Chopped Heads West in a Five-Part “Grill Masters” Summer Battle by FN Dish Editor in Shows, June 20th, 2012
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You’ve seen Chopped, Chopped Champions and Chopped All-Stars. Now, Chopped is traveling to the Arizona desert for a special five-part themed series: Grill Masters, which premieres Sunday, July 22, at 10pm ET/PT. Over the course of five weeks of dry desert heat, 16 grilling professionals from around the country face off in this captivating Wild West showdown. The stage is set for the ultimate culinary feud with Chopped favorites Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Aarón Sánchez at the judging table, and astonishing mystery ingredients and tremendously talented competitors. One chef from each preceding duel makes it to the final fiery face-off, and when the dust clears, the greatest grilling pro of all will walk away with a $50,000 grand prize.
Grill Masters: Part 1 – Sunday, July 22, at 10pm ET/PT
Fire up the grills, y’all! In this first-of-its-kind Chopped grilling tournament, the competition heads west for a fierce, five-part showdown for a $50,000 grand prize.
Competitors: Ray Lampe (Florida), Jennifer Duncan (Arizona), Tom Duncan (Arizona), Galen Zamarra (New York City)
Grill Masters: Part 2 – Sunday, July 29, at 9pm ET/PT
Four more grill masters step up to the challenge for a chance to compete in the finale. Some delicious Italian surprises await the finalists, but perfect desserts will be difficult to execute in a windy and intense final round.
Competitors: Sam Choy (Hawaii), Nicole Davenport (Texas), Carey Bringle (Tennessee), Dushyant Singh (Arizona)
Grill Masters: Part 3 – Sunday, August 5, at 9pm ET/PT
Advancing past the first round for these four masters of the open flame will require a lot of hard work in just 20 minutes.
Competitors: Robyn Lindars (Florida), Timothy Grandinetti (North Carolina), Ernest Servantes (Texas), Doug Keiles (New Jersey)
Grill Masters: Part 4 – Sunday, August 12, at 9pm ET/PT
The final four grill masters face off for the last slot in the finale. When the two remaining chefs open up the last basket and find every meat lover’s worst nightmare, they must attempt to put their feelings aside and grill up some terrific desserts.
Competitors: Chad Ward (Florida), Kent Rollins (Texas), Corinne Trang (Connecticut), Rick Browne (Washington)
Grill Masters: Finale – Sunday, August 19, at 9pm ET/PT
The champions of the first four competitions cowboy up to compete for the $50,000 prize in the grand finale. The final two chefs will draw from family memories when they open up the last basket and must grill some do-or-die desserts.
Competitors: The prior episode’s winners