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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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Mac & Cheese/Cola/Bacon
March 10

Five figures. Four chefs. Three rounds with three judges. Two (times 10 or 15) minutes. One winner. Let's meet this week's culinary contesti...

New York City
skateboarder & chef instructor at ICE in NYC
orig. England
personal chef
Los Angeles
executive chef, Cafe Pinot
Queens, NY
sous chef, Waldorf Astoria

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 wins $10,000.

Tonight's judges...

- chef & restauranteur Marc Murphy
- executive chef Amanda Freitag
- Mr. Rock & Roll Chef Chris Santos

Round 1: APPETIZER. In the first baskets... boxed mac & cheese, artichokes, and tilapia.

This round has 20 minutes... Time starts now!

James: Artichoke Barigoule
David: Roast Tilapia and Stir Fry with Mustard Sauce
Gypsy: Lemon-Marinated Tilapia
William: Artichoke Stew Salad

William's not using the cheese sauce packet. Pro-Tip: leave the choke out of the artichokes. The judges are going to have to count the cheese packet amongst the secret ingredients, which may cause William to worry a bit. Ted also reveals that there is no milk in the pantry today. How deliciously evil. William's stew turns into a salad. Gypsy and James have an idea to use sour cream with the cheese package. David says his sauce needs some oomph. So he supplies.

And that's time. What the chefs have plated is what the judges will taste.

James' dish gets raves. David surprises with mustard and cheese, but it's a little too much in the way of quantity. Gypsy ends up with Tilapia Macaroni Salad. The artichokes didn't really come together. William added floured tilapia to his salad.

So will William's insistence on not using cheese package or Gypsy's choke cost them in the end? Or was James or David too safe or too creative? The first person to be chopped...

... is DAVID. The dish was unappealing. The portion size was too big, and the sauce was overwhelming.

Round 2: ENTREE. Next up in the fun boxes... Eggplant, ground pork, poblanos, avocado, and cola.

And we have a problem, as William is allergic to eggplant.

Thirty ticks on the clock. GO!

James: Pork Burger with Yogurt & Avocado Sauce on Seared Eggplant Bun
Gypsy: Stuffed Eggplant with Avocado Cream
William: Pork Burger with Caponata

Gypsy starts by steaming her eggplants, while James is working on coleslaw in cola. Gypsy needs to mellow out her spicy poblano sauce. James doesn't think she'll be done in time. William... is lost. He needs a sauce to go with his burger... So he's got avocado mayo. William's allergy is handicapping him. James switches from the burger concept to an open-face concept. William stays with burgers. Gypsy plates rather ugly.

And TIME! Second trip to the Chopping Block coming.

Gypsy's a little medium rare to... not cooked at all. William's eggplant... is a nice balance to the spiciness of the burger. James' presentation is wonderful, but the pork was overcooked.

So was William's allergy a hindrance, or is Gypsy's pork too hard to stomach? The second person to be chopped...

... is GYPSY. She took risks, but there were some execution issues with both rounds.

Round 3: DESSERT. Time to make something nice and sweet out of... oranges, grapefruit, chocolate chips, and bacon.

And William is also allergic to grapefruit.

Thirty minutes... start now!

James: Sweet & Spicy Bacon, Cinnamon Toast, and Sabayon with Chocolate Sauce
William: Bread Pudding with Citrus Salad

William covers the bacon in chocolate. James spices it up and bakes it... He sees espresso powder... and uses it to make a sabayon with chocolate sauce. Sort of a breakfast-for-dessert idea. William takes what little he knows about grapefruit and crafts a salad from that. Meanwhile, James needs something to go with his bacon and chocolate sauce.

And TIME... This is for money...

William's dessert was excellent and balanced, but it's undercooked. James' dessert looks sunny, the flavors tie it all together, but the dessert was missing something.

And now thinking about the overall meals. William had execution issues, but at the same time, he's had a renegade style even with his allergies. James's dessert was a piece of art, but there was something missing. He was frantic through the whole meal, but he played it less safe throughout the whole meal.

So who's going to win $10,000? The final person to be chopped is...

WILLIAM. The flavors were good, but the lack of focus was really her downfall.

But James Briscione, who started safe, but came out on top, comes home with $10,000? He needs that for a new bride and a baby. Good luck with both of those.

Next week, we count down from 4 to 1 again as chefs compete with each other and the mystery ingredients in hopes of not being.... chopped.

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