Another four chefs as season
4 continues. Another three boxes and another three rounds. To be sure we
get to the one to win $10,000.
New York City
executive chef, Sofrito
chef/owner, Petit Cafe
Marc Anthony Bynum
semi-pro football player & chef
New York City
You know the rules, and you know the lifelines.
Let's meet the judges, all of whom are executive chefs tonight.
- From Gottino, Jody Williams
- From Butter, Alex Guarnaschelli
- From the Harrison, Amanda Freitag
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). Our first
course must feature... quahogs, rhubarb, almond butter cookies
No more than 20 minutes on the clock... and it
Ricardo: Quahog Rhubarb Ceviche
Kat: Steamed Clam Ceviche with Arugula Salad
Marc Anthony: Clams Casino with Rhubarb Puree
Melissa: Steamed Quahog Clam
Melissa has absolutely no clam or cookie on her
plate. That will almost assuredly spell her end. Never in the history of
"Chopped" has anyone graded on potential.
So who ends up clammed up? The first person... to
be chopped... is... surprise of surprises... MELISSA. She just gave up after the
final minute. She had great ideas, but there wasn't enough in the bowl to save
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). Next up for
our surviving chefs are ... venison tenderloin, cinnamon swirl break, sharon
fruit, and cornichons (French pickles).
... and time starts now.
Ricardo: Pan-Seared Venison
Kat: Pan-Seared Venison Loin with Cassoulet
Marc Anthony: French Toast with Seared Venison and Eggs
Marc took a risk making breakfast for
dinner and then underdoing his eggs and underseasoning his meat. Was
there a fatal flaw in Kat's dish? What about her cassoulet.
Who gets Frenched, and who'll pickle out?
The next chef... to be chopped... is... RICARDO. He put a lot of juniper
into his chutney so as to make it inedible. Running with a knife in
hand... probably didn't help either.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). It's
heads-up on Chopped. Marc & Kat have to turn matzo, salty peanuts, dried
strawberries, and cocoa nibs into $10,000.
We're 30 from a champion... Let's go!
Kat: Pate Sucre with Three Cheese Mousse
Marc Anthony: Matzo Napoleon with Strawberry Mousse
Marc elevated his matzo by leaving it in
its organic form while adding something. But the strawberry overpowers.
Kat's jam is glossy looking. Her palate cleaner is a great finish to the
So Marc was bold and daring. Kat was simple and
organic. Which approach is worth $10,000?
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
KAT! There are a few points that didn't come together, but she was incredibly
Marc is the big winner tonight, as the man who
made his mark in the world of sports starts to make his mark on the culinary
world as well. This is only the beginning for him.
But who's next? Find out next week as another
four chefs fight it out for $10,000 while avoiding being CHOPPED.
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