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Four chefs will create a three course dinner... with one chef eliminated after each course.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Ted Allen
Creators Linda Lea, Michael Krupat, Dave Noll
EP Linda Lea, Dave Noll
Packager City Lights TV for Food Network
Origins Food Network Studios, New York City
Airs 10p Tues, Food
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All-Star Showdown
September 22

Last time on Chopped, James Briscione tried to defend his championship, but he was taken out by Einat Admony, who now has $20,000 to her name and a title to defend. She also has three folks willing to do anything to take it away from her.

New York City
former actor; chef tournant at L'Atelier in the Four Seasons, NYC
Won episode 1.3
parts unknown
mega yacht private chef
depends on her client
Won episode 1.11
Brooklyn, NY
chef & restauranteur, The Standard
based upon his environment
Won episode 2.8
orig. Israel
chef & restaurateur, Taim Falafel & Smoothie Bar
$20,000, two games

Tonight's judges... all come from New York City's restaurant scene...

- Chef & restauranteur Marc Murphy
- Chef & restauranteur Geoffrey Zarkarian
- Chef & restauranteur Chris Santos

Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). First challenge has... lavash bread, preserved lemons, and squash.

Twenty minutes... starting now.

Andre: Southern-Fried Squab with Red Pepper Coulis
Jackie: Pan-Seared Squab with Lemon Thyme Sauce
Cody: Spiced Squad Breast with Arugula Salad
Einat: Fattoush Salad with Pan-Seared Squab

Squab, or pigeon, gets a bad rap in restaurants, but if you cook it right, it's pretty tasty. Portion sizes need to be small, but not too small. Andre keeps burning his lavash. He's going to run out if he isn't careful.

There are a lot of panicked faces all over the place, so this is going to be telling on the first round. Jackie's the first to plate, but she's wondering if she made a mistake early.

... and TIME. Let's start this champion's dinner proper.

Einat starts to serve. The flavor is delicious, but the pigeon is a little bit tough to eat (and one squab still has feathers on it).

Cody has a spicy squab that's on the edge of being "livery". But the way he treated tomatoes and olives is very nice. He admits that maybe he plated too late.

Jackie's salad is good separate. The sauce is tasty on the squab, but it's a little too viscous. And the squab itself was overdone.

Andre's dish is... well, different. It's better than chicken. He really nailed it, but as an appetizer, it's a little too small.

One champion is going to feel the sting of defeat. We don't think it's Andre, but it's the judges' call. The first person... to be chopped... is... JACKIE. Her sauce was delicious, but it didn't look very appealing. But most egregiously, she was the only chef to overcook her squab.

Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). Next up, you gotta make something out of bluefish, papaya, ginger snaps, and beef jerky.

Andre: Blackened Bluefish with Papaya Salad
Cody: Pan-Seared Bluefish with Beef Jerky Hash
Einat: Asian Papaya Salad with Pan-Seared Bluefish

Andre's going to grill his fish. The breading he made may stick there. Einat, having just found out what gingersnaps are, would do well to change her game plan. Cody... forgot about his gingersnaps. He combines that with potatoes and cannellini beans into a hash. All three chefs make something out of nothing, but again, it's the judges who make all the decisions.

... and TIME. Like it or not, it's entree time.

Cody's white bean hash sounds ridiculous, but they work. The judges are wondering if he's showing off.

Andre's crusted fish really works well together. The jerky works well with the salad. The salad is lifted, but in the dish, it's small and not plated cleanly.

Einat's dish is basically a mishmash of first-time ingredients. But they work well together, albeit in a soggy way.

For one of these chefs, the dessert will stay just out of reach. Will it be size or presentation that will prove to be their Waterloo? The next person... to be chopped... is... EINAT. No repeater tonight. The ginger snap was a really bad call to just not open the box when she started cooking.

Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). Only one person stands between you and $10,000 more. The ingredients to determine the winner... butter crackers, grapefruit, feta cheese, and gin.

This is for cash money... GO!

Andre: Grapefruit Brulee with Caramel Sauce
Cody: Feta & Ricotta Donut with Caramel Sauce

We have a tale of two chefs. Cody has been lightning out of the gate going for what looks like pizza dough, something he's had his eye on all show long. Andre, on the other hand, is stuck until he remembers sugared grapefruit.

Twelve minutes in, and Cody's ready to plate. Everything in his eyes is coming together. Andre, meanwhile, is still flummoxed.

And Cody's finished already! Andre's still trying to melt feta cheese on his grapefruit wheels! Andre drizzles his chocolate sauce and... TIME! Someone's got a $10,000 dessert in front of them.

Andre's dessert is very creative and just rightly sized. The flavors are combined nicely. The feta and chocolate aren't too badly mixed. It's not disliked, but it's a head scratcher.

The grapefruit almost seems like a copout on Cody's dessert. He finished early. He could've hammered out execution in the time that he had left.

Dessert was basically a microcosm of both chefs' demeanors. Cody was very polished, and Andre looked appetizing as well. But one of these chefs is a little more complex and head-scratching than the other. Will it be execution or taste that wins the day?

The final person... to be chopped... is... ANDRE. This was a tough decision, but the appetizer, entree, and dessert all had fundamental flaws with them. But the judges feel like he put up a good fight.

That means that Cody just pocketed another $10,000 as the Chopped Champion! He'll return for one more go against three new champions next time! One of them will take home another paycheck... The others will be... Chopped. Stay tuned.

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