They came... they saw... they conquered the
Chopping Block for $10,000... and then they came back and did it again.
But in an epic battle for $50,000... only one will be left standing. The
other three will experience what it's like to be chopped for the first
executive chef from Texas
caterer and dancer from New
As a point to make, the winner of each
heat came out of Kitchen #4. But stranger things have happened, so don't
write that check to Lauren just yet.
On the panel for this $50,000 match...
- Latin wizard Aaron Sanchez
- Superstar executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli
- New York restauranteur Marc Murphy
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
On the menu today for round 1 are... catfish, daikon, cherry soda, and boiled
Who wants 20 minutes? I got'em. You got a
Wade: Cornmeal Fried Catfish
Alan: Bahn Mi Salad
Danielle: Cajun Dusted Catfish
Lauren: Coconut-Poached Catfish
Alan and Lauren are proceeding with
blending the peanuts without shelling the peanuts. Could be a major
misstep. Alan is also undercooking her fish. The players need to send
the right message with these appetizers or else the judges will send you
on your way.
Lauren's cola foam is pretty. The daikon
goes well with apple. The catfish is tender, but the judges are getting
shell with the peanut sauce. Danielle's serving her catfish with a salad
with cherry vinaigrette. The judges love the dish, but they just want
more of the dressing, and it's a little too safe. Alan has a
spice-crusted catfish. The peanut sauce is a lot better than Lauren's.
The fish is very spicy, but it's a little bit on the raw side. Wade's
catfish is perfect, and the daikon-apple fusion. But there is little to
no peanut in the sauce, and the choice of fried catfish is a little
The first chef... to be chopped... and to
lose their shot at $50,000... is... ALAN. He had creative choices, but
the catfish is undercooked.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
For our survivors, we have these ingredients...
kettle corn, chayote, apple sauce, and roasted suckling pig.
... and time starts now.
Wade: Pulled Bork with BBQ Sauce
Danielle: Suckling Pig & Chayote Ravioli
Chayotes... hurt. Lauren is going to use those as
a salsa verde.
Danielle had to cook it up a notch
creatively. She tried to pull of a traditional French red wine cream
sauce with the ravioli... Nope. Wrong. There is no traditional red wine
sauce with a ravioli with pig... but the dish works. Wade made a
sandwich with latkes instead of bread. The pork is addictive. But the
sweet potato cake is too sweet, and the chayote and apple sauce are not
as woven together. Lauren has also done pulled pork .. with a shot of
tequila. The apple sauce goes well with the pork. She's taken risks
creatively, but Aaron gives her the business on the tortilla.
The next person... to be chopped... and
will not compete for $50,000... is... WADE. He simply wasn't creative
enough, and the dish itself was not interwoven enough.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
Okay, we are at the precipice... It's time to turn araucana eggs, bread flour,
turbinado sugar, and goat's milk into money.
We're 30 from a $50,000 dessert. LET'S GO!
Danielle: Buttermilk Spoon Cake
Lauren: Cornmeal Parfait
Let's see... eggs, milk, flour, sugar. It's
almost screaming "Bake me!" Lauren... isn't going down the easy path, while
Danielle is putting all of her eggs in one basket. Lauren decides to change
gears from a whole fried egg to an egg yolk.
And... You've done all you can do in this
Lauren's cornmeal parfait pushes the
envelope creatively. There's a pleasant creaminess that is real fun. But
the taste Alex is left in her mouth is pure egg. Danielle has a
rum-spiked berry sauce and mascarpone cream with her cake. It is
flawless. It is obvious.
Lauren has been nothing short of
creative, but she's had a few missteps along the way. Danielle has been
safe all day long with the exception of an exceptional entree. So will
they go with the safe route and the better taste... or the creative
daring route with a few missteps?
One of these women has just won
The final chef... to be chopped... in this
inaugural tournament of champions... is... LAUREN! She just couldn't use
her creativity to her advantage.
And DANIELLE SAUNDERS IS THE FIRST CHOPPED GRAND
CHAMPION, and with that... comes a check for $50,000! And here to share in the
moment, her friends and family
We'll be back with more mystery boxes and more
hungry competitors in the weeks to come, knowing that in one week, one of them
will win money. The others.... will get chopped.
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