It's a brand new season of dinner on the
fly. Four chefs, three rounds, three boxes, three judges. All these
threes will lead to 10 Gs.
Finger Lakes, NY
owner/chef, Simply Red Bistro
New York City
former executive chef
orig. Southeast Los Angeles, CA
chef, La Padra del Sol
executive chef, CR Lounge
You read that correctly. Sammy Davis Jr.
You know the rules, and you know the lifelines.
Let's meet the judges...
- Latin expert Aaron Sanchez
- American cuisine expert Geoffrey Zakarian
- Italian virtuoso Scott Conant
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
Our first course must feature... tamarind soda, cocktail nuts, haricots verts,
and goat brains.
Control room, give us 20... and begin!
Samantha: Spiced Nut-Crusted Goat Brain
with Spring Salad and Tamarind Cocktail
Colin: Milk-Poached Goat Brains
Alejandra: Big Bad BBQ Backyard Salad
Sammy: Asian Stir-Fried Goat Brains
One minute left, and Colin has not yet
plated. That... changes. TIME. Let's go to the block.
Samantha's dish is perfect to two of the
judges (Geoffrey disagrees). Geoffrey does like the spice, though.
Colin's brains are perfect, but no sauces
on the brain. At all.
Alejandra's prep is inviting, but the
peanut needed a little coaxing. It suffered from too much acid.
Sammy incorporates the texture of the
brains, but they end up overcooked. The sauce brings it all together.
Not looking good for Colin, but let's see
who wins this incredibly tough round. The first person... to be
chopped... is... COLIN. He has a lot of talent, but he needed to bring
his dish together.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
Next up for our surviving chefs are ... cream of cocnut, baby turnips, wakame
seaweed, and... everyone's favorite... fish heads.
... and time starts now.
Will Samantha throw in the towel... and her
knives? No she doesn't.
Samantha: Creamy Coconut Linguine with
Sauteed Cod Cheeks
Alejandra: Braised Fish Heads with Pickled Turnip Greens
Sammy: Fish Head Curry Stew with Rice
The fish is northeastern cod. Very sweet
flavor. Great opportunity for the chefs.
Sammy takes a cleaver to the meat to
extract all that delicate protein. He also extracts some of that flavor
from the seaweed. Alejandra loves the natural flavors and the
opportunity to add her own flare. Samantha adds cheese to her pasta
dish. This is relevat.
And TIME. Let's see what the panel
Alejandra's dish was simply "awesome".
The pickled turnips were a nice touch, but the fish had a lot of bones
Sammy's dish was smart. Geoffrey thought
it was a little too hot for him. Scott thought that the curry was
Samantha's dish was very tasty.
Creativity is up there. The pasta was perfect, but Scott doesn't like
cheese on his pasta.
So it's obvious that the chefs on season
6 have raised their game. The judges... have also raised their game as
The next person... to be chopped... is...
SAMANTHA. It was hard to ignore the positives of the dish, but the dish
itself was very muddled.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). It's
heads-up on Chopped. Alejandra and Sammy must transform peanut brittle, marsala
wine, wonton wrappers, and the very spiny durian fruit into $10,000.
We're 30 from a champion... Let's go!
Alejandra: Durian Fritters with Marsala
Sammy: Durian & Mascarpone Stuffed Wontons with Marsala Sauce
Durian has a custardy texture and a
stinky flesh. Whoever can look past all of that (and the taste of it,
which isn't that pleasant) will win. Sammy wants to bury the durian in a
whole lot of sweetness, while Alejandra wants to enhance and concentrate
it. Which approach will win?
And... TIME. This is going to be close.
Sammy hasn't really given thought to the
progression of the meal, as all three of his offerings were fried.
They're very good dishes and dessert was embraced by the judges, but
there was no growth onto the central theme.
Alejandra had more or less the same dish
as Sammy. The sauce is a very nice element. The durian, though, is not
un-muted, and it needed to be. Good presentation, but the fruit was
So who gets the money and who gets the chop?
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
SAMMY. He had some great moments, but he stayed inside his comfort zone... AND
was simply outcooked by a better chef.
And speaking of which, Alejandra is going home
with $10,000, having killed it today.
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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