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."
New York City (orig. Lebanon)
chef & consultant
New York City (orig. France)
sous chef; Tastings Catering Company
Robert Saks III
Staten Island, NY
executive chef, Marina Cafe
New York City
- Trendsetting restauranteur Chris Santos
- Star executive chef Alex Guarnaschelli
- Italian maestro Scott Conant
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
The first box of the night has... breakfast sausage, cantaloupe, potato rolls,
and coconut flakes.
And time... starts .... *checks watch*...
Sonia: Melon & Chive Salad
Charles: Sausage & Coconut Slider
Arthur: Panzanella Salad
Shawn: Fried Sausage & Melon Spring Roll
The judges have yet to put anything
together using the four ingredients, whereas Arthur has already put
together a gremolata. Shawn's spring roll idea is 86'ed for...
Shawn: Warm Meat Salad with Fried Bread.
Sonia crusted the bread with coconut. The
salad is brought out by the vinegar. The coconut is a little burned,
while the bread is soggy. Charles uses the melon very whimsically. The
side salad doesn't measure up to the creativity of the burger. Arthur's
dish achieved a textural contrast, but the salad could've used some
green. Shawn's salad is like him as a 101st Airborne... quick on his
feet and not that overpowering. The cantaloupe made the sausage juicy,
but the bread could've done without.
The dishes were cleaned and composed,
creative and impressive. On the other hand, one will not measure up to
par. The first chef... to be chopped... is... SHAWN. He was able
to adjust with four minutes, but the bread was overcooked and the
presentation left a lot to be desired.
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
One down, two to go. Next on the menu... fiddlehead
ferns, sablefish, vadouvan, and blood orange sorbet.
Half an hour to make something happen.
Sonia: Vadouvan-Dusted Sablefish
Charles: Vadouvan-Crusted Fish with Blood Orange Sauce
Arthur: Fiddlehead Fern Carbonara
Vadouvan is a French Indian spice mix.
Both Charles and Sonia are working from
the same pile of polenta.
Charles' fish is cooked flawlessly. The
polenta is very good. Together, they're brilliant. The technique and
taste if borderline obscene. The sauce, though, is uncomfortably
reduced. Arthur is wildly creative with use of ingredients. The potatoes
he used were delicious, but at the same time, it doesn't belong on the
plate. and he used way too much butter. The polenta on Sonia's dish
needed to be liquefied a little more, and her ancho chilies have not
cooked. But she leaves the sorbet in its purest form.
This is going to be decided on
creativity, as in, who created, and who was a creative failure? The next
person... to be chopped... is... ARTHUR. The main fell short with the
overuse of the cheese and butter taking away from the ingredients.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
And this is where success pays. Sonia and Charles are now one basket away from
$10,000. In said basket... sour beer, cherimoya, raspberries, and brown bread in
Good luck, chefs... and GO!
Sonia: Bread Pudding
Charles: Brown Bread Pain Perdu with Maple Cherimoya Coulis
Before we continue, Ted issues a warning.
Do not eat or serve the seeds in the cherimoya, a fruit native to the
middle east. They're bad for you. In fact, they may even kill you.
Charles decided early on to cook the
fruit whole. That doesn't go over well with the judges, so he's left to
spend a great amount of time removing the seeds. Meanwhile, he ends up
burning his caramel. Sonia is making a campers' style bread pudding with
a beer zabaglione.
Sonia's bread pudding with zabaglione is
missing some of the beer flavor, but she has a deep understanding of the
ingredients. Charles' caramel has a richness and a roundness, but he
struggled with the raspberry mousse.
One chef rose over the course of the
meal, while one chef fell from the start. Sonia's dessert was the
strongest, while Charles' entree was probably the best ever cooked in
the nine seasons of the show. Sonia's appetizer was cleaner, while
Charles' was more creative.
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
SONIA! She was at a high level today, but in the end... CHARLES LOPEZ
was a little bit better. And that little bit adds up to $10,000. Spend
it, save it, frame it.
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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