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August 30


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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Part Two
September 7

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.

Shehu Fitzgerald
chef at the Ritz Carlton New York
Alejandra Padilla
sous chef
Michael Vignola
chef & restauranteur
Danielle Saunders
private chef

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 dish?

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 chef.

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 more cacao.

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.

To see extras from this episode, or to apply to be a contestant on "Chopped", visit the official website at www.foodnetwork.com/chopped