It's a very special Thanksgiving in the
Chopped Kitchen. By the end of the hour, one will give thanks to the
tune of $10,000. The other three will be left to count their blessings.
personal chef for the Chicago Bulls
chef instructor, DC Central Kitchen
Daniel Bojorquez Leon
chef de cuisine, Sel de la Terre
New York City (orig. Trinidad)
personal chef and single mom
As an added crutch, all three of your
courses must stick to a Thanksgiving theme.
- New York restaurant baron Marc Murphy
- Star executive chef and green market devotee Alex Guarnaschelli
- Latin authority Aaron Sanchez
Round 1: APPETIZER (20 minutes).
The first box of the night has... pomegranates, polenta log, maple syrup, and
And time... starts .... *checks watch*...
Steve: Grilled Sausage with Goat Cheese
Polenta and Pomegranate Butter Sauce
Allison: Pomegranate Maple Glazed Seafood Sausage
Daniel: Polenta Maple Soup with Simple Sausage
Arlene: Trinidad-Style Cuckoo
The basket lends itself well to a
Thanksgiving starter course. The pomegranates remind you of cranberries,
and the sausage, maple syrup, and polenta give way to a hearty fall
stuffing. The question is... how do you put it all together?
Steve is offering his version of a
bangers & mash. The presentation says Thanksgiving. It's fresh, but it's
too sweet and too large for an app course. Allison did a great job
caramelizing the sausage, but we're looking for a little more color.
Daniel highlighted the holiday theme and had the sausage built around.
The sour cream brought another dimension, but Alex thought it was too
large. Arlene's polenta is very well seasoned. The rest of the dish
lacks in salt.
Only three chefs will be left to talk
turkey in the entree round. The first chef... to be chopped... is...
ALLISON. She was able to achieve a lot of flavors with the ingredients,
but there was a lack of integration in the pantry. It was just too boxed
Round 2: ENTREE (30 minutes).
One down, two to go. Next on the menu... turducken,
sugar pumpkin, concord grape wine, and Indian corn.
Half an hour to make Thanksgiving happen.
Steve: Turducken Sugar Pumpkin Hash
Daniel: Turducken Sandwich with Corn Chutney
Arlene: Bread Pudding with Turducken
Turducken. Bone out a turkey, a seared
duck, and a chicken. Stuff the birds inside of each other... and then
sew it shut. It's already cooked, so how are the chefs going to use
Arlene is going to add on a Trinidad
Indian spice mix. Steve is adding bacon, while Daniel almost breaks his
Daniel's sandwich is a smart idea
executed well. It's moist and creamy. The only comment? The chutney
needs to be in the sandwich. Arlene's dish is globally creative, well
seasoned, but it could've used some more sauce, and the corn is
underdone. Steve's hash is well executed, but the bacon still has a bit
of the rind on it.
Dessert is the highlight of any
Thanksgiving meal, but one chef will not be with us to enjoy it. The
next person... to be chopped... is... STEVE. The bacon overpowered the
dish, and the sauce didn't work.
Round 3: DESSERT (30 minutes).
And this is where success pays. Arlene and Daniel are now one basket away from
$10,000. In said basket... Pumpkin beer, fresh cranberries, pecans, and instant
Good luck, chefs... and GO!
Daniel: Pumpkin Pecan Roll with Orange Creme
Arlene: Potato Custard with Mascarpone and Trinidad Bake
Arlene's dessert speaks Thanksgiving. The
biscuit has a very homey earthy flavor, but everything on the dish is
very fragmented. Daniel's dessert is creative and inspiring, but the
wrapper leaves little to be desired.
Both chefs have their idea of
Thanksgiving, and both take those to heart. Here we have an embodiment
of the American dream, two immigrants working around the theme of the
most beloved of American holidays. Daniel has been transforming the
entire match, while Arlene brought some nice flavors to the party. Which
approach will end up carrying the day?
The final chef... to be chopped... is...
ARLENE. It came down to details. Both are valiant competitors, but in
the end, it was just a case of being outdone by a better chef.
And now comes the point of the show where
DANIEL BOJORQUEZ gives thanks for $10,000!
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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