Top Chef

Season 1 Episode 4

Food on the Fly

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 29, 2006 on Bravo
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Episode Summary

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 Fourmoreless

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  • Candice booted off?!

    How could they do this! Candice was the hot one of the show. XD She was the sex appeal that the show needs to keep from getting canceled. Although she really did bomb I am still kinda mad.

    Going on to the episode, I think that it was a really good idea to make the contestants to make things from only a convenience store and then to make food to reheat form the microwave. I have seen a lot of the cooking shows on television and I think that Top Chef has done the best job of challenging the contestants to their highest capabilites to truly show if they are "Top Chefs".moreless
  • Chefs personalities come through.

    In these challenges we really got a good look at the personality of several ot the chefs. We found out that not only is Stephen a \"wine snob\", but we also find out he is a liar and a cheat! I was amazed at the Quick fire challange when he said he was not aware of the restriction on fresh herbs!

    Harold stepped up. Even though he admits he is not a microwave fan he was able to use his skills, food knowledge, and commmon sense to come out in the top three. Tiffany also showed her knowledge of food and her skill level with her choice of fish and her plating. A great suprise was Andrea, she got to capitalize on her skills and knowledge, please the crowd and come out top three!.

    Stephen must go, and frankly he should keep his \"day job\", because if I was a resturant owner and he applied at my shop, and I saw his performaces on this show, I would never hire him.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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

    • Elimination Challenge Top Three:
      Tiffani - Winner

      Elimination Challenge Bottom Three:
      Candice - Eliminated

  • 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!

    • Tom: (to the bottom three contestants) If I could really get rid of two of you I probably would, um, matter of fact , all three.

    • Gail Simmons: Stephen looked at us like we were crazy! His Japanese infused, confused tamale?
      Tom Colicchio: He's just getting over-creative, and it's just getting in the way. I think he gets too wrapped up in the dogma of cooking.

  • 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.