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.
executive chef, dbar
New York City
chef/owner, Yo In Yo Out
executive chef, Camp-of-the-Woods
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
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
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
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
... 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
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
We're 30 from a champion... Let's go!
Yoanne: Pain Perdu with Chocolate-Potato
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.
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