Another four chefs. Another three baskets.
Another $10,000. Let's meet tonight's flinging fists of foodie fury.
executive chef & caterer
New York City
executive chef & owner, Kuma Inn
executive chef & caterer
executive chef, Talay
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
- cookbook author & Italian authority Scott
- executive chef Amanda Freitag
- dynamic chef & restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian
Round 1: APPETIZER. In the first
baskets... chicken wings, soba noodles, celery, string cheese
This round has 20 minutes... Time starts now!
Jonathan: Pan-Seared Sesame Chicken Wings
King: Asian-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings
Darius: Asian BBQ Stuffed Chicken Wings
Soulayphet: Chicken Miso Soup
The cheese and celery throw all of our chefs for
a loop. The biggest concern with the judges is... are they going to eat anything
or will we just have raw chicken? Soulayphet is not planning to serve
undercooked chicken to the judges. He plates his noodles. King is worried about
his chicken being undercooked. One minute to go, and we're afraid that we might
see some unfinished business.
And that's time. And the general consensus is
that no one's proud of their dishes.
But what do the judges have to say? Jonathan's
dish is a little bland, and the use of celery and cheese as a garnish is a
copout. King's dish is delicious, but he has no cheese or celery incorporated.
Darius's dish is ambitious, and it has some love in it. Soulayphet's dish is
presented nice and contained.
So we have two dishes that were copouts, and two
with some love added. Who'll be the first to be chopped? The judges were shocked
at what was done... and what wasn't done. That said... the first person to be
chopped is... JONATHAN. Both he and King offended the judges with their lack of
ambition, but ultimately King was given another shot.
Round 2: ENTREE. Hopefully we can make
something happen with... Striped bass, pimento peppers, jicama, mango, and brie.
Thirty minutes in this round... GO!
King: Pan-Seared Bass with Pickled Mango & Jicama
Darius: Pan-Seared Bass with Brie Bread Pudding
Soulayphet: Pan-Seared Bass with Jicama Mango Salad and Onion Puree
All three chefs are going the same way, but the
question is... how do you incorporate cheese? Darius is using cabbage for a cole
slaw. The main concern is getting the fish nice and crispy, while Darius is
dredging it in flour for something different. Darius plates first with five
minutes to go. The colors are sick. Meanwhile, Phet is thinking that the brie
just might work with the puree. King, on the other hand, loves his salad on top
of his fish.
And... TIME. What's on the plate is what the
judges will taste.
Phet's dish is all good, but the skin isn't crisp
all the way through. Darius' presentation is popping. King's brie seems to be
So we have a great tasting dish, a great
presentation, and then there's the entire package. Did King show up in this
course? Scott... doesn't think so. But it's alla bout the collective. That said,
the second person to be chopped is.... KING. None of his components actually
Round 3: DESSERT. Time for the final
faceoff, and in the baskets... ginger snaps, creme fraiche, instant coffee, and
Thirty minutes to make something happen... GO!
Darius: Carrot Sponge Cake with a Ginger Snap
Soulayphet: Ginger Snap & Carrot Crepes with an Anglaise Sauce.
Phet doesn't like coffee. At all. Ginger snaps
give flavor and texture to whatever dish you can come up with. Phet is spending
more time than necessary on his Anglaise. Ultimately, he ditches it in favor of
coffee with creme fraiche. Meanwhile, Darius' crust isn't all that's cracked up
to be, so he tries a ginger snap praline instead. Phet is coming around, finding
his groove. Darius almost makes the mistake of going somewhere and taking his
dish with him! Heh.
And that's time. Let's serve it up.
Darius' dish ends up as a Carrot Genoise soaked
with a raspberry syrup and a coffee-ginger-praline cream. The presentation is
great. We're imbalanced with carrots and raspberry. Phet's crepes aren't
"correct", but the presentation and stuffing awes the judges.
So will the flavors in Phet's dish beat out the
presentation of Darius's dish? More importantly, who progressed more and deeper
throughout the entire meal? The judges area at each other on this, and they
decide that at the least, it's a dead heat.
But in the end, there can only be one. The final
person to be chopped... is.... SOULAYPHET. They're both winners, but Darius
brought a level of passion and love to his dishes that was unparalleled. Phet
So there you have it. Darius Peacock wins $10,000
for his dishes! And right now, the Chopped Champion is left speechless.
Next week, another three servings lead to the
sweet taste of victory for another chef, while his or her opponents are left...
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