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The Ladies of Chopped — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, December 10th, 2015


Tonight the ladies of Chopped, or the “Charlie’s Angels of Chopped,” as Alex Guarnaschelli put it, judged a special mother-in-law and daughter-in-law episode of the show. And on After Hours the ladies are busting into the kitchen to take on one of the baskets from the episode. Judges Amanda Freitag, Maneet Chauhan and Alex take on cooking with lasagna, onion blossom chips, arugula and a wine purse. “This was one of the more catastrophic appetizer baskets that we’ve seen,” says Alex as the ladies chat about the basket’s difficulties. But there’s no doubt the three will succeed, despite it being a 20-minute appetizer round.

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Potato Pancake Sandwich

by in Recipes, Shows, December 9th, 2015

Potato Pancake SandwichThere was definitely a holiday vibe in the Chopped Junior kitchen, and our contestants were thrown some pretty tough curveballs, like gingerbread houses and snowmen made from doughnuts. But we were mostly interested in using potato pancakes, an ingredient in the entree basket, as a bun for an easy sandwich perfect for a boxed lunch.

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A Helping of Holiday Leftovers — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, December 8th, 2015


Everyone has leftover holiday food in the fridge after all the celebrations are over, and that’s exactly what was in the mystery basket from the Holiday Cooking episode of Chopped. On an all-new Chopped After Hours, judges Scott Conant, Aarón Sánchez and Geoffrey Zakarian were tasked with creating an entree with beef tenderloin, gingersnap cocktail, potato latkes and tzimmes.

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Anarchy in the Chopped Kitchen — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, December 1st, 2015

Normally, well-respected chefs would cringe at the thought of boxed macaroni and cheese, but the appetizer basket from the special Mac and Cheese episode of Chopped is a different story. “If someone doesn’t use that little bag of powder in here, total cop-out — you’re chopped,” Alex Guarnaschelli says. In this new installment of Chopped After Hours, Alex — along with her fellow judges Maneet Chauhan and Aarón Sánchez — must make an appetizer using boxed mac and cheese, Canadian bacon, Swiss chard and monkfish.

Alex begins studding her monkfish with the bacon for flavor and plans on making a macaroni and cheese sauce for the dish. “I’m going full-on blasphemy and anarchy,” she says of her dish. Aarón and Maneet are going a little more traditional, however. Aarón is making escabeche (a Spanish fish dish made with vinegar) while Maneet has envisioned the fish with a korma sauce (a traditional Indian nut-based sauce). When Maneet and Aarón realize they’re both using saffron for their sauces, Aarón responds, “You’ve been saffroned.”

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“Pickles without Borders” — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, November 26th, 2015


Having a glass or two of wine in the Chopped kitchen isn’t a rare occurrence, but during this round it’s almost a necessity. That’s because judges Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy and Alex Guarnaschelli are taking on the appetizer basket from the Pub Food episode of Chopped. On the all-new episode of Chopped After Hours, they’re required to use house-cured bacon, deviled eggs, fish cheeks and housemade pickles in a completely original appetizer.

Amanda is not shy about admitting her love for the basket: “I look at the whole thing and I think, ‘Thank you.’ You have acid, you have fat, you have bacon, you have eggs and you have fish cheeks!” She starts off using the brine from the pickles, which she and Ted Allen both agree is underutilized at home and should be saved more often. “Amanda and I are starting an organization called Pickles without Borders,” Ted says. Alex is using the pickle brine in a vinaigrette to go alongside a frito misto — a platter of fried foods that she does not think she has enough time to finish. When Ted disagrees, Alex replies, “I appreciate the vote of confidence, my friend, but, you know, we’re only human, Ted.”

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Melts in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hands — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, November 24th, 2015


The dessert basket in the Cooking with Bass episode of Chopped may seem like a great start to dessert, but judges Amanda Freitag, Maneet Chauhan and Marc Murphy aren’t too enthusiastic. On a new Chopped After Hours, they must cook a final course using zucchini, chocolate-covered raisins, peanut brittle and vanilla liqueur. “What’s the first initial problem with all of this?” Ted Allen asks. “Too sweet!” the judges reply unanimously.

They all realize the zucchini is going to be their saving grace when it comes to toning down the sweetness. Marc points out that you can make a zucchini cake just as easily as you can make a carrot cake, to which Maneet replies, “You can — ’cause that’s exactly what I’m going to do!” They all get off to a quick start, with Marc whisking up a batter for zucchini fritters. Amanda doesn’t want to give away her dish, so she just shouts, “I’m making a cake — that’s all you need to know!”

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Just Desserts All Day Long — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, November 23rd, 2015


There’s no question that every competitor wants to make it to the final round on Chopped for a chance to win the $10,000. But reaching the dessert round can also be intimidating to those with little pastry experience. Tonight, for the first time, all the rounds featured dessert baskets, and luckily the competitors were all pastry chefs. And the judges were anxious to try one of the baskets for themselves.

In a new episode of After Hours, judges Maneet Chauhan, Geoffrey Zakarian and Alex Guarnaschelli took on cooking with Mississippi mud pie, maraschino cherries, Brie and potato crisps. “I mean, I don’t know about you, but this is a go-to meal for me at home,” Alex jokes with Ted Allen about the ingredients. Ted tells the judges that they will have to feature chocolate in their desserts, which the cohorts agree won’t be difficult at all.

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Chopped Junior-Inspired Lunchboxes: Pumpkin Hummus

by in Recipes, Shows, November 18th, 2015

Pumpkin HummusOn this week’s episode, our young Chopped Junior contestants got into the holiday swing of things with Thanksgiving-inspired mystery baskets. So with pumpkin pie spice and rainbow carrots in mind, we threw together a fun autumnal hummus that kids can enjoy as a side or main dish for lunch.

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One-on-One with the Chopped: Impossible Champion

by in Shows, November 12th, 2015

Robert and EmilyIn the new Impossible tournament, Chopped switched up the format and made the baskets even more difficult. In each of the three preliminary rounds, four chefs competed to earn a spot in the finale for a chance to go up against Mr. Impossible himself, Robert Irvine. If one of the chefs beats Robert, the winning chef will go home with $40,000 in prize money. In tonight’s episode, the three winners of the preliminary rounds cooked through an appetizer round, before the remaining two moved on to the entree round. The winner of that round got to go up against Robert in a wild-card round. But who won? Read on to hear from the new champion.

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When Things Go Up in Smoke, Try, Try Again — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, November 10th, 2015


While it’s almost always difficult to make a cohesive meal from one of the Chopped mystery baskets, the judges were thankful that this week’s ingredients were all usual suspects for a dessert. After a group of talented military vets left the kitchen, judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian and Marc Murphy attempted to make a third course out of lemonade, ballpark peanuts, marshmallow cereal treats and peaches on an all-new Chopped After Hours.

Alex mentioned that she was glad they left the peanuts in the shell for an extra layer of flavor, but Marc immediately disagreed. “I like the peanuts with the shell, too, but not on Chopped,” he said before pointing out how much time they take to shuck. He ended up attempting to make a sort of brittle out of them, which became the source of a fun game of hide-and-seek between Marc and the others. “Somebody evil has hid Marc’s, hopefully, peanut brittle from him, and now I’m going to join that game and I’m putting it on a high shelf in the pantry,” Ted said.

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