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January 13


Four chefs will create a three course dinner... with one chef eliminated after each course.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Ted Allen
Linda Lea, Michael Krupat, Dave Noll

Packager: City Lights Television for Food Network
Origin: Food Network Studios, New York City
Airs: Tuesdays at 10p ET on Food Network

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January 20

The clock is set, the Chopping Block is cleaned, and four chefs are ready...
orig. Austria
chef de cuisine
Brooklyn, NY
chef & restaurateur, Ted and Honey
central Pennsylvania
chef & entrepreneur, Chef for Hire
parts unknown
culinary instructor

The rules are simple. You're given a mélange of random theme ingredients that must be used in that dish. You have 30 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 wins $10,000.

Last week's judges are this week's judges... So it's safe to add them to the L-bar.

Tonight's judges...

- Chef and restauranteur Aaron Sanchez
- Executive chef and "The Cooking Loft" host Alex Guarnaschelli
- Chef and restauranteur Marc Murphy

Round 1: APPETIZER. The mystery ingredients... firm tofu, tomato paste, and prosciutto.

And the time... starts now.

Klaus: Prosciutto Wrapped Tofu with Warm Red Cabbage Salad
Christopher: Bruscetta with Grilled Tofu and Mediterranean Chutney
Pippa: Herb Salad with Prosciutto, Fried Tofu & Sherry Vinaigrette
Raymond: Basil Sesame Seared Tofu with Salad and Puttanesca Sauce

Tofu is proving to be a bit of a roadblock. But not an impossible ingredient to work with. Unless you're grilling it and it's coming apart... Christopher. Last minute plating goes heavy. No one wants to get chopped because they didn't finish.

And TIME. What's on your plate is what the judges will eat.

First up, Klaus gets the points on the flavor combination, but gets docked on the presentation. Christopher gets points on the bruscetta, but not so on the tofu. Aaron likes Pippa's salad, but Marc wanted a little more of a lift. Raymond has serious flavor going on, but Alex wanted a little texture variance.

Right now, tofu has already claimed its first victim. Will it be the person who didn't flavor it enough or the person who didn't need to get rid of the color of it?

The first person to be chopped is... RAYMOND. They liked the original way the tofu was treated, but the other elements didn't come together.

Round 2: ENTREE. The ingredients... daikon, pork loin, Napa cabbage, Thai chilies, and blue point oysters.

Klaus: Surf 'n Turf with Cabbage Salad and Potato Cake
Christopher: Pork Ribs Medallions with Fried Oyster Tempura and Daikon Potato Cake
Pippa: Pork in Oyster Sauce with Napa Cabbage Slaw

Pippa has no time to roast it, so she cuts her loins into manageable pieces. Same with the other two. Klaus has suffered a serious cut, meanwhile. At the two-minute warning, Klaus just throws everything on a plate and hopes it sticks.

And that's TIME.

Let's go to the Chopping Block. Christopher's dish is composed, and the techniques are impressive. But Marc isn't getting all the textures. And Alex may have gotten a shell. Pippa's pork is tasty, but the heat of the chilies doesn't follow through. Klaus went the raw way and got raves, but seeds on the cabbage was a bit much.

So we have fried, sauced, and raw applications with basically the same dish. And the judges agree that no one really connected the oysters with the pork. Whose medallions will give someone the gold, and whose medallion will give someone the shaft?

The second person to be chopped is... KLAUS. It was not up to standard.

Round 3: DESSERT. The final ingredients... phyllo dough, gorgonzola, dried pineapple rings, and blueberries.

Thirty on the clock... and go.

Christopher: Maple Gorgonzola Pancake with Phyllo Straws and Blueberry Compote
Pippa: Napoleon with Gorgonzola Cream and Blueberry Thyme Sauce

Christopher is basically doing everything by feel and winging it as he goes. Pippa is a little more methodical, but she too is working on pure instinct. Her secret.. get everything liquored up.

Five minute mark, and Chris is reduced to a maple gorgonzola pancake. And apparently Alex is freaking out.

TIME! Breathe. It's over. Let's go to the Block...

The judges love the clean flavors of the napoleon. The pancake is very moist, but the judges wanted more of the cheese. All in all, both chefs played a few risks.

Not only are the judges giving $10,000 based on the dish at hand, but also based on the natural progression from appetizer to dessert. Did Pippa's lack of cohesion cost her $10,000? Is Christopher's fringe strategy pay off? It's neck and neck, and both chefs have had their flaws.

The final person to be chopped is... CHRISTOPHER. There's no doubt that he's talented, but his style is too convoluted.

As for Pippa, pay her $10,000 cash money. They were looking for a soul behind the food, and they got it.

Next week, four more chefs and three more dishes, all hoping not to be... chopped.

To see this episode in its entirety, or to apply to be a contestant on "Chopped", visit the official website at