Season 1, Episode 0: Pilot4 June 2007
13 January 2009
Will the judges prefer the more whimsical or traditional dish?
20 January 2009
What will it take to amaze the judges all the way through to the dessert course when the ingredients include Tofu, Blueberries and Oysters.
27 January 2009
The chefs are baffled to find a breakfast staple in the Appetizer Round mystery basket. Who will "flake" out and who can make it work?
3 February 2009
Wrapped in bacon, wrapped in basil, fried and bruleed, bananas take center stage in the appetizer round. But when one chef's creation falls apart, is there a sure fire banana backup plan?
10 February 2009
It's grace under pressure as the chefs attempt to wow the judges. Can watermelon and pepper jack cheese make for a good pairing?
17 February 2009
Stymied by canned peaches in the appetizer round and fruit punch and rice cakes for the entree. The chefs struggle for a fresh approach. It all comes down to a heated dessert face-off combining beets, goat cheese and oatmeal.
24 February 2009
The chefs are determined to give their all from the start. Between Quail, Arctic Char, and Beer which of the showoffs, risk-takers and storytellers make this competition a tense one, right down to the last "chop."
3 March 2009
The mandatory ingredients in the appetizer basket evoke nervous laughter and general panic.
10 March 2009
When a box of macaroni and cheese appears in the appetizer basket, the contestants endeavor to find a place for fluorescent cheese powder in their gourmet dishes.
17 March 2009
The judges are dismayed when some of the chefs fail to creatively transform the mystery ingredients in the appetizer course. But what can you do with string cheese?
24 March 2009
31 March 2009
Ted Allen hosts as the chefs open their appetizer baskets to find bitter-sweet chocolate, figs and mussels. The chefs know that three of them will face being chopped, while only one can claim sweet victory.
7 April 2009
See which challenger gets chopped after each round with ingredients like Strawberries, Turkey and Gummy Bears.
14 June 2009
See which contestant gets chopped after each round with ingredients like Sea Urchin, Brioche and Fennel.
16 June 2009
An unusually salty vegetable presents the chefs with a quandary in the Appetizer Round. Then a red-hot battle ensues in the entree round
Season 2, Episode 3: High Hopes23 June 2009
The judges have high hopes for this group of up-and-coming chefs, but there is some sloppy work in the Appetizer Round when the contestants must work with whole calamari.
30 June 2009
A challenging cut of meat in the mystery basket ups the level of difficulty in the Appetizer Round. For the entree course the chefs must devise big plans for some miniature produce and a whole flounder.
7 July 2009
Pride is on the plate as the chefs seek to represent their cultural heritage through distinctive duck appetizers.
14 July 2009
For the appetizer course, the judges get an earful of philosophy and a mouthful of piquillo peppers.
28 July 2009
See which contestant gets chopped after each round with ingredients like Jumbo Shrimp, edamame, and golden raisins.
11 August 2009
With liquor in the entree basket, the flames fly high, but when the adrenaline rush is over, it's the artful presentations that garner attention.
25 August 2009
After unpacking a challenging Appetizer Basket, the chefs get creative using buckwheat flour to make crepes, crusts and fritters.
8 September 2009
Don't miss this ultimate face-off! In this first installment in a special four-part series, previous Chopped Champions return to compete again.
15 September 2009
Gotta tune in to find out who has the chops to be the Chopped Champion again! In this second installment in a special series, four winners return to battle for superiority in the kitchen.
22 September 2009
In this must-watch third installment in a special four-part series, the reigning Chopped Champion and three other previous winners return to compete.
Season 2, Episode 13: Bring It!29 September 2009
You won't believe what happens in the final competition in the all-stars series, when four Chopped Champions face off for a chance to reclaim the title and bank another $10,000.
13 October 2009
The chefs must use kumquats and croissants in their appetizers; green beans and ground pork in their entrées; and grits in their desserts.
20 October 2009
A slippery shocker in the appetizer basket starts things off on a terrifying note. Featured ingredients include umeboshi; parsnips and soda crackers.
27 October 2009
Two chefs attempt to cook a fish that is traditionally used for sushi, the results, of course, are questionable.
3 November 2009
A chef decides to take a familiar route with beef but is challenged by an unfamiliar mystery ingredient. Will it work?
10 November 2009
Just how the graham cracker crumbles in the Appetizer Round depends on how the chefs can recover from setbacks. One contestant struggles to plate after suffering a cut. Then in the EntrÃ©e Round one chef breaks a plate.
8 December 2009
Tis the season to shake things up. The chefs learn that as an added challenge, their dishes must have a holiday theme. The mystery ingredients include venison and marshmallows.
5 January 2010
Contestants find ways to incorporate zucchini blossoms into their appetizers. The judges are disturbed by how one chef disrespects the kitchen in the Entree Round. In the Dessert Round fresh chickpeas are in the mystery basket.
12 January 2010
In this must-watch, unprecedented event four previous runners-up return to see who can save face and finally become the Chopped Champion.
Season 3, Episode 9: Winging It19 January 2010
The chefs race to get chicken wings cooked in time. Then in the Entree Round, the chefs have caught a break with catfish in the basket. For the Dessert Round they work with cherry tomatoes.
Season 3, Episode 10: In a Pinch26 January 2010
When the chefs make some unusual choices in composing soft-shell crab appetizers, the judges give them a chance to defend their dishes or graciously accept criticism.
16 February 2010
The stoves are underutilized as the chefs show their raw enthusiasm for oysters. The entrÃ©es have the judges debating who successfully incorporated a funky-flavored fruit.
2 March 2010
The chefs find themselves swimming against the tide when they have to combine fish with chocolate in the Appetizer Round. Then for the entrÃ©e course, the remaining contestants pull from their cultural backgrounds.
9 March 2010
Calves' livers and ranch dressing begin the battle between the chefs.
6 April 2010
Rattlesnake meat must be included in the chefs first course.
13 April 2010
The chefs find frog legs in the first basket for the Appetizer Round.
20 April 2010
Panic threatens to paralyze one of the competitors who is feeling jittery.
27 April 2010
Three of the four chefs make a huge mistake with the jumbo shrimp.
4 May 2010
The chefs have to come up with tasty mussel appetizers in just 20 minutes.
11 May 2010
It's up to the judges to determine which chef fell short.
Season 4, Episode 7: Fired Up!1 June 2010
The competitors discover this competition is a grilling challenge.
8 June 2010
The two remaining chefs take the intensity level in the kitchen up a notch.
15 June 2010
A super bitter ingredient leaves the chefs in a quandary.
22 June 2010
One of the finalists suffers an injury as he attempts a Chopped first.
29 June 2010
Mint liqueur and canned fish make an odd combination for the first course.
6 July 2010
The appetizer basket's ingredients get the chefs pondering ballgame fare.
13 July 2010
In the final, the two remaining chefs go all out.
20 July 2010
Four previously defeated competitors return to the Chopped kitchen.
27 July 2010
One of the competitors breaks out the wok.
Season 5, Episode 3: Squashed10 August 2010
Four talented women set out to claim the title of Chopped Champion.
24 August 2010
Four previous winners return to compete in a five-part Chopped event.
31 August 2010
The chefs set off with record speed and exceptional confidence in part 2.
14 September 2010
The competitors find chicken in the entree basket, along with a surprise!
21 September 2010
Who will secure the very last place in the Grand Finale champions' contest?
28 September 2010
Who is the unstoppable, un-"choppable" champion?
5 October 2010
One competitor's sudsy spout of brew splashes over his cooking area.
12 October 2010
The chefs are given 20 minutes to cook everyone's favorite cephalopod.
19 October 2010
Treats fill the mystery baskets and the trick is on the brave competitors.
16 November 2010
The chefs are asked to create a meal with Thanksgiving in mind.
28 November 2010
In honor of the holidays, the chefs are asked to keep with a seasonal theme. The holiday dishes are made using non-traditional ingredients, such as gingerbread oysters and a sweet jarred fruit.
4 January 2011
Chefs must figure out what to do with goat brains in the appetizer round.
11 January 2011
The appetizer round ends with a last-minute dash to get it on the plate.
18 January 2011
Will the chefs know what to do to marry marrow bones with the other items?
25 January 2011
In preparing her trout appetizer, a feisty chef faces a big set back.
1 February 2011
The chefs struggle to create perfect Peking duck appetizers.
8 February 2011
Which chef will deliver the better dessert from a basket with Latin flair?
6 March 2011
Sixteen celebrity chefs compete in an exclusive five-part Chopped event.
13 March 2011
Part 2 of 5. Four popular Food Network personalities compete for a chance to win $50,000 for their charity. They must use teething biscuits in their appetizers; a kid's breakfast favorite in their entrees; and jelly beans and baby fennel in their desserts.
20 March 2011
Part 3 or 5. Four acclaimed chefs compete for charity. They must use fresh pasta sheets in their appetizers; big fish and little crackers in their entrees; and a Chinese spice in their desserts.
27 March 2011
The tables have turned! Chopped judges become Chopped competitors.
3 April 2011
The four celebrity chefs finally face off for their favorite charities.
26 April 2011
Four competitors from rival cities passionately jump into the first round.
3 May 2011
In the first round, our four chefs try to get a leg up on the competition.
10 May 2011
The chefs are not all smiles when they see the first-round basket.
17 May 2011
Ah, shucks! Oysters in the first basket cause some problems.
24 May 2011
Chefs wrestle with a heart-stopping protein in the entree round.
31 May 2011
It is a Chopping Block block party!
7 June 2011
The chefs have to get it together fast, to get a cohesive dish made.
14 June 2011
With tongue in the 1st basket, the chefs attempt to lick their competition.
Season 7, Episode 8: Go for It!21 June 2011
The competitors are given tequila to give their entree dishes a kick.
28 June 2011
The chefs must use two proteins in their appetizers; hen-of-the woods mushrooms in their entrees; and cookie dough in their desserts.
5 July 2011
The chefs must stay sharp - the first basket includes prickly nopales.
12 July 2011
Four English chefs face off to see who will be headed back with big money.
19 July 2011
Four women compete for the $10,000 prize.
26 July 2011
Four previously-defeated chefs get a second chance at the $10,000 prize!
2 August 2011
Octo-tastic! The four chefs take on an eight-armed mystery ingredient.
Season 8, Episode 5: My Way9 August 2011
The judges wonder how the chefs' unique experiences will come into play. Two seafood ingredients are paired with a pretty fruit in the appetizer round. Later, borscht soup stumps the chefs in the dessert round.
16 August 2011
The chefs find some beautiful ingredients in the first basket.
30 August 2011
Four Chopped heroes return to action to see who can win again.
6 September 2011
Four returning winners fight for a spot in the $50,000 grand finale.
13 September 2011
Only two spots remain in the Grand Finale competition. Who will win them?
20 September 2011
Former winners fight for the last remaining spot in the Grand Finale.
27 September 2011
Only one two-time champ can become a "three-peater" and claim the prize.
4 October 2011
Chefs find a shocker of a protein in the basket.
11 October 2011
Things take a rosy turn in the entree round, with edible flowers.
16 October 2011
It's Halloween! The chefs are working with candy and ... chicken feet!
25 October 2011
It's a gingerbread dough showdown in the dessert round!
1 November 2011
The first round has the competitors combining a sweet bread and a melon.
8 November 2011
The chefs hope that their sausage appetizer will awaken the judges' senses.
15 November 2011
It's Thanksgiving and four chefs are giving it all they have. They are cooking with some traditional Turkey Day favorites.
Season 9, Episode 13: Class Acts22 November 2011
Class is in session in the Chopped kitchen!
29 November 2011
The competitors have to design a main course with yak and dried shrimp.
6 December 2011
A holiday challenge finds the chefs using gingerbread in their appetizers; a prized piece of meat in their entrées; and an often-disparaged seasonal classic in their desserts.
13 December 2011
The judges are pleased to see duck confit in the first basket.
20 December 2011
What a surprise when the big scoop in dessert is vanilla ice cream!
3 January 2012
The chefs find a fruit and a root in the appetizer basket. In the entrée round, they must cook a cut of meat with a peculiar name. And, Camembert cheese shows up in the dessert round.
10 January 2012
Chefs combine far far, an Indian snack food, with squab - who will succeed?
17 January 2012
Can the chefs impress the judges after finding a still-frozen ingredient?
24 January 2012
Four previous runners-up compete to see which one walks away the winner.
31 January 2012
Competitors bring their international know-how to the Chopped kitchen.
7 February 2012
The chefs must incorporate octopus and huckleberry into their appetizers; champagne into their entrees; and a Mexican cheese into their desserts.
14 February 2012
In the entree round the chefs take on Savoy cabbage & a curious web of fat.
21 February 2012
What will the judges think of an unorthodox decision with the avocados? The chefs must use canned ham in their appetizers; perch in their entrées; and croissants in their desserts.
6 March 2012
In this competition, every basket contains some 'leftover' ingredients. Leftovers are transformed into gourmet appetizers, entrées and desserts. Featured ingredients include leftover pizza, Chinese food and cold refried beans.
13 March 2012
The chefs do their best to delicately cook a familiar fish. For appetizers, tiny Indian gourds; for entrées, smelly fish product and lutefisk; for desserts, Chinese sausage.
20 March 2012
Four firefighters face off in the kitchen. They must use hot dogs and smoked mozzarella in their appetizers; bison steaks and fire-roasted tomatoes in their entrées; and crescent-roll dough in their desserts.
3 April 2012
Chopped viewers get to weigh in on the ingredients in the mystery basket.
8 April 2012
Part 1 of 5. Four world-class Iron Chefs go, head-to-head, competing for charity. They must use beef tendon and crawfish in their appetizers; a challenging protein in their entrées; and black beans in their desserts.
10 April 2012
The chefs must use escargots and red jalapeños in their appetizers; Chinese eggplants and ground lamb in their entrées; and roasted noodles in their desserts.
15 April 2012
Part 2 of 5. Globe-trotting gourmets. Four sensational series' hosts bring international flavors to the All-Stars tournament. Can these All-Stars hit their stride?
Season 11, Episode 11: Own It!17 April 2012
Four chef/entrepreneurs have something to prove in the Chopped kitchen. The chefs must use hearts of palm and rabbit escabeche in their appetizer; goat chops in their entrées; and blue-corn tortilla chips in their desserts.
22 April 2012
Part 3 of 5. Four "Food Network Star" alums compete in the All-Stars Tournament for charity. Mystery ingredients include razor clams; white apricots; and bacon. Appearing: Justin Balmes; Penny Davidi; Vic "Vegas" Moea; Chris Nirschel.
29 April 2012
Part 4 of 5. "Chopped" judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos compete in the All-Stars Tournament for charity. Amanda Freitag, Aaron Sanchez and Geoffrey Zakarian judge their dishes.
1 May 2012
Does yuzu juice go with sturgeon? That's part of the first-round riddle.
6 May 2012
The final round of the All-Stars Tournament finds four celebrity chefs preparing beef heart, panforte and pancetta while competing to win $50,000 for their favorite charity.
8 May 2012
The chefs must use green-goddess salad dressing in their appetizers; fortune cookies and branzino in their entrées; and sourdough bread in their desserts.
29 May 2012
A grilling challenge. The chefs get an unusual wake-up call in a basket: gummy fried eggs, Wagu beef, marshmallow spread and stout beer.
5 June 2012
12 June 2012
The chefs need to have guts when opening the first basket.
19 June 2012
It's a chocolate lover's dream competition: Chocolate in every course!
26 June 2012
Four chefs from the Big Easy take on the challenge of the Chopped Kitchen. Chai tea is among the mystery ingredients.
3 July 2012
Fierce competition is a matter of national and personal pride.
17 July 2012
The chefs must integrate tiny pasta & a powerful liqueur into their dishes.
22 July 2012
Winners of the hit series Food Network Star compete to see who can beam brightest in the Chopped Kitchen!
22 July 2012
Part 1 of 5. Four grill masters tackle ingredients ranging from cookies to yak steaks.
29 July 2012
Part 2 of 5. Four more master grillers vie for a spot in the finale. They must use Hawaiian blue prawns in their appetizers; boar in their entrées; and Hatch chile taffy, an Italian ingredient, in their desserts.
31 July 2012
The chefs' expertise with tuna belly comes into play in the first round.
5 August 2012
Part 3 of 5. Grill masters must use creamed spinach and oysters in their appetizers; a topical fruit in their entrées; and marshmallows in their desserts. The winner advances to the $50,000 finale.
Season 12, Episode 13: Cake Walk7 August 2012
Carrot cake and caramel corn are among the mystery ingredients.
12 August 2012
Part 4 of 5. Four more pit masters face off for the final spot in the $50,000 finale. Featured ingredients include speculoos, pork butt and fruit leather.
14 August 2012
The judges are pleased to see duck confit in the first basket.
19 August 2012
Conclusion. The four finalists face off for $50,000 in the final round of the Grill Masters battle. Sardines, canned sloppy-joe filling and steak are among the mystery ingredients.
21 August 2012
The competitors must match espresso powder with flank steak.
4 September 2012
With frozen pancakes in the final basket, whose dessert will stack up?
11 September 2012
In the entree round, the chefs have to hop to it with a chocolate bunny.
25 September 2012
Class is once again in session in the Chopped Kitchen.
2 October 2012
Four talented teen cooks take over the kitchen. They are challenged to use fish fillets and a sugary frozen treat in their appetizers; cotton candy and fried onions in their entrées; and popcorn in their desserts.
Season 13, Episode 5: Charge!9 October 2012
With pluck aplenty, four chefs charge into the competition.
16 October 2012
A Halloween-themed battle is full of tricks and treats as the competing chefs find pig snouts in their baskets in the appetizer round, popping candy and a spicy ingredient in the entrée round, lollipops and cereal bars in the dessert round.
23 October 2012
The surprise for the competitors in the first basket, a whole pig's head. The second basket contains a nose-to-tail theme.
6 November 2012
The four competing chefs are do-gooders in their communities. Which chef's final dish will complete the winning meal?
13 November 2012
A Thanksgiving battle features turkey gizzards in the appetizer round; pumpkin pie as an entrée ingredient; and desserts made with chocolate.
20 November 2012
The chefs must work hard to make terrific entrees with sable fish and sake.
25 November 2012
The holiday season is celebrated throughout the competition, beginning with an appetizer round that includes spiral ham and Italian cookies. Later, entrées are created using Santa Claus melons; and desserts are made with eggnog and Hanukkan gelt.
27 November 2012
In the entree round, chefs attempt to make delicious Cornish hen dishes.
11 December 2012
Lump crab-meat and ice-cream cones are the featured ingredients in the appetizer round. Later, the entrée round requires the use of a sports drink. Finally, for dessert, the remaining chefs are given carob syrup and spaghetti squash.
Season 13, Episode 14: Trout Bout18 December 2012
With brook trout in the first basket, the chefs try to reel the judges in.
Season 13, Episode 15: Belly Up1 January 2013
One competing chef attempts to recover, after accidentally dropping the entrée ingredient of pork belly onto the floor.
6 January 2013
All the baskets are full of leftover foods. So, the competitors use some tricks. The judges are served a soup made out of a sub sandwich; and entrées are prepared using rib-eye steak.
15 January 2013
Part 1 of 5. The fourth champions tournament begins, when four previous winners return and compete for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. Mystery-basket ingredients include haggis, sweet dough and unripe plantains.
22 January 2013
Part 2 of 5. The fourth champions tournament continues with four returning chefs having to create appetizers that combine a seafood delicacy with a traditional holiday food. Later, entrees are prepared using peanut butter, jelly and squab.
29 January 2013
Part 3 of 5. Four past winners return and compete for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. They must use eel in their appetizers; frog legs and gin in their entrees; and Araucana eggs and coconut macaroons in their desserts.
5 February 2013
Part 4 of 5. The fourth champions tournament continues with four returning chefs competing for the single place remaining. The have to create appetizers out of a sour-apple-martini mix. Later, entrees are prepared using a sweet wine.
7 February 2013
The chefs find exciting ingredients from Mexico featured throughout the competition, including pigs feet and tres leches cake in the appetizer basket; goat chops in the entrée basket; and yucca and coconuts for dessert.
12 February 2013
Conclusion. The final round of Chopped Champions finds the four finalists competing for the $50,000 grand prize. Sea snails, carrot juice and honeycomb are among the mystery ingredients.
17 February 2013
Chefs who made big mistakes in their first competition return to try again.
24 February 2013
Four amateur cooks believe they can show the pros how it's done. They work with sushi in the appetizer round; and, for entrées, they must use ostrich fillets and blueberry wine.
12 March 2013
The competing chefs must create appetizers, using smoked beef tongue and garbanzo beans; and in the entrée round, they cook with halibut and aquavit. For dessert, banana chips and almond butter are the featured ingredients.
19 March 2013
Four former runners-up return to compete. In the appetizer round, they are given a precooked protein and a slimy sea creature as ingredients; and for entrées, they must use poultry tongue and pineapple.
Season 15, Episode 1: Heads Up!31 March 2013
The chefs are alarmed to see an ingredient in the appetizer basket staring back at them. Later, a dangerous situation arises while entrées are being prepared; and desserts are made using yellow rice and persimmons.
7 April 2013
Part 1 of 5. An "All-Stars" tournament begins with personalities from the Food Network and the Cooking Channel going head-to-head for their charities, when they encounter something fishy during the entrée round. Later, desserts are made using marshmallows.
9 April 2013
Chopped fans choose the ingredients for this Viewers' Choice competition.
14 April 2013
Part 2 of 5. An "All-Stars" tournament continues with chefs Elizabeth Falkner
, Chuck Hughes
, Gavin Kaysen
and Richard Blais
taking on mystery baskets that include sea bass and cream soda in the appetizer round, followed by oxtail and labneh for entrÃ©es.
16 April 2013
The chefs open the first basket to find ingredients inspired by Australia.
21 April 2013
Part 3 of 5. An "All-Stars" tournament continues with four "Chopped"
(2007) judges (Scott Conant
, Amanda Freitag
, Alex Guarnaschelli
and Marc Murphy
) putting their cooking skills to the test, during an appetizing round that features diver scallops. Also: canned pizza sauce must be used in entrees.
28 April 2013
Part 4 of 5. An "All-Stars" tournament continues with celebrities Judy Gold
, Joey Fatone
, Laila Ali
and Johnny Weir
competing. First, they are given vanilla cupcakes to transform into appetizers; and later, make entrees with ingredients that are crispy and jiggly. The final desserts round involves curry powder and peanut shaped candy.
30 April 2013
A pre-grilled protein and a dried fruit must be used in appetizers; a chef deals with jitters during the entrée round; and curry desserts are presented to the judges before a winner is declared.
5 May 2013
Conclusion. An "All-Stars" tournament ends with a chef winning $50,000 for their charity. But first, the appetizer round features a salty vegetable and fresh seafood. Also: entrees are prepared using cheddar-filled pretzels; and desserts are made with freeze-dried grapes and Marcona almonds. Judges: Aarón Sánchez
, Geoffrey Zakarian
and Marcus Samuelsson
Season 15, Episode 10: Momumental7 May 2013
Talented moms, who aren't professional chefs, take on the Chopped Kitchen.
14 May 2013
Four amateur chefs are tasked with using a sea creature in appetizers and are thrown for a loop by an unfamiliar tuber in the entrée round. Also: desserts must include crackers and red wine.
21 May 2013
Black Forest bacon and prune juice are the first ingredients given to the chefs, tasked with the challenge of preparing dishes that represent breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Chopped Kitchen.
28 May 2013
Hup, two, three - four chefs who have served in the Army or Navy compete. Included: the appetizer-course basket contains a freeze-dried surprise; and entrée ingredients consist of a large loaf, a chop of meat and a tough candy.
30 May 2013
Four chefs with incredible weight-loss stories compete. They try to prepare healthy dishes for the judges, which proves challenging in the appetizer round, when they are faced with a fatty protein. Also: they must break down a fish.
2 June 2013
The chefs are given pots of bubbling oil to create crispy, delish dishes. A deep-fried food must appear on each plate throughout the competition, beginning in the appetizer round when catfish is the main ingredient.
4 June 2013
A new season of Chopped All-Stars begins April 7 at 9/8c on Food Network.
Season 15, Episode 17: Take Heart6 June 2013
In the first round, the chefs discover various creative ways to combine peppers and pork. The judges wonder why one chef makes a strange, last-minute decision. Then in the entree round, they wrestle with a heart-stopping protein.
11 June 2013
To avoid cleaver fever, the competitors have to work with bacon popcorn, which is in the first basket; the basket in the entrée round contains lamb; the basket in the final round contains a mashed treat and a floral syrup.
16 June 2013
The first basket's mix of ingredients includes mache and pickled sausage.
18 June 2013
25 June 2013
Competition begins with gyro meat in the appetizer round, which features hearts of palm as an ingredient. For entrées, the chefs must work with steak & donuts; and desserts are made from a classic American finger food and something sticky.
27 June 2013
The competitors leap into action and take on seitan and mescal for the appetizer round. Later, they find a pre-made sauce and a large fish in their entrée baskets; and for desserts, they must combine a pastry with a pork product.
2 July 2013
Teen chefs compete, preparing tuna and cereal in the appetizer round. Later, butchery is required in order to complete entrées; and dessert ingredients include a snack food and an Asian condiment.
9 July 2013
Dishes, composed of escargot and biscuit dough, are served as appetizers; for entrées, the chefs work with an unfamiliar produce and an unappealing pate; and desserts are created using mochi and mango.
16 July 2013
Something sweet is included in each of the baskets, beginning with a towering cake in the appetizer round. Later, the chefs need to incorporate a colorful dessert in their entrées and use a chocolaty treat when making their final dishes.
23 July 2013
Energetic chefs hit the ground running with a currywurst dish.
30 July 2013
Ingredients that are difficult to identify are found in the appetizer basket. For entrées, the chefs must tackle a seafood surprise; and the two chef finalists must waste no time inventing desserts using jicama.
6 August 2013
Whelk snails and lemon bars are found in the appetizer baskets. For entrées, the chefs each show their personalities in lamb shawarma dishes; and the dessert round proves challenging with cucumber salad as the featured ingredient.
11 August 2013
Two sets of chef brothers battle it out in the first Chopped family feud. Ingredients include falooda noodles in the appetizer round; steak and cinnamon rolls for entrées; and desserts made from a Greek pudding and Japanese candy.
Season 17, Episode 1: Wasted!13 August 2013
Food scraps are used in each round, beginning with herb stems and the remnants of a filleted fish for appetizer recipes. For entries, the chefs must work with potatoes that have eyes; and desserts are made with discarded oranges and bread.
18 August 2013
Chefs, who operate food trucks, compete. First, they are forced to use flavored meats in their appetizer dishes; and later, they must use a sugary powder and a leafy vegetable in their entrées; and guanabana-flavored ice cream for dessert.
3 September 2013
Sports stars Danica Patrick
, Tiki Barber
, Chuck Zito
and Natalie Coughlin
compete for charity. Included: appetizers are made using salmon; chocolate-covered marshmallows cause stress when preparing entrées; and olive-oil cakes must be transformed.
Season 17, Episode 4: Hero Chefs10 September 2013
Four extraordinary chefs, who serve their communities with their talents, compete. In the appetizer round, they are given chicken soup and barbecue sauce; and for entrees, they must combine scallops with two unusual produce items.
17 September 2013
There's nothing but leftovers for the chefs in all three rounds. First, they are tasked with transforming the remains of a casserole and uneaten takeout food. In the entrée round, the ingredients are something soggy and something sweet.
24 September 2013
It's chicken, chicken and more chicken in the baskets for these chefs.
1 October 2013
The chefs receive calves' livers and ranch dressing in the first round. Then in the entree round, a small bird and a citrusy spice make for an interesting combination. And will hot sauce be a hit in the finalists' desserts?
6 October 2013
Baskets with a Halloween theme challenge the chefs, who must make appetizers out of a bloody protein and a can of chips. Later, entrées are prepared with something gooey, gory and offal; the dessert round proves to be devilishly difficult.
15 October 2013
The baskets are packed with ingredients from a brunch menu. In a champagne and caviar appetizer round, one chef makes a generous choice. Chefs pair seafood with pancake mix in the entree round.
24 October 2013
Every basket in this competition features circus-themed ingredients, beginning with cotton candy and corn dogs in the appetizer round. Later, one chef creates his entrée by putting nachos and cheese in the food processor.
29 October 2013
The appetizer round brings Italian ingredients, including pasta dough, but time issues lead to some big problems. The tasty trend continues with veal chops and botargo in the basket. Then, desserts made with figs are the final two dishes.
5 November 2013
With the odds stacked against them, four former runners-up seek redemption in the Chopped Kitchen. In the first round, a faux meat and a hot mustard must be successfully combined.
12 November 2013
A battle, with a Thanksgiving twist, begins with the chefs working to elevate the traditional green-bean casserole in the appetizer round. Later, entrée ingredients include a big bird and a frozen orange treat.
Season 17, Episode 14: Cloche Call19 November 2013
In the appetizer round, the chefs must combine kimchi and gefilte fish; for entrées, the chefs work with uniquely flavored vodka and a green snack; for desserts, the chefs are given marshmallow cake and a citrusy water.
26 November 2013
The chefs get a special tool in the basket to help bust open a challenging ingredient: a giant jawbreaker. Then, a trendy pastry meets a North African stew in the second basket. Rosemary and ginger must be combined into a dessert.
1 December 2013
The Chopped all-star party begins with sparkling cider and doughnuts in the first basket. Wagyu steaks are served up for the entree round. And the final round competitors rush to get their plum pudding desserts plated.
10 December 2013
With a $40,000 scholarship on the line, four teen competitors' first basket contains a sweet drink and juicy fruit. Then, entrées are made using super sophisticated ingredients; and breakfast-like foods are transformed in the dessert round.
Season 18, Episode 4: Tapas TimeDecember 2013
Chefs are challenged to create tapas for all 3 rounds. They begin w/Spanish ingredients in the appetizer round. Later, 1 chef deals w/a fire during the entrée round; and mini desserts are made w/Catalan cream before a winner is determined.
Season 18, Episode 5: Waste Not5 January 2014
Chefs make use of ingredients that are usually thrown out. Appetizers are made with juicer pulp and tea bags; salad dressing and remnants of poultry for entrées; desserts are made with veggie peels and discarded portions of fruit.
12 January 2014
Firefighters compete and get the meal started with some hearty meat-and-cheese appetizers. Will the judges enjoy them? Then in the entree round, some big errors with a non-basket-ingredient gets one of the judges upset.
21 January 2014
When the clock starts ticking down, the chefs must rush to make appetizers with pickled pigs' feet and sweet potato chips. And one chef doesn't realize they've made a potentially costly mistake until it's too late.
2 February 2014
In the first round, one of the competitors takes a loose interpretation of the theme. Then some unusual toppings must be on the entree pizzas. And, a pizza for dessert with candied mushrooms and salted caramel sauce.
4 February 2014
Home cooks compete, preparing chicken tenderloins in the appetizer round. Later, one hopeful tries to impress the judges with an ambitious hanger steak dish; and the dessert basket features two very unusual ingredients.
9 February 2014
Chefs learn that they will be making hamburgers for every round, starting with veal burgers for appetizers. Then in the entree round a little quail egg causes a big headache. And who's ever heard of a dessert burger?
11 February 2014
With chocolate in the baskets, the chefs must make this perennial favorite work in the first two savory courses. Then the remaining two competitors must combine two chocolate ingredients with cherries and German layer cake.
16 February 2014
Bacon appears in the basket in every round. Other ingredients include apple chips, dried cherries and French toast. Judges: Scott Conant
, Amanda Freitag
and Adam Sobel
Season 18, Episode 13: Beer Here!23 February 2014
Chefs are brewing up as all three rounds are devoted to beer. Chefs must make sausages work with toasted lager for appetizers and a tasty tripel ale's in the basket for the entree round. The iconic beer & pretzels must be made into dessert.
25 February 2014
Four chefs who lost in previous competitions return, trying to win more than ever. A bright green dessert and a seafood snack must be worked into appetizers and quinoa and sour candy into entrees.
4 March 2014
For the first time ever four grandmothers do battle to make the most comforting and delicious course using new and "old school" ingredients such as bacon grease, meatloaf mix and oatmeal.
9 March 2014
Brandi Chastain, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Greg Louganis and Charles Oakley bring their fierceness and passion to the premiere competition of the Chopped $50,000 Celebrity Tournament.
16 March 2014
The four competitors part two of the Celebrity Tournament are alums of Food Network's Rachael vs, Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. But Coolio, Lou Diamond Phillips, Penn Jillette and Carnie Wilson try their hands in the Chopped Kitchen.
18 March 2014
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are made by the competing chefs, who must prepare a morning meal from coffee cake and cream-filled chocolate eggs. Round 2 features fish dishes and an emergency situation.
23 March 2014
Bringing the funny to the Chopped Kitchen, Sinbad, Tommy Davidson, Robert Wuhl and Gillian Vigman compete for a chance to move on to the $50,000 finale. The stars open up the first basket and get a pork delicacy and a gummy candy.
30 March 2014
With only one spot left in the Chopped Celebrity Championship charity tournament finale, Lucas Grabeel, Michael Imperioli, Peter Scolari and Tasha Smith take on the role of chef.
6 April 2014
Conclusion. A "Tournament of Stars" winner is determined. But first, the finalists must transform a drive-thru snack and cold dessert into appetizers; prepare duck entrées; and create something tasty out of churros and champagne.
7 April 2014
Two starchy ingredients, Chinese dumplings and Middle Eastern noodles, are used in the appetizer round. Later, one chef burns two of the mystery ingredients when making a lamb entrée; and pawpaw desserts are made before the winner is named.
22 April 2014
The fryer gets a lot of use, when the chefs are given chicken wings and African peri-peri rub to work with in the appetizer round. For entrees, a difficult cut of meat and a salty sandwich spread are mandatory ingredients; and pie dough shows up in the dessert basket.
29 April 2014
All of the baskets contain leftovers. Included: the chefs must transform the contents of restaurant-takeout containers; use packets of hot sauce in their entrées; and make bacon-centric desserts.
6 May 2014
Four mothers attempt to stay composed as they cook in a much larger arena. In the appetizer basket are chicken noodle soup and salsa. In the entree round, they must contend with a sugary ingredient often banned from breakfast.
Season 19, Episode 13: An Egg Up13 May 2014
The competing chefs are forced to cook with the so-called "100-year-old egg" in the appetizer round; find mango pudding in their entrée baskets; and make desserts with waffle cones.
20 May 2014
Basket contents have an Australian theme, beginning with lamb ribs and a very alcoholic beverage in Round 1. Also: the chefs serve emu entrées to the judges; and one finalist makes a mistake when using the ice-cream machine for dessert.
27 May 2014
Appetizers are made using blowfish tail; the chefs have a can of something orange and a jar of date palm to work with when creating entrées; and basil juice is a key ingredient in the dessert round.
3 June 2014
A fancy cake & a Bloody Mary are the first ingredients encountered by the competing chefs. Later, they are given ground chicken & seafood paella for entrées; & one of the finalists tries to recover from a screwup with the ice cream machine.
10 June 2014
Four dads take on the Chopped Kitchen, but how will the fathers-turned-competitors fare w/fish & salt-vinegar potato chips in the appetizer round? A bottle of scotch is in the entrée basket; dessert ingredients are rice pudding & pretzels.
17 June 2014
Appetizers are made with shrimp and chickpeas; entrée ingredients include baklava and salt pearls; and dessert dishes feature booze and cashews.
Season 20, Episode 2: Swai Not?24 June 2014
Falafel mix and date paste are among the mandatory ingredients in the appetizer round. Also: a fish proves puzzling for the competing chefs; and there is hesitation about transforming a cookie.
1 July 2014
Sweetbreads and a strong spice blend show up in the first two rounds. For dessert, the final two chefs serve dishes that are chocolaty, salty and fruity.