The stars have aligned in the Chopped kitchen as 16 of the biggest internet sensations, athletes, comedians, and film and television actors compete in the star-studded Chopped: Star Power tournament, premiering Tuesday, March 28 at 10|9c. Through this five-part competition, the celebrities must prove their culinary skills as they are tasked to create delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts from mystery baskets of ingredients in a limited amount of time. The winner from each heat will move on to the grand finale for a chance to earn the grand prize, $50,000 for charity.
Star Power: Web Stars — Tuesday, March 28 at 10|9c
In the first competition, web stars compete to see who can crack the code of the mystery baskets. In the appetizer round, the internet phenoms seek to dazzle the judges with their blood sausage appetizers. Dealing with duck could be the biggest obstacle in the entree round. A Japanese frozen dessert and an instant breakfast food challenge the two remaining web stars in the dessert round.
Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Geoffrey Zakarian
Competitors: Josh Elkin, Hilah Johnson, iJustine, Lazarus Lynch
Star Power: Culinary Muscle — Tuesday, April 4 at 10|9c
Positively driven to compete, four star athletes battle it out in the kitchen for a spot in the finale. An exceptionally weird flavor of soda and a cheesy dish are two of the basket stumpers the competitors face in the appetizer round, and one competitor asks another for a surprising favor at the end of the round. The judges get three distinct lamb dishes from a threesome of sports stars in the entree round. The two athletes who get to rock the dessert round get rock candy as one of their mandatory ingredients.
Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Eddie Jackson
Competitors: Dorothy Hamill, Paige VanZant, LaMarr Woodley, Mariel Zagunis
Star Power: The Last Laugh — Tuesday, April 11 at 10|9c
Four funny actors engage in a display of cooking improv, as a frenzied first round featuring a South American flatbread and a beautiful seafood product take the spotlight. Taming the sweet factor becomes important in an entree round with marshmallows in the basket. Premade dough seems to give the final two cooks a head start in the dessert round, but will they know what to do with it?
Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy
Competitors: Illeana Douglas, Ron Funches, Jonathan Sadowski, Julie White
Star Power: Screen Sensations — Tuesday, April 18 at 10|9c
Four famous stars of film and TV compete for the final spot in the finale. In the appetizer round, the actors must find a role for bass and ice pops in their dishes. The judges are entertained by one competitor’s liberal use of a particular pantry ingredient in the entree round. Then in the dessert round, the ice cream machine is a hot commodity for making cold treats.
Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Marcus Samuelsson
Competitors: Rick Fox, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Alysia Reiner, Alan Thicke
Star Power: Grand Finale — Tuesday, April 25 at 10|9c
Four celebrity champions return to try to repeat and reap a $50,000 win for their favorite charity. The finale drama revs up after the competitors open up an appetizer basket that includes a breakfast pastry and a pretty — but pretty bland — fruit. A pineapple transformed into something extra special is at the center of an exhilarating entree round. The last round of the tournament features a basket with a tower of cookies and a tropical fruit.
Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian
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