing. For two seasons, Lam was a regular judge on Bravo’s hit show, Top Chef Masters.

Lam was born to Chinese immigrant parents living in New Jersey and working in Manhattan's Chinatown, where they operated a small garment factory. Lam remembers trying to hide his "stinky lunches" from schoolmates and that he "wanted to eat what white people ate.”

Lam attended the University of Michigan and then graduated first in his class from The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 2003. While at CIA, he wrote emails to friends describing his experiences. After the emails began to circulate, he was contacted by an editor at Financial Times who asked him to write for the publication. In 2004, he met Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl and began freelancing for them. He went on to write for Food & Wine, Salon and Bon Appétit. Lam lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.

About VPM

As Virginia’s home for public media, VPM connects nearly 2 million people across Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley to insightful programming in arts and culture, history, science, news, and education. VPM operates public television stations VPM PBS, VPM Plus, VPM PBS KIDS, lifestyle channel VPM Create and international program channel VPM WORLD, as well as Richmond NPR station VPM News (88.9 FM) and VPM Music (107.3 FM, 93.1 FM and 88.9-HD2). In the Northern Neck (89.1 FM) and Southside Virginia (90.1 FM), listeners receive a combination of news and music. Audiences can access VPM online at and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


Objective Media Group America is the U.S. arm of Objective Media Group. An LA-based All3Media America company, OMG America is led by President Jilly Pearce in creating and producing original entertainment and reality formats, including “Elf on the Shelf: Sweet Showdown (The Food Network) “Lingo” (returning for season 2 on CBS), “The Cube” (TBS), “12 Dates of Christmas” (HBO Max), “Worst Cooks in America” (The Food Network) and more. Objective Media Group is headquartered in London and headed up by CEO Layla Smith.

About PBS 

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