Four young chefs-in-training entered the competition on tonight’s first episode of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament. But only one kid made it through all three rounds of mystery baskets, securing a spot in the grand finale, where he or she will have the chance to win $25,000 in prize money, a $40,000 culinary school scholarship and bragging rights as the first Chopped Teen Grand Champion, which goes pretty far when you’re just a kid in high school. FN Dish has the exclusive interview with the teen chef winner from Part 1.
When it comes to cooking, it doesn’t matter how young or old you are — it’s the food that matters. And the teens on Part 1 of tonight’s Chopped Teen Tournament proved that talent is ageless. But, when it comes to the judges of Chopped After Hours, age doesn’t matter when it comes to letting loose, which is all too easy for them. As Ted points out in this all-new episode: “This is going to be tough for you,” as he asks the judges to act more mature than normal.
Amanda, Aarón and Scott take on the appetizer-basket ingredients from tonight’s episode. The ingredients include cherry drink pickles, lamb chops, kale chips and ricotta salata. Creating an appetizer out of these ingredients is all about finding the right balance and proportion — after all, it is an appetizer. The teen chefs learned, though the hard way, that cooking lamb chops on the bone isn’t possible in such a short amount of time, so quick thinking is necessary, especially when it comes to forming a plan B or C.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient goat cheese. With its creamy texture and pungent flavor, goat cheese can usually be found crumbled on salads or mixed into spreads to give a salty touch to vegetables and crackers. In this recipe for Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Plums with Creamy Goat Cheese Sauce, the goat cheese gets mixed with Greek Yogurt and olive oil to create a tangy serving sauce, making for a winning summery meal any night of the week.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient yellow miso paste. A rich Japanese staple used in marinades and soups, it has a distinctive umami flavor without being too overpowering. In this Grilled Caesar Salad with Yellow Miso (Dressing) recipe, the vegetables are grilled to accentuate the flavor of the miso, and the anchovies are omitted so that the miso really shines. It’s the perfect summer party appetizer or a light lunch.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient Arctic char. A pink-fleshed fish similar in taste to salmon or trout, Arctic char works well in a variety of cooking methods. In this Cilantro-Crusted Arctic Char with Green Beans recipe, however, the fish is broiled with a coating of cilantro and mayonnaise, which shows mayonnaise isn’t just for baking chicken. Instead of a typical breadcrumb coating, chopped cilantro stems (an often discarded portion of the herb) help create a flavorful outer crust. With this recipe, dinner is just 20 minutes away.
For 20 seasons of Chopped, viewers have seen numerous winning chefs walk away with $10,000, a few grand tournament champions leave with $50,000 and many chefs walk the hallway of disappointment after being chopped on national television. And the Chopped judges have witnessed all these happenings in front of and behind the cameras. Now they share their most-memorable moments from the series, which goes into its 20th season this month.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient squid. While squid is traditionally deep-fried in breadcrumbs to lock in its natural flavor, this stir-fried version makes use of sweet and tangy ingredients like soy sauce, molasses, lime and ginger to bump up the flavor. Served over chilled rice noodles, this take is a refreshing departure from the heavier classic, making it a cooling retreat for summer dining. Read more
This month Food Network is airing the 20th season of Chopped. To mark this momentous occasion, FN Dish is giving viewers the chance to see what the show looked like in its very first taped episode. Over the years the set has been updated and the basket ingredients have definitely gotten much more varied, but what hasn’t changed is the format of the show — a testament to its success.
For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchen chose to feature the basket ingredient banana chips. While panko breadcrumbs serve as a great coating for almost all meats, the chefs wanted to prove that changing it up by mixing the breadcrumbs with a sweeter ingredient would result in a unique sweet-and-savory take on a classic jerk pork chop. In this Banana Chip Crusted Jerk Pork Chops recipe, the banana chips are ground in a blender to make them fine enough for the seasoning. Served with rice and beans, this is a quick, delicious dinner for those warm summer nights.
For the very first time on Chopped, 16 teens will enter the kitchen in the Chopped Teen Tournament, premiering Tuesday, July 15 at 10|9c. These talented youngsters bring energy and ambition to the table, to compete for $25,000 in prize money and a coveted culinary school scholarship. They’ll face appetizer, entree and dessert basket ingredients that could stump even the most-experienced adult chef. And just because they’re kids doesn’t mean they’ll be judged any differently.