Top Chef

Season 4 Episode 4

Film Food

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 02, 2008 on Bravo
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • The quickfire was to make a vegetable dish and some of them were great. The elimination challenge was to take a movie and make a dish using that theme for your dinner course.moreless

    Two of the chefs had previously worked for the guest judge, but one of them said it was only briefly and it was not his style and I agree. While it may be considered a conflict I think the winning dish in the elimination challenge was definitely something new and original.

    After seeing the first episode of the new season of Hell's Kitchen, the talent on this show is a light year ahead of it.

    These people all seem to know how to cook and they show it.

    I also think that they are slowly weeding out the less talented chefs but tonight it could have just as well been the other guy. The guy with all the toys won tonight, did he deserve it, yes, when you impress all the judges with an unusual bunch of ingredients that you would never guess would work with each other and make a great dish, you deserve to win. The girls made a wonderful dish and just lost to a better dish. I personally would not like the winning dish, so I lean toward the other dish, but it does not matter, I did not taste all the dishes and think they chose correctly.moreless
  • something fishy...

    a good episode except for the ending. at the end of the show a text explaining that Bravo tv sometime consult with the refs flashes by. i think this must ahve been the case here. first, why did the girl team even get nominated for worst dish? because they told a bad story??? ofcourse it should way in the decition but the quality of the cooking must be central! hard to beleive that they got nominated because the colour was wrong...

    second, why didnt the ringleader behind the dish get sent home in the goodmorning vietnam team? it was he´s idea and he´s responsibilty. since you cant kick both home, the one who comes up with the dish (and, since he work with it outside the show, should be able to do it). i think bravo stepped in and demanded that the funny outspoken guy should remain in the show. definitly!moreless
  • Film Food!

    Really a good show as there was a lot of fighting and that poor Stephanie has to be stuck with drama queen Lisa. As this was about to become a dinner for the film critics, including Richard Roper. And that a lot of drama was going on behind the scenes. It was cut that Richard the chef took Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory on there. As it brings out the best and the worst of the chefs. Just think that producers like drama. As it isn't about bringing cooking skills but also your personality and how well you get along with people. It is a Survivor but a cooking show with it.moreless
  • quick fire and film inspired food as the elimination challenge

    i did like this ep..this is when i really started getting into the this was the better ep between this ep and number 3 (when i actually started watching)..i liked this one..i think the (oh spoiler) quick fire was where they did the palette testing which i liked and i would have liked to taste that stuff too lol..and then i really liked the elimination challenge b/c they picked movies that i never heard of..they were really cool..i loved it..and i want to see those movies it led me to decide who i really like in the competition and who i dont lolmoreless
  • A great challenge coupled with some out of character judging makes this episode a bit less enjoyable than it could have been.

    The Quickfire Challenge for this particular episode was to make a dish using only vegetables that showcased a number of techniques. The winner was clear as the judges were making their rounds, and this challenge was, I thought, a great one.

    The Elimination Challenge was just as great: make a dish based on your favorite movie. Unfortunately, the chefs were paired off for this challenge. With two group challenges under the belt already, I was hoping for an individual challenge, especially since I feel some chefs have skated through on the strength of their group and escaped packing their knives based on luck. Nevertheless, all the dishes except the losing one sounded delicious and were unique and representative of the chosen film.

    I thought the judging was a little strange in this episode. One of the dishes that the judges gushed about at the table didn't make it into the top dishes, and while I felt that the correct dish was called out as the loser, I didn't agree with the choice of who to eliminate. Ultimately, of course, the judges taste the food and make the decisions, but I felt that the person who took the initiative in this case should have gone home, since he chose the film and the food to make. It was nice to see that the two teammates didn't throw each other under the bus, though.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • First-Run Fan Poll:

      What did you think of Andrew's idea to present the food as Oompa Loompas?

      A. Long on laughs 15%
      B. It fell short 85%

      (all percentages are as of the end of the episode.)

    • Zoi and Antonia's movie, Talk To Her, was portrayed as being about two strong women. In the movie, however, both women are in a coma the entire time!

    • Titles had difficulties in this episode: Batonnet was spelled Batonettes, Brunoise was spelled Brunois.

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes Shown:

      * Zoi - Shaved Asparagus, Poached Egg, Batons of Green Beans, Chiffonade of Radicchio & Frisee
      * Dale - Daikon Marinated in Tobanjan, Tournee of Avocado and Cucumber
      * Lisa - Poached Egg, Blanched Asparagus, Batonnet of Bell Pepper & Grilled Zucchini
      * Richard - Blanched Mushrooms, Pickled Beets, Sliced Radishes with Lime Juice & Scallions
      * Spike - Carpaccio of Cucumber, Tagliatello of Asparagus, Cucumber Cup & Tournee of Mushroom
      * Manuel - Blanched Asparagus, Brunoise of Yellow Pepper, Supremes of Lemon & Endive Fennel Frond
      * Nikki - Blanched Green Beans and Asparagus Quenelle, Shaved Fennel & Radish Salad

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      Team 1 – Dale, Richard and Andrew
      Film: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
      • Smoked Salmon with Faux Caviar & White Chocolate Wasabi Sauce (Pear & Celery Soda served but not titled)

      Team 2 – Spike and Manuel
      Film: Good Morning, Vietnam
      • Summer Roll with Black Vermicelli, Green Apple, Chilean Sea Bass & Swiss Chard

      Team 3 – Nikki and Jen
      Film: Il Postino
      • Tortellini with Cavolo Nero, Ricotta, Pecorino, Squash & Peppercorn

      Team 4 – Ryan and Mark
      Film: A Christmas Story
      • Quail Breast with Carrot Purée, Cranberry Chutney & Quail Spring Rolls

      Team 5 – Zoi and Antonia
      Film: Talk to Her
      • Rack of Lamb with Saffron Cauliflower Purée, Romesco & Gramalata

      Team 6 – Lisa and Stephanie
      Film: Top Secret!
      • NY Strip Steak, Braised Short Rib & Apple Potsticker with Caramel Sauce

    • Richard is declared the winner of the Elimination Challenge, and Manuel is told to pack his knives and go home.

    • Dale is the winner of the QuickFire Challenge, and is given immunity from elimination.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Discussing Zoi and Antonia's dish.)
      Aisha Tyler: When you eat a great plate of food you feel transported. This was fine, and it tasted good; I didn't feel anything transcendent about it.
      Tom: It didn't bring you to Spain?
      Aisha Tyler: No, not at al– not even a little bit.

    • Daniel Boulud: (of Nikki and Jen's tortellini) They didn't care much about the beautiful pretty shape of it.
      Ted: Well, I love the rusticity of the shape of the tortel- I prefer handmade pasta that doesn't look like it was stamped out of a machine.
      Richard Roeper: I keep hearing 'rustic' and I think that kinda fits in with the theme, and I think it's better than all the experts- that you've been saying so far.

    • Andrew: I have no doubt in my mind that the people that will be eating this food will culinarily crap in their pants when they see what we have for them.

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the QuickFire, most of the competitors seemed to focus mainly on demonstrating their knife skills. But they were all given a list of possible techniques to demonstrate, and that list included cooking styles, such as braising or poaching, as well as plating and garnishing.

    • Richard says Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory really is his favorite movie, and he has it playing frequently on the TV monitors at his restaurant Trail Blais in Atlanta.