It's a new season in the Chopped Kitchen. A
new wad of $10,000 cash money is on the line. And a new batch of chefs
are awaiting the chopping block. Tonight, we have these four...
New York City
chef de cuisine, Silkstone Catering Events
New York City
chef/owner, The Brindle Room
New York City
chef, Highline Ballroom
New York City
chef de cuisine, Junoon
Tonight on the panel.
- One of the finest chefs in the country
according to First Lady Michelle Obama Marcus Samuelsson
- Esteemed executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli
- Superstar restauranteur Chris Santos
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
The first basket of the night has... boudin blanc, chanterelle mushrooms, baby
artichokes, and orange marmalade.
... and you have 20 minutes... and they start
Holly: ... no idea yet.
Jeremy: Seared Boudin Blanc Crostini
Joseph: Boudin Blanc Sausage & Peppers
Walter: Pan-Seared Boudin Blanc with Marmalade Sauce
Boudin blanc is a classic French sausage
that is made a lot at Christmas, and it's really great for adding a lot
of other flavors.
Half of the time is gone, and Holly is
just getting her chokes in the water. Still no idea how to make her
final dish. Ultimate decides on...
Holly: Medley of Boudin Blanc & Baby
Time's up... and Jeremy has forgotten his
artichoke. That may cost him.
Holly's mushrooms are nicely cooked, but
the artichoke is unevenly cooked, and there was no transformation in the
dishes. Jeremy's crostini is a nice vehicle for the boudin blanc, but it
is terribly underseasoned. Joseph's sausage was kept whole. A good idea,
but the supporting ingredients were lacking. Walter's plate had subtlety
in spices, but it's a bit too peppery.
With the exception of Walter, all of the
chefs played it a little too safe. Jeremy could've really given the
competition a run for the money, but he forgot the marmalade. Holly just
hoped that she survived. Someone's gotta go down in order to have a
winner. The first chef... to be chopped... is... JOSEPH! Jeremy may have
forgotten to put an ingredient down, but Joseph just got it wrong on all
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
Jeremy survived by THAT much, and now he and others
face... rainbow chard, tonic water, malanga coco, and rabbit.
It's rabbit season... for the 30 minutes
starting from now.
Holly: Braised Rabbit with Pickled Chard Stems
Jeremy: Rabbit Lop
Walter: Braised Rabbit with Brandy
Will Walter be able to braise that rabbit
down in 30 minutes? That remains to be seen. Meanwhile Jeremy has a lot
of flavors going on in his rabbit lop.
Malanga coco is in the potato family.
It's used a lot in Caribbean cooking, and Marcus likes to use it instead
of potato for fries.
Jeremy made a rabbit lop over wilted
spinach. Marcus thinks that it's cool to do something different, but
it's not balanced, calling it a "techno party in his mouth". He cannot
taste the malanga coco. And he may have gone overboard with the spicy
ingredients, but Alex thought it was addictive. Walter's rabbit sauce is
very balanced and flavorful, but the malanga coco chip was soggy and the
rabbit was a little dry. Holly's pickled chard was fantastic and
gorgeous to look at, but the dish needed 10 minutes to cook.
Jeremy and Holly stepped their game up,
but Walter was a little bit in the rough. Will that cost him in the end?
The next chef... to be chopped... is... JEREMY. It was a hard round to
judge, but he overused the spices, and that overtook the basket
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
We're left with one more basket. Inside: fino sherry, granola, dried persimmon,
and vanilla ice cream.
We're half-an-hour away from a big money moment.
Holly: Ice Cream Sandwich
Walter: Sherry Vanilla Crepe with Granola Filling
This is a first in the Chopped Kitchen,
having a tub of premade ice cream in the basket. How do you repurpose
that? We'll find out in a moment.
Walter will serve first. It's a
beautifully composed dessert, but the crepe was really thick because of
fear of granola. The filling is great. This dish could've been a little
bit more. Holly's dessert brings back a childhood memory. The cookie is
delicious, but it was a bit raw in the center.
Walter started strong in the taste
category, but did little else. Holly started strong in the plating
category, but didn't do much else. This is going to come down to who
came through the greatest over the course of the meal.
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
HOLLY. She brought a clean whimsical sensibility, but there were
critical mistakes all throughout the game.
... that can't be said for the methodical
WALTER D'ROZARIO, who wins $10,000 and the title of Chopped Champion.
The big winner in this battle, his family, especially his son, who was
brought to America for medical treatment.
Now our attention turns to the next
battle. One player is going to be paid, and the other three are going to
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