Four chefs will arrive to face the Chopping Block, but in the end, there can
only be one $10,000 winner.
New York City
executive chef, Il Bordello
New York City
sous chef at an oyster bar
New York City
executive chef, Gramercy Park Hotel
New York City
chef owner, JoeDoe
Aggressive American Style
You know the rules, you know the lifelines, let's
meet the judges...
- Bistro baron Marc Murphy
- Italian cookbook superscribe Scott Conant
- Renegade restauranteur Chris Santos
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). First to
challenge our chef's creativity are... hamachi, quail eggs, and dried cherries.
Twenty minutes... starting now.
Ayesha: Spiced Hamachi Kebabs
Joshua: Hamachi Crudo with Cherry Salad
Fabian: Pan-Seared Hamachi with Cherry Chutney
Joe: Raw Hamachi with Cherry Sauce
Hamachi is similar in texture to sushi-grade
tuna. It's a little fattier. But once you cook it, it's not like tuna at all.
It's firmer. Now how do you pair that with cherries and quail eggs?
Joe's going totally off the beaten path here,
blending the cherries with bread. Fabian's going to rehydrate his cherries with
some nice liquor. Ayesha's just getting a grill pan on the heat with 10 minutes.
That should've been done right from the start. Welcome to freakout city. But her
pan is hot. Now she needs to get a grill line. Joshua is the only one who's
doing a yolk dressing raw. This may set him apart, or it may come back to bite
And... TIME. Appetizers up.
Ayesha's got a quail egg on top for richness, but
the hamachi is a little too over.
Joshua's onions are dressed, but raw onions don't
go over well. There's nothing wrong with it, but it could be better.
Fabian's very simple with his dish, but the fish
Joe's dish is perfectly cooked, but it's a little
small for an appetizer. He's creative, but it was a little too small. Joshua's
fish was underneath too many ingredients. Ayesha wasn't very kicky.
So who's dish is on the Chopping Block first? The
first person... to be Chopped... is.... FABIAN. The cherries were
overwhelming... and the fish was overcooked.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). Congrats...
you survived your first course... One of you will not survive the second, and
it's on the back of .... beef tenderloin, mango, gruyere, and kochujang.
... and half an hour to make it all work somehow.
Ayesha: Kochujang Tenderloin with Mango Lentil
Joshua: Seared Beef Medallions with Chocolate Sauce
Joe: Seared Beef with Kochujang Sauce
Kochujang is a very spicy miso paste. What do you
do with it and mango? What do you do with it and gruyere? No idea. Joe's very
focused on his dish, while Ayesha remembers what Scott said about not living raw
onions. So she only uses so much of it. Same with Joshua. Joshua's chocolate
sauce is very heavy... he added the mango...
Gruyere is a semi-sweet very hard cheese. That
can be used easily for the gratin for the steaks. Joe tries that application...
but it's not working. And with a minute on the clock, it's time to get out of
the pantry and onto the plates.
And TIME... As the dishes go to the judges, so do
Joshua's potatoes are really rich and go well
with the beef. Scott gives the challengers all the business about the onions.
Don't. Use. Raw. Onions.
Ayesha's salad is not going well with the red
onion. Cooking is not just extraction of flavor, it's also about a nuance. And
her steak is overcooked when it isn't done perfectly.
Joe's latke is soggy. The sauce, though, is top
notch, and all of the flavors meld together.
Joe may get a pass to the next round, simply for
avoiding the red onion. Joshua barely used the mango AND he talked back to the
judges. Will this come back to haunt him? The next person... to be chopped...
is... AYESHA. The judges are left with, pardon the pun, a bitter aftertaste of
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). Final
showdown time. The final baskets have... ripened plantains, prosecco,
crystallized ginger, and bacon. Because bacon can enhance the flavor of
This is for the moolah. Get going!
And Joshua is stumped, while Joe gets going on
Joshua: Seared Plantains with Candied Bacon &
Joe: Plantain Quick Bread
Zabaglione is eggs, sugar, and champagne. Joshua
is using the prosecco. Joe's cooking down his plantain in olive oil. Joe is
literally on top of the world. Joshua tries to execute what little plan he has.
All the components for his plate are finished. Joe's hoping to have his cakes
ready before the time-up... but it isn't working...
One minute left. And Joe's cake is nowhere near
done. He's switching to plan B pancake with only 30 seconds to go. He's not
going to make it.
And... TIME. Joe has no dessert. Joshua might've
made bank here. The Chopping Block awaits.
Joshua decides that what's on the plate, a
bacon-plantain mousse with prosecco ginger sauce, is what he'll present. The
flavor works, but the presentation is a disaster... at best.
Joshua's plantain looks almost like scallops.
Nice sear on those. The zabaglione has some flavor on it, but it isn't sweet
Now we look at the overall meals. Do you want
someone who was consistent (Joseph) or someone who had a few great moments,
followed by one big suckout?
The final person... to be chopped... is...
JOSHUA! It was close, but when you add it all up, both chefs were very
talented... Joe was a little bit more talented.
... and for that, Joe Dobias is going to be
rewarded with $10,000 and the title of Chopped Champ.
Next week, nine dishes to victory as three
baskets lead to one chef getting paid... and three chefs getting CHOPPED.
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