Tag: Chopped

Playing with Pasta — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, January 24th, 2017


Dealing with regular basket ingredients is a feat in itself on Chopped, but working with themed baskets, like in the recent noodles episode, is pretty tough, especially when fresh pasta dough is an ingredient. The question is: Do you make pasta with it, or do you do something else? And will that something else be perceived as a cop-out decision? That’s exactly what went down when the judges took a stab at it.

In this episode of Chopped After Hours, Marcus Samuelsson, Amanda Freitag and Scott Conant cook with the entree basket ingredients. With sausage and meatballs, chayote squash, tomato sorbet and pasta dough, they make a variety of dishes, although only two of the judges use the pasta in its intended way. The running joke of the episode is that Scott made the pasta himself. “I was up this morning very early making pasta dough with my hands,” says Scott, beckoning the others to look at his overworked fingers, which leads to a conversation about Scott’s chest hair. But let’s get back to the cooking. “Thirty minutes to determine,” says Ted Allen, “who’s the best chef in the room?” The chefs happily take up the challenge, but Scott has to have the last words: “I’m already halfway there with my pasta.”

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Exclusive Interview with the Champion of Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay

by in Shows, November 10th, 2016

Bobby and SeisIn the new tournament Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, three chefs competed in preliminary rounds in order to gain a spot in the finale, for a chance to go up against the formidable competitor Bobby Flay. In the end Seis was the chef to battle Bobby. He’d won $15,000 for just getting to that point, but to earn $25,000 more he’d have to also beat Bobby. Both chefs would have to cook Seis’ choice of dish — in this case bibimbap, a dish Bobby had previously lost with on his own show, Beat Bobby Flay. Find out if Seis was able to beat Bobby again, or if Bobby redeemed himself from last time.

FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the Winner

One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 3 Champion

by in Shows, November 3rd, 2016

Kathy and Matt face off in dessertIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 3, chefs Aarthi Sampath, Kathy Fang, Matt Romine and Mike Romine cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the last spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 3 Winner

One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 2 Champion

by in Shows, October 27th, 2016

Seis and CoryIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 2, chefs Corey Morris, Heather Borden, Shania Thomas and Seis Kamimura cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the second spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 2 Winner

One-on-One with the Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, Part 1 Champion

by in Shows, October 20th, 2016

Jay and Demetrio start the dessert roundIn the new Chopped tournament, 12 former Chopped champions are getting the chance to go up against Bobby Flay in battle. In every round, four chefs compete to earn a spot in the finale, at the end of which one single champion will get the opportunity of a lifetime, to cook head-to-head against a Food Network great. With $40,000 on the line, the stakes are high, the pressure is on and the cooks are ready to show what they’ve got. In Part 1, chefs Jay Abrams, Mackenzie Hilton, Bradley Stellings and Demetrio Zavala cooked for their lives, but only one earned the win and the first spot in the tournament’s finale.

Hear from the Part 1 Champion

Bobby Flay Reveals His Competitive Strategy Ahead of the New Chopped Tournament

by in Shows, October 18th, 2016

Bobby Flay with Ted AllenFor the first time in Chopped history, Bobby Flay is entering the arena, initially as a judge and then as a competitor. In the new tournament Chopped: Beat Bobby Flay, premiering on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9|8c, 12 chefs will try their luck in three preliminary rounds. Three champions will make it into a final round, and at the end of it the single best competitor will get the chance to battle Bobby in a wild-card round, which will determine if it’s even possible to beat the master of competition himself, Bobby Flay.

FN Dish caught up with the indomitable Bobby on the set of Chopped to chat about how he’s judging the competition, what he expects from the final round, his advice for the chefs and what it takes to beat him. Read on to learn Bobby’s best traits in competition.

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Rooftop Chopped Brought the Competition Even Closer to Fans at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

by in Events, October 16th, 2016

Chopped castAt Rooftop Chopped, a brand-new event for the New York City Wine & Food Festival, fans of Food Network’s long-running competition cooking show were treated to a special experience: an insider’s look at the show. Following the format of the show, participating chefs, among them former Chopped competitors, cooked their choice of either appetizer, entree or dessert, and the eventgoers had the chance to taste and vote on their favorite dishes from among 30 in total. And of course the cast of judges and host Ted Allen were on hand to try the dishes and present the awards for both their judges’ pick and the people’s choice.

“We are taking our participation in the Festival to a completely higher level,” said Ted of the highly anticipated event. “I am excited for the food, for the competition. It’s like Chopped Live,” he said of the new format. And this time Ted had the chance to taste the dishes — something he doesn’t get to do on the show. While the festivities were going on, fans could also audition. “We’ve never done an event where people could come and apply to be on the show,” Ted said of the unique opportunity. “It’s like they’re participating in a live, large-scale version of our competition.”

Get a look at some of our favorite dishes and find out which won.

What to Do with Okra: Pickle It!

by in Recipes, Shows, September 22nd, 2016

pickled okra
By Angela Carlos

The final round of Chopped Teen Tournament wrapped up this week with the one lucky winner walking away with bragging rights and a $25,000 prize. Each of the three rounds of mystery baskets had their surprises, but our eyes focused on the entree basket.

Sure, we enjoyed watching the contestants incorporate confetti popcorn into their merguez and mussels appetizer, and later we reveled in seeing the final two break down a gelatin fishbowl for their dessert course. But who would have thought that okra would be the star of the entree round, outshining prime rib, funnel cake and even the candied dried crabs?

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One-on-One with the Season 3 Chopped Teen Grand Champion

by in Shows, September 20th, 2016

Eliana, Ted and KamrynOn tonight’s Teen Tournament finale, the four winners from the preliminary rounds battled one more time in the Chopped kitchen. This final fight for the finish would determine the winner of the $25,000 prize and the coveted title, which is pretty good for a teen still in high school. The young chefs once again faced challenging baskets along with the building pressure of a ticking timer and the judges’ critiques. Creativity, presentation and flavor would determine the results as the best young chef rose to the top with three courses worth the win.

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5 Tips for Cooking the Perfect Skirt Steak

by in Recipes, Shows, September 16th, 2016

skirt steakBy Angela Carlos

This week on Chopped Teen Tournament, four young chefs battled for the final spot in the Chopped Teen finale and a chance to win the $25,000 prize. The Chopped Champion hopefuls put their cooking skills to the test, turning pairings, such as Linzer torte cookies and rabbit in a can, into something worthy of the critical judges’ plates and palates.

In the entree round the three remaining competitors opened their baskets to find bison skirt steak — not so unusual, considering the canned rabbit the contestants worked with in the appetizer round. However, this skirt steak proved to be the undoing for some and the salvation for others when it came time to judge their technique.

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