Delivering on a Frequent Request — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, September 24th, 2013

After Hours battles task Chopped judges with the same rules and restraints as the competitors — identical basket ingredients, limited time on the clock and the stipulation that they must use every mandatory product in some way — which means that when they take to the kitchen, they’re bringing with them the experience of judging hundreds of rounds of competition. They often remark on the show that a contestant’s dish lacks seasoning, is overcooked or is too simple, but when it’s their turn to cook, will they be able to succeed where others have failed, and will they deliver on the frequent requests they make of the competitors?

On tonight’s all-new episode of Chopped After Hours, Amanda proved that she can indeed walk the walk, if you will, in the kitchen, when she decided to bake a cake for her dessert. “I’ve always wanted everyone to bake,” she told Ted, “so I find it only fair for me to bake.” Her dish, like Aarón’s and Marcus’ dishes, had to feature chicken-themed ingredients, including chicken suckers, farm-fresh eggs, fruitcake and chicken feet, but she didn’t let the oddity of these products stop her from the mission. After a quick 30 minutes, she ultimately proved that it’s possible to bake — and bake well — in the Chopped , as her fruitcake with a sweet marshmallow mousse “melts in your mouth, ” according to Aarón. “I want to put my money where my mouth is. I am always begging the chefs to bake … so I baked,” she told her peers when presenting the dessert.

While Aarón’s dessert of choice, crepes, was something for which he often chastised chefs, he explained that the difference in his plate would be its superior taste. “The problem is that they haven’t made good crepes,” he noted of the competitors. His finished Farm Egg Crepa with Spiced Fruit Compote indeed delivered, so much so that Ted told him, “My favorite.”

Want to see the entire episode of Chopped After Hours and find out what Marcus cooked? Click the play button on the video above to watch the judges face off, and browse behind-the-scenes photos to see inside the kitchen. Then start a conversation with fellow fans: Do you think the judges’ dishes would have been met with praise had they been judged? Whose dish was the most creative, and who best utilized the basket ingredients?

Visit Food Network’s Chopped headquarters to watch all past episodes of Chopped After Hours.

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Comments (3)

  1. Cindy Brooks says:

    I'd Like to submit a judge or a special guest to be on any of the Food Network shows (maybe as a judge or a special guest) See my Display Name is a hint. I can discuss if someone will contact me via email or my cell phone. I do have permission from this person. We know him personally. We are family friends. I'm a Realtor in Georgia and Alabama. We all Love Love these shows! Chopped is a Great Show – learn so much to get the cooking completed Fast. With being a Realtor, time is essential. Thanks for good competition!

  2. Voucher UK says:

    Your video is great. The spicial guest is so funny and interesting.
    i hope you can share as much video as possible for watchers.

  3. Dear Chopped, My Wife is your best fan. She watches most episodes three or four times, is simply a real fan. I write with a complaint on her behalf. It absolutly drives her crazy when a chef is'nt chopped having failed to use all basket ingrediants. I agree with her. I feel it to. It causes viewers to feel cheated because we, like the chefs, are trying to fugure out what ti do with the basket ingrediants. Judges, seems to me, need restrict there role to crutique the dishes presented for review. Just like Judges in any Court of other contest, Judges are bound by the rules which they must apply to whats presented before them. Briefly, JUDGES SHOULD HAVE NO POWER TO CHANGE THE RULES. Not fair to the other chefs, and your viewers.

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