Top Chef Season 18 episode 4 preview: Feeling a little fruity?

TOP CHEF -- "Thrown For a Loop" Episode 1804 -- Pictured: Padma Lakshmi -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo)
TOP CHEF -- "Thrown For a Loop" Episode 1804 -- Pictured: Padma Lakshmi -- (Photo by: David Moir/Bravo) /

After an emotional previous episode, Top Chef Season 18 episode 4 takes a little more lighthearted challenge. While the chefs might appreciate the time outdoors, could they be feeling a little plucky?

According to Bravo, Top Chef Season 18 episode 4, “Thrown for a Loop” features the following:

"For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish featuring Campbell’s Soup for Padma and guest judge Dale Talde. Then, the cheftestants get thrown for a loop when they find out they won’t be shopping for their Elimination Challenge, because they’ll be picking their fruit right off of the trees in the heart of Oregon’s Fruit Loop and making a savory fruit dish without any vegetables. Melissa King and Carrie Baird join Padma, Tom and Gail at judges’ table."

In the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs need to bridge creativity and approachability. While most home cooks happily use Campbell’s Soup for a variety of dishes, these chefs need to be open to the experience. Sure, they might not serve a casserole in their restaurants but that can of soup does hold a lot of possibilities.

The more difficult challenge is the Elimination Challenge. Granted the fruit picking will come with some humor, the reality is that this challenge tests the chefs’ patience. Not everything goes as planned. Sometimes, you have to take the hand that is dealt.

The idea of picking fruit off the trees is meant to keep the chefs off their guard. From cooking in the outdoors to the fresh ingredients, the chef that can adapt will receive the judges’ praises.

From the past three episodes, it is hard to tell some favorites from the mediocre. Even though some chefs have earned praise, there are many chefs who are riding the middle ground.

Ready to grab that pint of Talenti and watch Top Chef Season 18 episode 4? Here’s how to watch.

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Start Time: 8 p.m. ET

Episode: “Thrown for a Loop”

TV Channel: Bravo

Live Stream: Watch live on Fubo TV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. You can also watch on Bravo’s website or app.

Top Chef Season 18 airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT.