Tonight, the Next Food Network Stars will
take the Chopped Kitchen to find out who advances in the competition,
but first, these four will show us how it's done.
Mt. Kisco, NY
executive chef, Village Social
executive chef, Haute Mess Catering
executive chef, Rivals Steakhouse
Venice Beach, CA
chef/owner, Joe's Restaurant
Notes: Mogan's parents don't know he's a
chef, and Roy's sister is famous comedian Chelsea Handler. Joseph is a
Tonight on the panel.
- Master of the Harlem Renaissance Marcus
- Superstar Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli
- Latin expert Aaron Sanchez
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
First in the mystery baskets are... pickled sausage, mache, blood oranges, and
... and you have 20 minutes... and they start
Mogan: Braised Southern Cabbage with
Pickled Sausage & Sofrito
Roy: Pan-Seared Pickled Sausage over Roasted Red Wine Cabbage
Laura: Pickled Sausage & Sausage Cabbage Flatbread with Mache Salad
Joseph: Southern Choucroute
Mogan's made a good dish, with the egg
bridging the gaps, but the pepper makes the dish not very pleasant.
Roy's sausage has enough blood orange to carry through. But the plates
are not consistent, nor is the cut on the sausage. Laura's dish has
well-developed light flavors, but it doesn't translate to a light bread.
Joseph was focused on the basket, but he could've treated the ingredient
differently and made a smaller dish.
The first chef... to be chopped... is...
ROY. The dish was very inconsistent.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
Three survive to cook another round, and in this
one, we are left to deal with... lobster bisque, baby leeks, daikon, and squid.
Thirty minutes... Get to it!
Mogan: Japanese-Style Grilled Squid with Daikon
Laura: Caramelized Leek & Lobster Vermicelli with Sautéed Squid
Joseph: Stuffed Squid with Risotto
Laura cleaned the squid very well, but
she didn't really cook it very well. Joseph's squid is the center of the
plate, while the vegetables provide nuance. The downside: the lobster
bisque. Mogan's squid blooms with character on the dish, but the dish
overall did not harmonize, while he also needed to clean the squid more.
The next chef... to be chopped... is...
LAURA. One of her larger choice was to recruit ingredients from the
pantry, leaving the mystery ingredients to the wayside.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
So we have one chef whose parents don't know, and one chef whose kids don't
really care that much. In the dessert, we have ... green cerignola olives, honey
distilled liqueur, lady gala apples, and kaiserschmarrn.
We're half-an-hour away from a big money moment.
Mogan: Sable Breton
Joseph: Dutch Apple Pancake with Rosemary Ice Cream
Kaiserschmarrn is a thick Austrian pancake served
with whipped cream.
The olives are too big on Joseph's dish,
and Steve's dish is more buoyed by the pantry ingredients. Mogan's dish
is a smart dish, but he has a lot of the cookie, and he needed a lot
more of the cream or something not as dry.
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
MOGAN. Ultimately, he made three good dishes, but they were hindered by
some serious setbacks.
That leaves JOSEPH MILLER, whose first
appearance on a cooking competition leaves him $10,000 richer as today's
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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