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Top Chef

Season 4 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2008 on Bravo
out of 10
User Rating
24 votes

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Episode Summary

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

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  • quickfire is creating a dish that goes perfectly with beer and the eleimination challenge is tailgating at a bears game

    i really liked this ep..it was one of my faves..except for who goes home..spoiler..the quickfire was interesting b/c altho i dont like beer its nice to know some ideas of what may go with it you know b/c im almost to the age where i can get married lol..they were definitely some great ideas..the quickfire was awesome too b/c ive never really been to a tailgate party but it looked like so much fun..everyone had some good ideas with their tailgate..honestly i liked ryans idea and was so sad to see him leave..i thought there were a few people w/ worse ideas but the judges have spokenmoreless
  • I liked the whole episode. The quickfire on making something that went with a specific beer was very good and of course tailgating something that is a challenge in it's own right.moreless

    The beer quickfire was great, some of those dishes were great and it showed a lot of creativity and talent. The elimination challenge was also worthy of the series.

    I saw on another show, Dinner Impossible where the chef had to beg borrow and buy ingredients to make brunch for 60 from what was available in the parking lot. To see what people bring there was somewhat surprising.

    Back to this show, it is getting nasty in some respects. One guy bought all the wings so no one else to make wings, but some of the dishes were beyond the normal tailgating food. The pork dish and of course the winning dish, the ribs are just two examples.

    I agree with a previous reviewer, the wrong person went home. In one of the previous years someone was sent home for poor kitchen sanitary skills and for the reason he tasted something with a spoon and then served with it deserved to go back to Australia and cook on the barbie. I do applaud him for using charcoal even though he was a mess.moreless
  • Finally, an individual challenge!

    Most of the chefs were on top of their game after the heinous fight that occurred after last week's element challenge. This week's challenges were simple. For the Quickfire, chefs had to create a dish that went perfectly with a type of beer they chose. For the Elimination, they had to grill something delicious for a huge tailgate party. This Elimination challenge is one of those that allows the chef a lot of freedom, and most of the contestants took advantage of that. There were clear losers and clear winners, but I felt once again that the wrong person went home for this one. Not that the losing dish definitely didn't have its flaws, but how many basic mistakes can a chef make before they get the axe? More than three, apparently. I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.moreless
  • Pretty fun episode.

    In this episode, for the quickfire, the team has to make a meal that compliments their drink which is various types of beer. The chefs have to cook for Chicago Bear fans individually. I think at this point, if you haven't gotten where you are by cooking or receive any type of nod for how good your cooking is.....you're about to be kick off in the next few episodes. Nikki is soft with the cooking and is constantly supposedly having very small problems that knock her off. Ryan looks good and is very charismatic and really nice, but I don't really look @ him as a great chef and don't think I ever will. I think the Australian cooks well but is having some culture barriers that keep getting in his way. Dale wins this challenge with the other typical foods winning out such as ribs, burgers, pork, and steak @ the party. I think anyone that got too complicated lost out. I don't know much long Spike is going to last. Dale wins this challenge. At this point, my top picks are Stephanie, Richard, and Dale @ this point. Fun episode. Most def worth a watch.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • First-Run Fan Poll:

      Who would you most want to touch in touch football?

      A. Padma 34%
      B. Tom 50%
      C. Yourself 16%

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

    • At the time of broadcast, the jersey number worn by all the judges (#4) was assigned to Brad Maynard, one of the punters in the special teams unit.

    • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

      * Stephanie - Pork Tenderloin with Bacon, Potato & Pear Salad, Rosemary Vinaigrette
      * Dale - Baby Back Ribs Marinated in Tandoori, Potato Salad with Raisins & Mango
      * Spike - Jicama & Pineapple Slaw with Lime Dressing & Fire Spiced Chicken Wings
      * Antonia - Jerk Chicken Sandwich with Pickled Onion, Banana & Pineapple
      * Ryan - Bread Salad with Marinated Chicken, Poached Pear & Brandy Cocoa
      * Andrew - Glazed Shrimp with Potato Parsnip Puree, Bacon & Apple Chutney
      * Lisa - Skirt Steak with Corn Cake & Salsa Verde
      * Jennifer - Chicken Marinated with Harissa and Quinoa Tabouli
      * Richard - Pate Melt with Spicy Mayonnaise & Pickled Cucumber
      * Mark - Chicken & Scallion Skewers with Soy & Onion Glaze, New Zealand Corn Chowder
      * Nikki - Sausage & Peppers, Grilled Shrimp with Hot Sauce & Spiced Cider

    • QuickFire Challenge Dishes

      * Richard - Grilled Tuna Sandwich with Pickled Vegetables Paired with Michelob Ultra Lime Cactus
      * Andrew - Rainbow Trout with Rasperry Gastrique and Peaches Paired with Michelob Ultra Pomegranate Raspberry
      * Dale - Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Miso Caramel Sauce and Pretzel Crust Paired with Redhook ESB
      * Antonia - Miso-glazed Cod and Sauteed Napa Cabbage Paired with Kirin Ichiban (not titled)
      * Nikki - Citrus Marinated Shrimp with Asian Coleslaw Paired with Tiger Beer
      * Stephanie - Steamed Mussels with Cilantro Vinaigrette and Grilled Bread Paired with Hoegaarden Beer
      * Mark - Juniper Spiced Lamb Rack with Honey and Beer Sauce Paired with Stella Artois
      * Ryan - Crepinette and Deglazed Espelette Paired with Bass Pale Ale (not titled)
      * Spike - Charcuterie Plate and Tapas of Clams Paired with Grolsch Beer
      * Lisa - Bacon Cheeseburger with Potato Chips Paired with Michelob AmberBock
      * Jen - Shrimp and Scallop Beignets with Fennel, Avocado and Pepper Purees Paired with Landshark Lager

    • Dale was chosen as the winner of the Elimination Challenge; Ryan was told to pack his knives and go.

    • Jen won the QuickFire Challenge and immunity from elimination.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Mark: You've never heard of two boys having a bath together before?
      Antonia: Only in West Hollywood.

    • Richard: Ryan's got a five-course meal with dessert, pastry, miniardise, a mint for your pillow, a glass of wine. Me, I'm doing a burger.

    • Mark: A few people go for shrimp straight off the bat, and I thought, you know, they're really taking my gig. How can I 'throw a shrimp on the barbie' when they're already doing it?

    • Mark: I'm the only one that had the, you know, testicular fortitude to pick a real charcoal grill.

    • Dale: (serving some Bears legends) I am a die hard Bears fan, born and raised from Chicago.
      William "Refrigerator" Perry: Oh yeah?
      Dale: So, this is an honor, this is an honor.
      William "Refrigerator" Perry: Let me get the ribs! Come on!

  • NOTES (5)

    • Chef Tom Colicchio says that this was one of his favorite Challenges of season four, but he admits that a big part of it was the chance to meet Gayle Sayers, a football player he grew up watching and admiring.

    • Koren Grieveson, the QuickFire guest judge, is (somewhat ironically) Chef de Cuisine at Avec, a wine bar in West Loop Chicago.

      Paul Kahan, the Elimination guest judge, is the chef and owner of both Blackbird and Avec. The former specializes in "internationally influenced" American cuisine.

    • Lee Anne says she loved Dale's potato salad (which accompanied his winning ribs) so much that she consumed an entire quart in one sitting when she took the leftovers from her Bravo website feature The Wong Way to Cook from this episode home.

    • Padma said this beer QuickFire was easier on her than the Bombay Sapphire mixed drink Challenge in season three, because unlike then, she didn't get drunk. She did, however, entertain the cast and crew by burping a lot.

    • According to Lee Anne, Bravo had a "decoy" tailgating station set up serving burgers and hot dogs manned by all the eliminated chefs.