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...
owner/chef, Recess Eatery
sous-chef, La Puerta Azul
Long Beach, CA
executive chef, The Attic
executive chef, Gwynnett St. Restaurant
Tonight on the panel.
- Executive chef Elizabeth Karmel
- Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli
- Superstar restauranteur Scott Conant
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
The first basket of the night has... tuna belly, key limes, black radishes, and
... and you have 20 minutes... and they start
Sevan: Tuna Tower with Radish Popcorn
Nicole: Tuna Belly with Key Lime Ceviche
Raquel: Seared Tuna with Radish Salad
Owen: Chilled Black Radish and Key Lime Broth
The soy ties Sevan's dish together, but
the fish loses the cleanliness. Nicole's ceviche is bright, depth, and
acid. The radish chip needed to be thinner. Raquel's seared tuna is tied
with the salad by the vinaigrette, but it suffers. Owen's tuna is small
and seasoned. The broth is clever, but you get off-putting sulfur smell.
The first chef... to be chopped... is...
RAQUEL. She really needed to taste that tuna.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
Our three remaining chefs are now taking on the
challenge of the entree box... and inside of it: leg of lamb, toban djan,
spinachi, and lassi.
Thirty minutes... Get to it!
Sevan: Toban Djan with Lassi Marinated Lamb Loin
Nicole: Braised Leg of Lamb with Lassi
Owen: Seared Lamb Leg
Lassi is a yogurt drink. while toban djan
is a Chinese chili sauce.
In his excitement, Owen has nicked his
finger. That's time wasted.
Alex thought that Nicole's dish looked a
bit like Thanksgiving. Scott wishes she didn't try to braise the lamb.
It needed more time. Nicole's got a bit of fight in her. Aside from
being a former exotic dancer, she's also a boxer and a former
professional wrestler. Owen's lamb is inconsistently cooked from judge
to judge. Sevan's lamb was a "buff" plate: balanced, unity, focused, and
flow. The lamb is masterful, but the toban djan and the lassi are lost
in the aioli
The next chef... to be chopped... is...
SEVAN. He has passion and creativity, but he needed a little bit of
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
Who wants dessert? Who wants money? The ingredients are ... rosewater syrup,
almond butter, rambutans, and mashed potato candy.
We're half-an-hour away from a big money moment.
Nicole: Almond Cookie Tower with Rosewater Ice
Owen: Almond Butter Cake with Whipped Ricotta
Owen's cake fell apart in the plating,
and the mashed potato candy was part of a caramel that didn't make it
onto the plate. The rambutan was a positive note. Nicole's ambition is
on display, and the texture of her ice cream is phenomenal. The
milk-chocolate mashed potato cream is good. But there's a lot of sugar
on the plate.
Nicole started by winning the appetizer
round over Owen, but Owen won the entree over Nicole. Dessert is going
to be the tiebreaker.
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
OWEN. It all came down to the sulfuric odor from the app round and the
lack of ingredient from the dessert.
That gives us our first champion of
season 16, NICOLE MUMMOLO! You look like you could use a $10,000 tip.
Have one of ours.
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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