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Host Ted Allen Takes the Judges on a Wild Ride — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, September 3rd, 2015


Some people go to the carnival for the rides, others go for the wide selection of foods. And if you’re at the right kind of carnival, the food is an adventure in and of itself. On tonight’s episode of Chopped, the competitors were struck with utilizing baskets filled with carnival-themed foods, many of them fried. After the episode, judges Maneet Chauhan and Scott Conant, and host Ted Allen, headed to the kitchen to try out the entree basket of hot beef sundae, fried spiced ham, fried cheese ravioli and fresh asparagus.

“I’d much rather be on a Ferris wheel,” says Maneet as host Geoffrey Zakarian reveals the products. “I’m throwing this entire basket into the food processor and I’m making, like, a milkshake,” Ted tells his colleagues. Scott, not sure of what he’s going to make, likes the idea. But really the task at hand is figuring out how much or how little to use of the precooked ingredients.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 2 Winner

by in Shows, September 1st, 2015

Chopped Teens 2On tonight’s second installment of the five-part Chopped Teen Tournament, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with their culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Teen Tournament, Part 1 Winner

by in Shows, August 25th, 2015

Chopped Teens Round 1For a second time, Chopped has returned with Teen Tournament, and on tonight’s premiere, four teens entered the hallowed kitchen to try their luck at the mystery baskets. Many of them have practiced in advance, even training with their culinary instructors. But nothing could truly prepare them for the pressure and the time constraints. Nevertheless the teens took the competition in stride, and ultimately one of them rose to the top with three courses that earned a place in the finale, where he or she will compete for a chance to win the $25,000.

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A Rookie Mistake Ruins the Cake — Chopped After Hours

by in Shows, August 18th, 2015


Trying to upstage a group of rock stars isn’t easy, but when the stage is the Chopped kitchen, judges Chris Santos, Alex Guarnaschelli and Aarón Sanchez definitely have an advantage. After an episode dedicated to rock stars, they took on the wacky dessert basket filled with spiced German liqueur, lemon rolls, rock candy and ginger for an all-new Chopped After Hours.

Aarón immediately starts melting the brightly colored candy down into some of the liqueur. Ted Allen asks, “That’s not going to be blue, is it?” Aarón isn’t sure, but he says he needs to cut the sweetness a bit by tempering the candy with some cream. Alex is also trying to change the flavor of the liqueur to make a sauce. “I’m actually trying to spice it because I think the spices and the heat from the ginger might just kind of freshen it up a little,” she says.

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Inspiring a New Generation of Chefs: Ted Allen on the Talent at Play on Chopped Teen Tournament

by in Shows, August 17th, 2015

Ted Allen on ChoppedThere’s something unique about watching kids cook, witnessing their raw talent and passion for food. Once their spark is lit, there’s no putting it out, and it’s a joy to see. That’s exactly what fans can expect from Season 2 of Chopped Teen Tournament, premiering Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 10|9c. The kids taking on the five-part competition are extremely talented and “inspiring,” as Chopped host Ted Allen pointed out in a recent interview with FN Dish.

“The latest tournament is the best we’ve done yet, thanks to the kids,” said Ted of the budding chefs, calling them “the real stars of Chopped.”

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters Grand Champion

by in Shows, August 11th, 2015

The Chopped Grill Masters finaleThe five-part Chopped Grill Masters tournament culminated in tonight’s epic finale. One final battle. Four finalists. One goal in mind: Earn the championship title and win $50,000 in prize money. The preliminary round finalists — Chris Hart, Stan Hays, Leslie Roark Scott and Angie Mar — were all in it to win it. But by the last round, only two of them remained for a final showdown, facing a tough dessert basket while under immense pressure to succeed. Only one could win, and the person who came out on top did so by smoking the competition, with fierce focus, attention to detail and flavor-forward dishes. Hear from the Chopped Grand Champion of the Grill Masters tournament.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Round 4 Winner

by in Shows, August 4th, 2015

Angie and MikeTonight was the final preliminary round in the five-part Chopped Grill Masters tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation competed to earn a place in the finale, airing Aug. 11 at 10|9c, for a chance to leave with the $50,000 cash prize and the title of Chopped Grill Masters Champion.

Seasoning was the big issue in the appetizer round of tonight’s episode, as many of the competitors seemed to forget how important it was for achieving flavor. Luckily by the next round the competitors learned from their mistakes. By the final round the two strongest grillers remained. But in the end one competitor rose to the top, overcoming issues of seasoning and putting out dishes that hit on all three judging criteria: presentation, taste and creativity. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Round 3 Winner

by in Shows, July 28th, 2015

Leslie and HarryTonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with the third episode in the five-part tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for a place in the finale and a chance to win the $50,000 cash prize.

It was a seafood surprise on tonight’s episode. Not only did the competitors have to work with shellfish in the appetizer round, but the entree round also surprised them with even bigger crustaceans. As competitive grillers used to cooking big cuts of meat, they were out of their element. And the same went for the dessert round. The person who did the best work overall earned a spot in the finale. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.

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Enter to Win a Chopped Grill Masters T-Shirt

by in Contests, Shows, July 22nd, 2015

Chopped Grill Week t-shirtThere’s no question that Chopped contestants pull out all the stops when working with mystery baskets during the adrenaline-packed three-course competition, and in this summer’s Grill Masters tournament, it’s no different. So far in the first preliminary round, we’ve seen smoke, fire and a bit of friendly competition as contestants try to outgrill each other for a spot in the finale, where they’ll compete for the $50,000 cash prize.

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One-on-One with the Chopped Grill Masters, Round 2 Winner

by in Shows, July 21st, 2015

MB and Stan at the Chopping BlockTonight Chopped Grill Masters continued with the second episode in the five-part tournament. In each of the four preliminary rounds, four expert grillers, barbecuers and chefs from across the nation compete for a place in the finale and a chance to win the $50,000 cash prize.

In tonight’s appetizer round, the competitors soon found their excitement replaced with the anxiety of being defeated. In the final round, two very worthy opponents faced off, creating impressive desserts that made the judges’ decision that much more difficult. The one who prevailed in all three courses earned a spot in the finale. Hear from the Chopped Champion of tonight’s episode.

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