How Much of a Basket Ingredient Is Enough? — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, April 30th, 2013

“Use a little or a lot; I heard Ted say it before,” Marc Murphy told substitute host Alex Guarnaschelli during tonight’s premiere episode of Chopped After Hours. He and his competitors, fellow judges Aarón Sánchez and Chris Santos, opted to use only one portion of what was unquestionably the out-of-place ingredient in tonight’s mystery basket: coconut-chocolate bars. With just 30 minutes to cook an entree with the candy, plus pink beans, sofrito and striped bass, the guys didn’t have time to incorporate the bar as a whole, so they picked out of it elements that would be successful in their dishes. For Marc, who in a risky maneuver set off to make a cassoulet, and Chris, who prepared a Thai-style soup, it was the coconut center that was the chosen fraction; Aarón picked out the almonds to feature in his Louisiana-inspired plate of fish and grits.

What do you think of the judges using only a select portion of a mystery basket ingredient? Although doing so may indeed be battling within the rules, should they have worked harder to utilize the candy bar as a whole, or does its unusualness make up for the fact that it wasn’t incorporated fully? If a contestant had done that during competition, would the judges have been as accepting of his or her dish?

Click the play button on the video above to watch what went down in the kitchen, then join fellow Chopped After Hours fans in a discussion about the judges’ battle in the comments below. For more insider dish on the showdown, browse these behind-the-scenes snapshots to see Aarón, Marc and Chris in action.

Check back to FoodNetwork.com/Chopped for another installment of After Hours following a new episode of Chopped on Tuesday, May 7 at 10pm/9c.

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Comments (47)

  1. Kathryn says:

    I think this is awesome — I would like to see this as a regular show on the network. It is so much fun!. I like the interaction between Alex and the judges and the playfulness demonstrated by the judges. It shows their takes on the basket as well as commentary of the ingredients and what they are doing. Please consider this as a regular offering of the network

  2. taoist says:

    I agree with those who recommend rotating judges because Aaron Sanchez and Chris Santos are too sexist for a woman chef to stand a chance, especially if Miss Freitag is the third judge. Ms Guarnascelli is fair as is Scott Conant; but I don't care that Aaron Sanchez learned to cook from his mother, it was clearly only her duty to teach him and his own genius took him toCELEBRITY CHEF, not anything a woman could have taught him.

  3. Tarana Persaud says:

    Can someone tell me if this can be viewed in Canada? I would love to watch this After Hours show but even the Youtube videos are blocked :( such a shame!!

  4. MrSurvey says:

    It is enjoyable to watch this type of show without the crazy competition. Plus to watch real chefs we can actually learn as they explain what they are doing.

  5. SMHatU says:

    You do realize that Ted was on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", don't you?

  6. MoHub says:

    "Gay agenda"? Really? Please crawl back in your hole and pull the rock on top of it.`

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