Top Chef

Food on the Fly

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 3/29/06
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  • Episode Description
  • The remaining contestants must prove their versatility and ability to think on their feet in these challenges that involve quicki-mart food and keeping the integrity of their food while reheating it with a microwave. Guest Judge: Jefferson Hill. QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Ingredients from a Specialty Market. Elimination Challenge: Create a Gourmet Entrée That Can be Reheated in a Microwave. Round Four

  • Cast & Crew
  • Katie Lee Joel


  • Tom Colicchio

    Co-Host/Head Judge

  • Gail Simmons


  • Andrea Beaman

    Season 1 Contestant

  • Candice Kumai

    Season 1 Contestant

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Candice booted off?!

    By tec2030, Apr 21, 2006

  • Chefs personalities come through.

    By tiredoldguy, Apr 01, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Tiffani: (referring to Stephen's presentation of his dish) There's an element of condescension when he explains his dish, that you can't possibly understand all the things that are in this dish.

    • Tiffani: (while shopping at the gas station) Think we should buy some Rolaids for the judges? Dave: Yeah, that's for sure.

    • Andrea: (referring to the Gas Station Challenge) I really encourage people to eat food that doesn't have a lot of chemicals in it. My clients are going to pass out and die… (laughs)

    • Tom: (referring to Andrea's nutritious entree) I'm feeling healthier already.

    • Tiffani: I am the Kenmore Microwave Queen!

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    Notes (2)

    • Lee Anne revealed in her blog at Bravo's website that the only time she didn't finish a dish in the time alloted was the QuickFire Challenge in this episode. Fortunately for her, she won anyways.

    • Tonight's guest judge is Jefferson Hill, Executive Chef for Neiman Marcus' Rotunda.

    Trivia (6)

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes • Stephen – Banana Leaf Wrapped Tamale • Lisa – Two Cheese Gratin with Herbed Chicken Breast • Candice – Shrimp and Spinach Quiche • Andrea – Quinoa Pilaf with Sweet Potato Mash • Harold – Coconut Seafood Soup with Pea-Shoot Biscuit • Tiffani – Mirin-Glazed Sea Bass (Escolar) • Dave – Dual Sauced Lasagna with Colorful Vegetable Medley • Lee Anne – Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry • Miguel – Asian Meatloaf, Edamame Mashed Potatoes, Stir-Fry

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes • Miguel – Gas Station Dessert Trio (donuts, eggs, breath strips) • Andrea – Pit Stop Peanut Noodles (peanut butter cups, cup of noodles, beef jerky) • Candice – Gas Station Gazpacho (tortilla chips, tomato juice, half & half) • Harold – Green Eggs and Spam (relish, eggs, Spam) • Tiffani – Donut Bread Pudding with Blueberry Sauce (donuts, eggs, graham crackers) • Dave – Morning After Trio (Doritos, cinnamon roll, frozen burrito) • Lee Anne – Funyun Battered Spiedini (salami, tomato soup, cheese) • Lisa – Gas Stop Breakfast (hot dogs, pistachios, chili) • Stephen – Gas Station Medley (dried peas, vanilla wafers, Spam)

    • This episode opens with a graphic reading "In memory of Joseph B. Sestito" in tribute to Cynthia's father.

    • Graphics misspelled the ingredient Funyun as "Funion" in the QuickFire Challenge.

    • QuickFire Challenge Winner: Lee Anne

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    Allusions (1)

    • Shiso Stephen talks about Shiso leaves, known as Ohba when used in sushi. They are commonly used in Japan as basil or mint.

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