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Chopped is a popular cooking competition featured on Food Network and the Cooking channel. Four chefs compete for the chance to win $10,000.00. The prize money can be spent on anything the winner chooses, but it is most often used to improve upon the chef's business. All four competing chefs generally come from different professional backgrounds, though they often fit into the theme of each competition. For example, one episode might feature chefs from New Orleans while another might feature firefighters who also happen to be chefs. Chef diversity has always been a key point of the competition.

The competition takes place over the course of three rounds. These rounds are typically appetizers, entr

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
34 Seasons, 474 Episodes
January 13, 2009
Food, Reality
Cast: Ted Allen
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Chopped Full Episode Guide

  • The chefs get a jolt of energy in the first basket in the form of ground espresso, but can they quickly make coffee click with the rest of the ingredients? Sweetbreads are one of the sweet surprises that the competitors must work with in round two, and a brightly-colored sugary snack must be balanced with black molasses in the dessert round.

  • The chefs get news that the judges will be expecting three courses of flaky, perfect pies. Sour gummies and sausage are part of the appetizer round pie puzzle, then the entrée round has the three remaining chefs making savory pies that must include baby kale. After a dessert round with candied ginger in the basket, who will be left eating humble pie, and who will win $10,000?

  • Four challenge champions return to face the ultimate in brainy, zany baskets from Alton Brown that include small fish, strange condiments, oddly presented proteins and a jar of something stinky.

  • The chefs are pleased when they open the first basket and it's filled with bright, fresh Mediterranean foods, including baby octopus. A prickly green and a meaty fish share the entrée basket spotlight. Finally, the ice cream machine and the deep fryer come into play in a busy dessert round.

  • A strange, stringy Japanese specialty is the talk of entree round.

  • Strange incarnations of everyday ingredients, black garlic and coconut vinegar, challenge the chefs in the appetizer round. The judges go on the hunt for compelling flavor combinations in the chefs' alligator entrees, then a Peruvian fruit is the most unusual find in the dessert basket.

  • Dehydration is the theme for the third battle in Alton's Challenge.

  • In this heated competition, the chefs make the most of fiery, spicy ingredients in the baskets. In round one, a dip made with hot sauce and a spicy piece of poultry challenge the chefs. Then, the hot raw root in the entrée basket serves as proof that peppers aren't the only way to spice up a dish. Finally, some spicy candy and a baby fruit occupy the competitors' minds in the dessert round.

  • Dehydration is the theme for the second battle in Alton's Challenge.

  • The first four chefs step up to face Alton Brown's challenge.

  • Creepy surprises and freaky finds -- the chefs are sure to be spooked by what they get in the baskets for Halloween! A special meat platter grabs the competitors' attention at the start of round one, then a certain frightening ingredient is staring back at the chefs from the entrée basket. The two finalists get hyped up on Halloween candy as they scare up some creative desserts.

  • In the appetizer round, the chefs bake premade dough and try to figure out the best plan for including a Persian hot dog stew in their dishes. The entree plates must include a prized seafood and a floral component, then the competitors discover beets and a classic French dessert in the final basket.

  • In this special competition, the baskets are filled with enticing, soul-soothing comfort foods! The chefs are asked to carry the comfort food theme onto their completed plates, starting in round one when they must utilize something starchy and something greasy. A homey protein and some beautiful tomatoes are in the mix in the entrée round, then a nostalgic cookie meets a dairy delight in the dessert basket.

  • The judges have a pressing matter to discuss with four lucky chefs: waffles! The competitors prove waffles are no longer just for breakfast by making them the star of every plate and every round. First, the chefs bring some heat to their waffle appetizers by seasoning them with chiles de arbol. A thick Belgian waffle dough hits the irons in round two, then waffles take the form of cookies in the dessert round.

  • Which food truck chef will fortune shine upon in this competition of determined mobile meal vendors? There's a traffic jam at the fryer as the chefs attempt to make outstanding appetizers with two proteins. In the entrée basket, the chefs find a New England sandwich and a Mexican pepper. The final two food truck chefs left in the fight receive dessert nachos in the last basket.

  • The chefs battle for the final time and one goes home with $50,000.

  • In the round before the finale, a group of grill masters competes. A lamb appetizer lands on the chopping block. A “steak” made out of a vegetable is a surprise in the entree basket. The competitors' knowledge of dragon fruit and mesquite powder shapes how the dessert round plays out.

  • The second group of Grill Masters compete for the $50,000 grand prize. The chefs discover something stuffed and something smoked in the appetizer basket. Double proteins make the entree a carnivore's dream. And the two competitors who make it to the dessert basket make beans the center of their sweet dishes.

  • In this five-part tournament, grilling's greatest go big in a spectacular outdoor kitchen. The first basket out of the gate challenges four competitors with a weird pie and a beautiful cut of pork. A vegan product counters the giant beef ribs in the entrée basket, and the judges are impressed when they see a chef making a creative choice for their dessert basket.

  • The chefs get some gorgeous crustaceans and a fancy pasta in the first basket; making the most of an expensive mushroom in round two; one of the last two chefs runs into trouble while trying to make an apple dessert.

  • Chefs must create appetizers in just 20 minutes from clams and a sweet dried fruit; squid ink and a strong-flavored candy in entree; a pie made of beans and an alcoholic drink made with sorbet are mystery basket ingredients for dessert.

  • A dough typically used for flatbreads and a strong-tasting melon in round one; a different dough is at the center of the second basket, prompting the competitors to bake again; final dish features a marshmallow spread and lemon balm.

  • The chefs imagine they're making a memorable meal for a backyard party in this cookout competition using a hybrid protein and a ketchup stand-in, burger fixings, but no beef, and an edible centerpiece.

  • Chefs must make lamb appetizers that include a trendy toast; poultry and snap peas are part of the round two challenge; competitors do their best with fruits and a fermented beverage in the dessert round.

  • Chefs must use seafood and some boozy veggies in the first round; the judges decide who has the chops to get goat chops just right in the second round; finalists scramble to incorporate cheese and vegetables into their desserts.

  • Four fathers join forces with their grown-up kids to make dishes; a cookie in the first basket gets a laugh; salmon in the second basket seems simple but creates problems; an unusual flavor of gelato presents a challenge.

  • The chefs learn that their competition has a potato theme, with spuds of some kind in every basket! The chefs must incorporate two tater products into their Canadian bacon appetizers. In a wild round two, chili fries find their way to a blender and a whole potato finds its way to the deep fryer. Then, sweet potato pie meets toffee in the dessert basket.

  • The chefs are encouraged to embrace beautiful imperfections as they work with so-called ugly ingredients. In the appetizer round, they find often-discarded seafood and misshapen veggies in the baskets. A perilous-looking fish presents a fierce challenge in the entree round. The last ugly turn is the dessert round, which has the chefs working with an overly-baked item.

  • No ovens? No problem! The chefs give the grill pans a major workout in this special competition, where they must get grillin' from the get-go. The group makes sausage appetizers that must also include a fruity beverage. A beautiful open-faced sandwich meets a diminutive veggie in the entree basket, then the two competitors left to grill dessert face a basket that includes a boozy marshmallow and a bag of nuts.

  • Four newlywed couples compete as teams to see which married pair will be united in victory! A playfully-named toast and some sexy shellfish get the party started in the appetizer round. In the second round, the chefs must tackle a legume that's time-consuming to deal with and a pork cut that's challenging to cook just right. And will making desserts with the loves of their lives be as sweet as can be, or a Chopped nightmare?

  • To honor the wonderful women who raised them right, four famous Food Network cooks -- Ted Allen, Jeff Mauro, Jet Tila and Chris Santos -- compete with their moms! In the first round, the mother/son teams strive to manage their time and to carefully crack quail eggs. A large fish and some lovely lemons make up part of the second basket. Then, the final two family duos must find sweet ways to use blood oranges and walnuts.

  • An Argentinian meat and something challengingly sweet are two of the appetizer surprises. In round two, the judges are happy to see a favorite seafood selection in the basket, and bok choy also finds its way to their plates. Finally, some giant sheets of tofu and an alluring take on cheesecake keep the finalists on their toes in the dessert round.

  • Four celebrity champions return to try to reap a $50,000 win for their favorite charity in the grand finale of the Star Power tournament! The finale drama revs up after the competitors find a breakfast pastry and a pretty but bland fruit in their appetizer baskets. A pineapple transformed into something extra special is at the center of an exhilarating second round, then the last round of the tournament features a basket with a tower of cookies and a tropical fruit.

  • Film and TV actors compete in this round of Chopped's Star Power tournament.

  • Four celebrities compete in cooking improv in Chopped's Star Power tournament.

  • Four star athletes compete in Chopped's Star Power Tournament.

  • Chopped kicks off a star-studded tournament event, where celebrities who are famous in different fields take over the kitchen for the chance to win $50,000 for charity.

  • A big setback leaves one chef doubtful in the appetizer round. Peppers and pears pair up in an exciting dessert round.

  • The baskets are packed with favorite foods from Latin America, and the chefs bring pride of their native countries to every plate.

  • The chefs make dumplings inspired by any party of the world.

  • An unusual form of raw fish is in the first basket. A wonder drink and some beautiful peppers must be added to the entree plates. A hefty salt block could destroy the chefs' chances of success in the dessert round.

  • Diner chefs compete to transform the baskets into blue plate specials.

  • In this competition, the chefs get grand chocolaty surprises in each basket. The appetizers must combine white chocolate and soft shell crab. A chocolate adult beverage and a chocolate showpiece dessert keep the delicious theme going in the second round. The two chefs with the privilege of making chocolate desserts get luscious apricots to work with as well.

  • The chefs hope to create elevated game day food in every course.

  • The chefs must cook up noodle or pasta dishes from the items in the mystery baskets. In the first round, the competitors find ingredients suggesting Asian flare.

  • Four former military service members, who are pursuing culinary careers, discover a favorite American comfort food must mingle on the plate with a super-sweet drink in the first round.

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Grill Masters: Episode Two Clip (42:20) Grill Masters: Episode Three Clip (42:19) Grill Masters: Episode One Clip (42:20) Grill Masters: Grand Finale Clip (42:20) Grill Masters: Episode Four Clip (42:19)