Top Chef

Common Threads

Season 4, Ep 8, Aired 4/30/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Speed and economy are the themes for tonight's challenges. First the chefs are asked to make an entrĂ©e in a very short amount of time, and then they must create a family meal with an incredibly strict budget, as well as work with novice sous chefs. Guest Judge: Art Smith Uncle Ben's QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish in 15 Minutes Elimination Challenge: Create a Healthy Meal for a Family of Four Using Only $10moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Padma Lakshmi


  • Tom Colicchio

    Lead Judge/Co-Host

  • Gail Simmons


  • Andrew D'Ambrosi

    Season 4 Contestant

  • Antonia Lofaso

    Season 4 Contestant

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Antonia goes two for two.

    By QuakertownBob, May 01, 2008

  • The challenge: a healthy meal for 4, for under $10. Shocking to the contestants, but isn't that what most American families face daily? I can do it for even less! Loved the kid sous-chefs; anyone who's had a child help cook knows it's no easy task.

    By nooyawkwoman, May 11, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Richard: (after the tasting) I feel really good about today. I want to win this competition, but just the whole experience with seeing these kids, seeing Antonia cry (being reminded of her daughter), I want to go home, I want to make some babies. Some little Blaises.

    • Stephanie: (wandering around Whole Foods, no idea what to do) Seriously, HELP!

    Notes (2)

    • In the edit of the episode, Art Smith is shown to be quite critical of Stephanie's dish. However, in an interview for the Bravo website on his Guest Judging experience, he says that he thought the dish tasted good, if unusual. He says, "She put combinations together like a child would but it had great flavor."

    • Mark has since said that he was indeed joking about Tom not liking him. He does note that Tom has never contacted him to have a beer with him, however. Tom continues to maintain that there was never any personal feeling factored into any competitor's elimination, including Mark's.

    Trivia (3)

    • First Run Fan Poll: What was the toughest challenge? A. 15 minutes 34% B. $10 budget 57% C. Kid sous chef 09% (all percentages are as of the end of the episode.)

    • Antonia wins the QuickFire Challenge and immunity from elimination.

    • Double Dip Alert Just before Richard speaks with Chef Tom Colicchio, he uses a spoon to take a taste of a brown mixture. The camera cuts to Tom, then back to Richard, and the metal spoon he was using can clearly be seen back in the bowl.

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