Chopped All-Stars: The Final Battle

by in Shows, May 7th, 2012

Chopped Finale

Last night we watched four chefs, each with a win under his or her belt, face off in the finale of the Chopped All-Stars tournament. In the four previous rounds, Michael Symon reigned supreme among the Iron Chefs, Penny Davidi prevailed against her fellow Food Network Star alums, Jeffrey Saad bested three other globetrotting show hosts and Marcus Samuelsson out-cooked his Chopped judging cohorts. But it all came down to the final battle: Only one of these chefs would win $50,000 for their charity.

If you missed the show and recorded it, don’t read any further — we’re about to break down the episode and chat with the winner. You can catch the full episode here.

The Baskets:
Appetizer: Chinese okra, Galia melon, pistachios, beef heart
Entree: rainbow chard, bonito, hard cider, couscous
Dessert: panforte, pancetta, pink currants, crème fraiche

Elimination Details:
First Round: Michael Symon
Second Round: Penny Davidi
Final Round: Jeffrey Saad
Winner: Marcus Samuelsson

So there you have it: Marcus Samuelsson did his fellow Chopped judges proud and took home $50,000 for C-CAP, a nonprofit organization that prepares high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

“While I really enjoy judging, competing is where my heart is,” Marcus explained after his victory. “It’s exciting and I love how we challenge one another. It’s always fun to be in the action.”

Marcus Samuelsson

We asked Marcus, who said this win was “one of the proudest moments in my life,” to share his top 5 experiences from Chopped All-Stars.

5. The best dishes came together for appetizers in the first round of the finals. That was a great feeling.

4. I really loved the experience of competing against Alex Guarnaschelli in the dessert round (of the Chopped judges competition).

3. I like going up against my fellow judges because I think we become better judges by seeing the other side of the competition.

2. It’s always fun to hang out with Marc Murphy. Whether he’s judging or competing, Marc is always the same — fun and making everyone laugh.

1. I really enjoy the camaraderie with the whole staff and crew of a hundred or so people. They’re rooting for you. You can’t really show that on camera, but they’re great memories to take away.

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Comments (325)

  1. julia says:

    What is wrong with icemaking machine there or no one doesnt know how to use it? Havent seen a chopped episode yet where it would work…

  2. dghhcd says:

    Get rid of Penny! Every comment was below the professional standards exhibited by these talented people. She brings these great competitions down to the level of really bad reality TV. Maybe she could cook for the silly Kardashians.

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  4. BDCN says:

    this show was a joke. they should have never even consider putting Ann Burell on here as a judge. Come on food network, really Ann is a joke. Michael Symon killed it and you let her send him home. I think food network should can he., she thinks she is so great. ANN BURREL is a joke. congrats to Marcus he did a great job. I just thought it should have been him and michael in the end. Way to go Ann way to ruin yet another good food network show.Why don't they do something about her no one leaves good comments about her.

  5. BDCN says:

    ANN BURELL is a joke. Please food network get rid of her.

    • LS65 says:

      By nature I am not a violent person , however a thought is not convict able. What an injustice everyone knows that it would have come down to Michael and Marcus. Ann you are so lucky I do not cross your path EVER because I will go to jail for public vulgarity. You are a line cook.

      • OZP says:

        PLEASE GET RID OF ANN BURELL!!!!
        Due to her inability to compete with Michael Simon she canned him, knowing his appetizer surpassed the others.
        Due to this maliciousness , my wife is VERY UPSET, throwing pots and pans around the house and I CAN'T EAT because SHE WILL NOT COOK!!!!!!
        HELP GET RID OF BURELL SHE IS KILLING ME!!!!!!!!!

  6. steve Orner says:

    get rid of Penny, she is not only a low caliber chef she is a low caliber person who has no place in a civilized society. she is a back stabber who without negativity would have npthing.

  7. Rob Poth says:

    I want to start a website. It will be asking for money only to fund the seminars associated with holding meetings for the clients and for mailouts. How should I go about setting that up?.

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