It's 2010... A new year. New hope. New opportunity.
But one thing still remains... Three course dinner and $10,000 on the line.
New York City
executive chef, Battery Gardens
New York City
New York City
chef/entrepreneur & boxer
New York City
freelance consultant chef
You know the rules, and you know the lifelines. Let's
meet the judges...
- Bistro baron Marc Murphy
- Mexican expert Sue Torres
- Eatery magnate Geoffrey Zakarian
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). First box
of 2010 contains... Chicken breasts, kiwi, and zucchini blossoms.
All three of those have to be in your
appetizer... in 20 minutes... from NOW. Off you go!
Tommy: Pan-Seared Chicken "Dennis" with Kiwi
Keith: Seared Chicken with Lemon Dressing
Bill: Tuscan Chicken Sandwich
Lola: Roasted chicken with Kiwi Salsa
Zucchini blossoms... The trick is to stuff them
and fry them. All of the chefs seem to go that route.
And the one constant of the competition seems to
be Lola talking. A lot. Bill wants to be as healthy as possible... so why is he
cooking the kiwi? You can't do that. Not if you want the nutritive value. Bill
is looking down the barrel of a raw chicken. Keith is hitting his kiwi in an
arugula salad. Tommy meanwhile is sweating. A lot.
And we have a situation. Lola burns her hand on a
pan. And Keith hasn't plated with 45 seconds on the clock. That turns into a
And... FINISH LINE. Keith forgot to plate kiwis.
That may cost him.
Tommy's dish is well prepared, but it's not
coming together. There's no real tying element.
Keith's zucchini blossoms are perfect. The
chicken is a little short of that. And Keith admits to forgetting kiwi.
Bill's sandwich is a little big. Geoffrey agrees.
Marc's kiwi is okay.
Lola's chicken has good flavor. It's a dry dish
due to Lola's dropping of the pan with the dressing.
So we have a dry dish, one missing kiwi, one
that's too big, and one that's not unified... They all have reason to be hanging
in the gallows, but who'll snap their neck first? The first person... to be
chopped... is... BILL. The sandwich was not composed, and it was not the
appropriate size for an appetizer.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). Next up, the
odd grouping of scallops, cranberry juice, artichokes, and burdock root.
Half an hour to whip something up... GO!
Tommy: Pan-Seared Scallops with Cannellini Ragout
Keith: Seared Sea Scallops with Artichoke Mash
Lola: Bacon-Infused Scallops with Artichoke Tapenade
Two very rooty dry ingredient that take a while
to impart any flavor. Lola has no idea what to do with either of them. Keith is
making a reduction and a broken vinaigrette courtesy of a favor that Lola did. I
don't know about you, but this is a competition. Tommy is going with a bean
ragout as a starch.
Five minutes, and Keith has not cooked his
scallops. Tommy also hasn't cooked his scallop. And Lola... has stopped having
And TIME... The knife is about to fall... AGAIN.
But on who?
Tommy's main course has a lot of spice to it, on
account of his parents, who like spice. The burdock takes the cranberry nicely.
Keith has no cranberry juice... That will cost
Lola's dish is good, cooked well and colored
through. Geoffrey wants a little more care with the food, especially with
throwing garbage on the floor. And that's for starters.
Back in the chef's holding room, Lola is getting
a mite peeved about Geoffrey's critique about her kitchen habits. At the
Chopping Block, all three chefs are given the business about having a complete
dish. But the least complete of the three... and the next person to be
chopped... is... KEITH. First course was a pass, but at the end of the day, he's
his own worst enemy.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). One dish
away from glory... and one box left. Inside... blackberries, apple cider,
shredded phyllo, and chickpeas.
Thirty minutes to one dessert... Get going!
Tommy: Candied Chickpeas with Compote & Phyllo
Lola: Blackberries and Apple English Crumble with Hot English Custard.
Lola is confident that she'll cook something
that'll prove her mettle as a proper British chef. Tommy on the other hand is
making something that can be produced by his big freaking fingers. Seems like
the two chefs are coming to terms with not only the competition but the
camaraderie. Tommy's busy thinking about his family. For the first time in the
competition, both chefs are composed and ready to deliver, but who'll deliver
That's TIME. Let's see who's got the cash money
in the bag.
Lola's dessert goes over well with the judges.
But it's missing a little more caramel and a little more custard. This is her
Tommy's "grandma's fruit compote" brings out the
sweetness of the chickpeas. The rest of the ingredients are playing off each
other. A nice way to end the meal.
So now it's all about the entire meal. Lola's
dessert was on the money. Tommy's was creative, yet hokey. Everything he
prepared was all about him and his family. Lola's dishes, on the other hand,
were missing a few vital components to tie everything together. Also, Lola had
an overall progression. Will that be the deciding factor in this game?
The final person... to be chopped... is... LOLA.
She's made a great comeback, but Tommy simply overplayed her throughout the
... and as a result, Tommy Lee will be the first
player of 2010 to win $10,000 as Chopped Champion.
Next time, four more chefs, three more rounds,
and one chance to be the champ... or to be chopped.
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