New season, new chefs...
same game. Three rounds of mystery baskets and ten large on the line.
executive chef, Mercato
executive chef, Terra
Brooklyn Heights, NY
chef/owner, Siggy's Good Food
executive chef, DBar
You know the rules, and you know the lifelines. Let's
meet the judges...
- Master of American cuisine Geoffrey Zakarian
- Executive chef secret holder Alex Guarnaschelli
- Manhattan chef Chris Santos
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). Our first
course must feature... Asian pears, croissants, haricots verts, and rattlesnake
Your 20 starts now.
Mackenzie: Bean Salad with Rattlesnake
Eric: Rattlesnake Salsa Sandwich with an Aioli of Rattlesnake Jus
Siggy: Sicilian-Style Rattlesnake
Chris: Pan-Seared Rattlesnake over Pear and Bean Salad
Eric and Mackenzie work half a block from
each other. They don't want to lose to each other.
Cooking rattlesnake through is VERY
important, because otherwise, it's poisonous. An Asian pear is very
Eric tries to make his aioli... and it
shoots everywhere. At least it worked a little. Mackenzie's croutons are
burning. Chris' snakes came uncoiled. And Siggy... is just hopeless. She
hopes to go with one plate and make it worth four.
... and TIME! Whatever's on the plate is
going to the Chopping Block.
Mackenzie added balsamic. Her snake was
overcooked, but the combination of flavors made sense.
Eric's sandwich is delectable, but it's a
little big for a first course.
Siggy will only serve Alex due to her one
plating. The combination of flavors work well, but the fact that she
only made one plate is hard to overlook.
Chris' flavors and shapes come together
well. The beans need to be a little more glazed.
Siggy has a HUGE disadvantage to
overcome. Can she do it with the depths of flavor and with Chris' lack
of finesse? The first chef to be chopped in season 4... is... SIGGY.
Goes without saying, a competition is a competition. Rules are rules.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). Next up for
our surviving chefs are ... tapioca pearls, carrots, fruit leather, and rabbit.
... and time starts now.
Mackenzie: Roasted Rabbit with Red Wine Fruit
Eric: Roasted Rabbit Two Ways
Chris: Rabbit Trio with Tapioca Risotto
Doesn't take a lot of time to cook rabbit, but it
does take a lot of skill. Chris says that it's all about respect. He
incorporates the carrots into the risotto.
Mackenzie's a quiet riot, who is very composed.
She has no idea about what to do with the tapioca. Eric is hoping to puree the
fruit leather into something. There's a real competition spirit going on through
... and this is going to go all the way.
... and TIME! Chris forgot a rack,
Mackenzie is going to be done in by tapioca... and Eric's just "hoppy"
with his dish.
Eric has a roasted loin and a roasted
thigh. The dish is very rustic and homey, but there needed to be some
attention to detail. The thigh was either overcooked or under.
Chris has a trio with loin, rack, and
seared liver. It was very ambitious, but only one person - Alex - gets
the trio. A little bit of an odd flavor.
Mackenzie's carrots were risky... and
they have much deeper flavors. The Chianti braise was a really good
counterpoint. But the tapioca doesn't win any fans.
There were some flaws all over the place
and some high points all over the place. Creativity goes to Mackenzie,
as her flavors go together, save for the tapioca. Chris' rabbit was
nice. Eric's rabbit was inconsistent. And Chris got a lot of technique,
but not a lot of soul.
The next chef... to be chopped... is...
ERIC. He has a love of food and a dedication, but there were too many
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). It's
heads-up on Chopped. Mackenzie and Chris will have to turn yucca, Calimyrna
figs, hoisin sauce, and red jalapenos into $10,000.
We're 30 from a champion... Let's go!
Mackenzie: Zeppole with Spicy Yucca Fig Sauce
Chris: Fig Biscuit with Candied Yucca
Mackenzie and Chris come from different
cuts. Chris likes connections and integration. Mackenzie likes things
that make her happy. Chris is going to make a caramel out of his
ingredients, while Mackenzie wants to make a creme anglaise.
Chris wants to give it his all, while Mackenzie
incorporates everything into her chocolate sauce. She's in her happy place right
now. This one is going to come down to the wire...
... and... TIME!
Chris has a nice presentation. All in all, it's
spectacular, but Geoff is missing some peppers, while Chris is missing some
yucca in his dish.
Mackenzie was very clever in mixing the flavor of
the zeppole with the hoisin-chocolate sauce. It's a continuation of her style.
Now we have two different approaches to the
competition. Chris was very methodical, very ambitious. Mackenzie grew over the
course of the competition. She had a great dessert and was creative. Chris had a
So which chef is going home happy? The final
chef... to be chopped... is... CHRIS! He has a lot of skill, but some
major technical flaws.
But today, Mackenzie is one step closer to her
dream, as she wins $10,000 and the title of Chopped Champion.
But who's next? Find out next week as this season
is just getting started. Another four chefs. One is getting paid. The other
three are getting CHOPPED.
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