It's about to begin again. Four more
cheftestants, three more baskets, and $10,000 to the one who can avoid
having Ted Allen say with no feeling or malice... "You've been chopped."
chef & restaurateur, Chef Adrianne's Vineyard
sous chef, Tellers Chophouse
New York City
assistant food stylist
Palo Alto, CA (orig. New Zealand)
- Spanish genius Seamus Mullen
- New American superstar chef Amanda Freitag
- New York bigshot Marc Murphy
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
The first box of the night has... broccoflower, unsweetened cranberry juice,
madeleines, and sea urchins
And time... starts .... *checks watch*...
Adrianne: Cranberry Madeleines with
Wayne: Stuffed Sea Urchin with Madeleine Cranberry Stuffing
Lish: Madeleine Crostini with Broccoflower Salad
Kayne: Marinated Sea Urchin with Assorted Herbs
Broccoflower is green cauliflower with a
cabbagey flavor. The madeleines are, to put it simply, a flavor sponge.
Right now, the judges are wondering if anything in the box will work for
Adrianne added a little bit of truffle
oil. It's a beautiful dish, and it's sweet and sour. The truffle oil
boosts the spice level, and the dish isn't as clean as it could've been.
Wayne thinks Thanksgiving for his dish. The stuffing works. Plating the
urchin in shell is a gutsy move, but the dish itself was tart, and the
plate sloppy. Lish's salad vinaigrette works well, but the madeleine
doesn't receive the flavor to join with the salad. Kayne's marinated sea
urchin has a broccoflower that divides the panel. He uses more urchin
than the others, but the flavor was flat.
Each chef has an advantage, but for one,
it won't be enough. The first chef... to be chopped... is... KAYNE.
The cranberry didn't come through, and the dish wasn't seasoned enough.
In the end, it was a game of inches.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
One down, two to go. Next on the menu... Canned
mandarin oranges, red pearl onions, chicken thighs, and pork hocks.
Half an hour to make something happen.
Adrianne: Chicken Fricasee with Sweet Potato Puree
Wayne: Ham Hock Carbonara with Roasted Chicken
Lish: Ham Hock Hash with Mandarin Chicken
Pork hocks are the part of the leg right
above the hoof. Not a whole lot of meat on it. The best way to use it?
Shave what little meat there is and use it as a base for the sauce.
Wayne's pasta is very hearty and the
flavors are good. The onion came off as abrasive. The plate also lacks
in creativity. Lish's hash is "fantastic", the oranges are used wisely,
and the chicken is nice and moist, BUT... Amanda's chicken is a bit
pink. It needed a little more time. Adrianne offers a trip to the
Caribbean, but the salad disconnects. It's big, bold, and fiery, but the
interior of the chicken is undercooked.
Usually, undercooked chicken is a one-way
trip to Loserville, but what do we have today with TWO such dishes? The
next person... to be chopped... is... WAYNE. The dish was just too
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
And this is where success pays. Adrianne & Lish are now one basket away from
$10,000. In said basket... gingerbread cookie dough, goat cheese, garam masala,
and strawberry syrup.
Good luck, chefs... and GO!
Adrianne: Gingerbread Trifle with Custard
Lish: Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce
Adrianne is fighting for a $10,000 check
to St. Jude's in honor of her sister, who expired due to cancer. Lish,
on the other hand, is cooking for her wife. Adrianne has the advantage,
having cooking in MANY a gingerbread recipe.
The judges like Lish's combination of
ingredients, but the cheesecake mixture was not sweetened at all. It's
almost like a cheese course instead of a dessert. And we don't get any
of the garam masala. Adrianne's dish has a variance of textures and
tastes. The cookie is overdone. Adding the burn of the brulee on top,
and it's almost a double burn.
Lish had the strongest entree,
transforming the ingredients. Adrianne's theme: bold flavors. Seems like
we were constant all throughout, but only one person can win the day.
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
ADRIANNE. It wasn't so much the dessert, but the entire meal that did her in.
Too many errors to look past.
And so LISH STEILING has the unenviable task of
taking $10,000 off of Food Network's hands.
And that means that today, Helen Park is the
season's first Chopped Champion! That gives her a nice payday, $10,000 for three
So who's next to bring it home? Find out next
week when four more chefs compete in three more rounds. One of them will get
paid. The others will get... chopped.
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