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.
Last time, Wade Burch did a Texas two-step
to the final. One of these four will join him.
chef at the Ritz Carlton New York
chef & restauranteur
The winner of this match goes on to the
final match for $50,000. You know how to do this... On the panel today.
- Latin authority Aaron Sanchez
- Queen of Indian fusion Maneet Chauhan
- American cuisine expert Geoffrey Zakarian
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
On the menu today for round 1 are... frosted wheat cereal, baby red romaine
lettuce, black garlic, and quahog clams.
Who wants 20 minutes? I got'em. You got a
Shehu: Braised Clams & Wedge Salad
Alejandra: Clam Cocktail Salad
Michael: Thai Curry Soup
Danielle: Quahog Clam Saute
The bigger and older the clams get, the
tougher they are. The black garlic is very sweet, very rich.
Danielle's clams are served with sausage
and a romaine salad. The flavor profile is great, but you don't want to
be too basic. The wheat could've been used a bit more creatively.
Michael's soup is complex and in harmony. The use of the wheat cereal..
creative, but the romaine wilted. Alejandra has a very vibrant dish, and
the use of the pantry pulls the dish together, but she has too much
raisins, making it a sweet dish. Shehu's salad has a black garlic aioli.
The ingredients are highlighted naturally and beautifully. But we're
missing a little heat or acidity.
The first chef... to be chopped... is...
SHEHU. The mushy textured of the cereal did him in..
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
For our survivors, we have these ingredients...Tuna
belly, lemon curd, people cauliflower, and dried cuttlefish snack.
... and time starts now.
Alejandra: Tuna Belly and White Bean Stew
Michael: Smoked Tuna Belly with Tuna Carpaccio
Danielle: Fried Tuna Belly
Michael incorporated his lemon curd in an
almond foam. he gets props on the use of the ingredients... but the
cuttlefish snack is not there AND there's not enough entree. Alejandra's
butchering is top-notch for substantial portions. The cauliflower was
strangely disjointed. Danielle is serving her fish with a cauliflower
and potato mash. The mash was velvety. She took a big risk on the fry...
and it paid off. But what we're missing is a little green.
The next person... to be chopped... is...
ALEJANDRA. A couple of small reasons turns into a big loss for the small
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
The player who survives this round will play again in the final. If it's in the
box, it's in the dish. What's in the box today... cacao beans, masa dough, Pisco,
and gorgonzola dolce.
We're 30 from a second win... Let's go!
Michael: Masa Cookie Napoleon
Danielle: Sweet Potato Pie
Danielle is adding her cheese to the
sweet potato mixture. Michael makes a gorgonzola meringue... that
doesn't work. So he tries again. Will it pay off? Probably not. Danielle
has a great looking dish, while Wade looks almost defeated.
Danielle's tart has a cacao Pisco cream.
It was creamy and luscious and surprisingly simple. But the masa was a
little thick AND not that sweet. Michael's dish was moist and delicious
with a lot of marks on presentations, BUT it needed some more cheese and
A tale of two styles. Danielle was simple
and grounded, while Michael was more complex, more creative. Which
approach is worth a ticket to the $50,000 final?
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
MICHAEL. He does exemplify what a Chopped champion is, but the dessert was
lacking two of the mystery ingredients.
And it's a second sweet win for Danielle
Saunders, as she moves one step closer to the $50,000 in the Grand Finale.
Next week, another player is going to join her 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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