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  • Super Bowl Chef Showdown

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    S 5 : Ep Special - 1/28/09

    Seven chefs from seasons one through four return in a cook-off that will rival any football game, although with the allotted cooking time there will be some very quick quarters, but first the chefs are challenged to reimagine the uses for a supergrain beyond breakfast. Guest Judge: Scott Conant Quaker Oats QuickFire Challenge: Pair Whole Grain Oats with Food Group to Create an Original Dish Top Chef Bowl – Elimination Challenge: Create a Dish Based on the Regional Cuisine of an NFL Team Round 10moreless
  • Watch What Happens Reunion

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    S 4 : Ep Special - 6/18/08

    Season four cast and judges gather to reminisce and learn the winner of the fan favorite contest.
  • Finale

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    S 4 : Ep 14 - 6/11/08

    The finalists cook "the most important meal of their lives" for the judges to determine which will be crowned Top Chef.

    Guest Judges/Sous Chefs: April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig, Dan Barber of Blue Hill, and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin

    Special Guest Judges: Alfredo Ayala and Tim Zagat

    Final Challenge: Create a Traditional Four Course Tasting Menu

    Finale

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  • Puerto Rico

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    S 4 : Ep 13 - 6/4/08

    There are four chefs and only three spots for the final round, and the contestants know it as they travel to Puerto Rico for the next two challenges.

    Guest Judge: Wilo Benet

    Quickfire Challenge: Make Two Frituras featuring Plantains

    Elimination Challenge: Use a Whole Pig to create Dishes for a Governor's Mansion Event

    Semifinal

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  • Restaurant Wars

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    S 4 : Ep 11 - 5/21/08

    It's all about service tonight as the chefs work the line during a breakfast rush at a diner, and then team up to create their own restaurants from scratch. Guest Head Judge: Anthony Bourdain Guest Judge: José Andrés – Elimination Challenge Guest Judge: Heleen Thanas – QuickFire Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Work a Short Order Egg Station Elimination Challenge: Restaurant Wars Round Elevenmoreless
  • Serve and Protect

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    S 4 : Ep 10 - 5/14/08

    Salad, one of the least respected dishes by chefs, takes center stage tonight as the contestants are challenged to reformulate it, then they continue with the healthy kick by trimming calories and all things bad from a classic entrée. Guest Judge: Sam Talbot, Finalist from Top Chef Season Two. QuickFire Challenge: Create a Modern "Sexy" Salad Elimination Challenge: Create Gourmet and Healthy Boxed Lunches Round Tenmoreless
  • Wedding Wars

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    S 4 : Ep 9 - 5/7/08

    Last season's relay race is back as the eight remaining chefs show off their speed and skills in set up, then they cater a wedding that takes sides.

    Guest Judge: Gale Gand- Elimination Challenge

    QuickFire Challenge: Mise en Place Relay Race

    Elimination Challenge: Cater a Wedding

    Round Nine

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  • Common Threads

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    S 4 : Ep 8 - 4/30/08

    Speed and economy are the themes for tonight's challenges. First the chefs are asked to make an entrée 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
  • Improv

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    S 4 : Ep 7 - 4/23/08

    Tonight's challenges juxtapose the organization and preparation required for pastries with the flair and innovation that improvisation can bring to a dish. First, a dessert for a premier pastry chef, and then an improvised menu when the contestants get to visit the historic Second City. But seat-of-pants will involve more than the menu as the chefs encounter a couple nasty surprises back in the kitchen. Guest Judge: Johnny Iuzzini Top Chef: The Cookbook Quickfire Challenge: Create a Delicious Dessert Elimination Challenge: Prepare Five-course Meal Using Inspirations from the Second City Round Sevenmoreless
  • Tailgating

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 4/16/08

    Simple pleasures is the theme for tonight's round as the chefs must create a dish that complements beer, and then throw a tailgate extravaganza for fans of the local team. Guest Judge: Paul Kahan – Elimination Challenge Guest Judge: Koren Grieveson – QuickFire Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish that Pairs Perfectly with Beer Elimination Challenge: Cater a Tailgating Party for Chicago Bears Fans Round Sixmoreless
  • The Elements

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 4/9/08

    The dreaded taste test is back to go along with the round's theme: good taste. Once the QuickFire is complete, the chefs apply their palates to executing a perfect dish as part of a charity event. Guest Judge: Ming Tsai QuickFire Challenge: Identify the Higher Quality Ingredients Elimination Challenge: Create a First Course Inspired by One of Nature's Four Elements Round Fivemoreless
  • Film Food

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 4/2/08

    The remaining chefs demonstrate their aptitude with knives, and then help Richard Roeper throw a film-themed dinner. Guest Judge: Daniel Boulud. QuickFire Challenge: Demonstrate Culinary Techniques. Elimination Challenge: Create a Six Course Film Inspired Dinner. Round Four.moreless
  • Block Party

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 3/26/08

    The contestants mix it up with Rick Bayless tonight as they dress up street food, and then take to the streets themselves to cater a community event.

    Guest Judge: Rick Bayless

    Quickfire Challenge: Create an Upscale Taco

    Elimination Challenge: Mealstogether.com Block Party Challenge

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  • Zoo Food

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 3/19/08

    Cooking with limited ingredients is the challenge in this episode which features a QuickFire set at a farmers' market, and an Elimination round in a real zoo. Guest Judge: Wylie Dufresne QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Only Five Ingredients. Elimination Challenge: Cater a Cocktail Party for 200 at the Lincoln Park Zoo using Foods in Five Animals' Diets. Round Two.moreless
  • Anything You Can Cook I Can Cook Better

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 3/12/08

    A classic theme runs through tonight's round that begins with introductions to the 16 new contestants, a QuickFire that takes on a Chicago signature dish, and an Elimination that's nothing but tradition. Guest Judge: Rocco DiSpirito Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain, Elimination Challenge QuickFire Challenge: Create a Signature Deep Dish Pizza Elimination Challenge: Head-to-Head Classic Dish Cook-off Round Onemoreless