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Four chefs will create a three course dinner... with one chef eliminated after each course.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Ted Allen
Creators Linda Lea
Michael Krupat
Dave Noll
EP Linda Lea
Dave Noll
Packager Notional Productions for Food Network
Origins Food Network Studios, New York City
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Easy Peasy?
July 12

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.

Today, it's the British invasion, and not a Ramsay or an Oliver to be found...

Jun Tanaka
London
executive chef, Pearl
Tristan Welch
Kensington, London
chef patron, Launceston Place
Lotte Duncan
Buckinghamshire
chef & culinary instructor
Andy Bates
East London
owner/chef, Eat My Pies

I guess we should say that the prize money today is 6090.

You know the rules, and you know the lifelines. Let's meet the judges...

- Acclaimed chef & restaurateur Marc Murphy
- Star executive chef Amanda Freitag
- American cuisine expert Geoffrey Zakarian

Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). Our first course must feature... buffalo hot dogs, carrots, edamame, and butterscotch candy.

Control room, give us 20... and begin!

Jun: Buffalo Hot Dogs with Pickled Carrots
Tristan: Sausage Ravioli
Lotte: Buffalo Hot Dog Salad with Orange Butterscotch Vinaigrette
Andy: British Fry-Up (Caramelized Buffalo Sausage Crostini)

Andy didn't have enough time to dress up his salad, but the texture wins out. Lotte's salad is refreshing, but the dressing is overly acidic. Tristan's sauce is overly sweet. Jun's grill smoke comes through, and the idea is there, but there's not quite enough of the pickles to the hot dogs.

The first person... to be chopped... is... TRISTAN. He pushed the creativity envelope, but he didn't push the flavors. Off you pop, mate.

Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). Next up for our surviving chefs are ... pork loin, crunchy cheese curls, escarole, and ch-ch-ch-chia seeds.

... and time starts now.

Jun: Crusted Pork Loin with Escarole Two Ways
Lotte: Cheese Curl & Chia Crusted Pork Loin (same as Jun)
Andy: Roast Pork with Apples & Escarole Salad

Lotte's dish is very "naughty" and very "feminine". The pork is a little flat and underseasoned. Jun's version of Lotte's dish... better executed. The pork is a little overdone. Andy's pork is cooked perfectly, and bacon helps. The salad was a little hard to eat, though.

The next person... to be chopped... is... ANDY. The pork was superior, but the salad had some serious issues.

Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). It's heads-up on Chopped. Lotte and Jun must transform grape flavored gelatin, lemon verbena, brie, and shortbread cookies into $10,000.

We're 30 from a champion... Let's go!

Jun: Shortbread Financier
Lotte: Brie Cheesecake with Shortbread Cookie Crust... and a Grape Syllabub

The financier is perfectly finished. The lemon verbena was like eating perfume, and some of the ingredients were lost in the shuffle. The grape syllabub worked in a very candy-like way. The cheesecake was a little too dense, and the crust fell a little flat and thick.

So it was a tale of two approaches. Lotte showcased every one of the mystery ingredients, while Jun transformed them all into one. It's a difficult decision,

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 bitter.

So who gets the money and who gets the chop?

The final chef... to be chopped... is...  LOTTE. The salad was unevenly dressed, the pork was underseasoned, and the cheesecake just didn't work, but she did bring some sunshine.

But Jun is bringing $10,000 back home to the UK. Hail Britannia, indeed.

But who's next? Find out next week as another four chefs fight it out for $10,000 while avoiding being CHOPPED.

To see extras from this episode, or to apply to be a contestant on "Chopped", visit the official website at www.foodnetwork.com/chopped