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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
Web foodnetwork.com/chopped
Airs 10p Tues, Food

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Sweet Second Chance!
July 26

Previously, four chefs came to the Chopped Kitchen... and just when you thought they had it in the bag... They were chopped. Second chances are hard to come by nowadays, but that's exactly what's going to happen today on this Redemption episode.
Christopher Coombs
executive chef, dbar
Yoanne Magris
New York City
chef/owner, Yo In Yo Out
Lance Nitahara
Adirondacks, NY
executive chef, Camp-of-the-Woods
Siggy Sollitto
Brooklyn Heights, NY
chef/owner, Siggy's Good Food

The rules have not changed since the last time you were here... The judges... have.

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

Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes). On the menu today for round 1 are... pancake mix, guava nectar, aleppo peppers, and Asian style beef jerky.

Who wants 20 minutes? I got'em. You got a dish?

Chris: Beef Jerky Roulade
Yoanne: Jerky & Cheese Stuffed Crepes
Lance: Carne Seca Soup
Siggy: Beef Jerky Pancake

Last time Yoanne was here, she wanted to win to see her ailing grandmother in France. That didn't work out for her. Now she's back for a second chance. Pay attention, that is relevant.

A lot of flavors on Siggy's plate, with the salad as a cooling agent. The pancake... has no texture on it. Lance's soup was very inspired. Everything came together, but it's a tad too sweet and oily. Yoanne's jerky creates a savory ham & cheese. Her goal of seeing her grandmother has not changed. Again, relevant. Chris is fixated on his three-star review in the Globe... but his roulade can't really cut it.

One of these people has to have the unfortunate honor of being chopped... again. The first person... to be chopped... again... is... CHRIS. He couldn't roll with the ingredients given him.

Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes). Well, now that THAT's out of the way, we have another box. Inside... fresh wasabi root, crab apples, collard greens, and lamb hearts.

... and time starts now.

Yoanne: Lamb Heart Provenšal
Lance: Lamb-Stuffed Collard Greens
Siggy: Moroccan Lamb Heart Stew

And we have an injury on the field, as Yoanne slips on a puddle and saves her potatoes at the cost of her leg. She's working hurt. She DOES want to continue, so she will be judged.

Lance's dish was creative, but he did not remove the pigskin on the bacon. There's a difference of opinion when it comes to the collards, but the grits were underseasoned. Siggy's stew is very hearty with a developed flavor and spice. But she didn't clean the hearts or the crab apples enough. Yoanne's dish is beautifully presented, and the collards are well purposed in the potato. Still needs a little salt or butter.

The next person... to be chopped... is... SIGGY. The heart was left with arteries, and the crabapples were left with seeds.

In the back room, we check on Yoanne's legs. Second degree burns. We'll follow up with that.

Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes). One is for the family. The other is for the family... again. In the baskets for dessert... duck eggs, russet potatoes, farmer's cheese, and honey herb cough drops.

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

Yoanne: Pain Perdu with Chocolate-Potato Truffle
Lance: Gnocco Frito with Duck Egg Ice Cream

Yoanne's pain perdu is on another level, but the potato chocolate is a little too thick. Lance's ice cream is very silky, but the gnocchi is very doughy and not sweet enough.

Both chefs took a lot of chances. Lance has always been the creative one, while Yoanne turned out dish after dish on a busted leg. One was technical, the other creative. But in the end, you have to pick one.

So who gets the money and who gets the chop?

The final chef... to be chopped... is...  YOANNE. She put up an incredible fight, but it came down to small details.

That leaves Lance as the winner today... but remember when I said that the fact that Yoanne kept bringing up her grandmother was relevant? Well... in a fit of sportsmanship, Lance decides to use his $10,000 to send Yoanne to see her grandmother in France. So today, Lance Nitahara has proven himself not only as a Chopped Champion, but a champion in all facets. THAT is to be commended.

But it'll be back to business as usual NEXT time as four more chefs are in the line at the Chopping Block, as one of them gets paid... and the other three get 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