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Chopped is a popular cooking competition featured on Food Network and the Cooking channel. Four chefs compete for the chance to win $10,000.00. The prize money can be spent on anything the winner chooses, but it is most often used to improve upon the chef's business. All four competing chefs generally come from different professional backgrounds, though they often fit into the theme of each competition. For example, one episode might feature chefs from New Orleans while another might feature firefighters who also happen to be chefs. Chef diversity has always been a key point of the competition.

The competition takes place over the course of three rounds. These rounds are typically appetizers, entr

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on Food Network
35 Seasons, 483 Episodes
January 13, 2009
Food, Reality
7.5/10
Cast: Ted Allen
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Chopped Full Episode Guide

  • Every round in this exciting heat is five minutes shorter than usual.

  • Grill masters encounter a guilty-pleasure snack and a Korean side dish.

  • In this gripping heat, four famous fry masters compete to see which elite competitor will move on to the $50,000 Gold Medal Games finale. The first basket comes packed with a fun fair treat and a gamey meat. The most challenging item that the chefs must manage in the second basket is, unfortunately, in a can. And the remaining competitors must roll with whatever is matched with matcha powder in the dessert basket.

  • The competitors find a prized member of the onion family in the first basket, ramps! But will the flavorful wild leeks play nicely with the other mandatory ingredients? An organ meat and an Italian treat are in basket two, then the two chefs who make it to the dessert round get a popcorn-flavored candy and a citrus-flavored stalk.

  • The chefs get the Southern classic grits in the first basket and race to make appetizers that deliver on flavor, but one of the competitors has major difficulties in the final seconds of the round. An ingredient that is surprisingly similar to grits is discovered in the second basket, so the chefs must think fast and keep the creativity level high. Then, something blue and something boiled are in the dessert basket.

  • Four of Chopped's biggest winners return to share stories of their life-changing victories and -- in the spirit of the season -- play for a favorite charity. The four undefeated repeat champs open up the first basket to find a variety of festive surprises. A clever take on hardboiled eggs and a deckle of beef present the champs with a challenging task in the entrée round. Then, only one chef can be named the champion again after the judges taste creative holiday desserts that include honey and chocolate.

  • The chefs get a jolt of energy in the first basket in the form of ground espresso, but can they quickly make coffee click with the rest of the ingredients? Sweetbreads are one of the sweet surprises that the competitors must work with in round two, and a brightly-colored sugary snack must be balanced with black molasses in the dessert round.

  • The chefs get news that the judges will be expecting three courses of flaky, perfect pies. Sour gummies and sausage are part of the appetizer round pie puzzle, then the entrée round has the three remaining chefs making savory pies that must include baby kale. After a dessert round with candied ginger in the basket, who will be left eating humble pie, and who will win $10,000?

  • Four challenge champions return to face the ultimate in brainy, zany baskets from Alton Brown that include small fish, strange condiments, oddly presented proteins and a jar of something stinky.

  • The chefs are pleased when they open the first basket and it's filled with bright, fresh Mediterranean foods, including baby octopus. A prickly green and a meaty fish share the entrée basket spotlight. Finally, the ice cream machine and the deep fryer come into play in a busy dessert round.

  • A strange, stringy Japanese specialty is the talk of entree round.

  • Strange incarnations of everyday ingredients, black garlic and coconut vinegar, challenge the chefs in the appetizer round. The judges go on the hunt for compelling flavor combinations in the chefs' alligator entrees, then a Peruvian fruit is the most unusual find in the dessert basket.

  • Dehydration is the theme for the third battle in Alton's Challenge.

  • In this heated competition, the chefs make the most of fiery, spicy ingredients in the baskets. In round one, a dip made with hot sauce and a spicy piece of poultry challenge the chefs. Then, the hot raw root in the entrée basket serves as proof that peppers aren't the only way to spice up a dish. Finally, some spicy candy and a baby fruit occupy the competitors' minds in the dessert round.

  • Dehydration is the theme for the second battle in Alton's Challenge.

  • The first four chefs step up to face Alton Brown's challenge.

  • Creepy surprises and freaky finds -- the chefs are sure to be spooked by what they get in the baskets for Halloween! A special meat platter grabs the competitors' attention at the start of round one, then a certain frightening ingredient is staring back at the chefs from the entrée basket. The two finalists get hyped up on Halloween candy as they scare up some creative desserts.

  • In the appetizer round, the chefs bake premade dough and try to figure out the best plan for including a Persian hot dog stew in their dishes. The entree plates must include a prized seafood and a floral component, then the competitors discover beets and a classic French dessert in the final basket.

  • In this special competition, the baskets are filled with enticing, soul-soothing comfort foods! The chefs are asked to carry the comfort food theme onto their completed plates, starting in round one when they must utilize something starchy and something greasy. A homey protein and some beautiful tomatoes are in the mix in the entrée round, then a nostalgic cookie meets a dairy delight in the dessert basket.

  • The judges have a pressing matter to discuss with four lucky chefs: waffles! The competitors prove waffles are no longer just for breakfast by making them the star of every plate and every round. First, the chefs bring some heat to their waffle appetizers by seasoning them with chiles de arbol. A thick Belgian waffle dough hits the irons in round two, then waffles take the form of cookies in the dessert round.

  • Which food truck chef will fortune shine upon in this competition of determined mobile meal vendors? There's a traffic jam at the fryer as the chefs attempt to make outstanding appetizers with two proteins. In the entrée basket, the chefs find a New England sandwich and a Mexican pepper. The final two food truck chefs left in the fight receive dessert nachos in the last basket.

  • The chefs battle for the final time and one goes home with $50,000.

  • In the round before the finale, a group of grill masters competes. A lamb appetizer lands on the chopping block. A “steak” made out of a vegetable is a surprise in the entree basket. The competitors' knowledge of dragon fruit and mesquite powder shapes how the dessert round plays out.

  • The second group of Grill Masters compete for the $50,000 grand prize. The chefs discover something stuffed and something smoked in the appetizer basket. Double proteins make the entree a carnivore's dream. And the two competitors who make it to the dessert basket make beans the center of their sweet dishes.

  • In this five-part tournament, grilling's greatest go big in a spectacular outdoor kitchen. The first basket out of the gate challenges four competitors with a weird pie and a beautiful cut of pork. A vegan product counters the giant beef ribs in the entrée basket, and the judges are impressed when they see a chef making a creative choice for their dessert basket.

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Grill Masters: Episode Two Clip (42:20) Grill Masters: Episode Three Clip (42:19) Grill Masters: Episode One Clip (42:20) Grill Masters: Grand Finale Clip (42:20) Grill Masters: Episode Four Clip (42:19) Ice Cream Maker Issues Clip (00:04) Crazed Cake Conflict Clip (00:03) Burned and Chopped Clip (00:03)