Four chefs... One will
convert mystery ingredients into the taste of victory. The other three
will get the chop. Let's say hey to the players...
New York City
executive chef, Relish Caterers
New York City (orig. Germany)
executive chef, Atria
catering company owner
New York City
chef instructor, French Culinary Institute
You know the rules, and you know the lifelines. Let's
meet the judges...
- Latin cuisine authority Aaron Sanchez
- Acclaimed executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli
- Italian maestro Scott Conant
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). Our first
course must feature... apricots, macadamia nuts, and oysters
Your 20 starts now.
Arvin: Oysters with Apricot Chutney
Martin: Oysters with Apricot Chutney
Deborah: Marinated Oysters with Arugula Salad
Mark: Oysters with Mignonette Sauce
Here's a little trivia... Martin actually
was once Deborah's boss.... AND it's his birthday.
Apricots are tart with a little
sweetness. They can incorporate well with the oysters. The macadamia
nuts will add texture if they're properly toasted.
Martin AND Arvin are going the chutney
route. Five minutes left, and no one has started shucking oysters...
Then EVERYONE starts shucking. Will it all come together on the plate?
... and TIME... If it's on the dish, it's in
Arvin's oysters are well-dressed. Well, one of
them is. The cardamom works well, as does the macadamia nut.
Martin's presentation is nice. His rock salt gets
into a little of the oysters.
Deborah's salad is coming together, but it is
overdressed. Alex loves the cayenne.
Mark's use of color earns raves, as does his
shucked oysters. Technically the dish is flawless, but the apricots and
macadamia nuts are masked.
So Mark's dish was flawless. Deborah's dish was
different, but a little shortcoming. Arvin and Martin... basically did the same
thing. The dishes are fairly even, but the first person to be chopped... is...
MARK. Wow. The overuse of the bell peppers outshadowed the flavors.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). Time for
celebration is over. Time for cucumber, buttermilk, pork loin, and canned
jackfruit is nigh...
... and time starts now.
Arvin: Roasted Pork with Pickles
Martin: Pan-Seared Pork Loin with Roasted Vegetables
Deborah: Seared Pork & Jackfruit Puree
Deborah and Arvin have very little
experience with pork, as Arvin is Hindu and Deborah is Jewish.
The jackfruit is native to southeast
Asia. Arvin decides to use it in a sauce.
Deborah decides to sear filets of pork
loin, then finish it in the oven. Arvin has a similar problem, as his
roast isn't roasting. Martin has not worked with jackfruit, but he's
going to make it sweet & sour by caramelizing it and then adding
There's a lot of fire in Arvin's tank...
but he drops his blender. He gives it up to Deborah. Arvin is very
With two on the clock, nothing's been
plated. And everything is plated... but Arvin's parsley!
... and TIME... DRAMA!
Martin added a cucumber raita to the dish. The
pork is simple and juicy. It has a lot of red peppers (again). At this point,
everything becomes very similar.
Deborah's puree of jackfruit... is flavorful, but
it doesn't look good on the plate AT ALL. Alex's pork was not cut very well. But
the way it was cooked is very well done.
Arvin cooked his pork very well for having not
eaten it. The potatoes are overcooked just so, but Alex doesn't like drizzling
Did Deborah take too much of a risk, and if so,
will it hurt her? Was Arvin's dish too drab? And what about red peppers with
Martin's dish? The next person to be chopped... is... DEBORAH. It wasn't a
matter of creativity, but of the overkill of the jackfruit.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). It's
heads-up on Chopped. Between Martin and Arvin are... sugar cookie dough,
bittersweet chocolate, figs, and yellow miso paste.
We're 30 from a champion... Let's go!
Arvin: Cookie Napoleon
Martin: Miso Cookie with Glazed Figs and Chocolate Mousse
Miso is fermented soybean. Yellow is mild
in flavor. Martin is working on making a tuile out of the miso-cookie
dough. Arvin's going big with the miso.
Ten minutes on the clock. Chocolate and
figs don't go well together. Five minutes, and no one feels like they're
This is going to be close for both
chefs... ... and TIME... Let's serve up a verdict.
Arvin's sandwich could have benefited
from cutting up the cookie a little more uniform. The ricotta's nice,
but the miso molasses is really overbearing.
Martin went safe. But his figs and cookies are
greatly executed. He wishes that he had more time.
And now, let's go across the board. Martin and
Arvin drew the first round. Martin went with colors to take the second... It's a
culmination, this dessert, of what we've seen throughout the board. So who gets
paid, and who gets chopped?
The final person... to be chopped... is... ARVIN!
His appetizer missed the mark, but the dessert didn't interpret well. He's going
to do amazing things as he continues to cook from the heart.
Martin too cooked from the heart, and now he's
taking it to the bank with $10,000 and the title of Chopped Champion.
He can rest, but four more chefs are waiting in
the wings for their shot at 10 large, little knowing that three of them will...
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