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Top Chef Season 4 Episodes

15 Episodes 2008 - 2008

Season 4 of the reality show about chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges is set in Chicago and features 16 contestants; Padma Lakshmi is back as host, joined by Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Ted Allen as judges of the competition. Among the contestants are a single mother from Los Angeles with a background in Italian cuisine, a 29-year-old chef from Chicago specializing in Asian food, and a 33-year-old contestant who works for Mario Batali. Some of the challenges of the season include preparing a deep dish pizza, an upscale taco, and a luch meal for the Chicago Police Academy.

Episode 1

Anything You Can Cook I Can Cook Better

Wed, Mar 12, 2008 75 mins

The Season 4 opener is served up with 16 rising chefs competing in Chicago. Here, the foodies must put a signature spin on a Chicago culinary staple. Celeb chef Rocco DiSpirito serves as guest judge.

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Episode 2

Zoo Food

Wed, Mar 19, 2008 60 mins

The culinary crew works with fresh fare from a farmers' market for the quick-fire competition. Then, they must cater a swanky event at a zoo.

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Episode 3

Block Party

Wed, Mar 26, 2008 60 mins

The culinary artists dish up fare at a neighborhood party, overseen by chef and Mexican cuisine master Rick Bayless.

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Episode 4

Film Food

Wed, Apr 2, 2008 60 mins

The chefs are ripe for action when they transform vegetables into art. Then, the real world meets the reel world during a film-themed dinner party hosted by cinema pundit Richard Roeper.

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Episode 5

The Elements

Wed, Apr 9, 2008 60 mins

The budding chefs' taste buds are scrutinized in a taste test. Guest judge and chef Ming Tsai helps administer the exam. Later, the elimination challenge finds the contestants catering a high-class charity event using elements from the earth.

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Episode 6


Wed, Apr 16, 2008 60 mins

The remaining chefs are tasked to create a dish that complements a drink. They then must tackle a tailgate meal. Windy City chef Paul Kahan is the guest judge.

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Episode 7


Wed, Apr 23, 2008 60 mins

It's a dessert storm when the chefs must create sweets. Then, food gets funny when comedy troupers from Chicago's Second City teach the cooks the fine art of improvisation. Pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini is the guest judge.

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Episode 8

Common Threads

Wed, Apr 30, 2008 60 mins

The gastronomic gang is challenged to transform a sole ingredient into a healthy meal. Then, a contingent of children helps the chefs devise a simple and nutritious meal for a family of four. Chef Art Smith makes an appearance.

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Episode 9

Wedding Wars

Wed, May 7, 2008 75 mins

Speed and execution are the key ingredients when the contestants shuck, chop, cut and whip their way through a cuisine-themed relay race. Then, they must serve up culinary delicacies at a dream wedding. Pastry chef Gale Gand makes an appearance.

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Episode 10

Serve and Protect

Wed, May 14, 2008 60 mins

The foodies mix it up with salads when they're tasked to modernize the leafy dish. In addition, the group must put a healthy twist on traditionally unhealthy fare, with Season 2 culinary contestant Sam Talbot returning to oversee their progress.

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Episode 11

Restaurant Wars

Wed, May 21, 2008 60 mins

The contest sizzles when the chefs must labor through a hectic breakfast rush at a greasy spoon. Later, the galloping gourmets participate in Restaurant Wars, as they must create and execute a restaurant concept. Anthony Bourdain and chef-restaurateur José Andrés are the guest judges.

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Episode 12

High Steaks

Wed, May 28, 2008 60 mins

The "steaks" are high when the gastronomes must clean and butcher meat. Later, they cook up fare at a prime Chicago steakhouse. Chef and guest judge Rick Tramonto oversees their culinary work.

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Episode 13

Finale Part 1

Wed, Jun 4, 2008 60 mins

In Part 1 of the two-part Season 4 finale, the remaining four chefs journey to Puerto Rico to square off for the final three spots. While there, they go hog wild: They must create dishes using different parts of a whole pig. Chef Wilo Benet is the guest judge.

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Episode 14

Finale Part 2

Wed, Jun 11, 2008 60 mins

It's the final chopping block in the conclusion of the Season 4 finale, as the remaining three foodies must create a traditional four-course tasting menu, after which the winning chef is announced. Chefs April Bloomfield, Dan Barber and Eric Ripert make appearances. The winner takes home $100,000 and scores a dream gourmet vacation.

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Episode 15


Wed, Jun 18, 2008 60 mins

Host Andy Cohen serves up a reunion with Season 4's chefs, who dish on the four-star dramas and field viewer questions. Series regulars Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Ted Allen make appearances. Also on the menu: The "fan favorite" winner is announced.

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