Top Chef

Wednesday 10:00 PM on Bravo Premiered Mar 08, 2006 Between Seasons




  • Season 4 Episode 3: Block Party

  • First-Run Fan Poll:

    Which will happen first?

    A. Female President 15%
    B. Female Top Chef 85%

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

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes:

    Blue Team
    • Richard - Richmond Avenue Paella with Clams, Oysters, Sausage, and Shrimp
    • Manuel - Barbecue Pulled Pork & Chicken Sandwich; Ribs with Mexican Chocolate Barbecue Sauce
    • Stephanie - Mixed Fruit Crumble with Cinnamon Sugar Wontons
    • Nikki - Macaroni and Cheese Topped with Bacon and Breadcrumbs
    • Mark - Cookie-in-a-Cookie (called Inside-Out Cookie in all other parts of the episode)
    •"Sexy Drink" with Citrus, Pineapple, Mint, Lavender, and Soda Water
    • Antonia - Bean Salad (not shown)
    • Lisa - Slaw (not shown)

    Red Team
    • Spike - Taco Salad with Chorizo, Avocado, Shrimp, Jalapeño, Cabbage & Lime Dressing
    • Jen - Mini Sliders with Bacon & Provolone Cheese Sauce
    • Dale - Grilled Pork Skewers with Pineapple & Smoked Red Curry Barbecue Sauce
    • S'more Lollipops
    • Ryan - Waldorf Chicken Salad
    • Erik - Corn Dogs with Pomegranate Ketchup, and Spicy Mustard
    • Andrew - Sangria (not shown)
    • Zoi - Pasta Salad (not shown)

  • QuickFire Challenge Dishes Shown:

    • Manuel - Chorizo Tacos with Picante Verde, Cilantro, and Goat Cheese
    • Lisa - Grilled Skirt Steak Tacos with Caramelized Onions, Pineapple and Cabbage Slaw
    • Andrew - Duck Breast Tacos with Plantain Jam and Cotija Cheese
    • Erik - Chipotle Braised Chicken Taco with Avocado, Pomegranate Salsa, and Guacamole
    • Spike - Ground Pork Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce
    • Ryan - Grilled Squash Tacos with Stewed Chickpeas
    • Richard - Jicama Tortillas with Avocado, Papaya, and Cilantro Stems

  • Stephanie is declared the winner of the Elimination Challenge. Erik is told to pack his knives and go.

  • Richard is the winner of the QuickFire Challenge. His winning jicama taco will be featured on Rick Bayless' Topolobampo menu.

  • Spike's statement that the house the other team was about to try being empty (untrue) was the first overt case of sabotage on Top Chef. In previous seasons, particularly season one, sabotage was alleged several times, but the true intent and the identity of the culprit each time was never discovered.

  • Double Dip Alert
    When Richard is mixing his filling for his taco, he uses a spoon to take a taste to make sure it's correctly seasoned. But immediately after doing so, the spoon goes back into the mix!

  • Season 4 Episode 4: Film Food

  • 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.

  • Season 4 Episode 5: The Elements

  • First-Run Fan Poll:

    Which contestant deserves a spanking for being difficult?

    A. Antonia 17%
    B. Dale 56%
    C. Lisa 27%

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

  • Elimination Challenge Dishes

    Team Water - Richard, Mark, and Andrew
    Poached Salmon with Faux Caviar, Parsnip Puree & Watercress Salad

    Team Fire - Stephanie, Dale, and Lisa
    Grilled Shrimp with Pickled Chili Salad, Deviled Aïoli & Miso Smoked Bacon

    Team Air - Nikki, Ryan, and Jen
    Duck Breast with Citrus Salad and Pomegranate Prosecco Apéritif

    Team Earth - Antonia, Spike, and Zoi
    Beef Carpaccio with Mushroom Salad and Sunchoke Aioli

  • Team Air were criticized for not rendering the fat of their duck properly. Duck fat is heavy and dense, like that of pork. To render it properly, one should score the skin of the duck while cooking, since that helps the fat to run off through the cuts in the skin.

  • In the heated argument between Antonia and Spike, Spike says Antonia said that she would not do a soup, no matter what the others thought, and Antonia denied it vehemently. For the record, Antonia told the others that if they insisted on making the squash soup, she would do her best to make it work, but Zoi sided with her on the carpaccio. But in a private interview for the camera, Antonia said she'd never do it, since a soup would not get them the win, in her opinion.

  • Taste Test Ingredients
    Imitation Breakfast Syrup vs. Real Maple Syrup
    Generic Sliced Bacon vs. Double Applewood Smoked Berkshire Slab Bacon
    Farmed Salmon vs. Wild Atlantic Salmon
    Imitation Crab Pieces vs. Jumbo Lump Crab Meat
    Hershey Bar vs. Valrhona Chocolate
    Generic Supermarket Unsalted Butter vs. Plugra
    Deli Cheddar vs. English Cheddar
    Generic Soy Sauce vs. Small Batch Artisan Soy Sauce
    Boxed Sake vs. Junmai Daiginjo Sake
    Lumpfish Roe vs. American Sturgeon Caviar
    Generic Commercial Pork Chop vs. Organic Kurobuta Pork Chop
    Generic Commercial Chicken Breast vs. Organic, Free Range Chicken Breast
    Cheap Parmesan Cheese vs. Parmigiano Reggiano
    Supermarket Pate vs. Country Pate with Black Truffles
    Generic Olive Oil vs. Small Batch Artisan Olive Oil

  • Antonia won the QuickFire Challenge and safety from elimination.

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