Top Chef

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




  • Season 4 Episode 10: Serve and Protect

  • Spike wins the QuickFire Challenge, and wins a ten minute head start to shop, and the opportunity to pick one ingredient from each food group which the other chefs may not use.

  • Season 4 Episode 9: Wedding Wars

  • Nikki complains that her mayonnaise "isn't breaking", and she needs to take a breather to regroup. But "breaking" is the last thing you want to have happen- that means that the egg yolks and the oil are no longer emulsified, and have separated!

  • Immunity is no longer the prize for the QuickFire Challenges from this point on this season. The rewards will be advantages tailored to the specific Elimination Challenges.

  • First-Run Fan Poll:

    Which chef annoys you most?

    A. Dale 46%
    B. Lisa 39%
    C. Spike 15%

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

  • QuickFire Challenge Parts:

    1. Peel and Suprême Five Oranges
    2. Clean and Turn Two Artichokes, Preserving Stems
    3. Clean Monkfish and Butcher Two Filets
    4. Prepare One Quart of Mayonnaise by Hand

  • Elimination Dishes:

    Bride's Team - Richard, Antonia, Stephanie and Andrew
    * Short Ribs & Blue Cheese in Phyllo
    * Pulled Pork Sandwich with Pickle
    * Prosciutto & Goat Cheese Pizza

    * Creamed Spinach with Star Anise
    * Potato Gratin
    * Filet Mignon with Horseradish Sauce & Red Wine Syrup
    * Braised Brisket of Beef
    * Almond & Basil Crusted Chicken Breast

    * Dark Chocolate Cake with Lemon Filling, Five Round Layers

    Groom's Team - Nikki, Lisa, Spike, and Dale
    * Sausage Pizza & Flatbread
    * Bruschetta

    * Mixed Vegetables & Cheeses
    * Butternut Squash Tortellini with Brown Butter & Sage
    * Chilean Sea Bass with Artichokes, Capers, Olives & Tomatoes
    * Pork & Beef Ragu with Orecchiette
    * Filet Mignon with Potatoes & Horseradish Cream

    * Chocolate Cake with Hazelnut Filling & German Chocolate Topping, Three Rectangle Layers

  • Richard was declared the winner, but gave it to Stephanie. Stephanie and Richard agreed to share the bonus prize of a $2000 gift card for "Crate and Barrel" Nikki packs her knives and heads for home.

  • Season 4 Episode 8: Common Threads

  • First Run Fan Poll:

    What was the toughest challenge?

    A. 15 minutes 34%
    B. $10 budget 57%
    C. Kid sous chef 09%

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

  • Antonia wins the QuickFire Challenge and immunity from elimination.

  • Double Dip Alert
    Just before Richard speaks with Chef Tom Colicchio, he uses a spoon to take a taste of a brown mixture. The camera cuts to Tom, then back to Richard, and the metal spoon he was using can clearly be seen back in the bowl.

  • Season 4 Episode 7: Improv

  • QuickFire Dishes Shown:
    * Spike - Pineapple Rum Raisin Souffle with Toasted Coconut
    * Richard - Banana Scallops with Banana Guacamole & Chocolate Ice Cream
    * Jennifer - Chocolate Cake with Chocolate-dipped Banana Bites
    * Andrew - Banana & Chocolate Ravioli with Pudding
    * Nikki - Buttermilk Cake with Berry Sauce
    * Stephanie - Chocolate Cake with Salted Basil Ganache
    * Dale - "Halo-Halo" with Shaved Ice, Avocado, Mango, Kiwi & Nuts
    * Lisa - Yogurt with Fruit Puree, Fried Wontons & Strawberries
    * Mark - Pavlovas Made with Wattleseed
    * Antonia - Bruleed Lemon Curd with Lemon Cake

  • Elimination Dishes:

    * Spike & Andrew
    Inspiration: Yellow, Love, Vanilla

    Squash Soup with Vanilla Creme Fraiche

    * Stephanie & Jennifer
    Inspiration: Orange, Turned-on, Asparagus

    Menage a Trois of Orange with Goat Cheese, Asparagus, Salad & Olive Tapenade

    * Dale & Richard
    Inspiration: Green, Perplexed, Tofu

    Tofu Steak Marinated in Beef Fat with Green Curry

    * Antonia & Lisa
    Inspiration: Magenta, Drunk, Polish Sausage

    Sea Bass with Purple Potato Puree, Chorizo & Tequila Sauce

    * Mark & Nikki
    Inspiration: Purple, Depressed, Bacon

    Roasted Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes, Grape Sauce, Jus, and Brussels Sprouts

  • Goof: Stephanie's dessert was mis-labeled as Jennifer's during the QuickFire.

  • While it is unclear in the episode itself, Ted Allen says in his blog that there was indeed Polish sausage as well as chorizo in Lisa and Antonia's dish, it was just hidden by the sea bass. If you watch closely at the ingredients at their station while they are working, you can see the two different types of sausage.

  • In spite of getting their Elimination Challenge assignment at the Second City performance, this was the first time the contestants got to have a night out on the town during any season of the show.

  • First-Run Fan Poll:

    How was Jennifer and Stephanie's Presentation?

    A. Sexylicious 23%
    B. Funny 40%
    C. Leave it to the pros 37%

  • Dale and Richard are named the winners of this challenge, and they are each given $2,500 worth of Caphalon cookware as a reward. Jen is told to pack her knives and go.

  • Richard is declared the winner of the QuickFire Challenge and receives immunity from elimination. His recipe can be found on page 235 of Top Chef: the Cookbook.

  • Season 4 Episode 6: Tailgating

  • 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.

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