Top Chef

Season 4 Episode 8

Common Threads

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 30, 2008 on Bravo

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  • 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.

    This was one of the better episodes of all four seasons. The chefs often seem to forget that it's real people who eat their food, and this episode brought that home for them. I loved the expressions on their faces when they discovered the budget for this meal. It could have been better, though, it they had to shop at a local grocery store instead of the upscale Whole Foods. That ten dollars would have gone a whole lot farther, and they would have had to make do with ordinary foods to choose from. It was fun watching the chefs relating to the kids -- a couple acted as if children were an alien species at first, but once they settled in, it appeared to go smoothly, in spite of the one kid cutting himself with the peeler. What I'd really love to see is a challenge in which the chefs have to make a meal for a family with special requirements. For example, one needs a diabetic diet, another has a milk allergy, someone else can't eat fish, and so on. Then, to make it even more fun, have the chefs work in a real family's kitchen where they have to step over the dog to get to the stove where one burner doesn't work, and try to do all their prep work on a counter that's only about 3 square feet.