Top Chef Masters
Season 4
No. of tasks18
No. of contestants12
WinnerChris Cosentino
Country of originUnited States
Release
Original networkBravo
Original releaseJuly 25 (2012-07-25) –
September 26, 2012 (2012-09-26)
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The fourth season of Top Chef Masters was announced on May 24, 2012.[1][2] Food and travel journalist, Krista Simmons, and features editor of Gilt Taste, Francis Lam, join James Oseland and Ruth Reichl as new additions to the judges' table.[3] The season premiered on July 25, 2012 with 12 award-winning chefs competing in weekly challenges to win $100,000 for their charity and the title of Top Chef Master.

Critics

Contestants

12 chefs competed in the fourth season of Top Chef Masters.[3][4] In order of elimination:

Contestant Progress

Episode 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Finale Cumulative Winnings
Quickfire
Winner(s)
Chris
Patricia
N/A Takashi Lorena Takashi Takashi Kerry Lorena
Kerry
Chris N/A
Chris WIN HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW WIN HIGH WIN LOW WINNER $141,000
Kerry HIGH IN LOW LOW HIGH HIGH IN HIGH WIN RUNNER-UP $17,500
Lorena HIGH IN LOW LOW WIN LOW WIN LOW OUT $27,500
Patricia HIGH WIN IN HIGH LOW LOW LOW OUT $16,000
Takashi LOW HIGH IN WIN HIGH IN OUT $20,000
Art HIGH LOW WIN LOW HIGH OUT $10,000
Thierry LOW IN HIGH WIN OUT $6,000
Clark LOW IN IN OUT $1,000
Mark LOW LOW OUT
Debbie LOW OUT
Sue OUT
Missy WD
  (WINNER) The chef won the season and was crowned Top Chef: Master.
  (RUNNER-UP) The chef was a runner-up for the season.
  (WIN) The chef won that episode's Elimination Challenge.
  (HIGH) The chef was selected as one of the top entries in the Elimination Challenge, but did not win.
  (IN) The chef neither won nor lost that week's Elimination Challenge. They also were not up to be eliminated.
  (LOW) The chef was selected as one of the bottom entries in the Elimination Challenge, but was not eliminated.
  (WD) The chef withdrew from the competition.
  (OUT) The chef lost that week's Elimination Challenge and was eliminated.

Episodes

In each episode, the chefs compete to win money for their charity. The Elimination Round winners are awarded cash donations ($10,000) for their charities. Each episode consists of a Quickfire and an Elimination challenge. The Quickfire is a short, simple challenge that can vary from cooking, tasting or a food-related task (e.g., peeling a certain amount of apples to certain quality standard in a limited amount of time). The winner(s) of the Quickfire Challenge receive $5,000 for their charity. During the initial episodes of the season, the winner is usually guaranteed immunity from being sent home that week. The Elimination Challenge is a more complex challenge which usually requires cooking a meal for many people with certain requirements. Each week, one or more guest judges join the show to evaluate both the Quickfire and Elimination challenges. Each week's elimination is announced in a segment called the "Critics' Table." One or more contestants are eliminated in each episode until the finale where one chef is crowned Top Chef Master. The winning chef receives $100,000 for his or her designated charity.

Episode 1: The Buffet Must Go On

  • Red Team: Art, Chris, Kerry, Lorena, Missy, Patricia (Mexican Buffet)
  • Blue Team: Clark, Debbie, Mark, Sue, Takashi, Thierry (Indian Buffet)
  • WINNING TEAM: Red
  • WINNER: Chris ("Pork and Beans" with Cured Pork and Chickpeas)
  • ELIMINATED: Sue (Indian-Spiced Chicken with Lentil Rice Cakes and Tomato Ginger Jam)
  • WITHDREW: Missy (She severely cut her pinky finger with a mandolin and needed to have surgery to repair the damage)

Episode 2: You May Now Feed the Bride

Episode 3: What Would Brian Boitano Eat?

  • Green Team: Kerry, Lorena, Mark
  • Yellow Team: Clark, Patricia, Takashi
  • White Team: Art, Chris, Thierry
  • WINNING TEAM: White
  • WINNER: Art (Griddled Shrimp, Cheese Grits Cakes, and Swamp Greens Salad)
  • ELIMINATED: Mark (Scallops with Bok Choy, Pickled Mushrooms, and Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce)

Episode 4: Grand Canyon Cookout

Episode 5: Holly Madison's Pool Party

Episode 6: Thai One On

Episode 7: Culinary Knock Out

Episode 8: Foodie Flash Mob

Episode 9: Old School, New School

Episode 10: Finale

References

  1. ^ Nededog, Jethro (2012-05-24). "'Top Chef Masters' Season 4 Premiere Date and Contestants Revealed (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  2. ^ "About - Top Chef Masters Season 4". Bravo. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  3. ^ a b "The Dish - 'Top Chef Masters' Season 4 Cast Announced!". Bravo. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  4. ^ "Bios - Top Chef Masters Season 4". Bravo. 2012-05-24. Retrieved 2012-06-07.