Host-Turned-Competitor Ted Allen Joins the Battle — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, July 30th, 2013

Although he’s overseen hundreds of rounds of Chopped, Ted had never before cooked in the kitchen, and he didn’t know the experiences of manipulating mystery ingredients, running through the pantry or competing against the clock firsthand. Until tonight, that is. In his first foray into battle against the Chopping Block, Ted went head-to-head-to-head with Marc and Maneet in an After Hours competition, while Chris filled his hosting shoes for the day. Ted and the judges watched three chef-competitors attempt a basket of crab legs, sweet vermouth, green asparagus and Mexican wedding cookies, before they, too, tried their hands at those ingredients with only 30 minutes on the clock.

Ted may have been the rookie contestant in the kitchen, but that didn’t stop him from tackling an ambitious dish of crab cakes, especially since the crab was frozen at the start of the battle. He quickly boiled it, making the meat easier to work with, before getting started on a vermouth vinaigrette. As is often the case among the chefs, he faced a potentially damning problem with just minutes left to cook, when his vinaigrette broke in the blender. Per the advice of peer and guest host Chris, however, Ted remade the mixture, and in the end, “it totally made the dish,” according to Chris.

What did you think of Ted’s first-ever attempt at cooking in the Chopped kitchen? How did his efforts compare to his peers’, and which of the competitors do you think made the most ambitious dish? Click the play button on the video above to watch the entire After Hours battle, then browse these behind-the-scenes photos to see Ted, Marc, Maneet and Chris in action.

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Comments (41)

  1. Mer says:

    Yay! I love Ted!!!!

  2. Aimee says:

    I wish these shows were longer!

  3. yvonne says:

    Great video yay Ted love Chopped !

  4. Guest says:

    Was fun to watch, but who won? Come on Chris you know! ☺ Marc seemed to have the most ambitious dish, but a crab cake well made is hard to beat.

  5. Beverly says:

    Yesterday, I watched 6 episodes of Chopped on my dvr. First time i've watched Chopped After Hours and it was fun!

  6. Guest says:

    The judges definitely would have been very critical of someone making a mess in the kitchen and clowning around. Also – the judges had a big advantage going into the competition knowing what the (not-so-secret-anymore) ingredients were and knowing the mistakes the competitors made. They also had the advantage of having more time to think about what they would like to do with the ingredients. Was Ted's water already boiling when the competition began? After Dark definitely had advantages the original Chopped competitors didn't. None the less, kudos to all on the dishes they created.

  7. Michelle says:

    Great Fun seeing Ted! For the record though, Aaron Sanchez is my favorite…sorry Ted :-)

  8. They should have made the judges work with that dessert basket. It was a disaster. Marc Murphy would have been the first judge to take a contestant to task for sloppy work, fooling around, and finishing early, but it is okay for him.

  9. sicilygirl says:

    Mary Osborne (funny name. just a name.)

  10. PATRICIA LATTA says:


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