Top Chef

Season 4 Episode 12

High Steaks

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 28, 2008 on Bravo



  • Trivia

    • Chef Tramonto asks each contestant how long they rested their steak before serving it to him in the Quickfire Challenge. Meat is rested, or allowed to sit for varying lengths of time depending on the cut, because as it's heated, the juices are forced from the edges into the center by the heat. Resting allows the juices to return to the outer edges, so it's juicy all the way through, and when cut the juices don't puddle on the plate. A second reason for resting the meat lies in the fact that it continues to cook for a few minutes after it's removed from it's source of heat, so the meat should be taken off the stove a little bit before it's up to the desired temperature, so that it won't overcook.

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