Which aspiring chef was sent home this week in Season 15 of Bravo’s “Top Chef”? In Thursday’s episode, the remaining contestants were tasked with making upscale versions of kid classics while using child-sized tools. Later, the chefs visited a food incubator, where they then had to create dishes based on their personal heritage for immigrant food influencers. Before the episode aired, Carrie Baird from Denver, Colorado had the best odds of going home next. Did she beat the odds and survive another day?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Top Chef” recap of Season 15, Episode 4, titled “Little Tools, Big Challenge,” to find out what happened Thursday night. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite chefs, which dishes from the episode looked the tastiest and who you think can go the distance to win the title of “Top Chef.” Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
9:59 p.m. – “Previously, on ‘Top Chef’!” There was a double elimination as both Rogelio Garcia and Laura Cole were sent packing after failing to win the elimination challenge. Who’ll be joining them this week?
10:02 p.m. – For this week’s Quickfire Challenge, Curtis Stone from “Top Chef: Junior” visits the chefs to ask them to “update and elevate” typical items from a kid’s menu. They drew knives to determine which chef would update which menu item, and to add to the challenge children from some of the top chefs in the Denver culinary scene were on hand to help judge the plates. Winner of the Quickfire earned immunity for the main challenge.
10:16 p.m. – On the bottom was Carrie Baird‘s corn dogs, Tyler Anderson‘s spaghetti and meatballs pho and Bruce Kalman‘s fish sticks. But on the top was Adrienne Cheatham‘s pizza, Fatima Ali‘s grilled cheese salad and Tanya Holland‘s mac-n-cheese. The favorite dish though was the pizza which means Adrienne wins immunity!
10:18 p.m. – For the elimination challenge, the chefs were asked to make meals based on their own heritages and backgrounds. The meals would be cooked and served to Colorado culinary influencers who would help determine who wins and who is eliminated.
10:22 p.m. – To prepare for the elimination challenge the chefs met with immigrant women who came to America (Denver, more specifically) to build new lives for the families and worked or lived as the main food providers. The experience set the tone for the chefs to tap into their own experiences and how their cultures played a part in their culinary lives.
10:27 p.m. – While shopping the diversity of the chef’s heritage-based dishes ranged from Sweden, Hungary, and American Southern mixed with Irish-German. For most of the chef’s the decision of their dish was determined by the relationships they had with their parents and/or grandparents and how the influence of those family members informed their careers as chefs.
10:38 p.m. – During presentation, Tyler’s Swedish-influenced dish had too much going on while Tanya’s gumbo was well-balanced. Tu David Phu got emotional when he presented his dish to the judges, but it was a little too much for some at the table. Brother Luck‘s stewed chicken made him nervous, but as a remembrance of his father who passed away early in his life both the story and the flavors were a home run.
10:49 p.m. – At judges’ table, Tom Colicchio thought that at times the chef’s stories were better than the dishes. That being said, Tanya, Christopher Scott and Joe Sasto had their favorite dishes of the day. The fried chicken from Chris, gumbo from Tanya and French-Italian dish from Joe were all examples of how the chefs took inspiration from their heritage and showed how their skills matched that. But the chef that was the best example of that was Chris and he won the challenge!
10:52 p.m. – The chefs on the other side of things were Joseph Flamm, Tyler and Bruce. Their dishes failed to express the points of views that the chefs intended to present and in some cases were inedible for some of the judges.
10:57 p.m. – In the end, the judges felt like Tyler’s dish just never came together as a cohesive presentation and so he was eliminated and sent to Last Chance Kitchen for a chance to re-enter the competition.
Here are the answers to Gold Derby’s contest questions for “Top Chef” Season 15, Episode 4:
Who will be eliminated? Tyler Anderson
Who will be in bottom 2, but safe? Joseph Flamm and Bruce Kalman
Who will win the main challenge? Christopher Scott
Who will win the Quickfire challenge? Adrienne Cheatham
Will anybody quit the competition? No
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