Top Chef
Season 4

s04e01 / Anything You Can Cook I Can Cook Better

13th Mar '08 - 2:00am
Anything You Can Cook I Can Cook Better Summary

A classic theme runs through tonight's round that begins with introductions to the 16 new contestants, a QuickFire that takes on a Chicago signature dish, and an Elimination that's nothing but tradition.

Guest Judge: Rocco DiSpirito

Guest Judge: Anthony Bourdain, Elimination Challenge

QuickFire Challenge: Create a Signature Deep Dish Pizza

Elimination Challenge: Head-to-Head Classic Dish Cook-off

Round One

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s04e02 / Zoo Food

20th Mar '08 - 2:00am
Zoo Food Summary

Cooking with limited ingredients is the challenge in this episode which features a QuickFire set at a farmers' market, and an Elimination round in a real zoo.

Guest Judge: Wylie Dufresne

QuickFire Challenge: Create a Dish Using Only Five Ingredients.

Elimination Challenge: Cater a Cocktail Party for 200 at the Lincoln Park Zoo using Foods in Five Animals' Diets.

Round Two.

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s04e03 / Block Party

27th Mar '08 - 2:00am
Block Party Summary

The contestants mix it up with Rick Bayless tonight as they dress up street food, and then take to the streets themselves to cater a community event.

Guest Judge: Rick Bayless

QuickFire Challenge: Create an Upscale Taco.

Elimination Challenge: Block Party Challenge.

Round Three

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s04e04 / Film Food

3rd Apr '08 - 2:00am
Film Food Summary

The remaining chefs demonstrate their aptitude with knives, and then help Richard Roeper throw a film-themed dinner.

Guest Judge: Daniel Boulud.

QuickFire Challenge: Demonstrate Culinary Techniques.

Elimination Challenge: Create a Six Course Film Inspired Dinner.

Round Four.

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s04e05 / The Elements

10th Apr '08 - 2:00am
The Elements Summary

The dreaded taste test is back to go along with the round's theme: good taste. Once the QuickFire is complete, the chefs apply their palates to executing a perfect dish as part of a charity event.

Guest Judge: Ming Tsai

QuickFire Challenge: Identify the Higher Quality Ingredients

Elimination Challenge: Create a First Course Inspired by One of Nature's Four Elements

Round Five

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s04e06 / Tailgating

17th Apr '08 - 2:00am
Tailgating 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 Six

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s04e07 / Improv

24th Apr '08 - 2:00am
Improv Summary

Tonight's challenges juxtapose the organization and preparation required for pastries with the flair and innovation that improvisation can bring to a dish. First, a dessert for a premier pastry chef, and then an improvised menu when the contestants get to visit the historic Second City. But seat-of-pants will involve more than the menu as the chefs encounter a couple nasty surprises back in the kitchen.

Guest Judge: Johnny Iuzzini

Top Chef: The Cookbook Quickfire Challenge: Create a Delicious Dessert

Elimination Challenge: Prepare Five-course Meal Using Inspirations from the Second City

Round Seven

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s04e08 / Common Threads

1st May '08 - 2:00am
Common Threads Summary

The microwaves are back, and this time the contestants are to make a healthy meal using a single main ingredient. Chef Art Smith, owner of Table 52 in Chicago performs guest judge duties.

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s04e09 / Wedding Wars

8th May '08 - 2:00am
Wedding Wars Summary

Last season's relay race is back as the eight remaining chefs show off their speed and skills in set up, then they cater a wedding that takes sides.

Guest Judge: Gale Gand – Elimination Challenge

QuickFire Challenge: Mise en Place Relay Race

Elimination Challenge: Cater a Wedding

Round Nine

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s04e10 / Serve and Protect

15th May '08 - 2:00am
Serve and Protect Summary

Salad, one of the least respected dishes by chefs, takes center stage tonight as the contestants are challenged to reformulate it, then they continue with the healthy kick by trimming calories and all things bad from a classic entrée.

Guest Judge: Sam Talbot, Finalist from Top Chef Season Two.

QuickFire Challenge: Create a Modern "Sexy" Salad

Elimination Challenge: Create Gourmet and Healthy Boxed Lunches

Round Ten

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s04e11 / Restaurant Wars

22nd May '08 - 2:00am
Restaurant Wars Summary

It's all about service tonight as the chefs work the line during a breakfast rush at a diner, and then team up to create their own restaurants from scratch.

Guest Head Judge: Anthony Bourdain

Guest Judge: José Andrés – Elimination Challenge

Guest Judge: Heleen Thanas – QuickFire Challenge

QuickFire Challenge: Work a Short Order Egg Station

Elimination Challenge: Restaurant Wars

Round Eleven

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s04e12 / High Steaks

29th May '08 - 2:00am
High Steaks Summary

The remaining chefs' butchering skills are tested when they are challenged to cut and then cook the perfect steak. Guest Judge Rick Tramonto then trusts his new restaurant, Tramonto Steak and Seafood, to the Top Chefs for one evening.

Guest Judge: Rick Tramonto

QuickFire Challenge: Butcher and Cook a Perfect Steak

Elimination Challenge: Prepare an Appetizer and Entreé

Round Twelve

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s04e13 / Puerto Rico

5th Jun '08 - 2:00am
Puerto Rico Summary

There are four chefs and only three spots for the final round, and the contestants know it as they travel to Puerto Rico for the next two challenges.

Guest Judge - Wilo Benet

QuickFire Challenge: Make Two Frituras featuring Plantains

Elimination Challenge: Use a Whole Pig to create Dishes for a Governor's Mansion Event

Round Thirteen

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s04e14 / Finale

12th Jun '08 - 2:00am
Finale Summary

The finalists cook "the most important meal of their lives" for the judges to determine which will be crowned Top Chef.

Guest Judges/Sous Chefs: April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig Dan Barber of Blue Hill and Eric Ripert of Lebernardin Restaurant

Special Guest Judges: Alfredo Ayala and Tim Zagat

Final Challenge: Create a traditional four course tasting menu

Final round

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