Episodes 15

The 16 new contestants face their first QuickFire and Elimination rounds using themes from Chicago's regional cuisine.

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Zoo Food

March 19, 2008

A farmers' market takes prominence in this week's QuickFire, and an exotic location is the setting for the Elimination round as the remaining chefs cook for guest judge Wylie Dufresne.

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Block Party

March 26, 2008

The contestants mix it up with Rick Bayless while creating a fiesta for a community.

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Film Food

April 2, 2008

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

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The Elements

April 9, 2008

The dreaded taste test is back, and even before the chefs recover from it they must cater a charity event. Ming Tsai Guest Judges this week.

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Tailgating

April 16, 2008

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

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Improv

April 23, 2008

The chefs begin with a sugary challenge, and then move to the historic Second City Theatre where their improvisational skills will be tested by masters of the art – one of the resident troupes. Johnny Iuzzini from Jean Georges restaurant guest judges.

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April 30, 2008

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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Wedding Wars

May 7, 2008

The remaining chefs' knife skills are challenged again, followed by a wedding reception challenge which might bring the blades out for an entirely different purpose.

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May 14, 2008

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.

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May 21, 2008

It's all about service tonight as the chefs work the line during a breakfast rush at a diner, and then create their own restaurants from scratch. Washington, D.C. Chef and restaurant owner José Andrés guest judges.

QuickFire Challenge: Work a Short Order Egg Station

Elimination Challenge: Restaurant Wars

Guest Head Judge: Anthony Bourdain

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High Steaks

May 28, 2008

The remaining chefs' butcher skills are tested, and then they must use the cut of meat they made. Guest judge Rick Tramonto, a Chicago chef and restaurant entrepreneur.

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Puerto Rico

June 4, 2008

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

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Finale

June 11, 2008

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 Le Bernardin Restaurant

Special Guest Judges: Alfredo Ayala and Tim Zagat

Final Challenge: Create a traditional four course tasting menu

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Reunion

June 18, 2008

Season four cast and judges gather to reminisce and learn the winner of the fan favorite contest.

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