They came... they saw... they conquered the
Chopping Block for $10,000, but it's not enough for these champions.
Sixteen former champions return to the kitchen to play the "Chopped"
game again. The winner of the showdown moves one step closer to the
ultimate Chopped payday... $50,000.
Our first four returning champions...
chef & restauranteur
personal chef from Kentucky
executive chef from Texas
The winner of this match goes on to the
final match for $50,000. You know how to do this... On the panel today.
- Scandinavian cuisine expert & New Harlem
Renaissance chef Marcus Samuelsson
- Star executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli
- American cuisine expert Geoffrey Zakarian
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
On the menu today for round 1 are... Chinese celery, chickpeas, preserved
lemons, and country style pâté.
Who wants 20 minutes? I got'em. You got a
Wayne: Pâté & Chickpea Croquette
Heather: Crispy Pâté Wonton
James: Penne Pasta with Pâté "Meatballs"
Wade: Pâté Infused Crostini
You can fry celery and have it work with
the pâté and the chickpea. Last time Wayne was here, he took things to
the FINAL second. He's going to have to do it again if he wants to
He... does not.
Wade's dish has a salad of the celery,
lemons, and apples. He knows how to play with the sweet and sour, BUT
his bread is burnt. James serves his penne with lemon butter. It's
lacking in a few departments. Heather roasted her chickpeas to play with
her dumplings. Alex would NEVER toast her peas, but the rest of the
basket is incorporated nicely in the dumpling. Wayne... didn't use his
croquette because he couldn't plate it in time. The rest of his plate is
It is not unprecedented that someone
doesn't use all of his ingredients and still moves on... But it doesn't
happen in this case. WAYNE is the first to be chopped.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
Next champion box has... rack of antelope, stinging
nettles, jicama, and port wine cheese.
... and time starts now.
Heather: Peruvian Spiced Antelope
James: Antelope Chops
Wade: Spice Rubbed Antelope
James also prepared a jicama-potato hash.
His crust has that crispy crackling. The nettles are lost, though.
Heather has a cheese polenta with her chop. It's a beautiful, very clean
dish, but it needs a sauce. Wayne is serving his dish with carrots and
melted raspberries. He likes to express himself. His dishes have a great
flavor, but what's up with sweet potatoes and carrots?
The next person... to be chopped... is...
HEATHER. The flavors are there, but it needed some sauce.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
The player who survives this round will play again in the final. Must-uses:
nopales, sweet potatoes, pie crust, and Mezcal.
We're 30 from a second win... Let's go!
James: Sweet Potato Pie
Wade: Nopales with a Sweet Potato Custard
We've got smack talking in the kitchen. Take that
energy and concentrate it on your cooking.
Something's burning in the kitchen.. It's from
James' oven. WOOPS! His pies are both burned AND undercooked. He'll try to
recover. But will it pass muster with the judges?
James is serving his tart on creme anglaise with
Mezcal raspberries. The acidity is always a smart move with the creme anglaise,
BUT the tart is unacceptable. Wade turned his pie dough into a biscochito
cookie. His nopale leaf is bitter. His custard and cookie: spot on.
Wade grew from his first dish onwards, while
James dropped off in the middle of the competition. But who'll get the free pass
to the $50,000 final?
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
JAMES. Too much resistance to the required box ingredients.
And Wade Burch is once again the Chopped
Champion. This means for him, he will compete for $50,000 in the Grand Finale.
Next week, another player is going to join him in
the final. The other three.. are going to get Chopped. The road to $50,000 and
the title of Chopped Superchampion continues.
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