Four more chefs think they have what it takes to
withstand the heat of the kitchen. Time to meet'em.
chef & restauranteur, The Standard
based upon his environment
line chef, Le Cirque
executive chef & food stylist
New York City
sous chef, FreshDirect
"can just about cook it all"
Three rounds, each one has
its own box of mysterious ingredients. Be it a little or a lot, each one must be
used. After each course, the plate will be judged on creativity, presentation,
and taste. The lowest rung on the pole each round gets chopped. These are timed
rounds; strategy is involved. The last chef standing wins $10,000 cash money.
- Bistro baron Marc Murphy
- Star executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli
- Latin expert Aaron Sanchez
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). First up
in the boxes... red currant jam, Merguez sausage, and broccoli.
Twenty minutes... starting now.
Cody: Moroccan-style Sausage
Ming: Chive Crepes with Broccoli and Sausage
Lisa: Asian Broccoli Salad
Pedro: Mediterranean Salad with Moroccan Sausage
Meguez is 90% lamb and 10% beef, and very spicy.
Ming's first crepe doesn't work, and he has five minutes to plate, AND his
sausage isn't done yet. Pedro decides to tone down the flavor of the sausage
with the jam. Lisa needs to compose a vinaigrette. Pedro's broccoli is
overcooked. Ming plates his crepes, but it's not what he pictured in his mind.
And... TIME. Everyone's done, but only one will
be done PERIOD. To the Chopping Block.
Cody ends up with a raw broccoli salad with
sausage. Aaron says that the yogurt balances the flavor of the sausage.
Ming's execution... doesn't work, but the
execution is there. The broccoli was cooked perfect, but it needed a sauce to
integrate it all.
Lisa's salad worries Marc, but in the end, it all
worked together. Alex thought the vinaigrette was too much.
Pedro's sweet & sour sausage is overcooked... and
So two dishes manage to survive the judge's
assessment, and two don't. Which will be the first person to have their dish
being trashed? The first person to be chopped... is... MING. He wanted to be
creative, but the dish wasn't tied together.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). It's time to
build on the successes of the last round. And your building blocks... chicken
breast, dandelion greens, star fruit, and cherry liqueur.
Time to create something great... NOW!
Cody: Roasted Chick in Pan Sauce with Soft Creamy
Polenta and Star Fruit Chutney
Lisa: Tropical Fruit Salsa
Pedro: Seared Chicken with Star Fruit Sauce
Pedro starts with cooking a simple syrup, and the
judges are scared of the sweet again. Lisa wants to pair the dandelion greens
with something sweet, hence the fruit salsa. Pedro decides to cook the star
fruit in the liqueur... and it flames something serious. Five minutes to go, and
Cody's feeling confidence, even though the pieces of the chicken are starting to
come off in the pan. Lisa's chicken is not done, and her lentils are still a
little tough. With a minute to go, Lisa's first to finish. The others follow...
... and TIME. This is crazy, indeed, but it's
Lisa's pan-roasted chicken is served with al
dente lentils. The chicken's cooked all the way through, and the flavors are
very rustic... but Alex doesn't like the salsa at all.
Pedro's chicken with salsa is better, and the
chicken is more comforting. Marc's chicken is smaller than the appetizer, while
the sauce is too sweet. Again.
Cody's dish looks beautiful, and the flavors are
The final round only has room for two. Will deep
flavors, colorful presentation, or rustic profiles seal the deal? It's anyone's
game at this point. The second person to be chopped.... is... PEDRO. The
sweetness of the dish ended up being a little cloying.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). One more
round, one more basket. In it... grape leaves, sesame seeds, honeydew melon, and
This is for cash money. GO!
Cody: Ginger Sesame Scone
Lisa: Sesame Beignet
Lisa starts out ... stunned. But ultimately, she
decides on a beignet with a different crunch level. Unfortunately, she cooks the
ingredients in the wrong order. Cody is going to counter with a honey cardamom
sauce. He just needs to figure out what to do with the honeydew and the grape
leaves. He ends up making a dolma. Lisa on the other hand is making a fruit
salad to go with her beignets. Cody thinks that it's very safe, but is he right?
And... that's TIME. Who's going home richer and
who's just going home?
Cody's dessert wins raves all around. Alex thinks
the dessert makes no sense, but ultimate she ate half of it. Also, if he made
the scones smaller, it would've cooked better.
Lisa's dessert presentation worked. The sesame
gives it character, and the brown butter taste makes it pop. The beignets could
also have been cooked a little bit more.
Once again, it's going to be a close call, closer
than any call in Chopped history. Lisa's dishes looked great. Cody combined
ingredients in a very creative way.
But alas, there can only be one winner. Who wins
the big money: The final person to be chopped... is... LISA. They've been going
neck and neck all day, but it came down to details.
It was a close call all the way through, but it
ends in victory for today's Chopped champ, Cody, who gets to take his dinner all
the way to the bank with $10,000.
Next time, four more chefs and three more
baskets. Only one can win. The others... chopped.
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