Top Chef

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




  • Season 4 Episode 6: Tailgating

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lisa was declared the winner of the Elimination Challenge; Zoi was told to pack her knives and go.

  • 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 3: Block Party

  • Although on the surface it appears this is the first branded challenge without product placement, is a site owned by the Clorox company, makers of the ubiquitous GladWare seen throughout the program. They also make Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce (both of which got close-ups during the shopping spree), and Kingsford charcoal (seen briefly during the 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.)

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