Welcome to the season finale of Chopped! We have
four more chefs and three more baskets, and we've saved our best for last...
Long Island, NY
New York City
chef/entrepreneur of Amy Cake Catering
The rules are simple.
You're given a mélange of random theme ingredients that must be used in that
dish. You have a given number of minutes of cooking time. After each course, the plate will be
judged on creativity, presentation, and above all, taste. The chef whose plate
scores the lowest after each course will be "chopped". The last chef standing
- Latin expert and cookbook author Aaron Sanchez
- executive chef Amanda Freitag
- cookbook author & Italian authority Scott Conant
Round 1: APPETIZER. First up... salmon,
radicchio, ginger, and strawberries
You have 30 minutes... Time starts... NOW!
Jonathan: Salmon with Strawberry & Poppyseed
Dressing and Strawberry Radicchio Salad
Victor: Sweet & Sour Salmon with Sautéed Radicchio
Amy: Seared Salmon with Sautéed Radicchio and Strawberry Ginger Sauce
Michael: Crispy Skin Salmon with Strawberry Ginger Salad
Michael doesn't like salmon. At all. Vic and Amy
have similar dishes. Jonathan hopes that searing the fish on one side and
leaving it raw on the other is a bit of a concept move. Amy doesn't go for fussy
All the chefs finish in the nick of time.
Alright, let's go to the judges.
Jonathan's dish confuses Scott. The flavors are
lovely, though. Vision comes together with Victor's dish, but it needed to come
together a little more. Amy's dish was trying for something sweet and spicy at
the same time, and it wows the judges. Michael's salmon delivers with crisp.
So four good starts, but someone's gotta go home.
A couple of amateurs pull off some amateur moves. Will that cost them?
The first person to be chopped is... VICTOR. The
dish was well-intended, but it was muted.
Round 2: ENTREE. Next up in the mystery
boxes are... turkey breast, baby turnips, pearl onions, and coconut flakes.
Thirty ticks on the clock, please... GO!
Jonathan: Spiced Turkey with a Coffee Coconut
Amy: Roasted Turkey over Sautéed Turnip Greens & Pearl Onions
Michael: Turkey Roulade with Raw Turnip Salad
And Amy burns her coconuts. Part two. Amy sees
turkey roulade and thinks that it's so culinary school. Jonathan decides to
saute his vegetables in the rendered fat. And Michael... He likes fire. Amy is
completely flustered. With five minutes remaining, no one has plated as of yet.
Michael starts the stack. He likes stacking. Jonathan has a great idea, but
nothing on his plate! Okay, there he is. With a minute on the clock. And Amy's
not feeling good... AT ALL.
And... TIME. Plates are down. Time to serve.
Amy calls this the worst food that she's ever put
out. She should've gone with the curry. Michael's dish is innovative, but the
skin becomes a disconnect. Jonathan has a lot of bold flavors and a lot of good
intentions...but also a lot of negative space. Scott takes issue with his dish
not being done properly.
At this point, Amy is confident that she's going
home. Is that a self-fulfilling prophecy? The second person to be chopped is...
JONATHAN. The judges like the bold flavor, but the undercooking of the meat was
Round 3: DESSERT. Welcome to the cash
round. In your buckets today... Blackberries... kiwi... wonton wrappers... and
Let's get serious.... GO!
Amy: Pavlova with Fried Wonton
Michael: Fried Wonton with Kiwi & Gummy Bear Filling
And gummy bears prove not to go gently into that
dark night, as Michael's food pro doesn't really gel with them. Meanwhile, Amy
is turning fast-forward on her pavlova. A lot of things are going crazy all over
the place. There's going to be a lot of moisture, but in the end, everything
comes together. Michael melts gummy bears, Amy makes a meringue.
And... TIME. For the last time this season...
what's on your plate is what the judges will taste.
The judges like that Michael didn't just throw
gummy bears into a dish. The liquefied candy is an interesting contrast in
texture. The pavlova tastes like ... scrambled eggs.
Let's talk cashroo. Amy was more of a
roller-coaster, while Michael sort of plateaued. Amy had a better dessert, but
Michael had a better front game with his execution. So who's getting $10,000 and
who's getting the next ride home? The final person to be chopped... is... AMY.
It was a hard choice, but ultimately, they looked at the whole body of work.
So guess what, Michael Carrino... You are a
Chopped champion! You get the bragging rights and the cash.
So that's it for season 1 of "Chopped". Casting
for season 2 is underway, so head to the website if you think your dish could be
one of only 13 not to be... well... you know.
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entirety, or to apply to be a contestant on "Chopped", visit the
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