Chopped Season 36 Episode 6 – Gold Medal Games: Fast!

Gold Medal Games: Fast!

Four culinary contenders race to make a phenomenal meal under pressure in this exciting Gold Medal Games heat featuring chefs who are speed demons in the kitchen. The chefs are shocked to learn that every round will be five minutes shorter than usual! In the 15-minute appetizer round, the culinary athletes are burdened by some extremely tedious prep work and challenged by a sweet surprise. A wild watermelon and an expensive fish keep things interesting in the entree round. And there’s no shortage of nopales in the dessert basket as the final two speedster chefs chase their dream of landing a spot in the $50,000 Grand Finale.

Chopped Season 36 Episode 6   Gold Medal Games: Fast!

Chopped Season 36 Episode 5 – Gold Medal Games: Grilling

Gold Medal Games: Grilling

Four renowned chefs battle to prove why grilling is a winter “sport” worth cheering for, but only one can advance to the $50,000 Grand Finale. An uncooked pastry and a bone-in steak challenge the chefs in the appetizer round. In the entree round, the competitors encounter a guilty-pleasure snack and a Korean side dish. And will the last two contenders know what a pig pickin’ cake is or how to reimagine it in the dessert round?

Chopped Season 36 Episode 5   Gold Medal Games: Grilling

Chopped Season 36 Episode 1 – Better Duck Next Time

Better Duck Next Time

Duck tongue is the ingredient in the competitor’s first basket. In the entree round, they work with a bitter juice and an American classic. The dessert round features a peachy final basket.

Chopped Season 36 Episode 1   Better Duck Next Time

Chopped Season 35 Episode 21 – True Grits

True Grits

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.

Chopped Season 35 Episode 21   True Grits

Chopped Season 35 Episode 17 – Alton’s Challenge, Grand Finale

Alton’s Challenge, Grand Finale

Expect the ultimate in brainy, zany baskets from Alton Brown, as four Challenge champions return to battle it out for $50,000! Ingredients harken back to the themes of preliminary battles: molecular gastronomy, smoke, dehydration, and fermentation. In the appetizer basket, a small fish and a strange condiment puzzle the champs. A stunningly-presented protein and a jar of something stinky are in the entrée basket, and Alton makes a grand entrance in the dessert round to demonstrate the science of one of the ingredients, before an unprecedented turn of events unfolds.

Chopped Season 35 Episode 17   Alton’s Challenge, Grand Finale

Chopped Season 35 Episode 16 – Alton’s Challenge, Part 4

Alton’s Challenge, Part 4

Modern magic! Four new chefs explore the wonders of molecular gastronomy in Alton’s Challenge battle. Making a powder from a fat and clearing up the problem with transparent ravioli are some of the struggles in the appetizer basket. In the entrée round, the chefs get lamb cooked via a modernist method and some new age noodles. And a “cake” that looks like a drop of water — and tastes like one too — gives the last pair of chefs a perplexing puzzle to solve for dessert.

Chopped Season 35 Episode 16   Alton’s Challenge, Part 4

Chopped Season 35 Episode 15 – Alton’s Challenge, Part 3

Alton’s Challenge, Part 3

Dried and true! In this third Alton’s Challenge battle, there’s a dehydration theme for the baskets and Alton demonstrates a home hack that makes removing moisture from food a breeze. The first basket has the chefs making quick use of instant mashed potatoes. Then, an Alton specialty is one of the mandatory ingredients for the entrée round. In the dessert basket, diabolical ingredients have the chefs scrambling to make dehydrated eggs work in their final plates.

Chopped Season 35 Episode 15   Alton’s Challenge, Part 3

Chopped Season 35 Episode 14 – Alton’s Challenge, Part 2

Alton’s Challenge, Part 2

On a quest for $50,000, four new, bold chefs take on the Alton’s Challenge baskets. The first four chefs bravely take on his challenge, where Alton demonstrates the science behind smoking foods, and the chefs are encouraged to infuse every dish with smoky flavor. Tiny radishes and a strange savory cookie are in the mix for the appetizer basket. Alton then whips up a signature smoked item for the second basket, and an exotic drink is the smoky component in the dessert basket.

Chopped Season 35 Episode 14   Alton’s Challenge, Part 2

Chopped Season 35 Episode 11 – The Beets Go On

The Beets Go On

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.

Chopped Season 35 Episode 11   The Beets Go On

Chopped Season 35 Episode 10 – Comfort Zone

Comfort Zone

The chefs carry the comfort food theme in round one, utilizing something starchy and something greasy; a homey protein and some beautiful tomatoes are used in the entree round; a nostalgic cookie meets a dairy delight in the dessert basket.

Chopped Season 35 Episode 10   Comfort Zone