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Chopped

IMDB: 7.5

2007, 43 seasons to date

Reality-TV

By Michael Krupat

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Chopped challenges four promising chefs to turn a selection of everyday ingredients into an extraordinary three-course meal. In each episode, four chefs compete. The show is divided into three rounds; in each round, the chefs are given a basket containing between three and five unrelated ingredients, and the dish each competitor prepares must contain all of these ingredients.

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Season 1

  • Avocado, Tahini, Bran Flakes

    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?

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  • Banana, Collard Greens, Grits

    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?

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Season 2

  • High Hopes

    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.

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  • Floundering Around

    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.

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Season 3

Season 4

  • Jitters & Giant Eggs

    Panic threatens to paralyze one of the competitors who is feeling jittery.

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  • Dr. Deckle & Mr. Fried

    Three of the four chefs make a huge mistake with the jumbo shrimp.

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Season 5

  • Squashed

    Four talented women set out to claim the title of Chopped Champion.

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  • $50,000 Tournament: Part 1

    Four previous winners return to compete in a five-part Chopped event.

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Season 6

  • Marrowly We Roll Along

    Will the chefs know what to do to marry marrow bones with the other items?

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  • Doughs and Don'ts

    In preparing her trout appetizer, a feisty chef faces a big set back.

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Season 7

  • Saying Sayonara

    Ah, shucks! Oysters in the first basket cause some problems.

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  • Have a Heart

    Chefs wrestle with a heart-stopping protein in the entree round.

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Season 8

  • Sweet Second Chance!

    Four previously-defeated chefs get a second chance at the $10,000 prize!

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  • Chard & True

    Octo-tastic! The four chefs take on an eight-armed mystery ingredient.

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Season 9

Season 10

  • Far Far Out!

    Chefs combine far far, an Indian snack food, with squab - who will succeed?

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  • Frozen Fries with That?

    Can the chefs impress the judges after finding a still-frozen ingredient?

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Season 11

  • All Stars: Iron Chefs Do Battle

    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.

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  • Ready, Set, Escargot!

    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.

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Season 12

  • A Guts Reaction

    The chefs need to have guts when opening the first basket.

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  • Chocolate Challenge

    It's a chocolate lover's dream competition: Chocolate in every course!

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Season 14

  • Hecho En the Chopped Kitchen

    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.

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  • Chopped Champions: Finale

    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.

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Season 15

  • Aussie Awesome

    The chefs open the first basket to find ingredients inspired by Australia.

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  • Chopped All-Stars: Finale!

    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.

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Season 16

  • Gyro We Go Again

    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.

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  • Big Fish, Small Basket

    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.

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Season 17

  • Brunch Boxes

    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.

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  • Circus Spectacular

    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.

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Season 18

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    With a $40,000 scholarship on the line, four teen compet...
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    Episode 4: Tapas Time
    Chefs are challenged to create tapas for all 3 rounds. T...
    Dec 1, 2013
  • Waste Not

    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.

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  • Firefighter Chefs

    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.

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Season 19

  • Burn for the Worse

    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.

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  • An Egg Up

    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.

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Season 20

  • Short and Sweetbreads

    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.

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  • Fig Out

    Two fishy ingredients are used in the appetizer round. Later, entrées are made with spiny leaves and beef kidneys; and a collision in the kitchen occurs when the two finalists rush to make desserts from figs and lemon verbena.

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Season 21

  • Teen Tournament: Part Three

    Part 3 of 5. Teens compete to serve the best appetizer featuring dandelion greens. Later, they turn to the fryer when cooking Cornish hens; and try their luck with the ice cream machine when making desserts.

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  • Teen Tournament: Part Four

    Part 4 of 5. Four teens compete for the last spot in the finale. The battle begins with the young chefs using salsa verde in their appetizer dishes. Later, entrée ingredients include couscous and buffalo.

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Season 22

  • Chopped Chops

    The chefs open the first basket to find frog legs and some fine fungi. In the entree round, little beans and big pork chops cause the competitors difficulties; one of the finalists incorporates cheese into an ice cream.

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  • Pesto Chango

    Pesto sauce and chicken are the mandatory appetizer ingredients; the chefs are forced to get creative when spirulina chips appear in the entrée baskets; and a treat from Kazakhstan helps make the dessert round interesting.

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Season 23

  • Chopped, Again!

    Four losing chefs seek redemption. Among the ingredients they have to work with are skate, pomegranate molasses, boozy ice cream, a British pudding and a German tart.

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  • Say Cheese!

    A battle with a cheese theme. Blue cheese and goats cheese in the appetizer round; French cheeses, chicken thighs and garlic scapes in the entrée basket.

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Season 24

  • All-Stars Tournament B: Part 3

    Part 3 of 5. The All-Stars Tournament continues with Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Psilakis and Marcel Vigneron competing.

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  • All-Stars Tournament B: Part 4

    Part 4 of 5. An all-stars tournament continues with Rocco DiSpirito, Jet Tila, Lee Anne Wong and Fabio Viviani competing. Included: appetizer are made using a succulent seafood and an Asian pastry; the chefs must get creative when cooking a piece of beef in the entrée round; and fish-shaped snacks and crystals that go pop are incorporated into dessert recipes.

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Season 25

  • Teen Tournament: Part 3

    Part 3 of 5. The teen tournament continues with the competitors trying to transform basket ingredients that include vegan chicken, butternut squash, okra, a box of assorted cookies, walnuts and plums.

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  • Teen Tournament: Part 4

    Part 4 of 5. Teens compete. Included: the appetizer round features a spicy protein and strong pepper; the judges resist the urge to help, when thick veal chops and beautiful heirloom tomatoes are uncovered in the entrée baskets.

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Season 26

  • Food Truck Kitchen

    Chefs who operate food trucks compete. Included: Chinese and Greek cuisines collide in the appetizer round; entrée baskets contain a classic American street food and a fun-to-say Korean dish; and an unripe fruit and much loved sweet spread are used to make desserts.

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  • Military Vets

    Veterans of the U.S. armed forces face off in challenges, in which they must create original dishes, using scalloped potatoes, pre-cooked meatloaf and a sweet and tart drink.

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Season 27

  • Brunch Battle

    A brunch theme finds the competing chefs working with booze and eggs; and in the dessert round, a fried sweet is paired with a poached fruit.

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  • Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year is celebrated in the kitchen, during rounds that feature a favorite dish of Americans, a giant fish, an oversized cookie and a strawberry-flavored treat.

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Season 28

  • Chopped Champions: Battle 3, Chefs in Control

    Part 3 of 5. Four returning champions compete. Included: the appetizer baskets contain a hard-to-melt candy and a difficult-to-prep veggie; a seemingly chaffy protein proves difficult to handle in the entrée round; and bison jerky must be used in desserts.

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  • Chopped Champions: Battle 4, Kitchen Storm

    Part 4 of 5. A husband and wife are among the returning champions. Challenges include making appetizers with crab claws and vanilla frosting; and entrees with wild boar. Also: a savory mousse must be used in the dessert round.

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Season 29

  • Hot Doggin'

    The chefs cook with hot dogs. Other mystery basket items include an uncommon condiment in the appetizer round; and a problematic and tiny ingredient in the entrée round.

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  • Souper Chefs

    A seventy-something competes. Included: in the appetizer round, trout dishes must include dill pickle soup as a component. Then, a weirdly spicy beer is one of the entrée basket ingredients. And finally, dough and sugar in the dessert basket give the chefs a false sense of security.

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Season 30

  • Best Halloween Ever

    The competing chefs get into the Halloween spirit as they take on a wild collection of appetizer ingredients. Then, pork tenderloin entrees are served to the judges. Finally, the competitors scare up a dessert using a spiky fruit and clever cookie crumb creation.

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  • On the Quack Burner

    Duck tongues show up in the appetizer baskets; and a seaweed pasta product makes for a weird entrée item. Also: spicy alcohol and a sweet cream are among the components the chefs must use in their desserts.

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Season 31

  • Tailgate Greats

    Four devoted football fans compete in a tailgate-theme showdown. Round 1 ingredients include handy sandwiches and sweet popcorn. Later, the chefs are given a strange take on mimosa; and hustle to execute creative desserts.

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  • Midnight Snack Attack

    The challenge faced by the competing chefs is to make the perfect midnight meal. In the first round, fried foods and a trendy cocktail are creatively re-imagined. Then, prized mushrooms and a much craved street food are used to make entrees. In the end, the finalists aim to wake up the judges' palates with breakfast flavors.

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Season 32

  • Celebrating Veterans

    Four military veterans compete; in round one, a favorite American comfort food and a super-sweet drink; patriotic pasta and a pre-made savory pie in the entrée round; cheese and pudding for dessert.

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  • Oodles of Noodles

    The chefs must make noodle or pasta dishes; Asian ingredients in round one; fresh pasta in round two; noodles for dessert in the final round.

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Season 33

  • Star Power: Culinary Muscle!

    In the second preliminary competition, four star athletes --- Dorothy Hamill, Paige VanZant, LaMarr Woodley and Mariel Zagunis --- battle it out in the kitchen; a weird flavor of soda and a cheesy dish in the first basket.

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  • Star Power: The Last Laugh!

    Illeana Douglas, Ron Funches, Jonathan Sadowski and Julie White engage in a rowdy display of cooking improv in the third competition of the Star Power tournament; a South American flatbread and a beautiful seafood; marshmallows in the entrée basket.

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Season 34

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  • Greater Tater

    The chefs work with a potato theme, with spuds of some kind in every basket; chefs must incorporate two tater products into their appetizers; in round two, chili fries find their way to a blender; sweet potato pie meets toffee in the dessert basket.

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  • Father's Day

    Four fathers join forces with their grown-up kids to make their families proud with collaborative dishes. A cookie in the first basket gets a laugh, but the salmon in the entree basket creates problems for the duos; an unusual flavor of gelato presents a challenge in the third round.

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Season 35

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    Chefs must create appetizers in just 20 minutes from cla...
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    The chefs get some gorgeous crustaceans and a fancy past...
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  • Food Truck Luck

    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.

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  • Waffles for the Win

    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; waffles take the form of cookies in the dessert round.

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Season 36

  • The Light Stuff

    Four fit chefs take on the challenge to cook creative, healthy dishes that are big on flavor. They get a faux noodle and a fish fillet in round one, and the second round revolves around a diet drink and a protein-packed snack box.

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  • Million Dollar Meals

    The competitors are treated to high-end, top-dollar ingredients as they cook for new judge Martha Stewart.

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Season 37

  • Luck of the Irish

    The chefs have the good fortune of getting treats from Ireland in every basket from an iconic stout and an Irish delicacy to a favorite Irish ice cream treat.

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  • Beer and Brats

    The chefs take part in a Bavarian bash, starting with an appetizer basket that also includes potato chips.

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Season 38

  • Plum Luck

    In the first round, the chefs find a classic Asian food in an innovative form and some lovely plums. A tough cut of meat and a container full of an unusual mayonnaise product test the chefs' creativity in Round Two.

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  • Bowled Over

    Four chefs layer flavors in perfect, trendy bowls under the watchful eye of judge Martha Stewart. For the first round, Martha brings a surprise from her garden. Dessert bowls are made from an Italian syrup and a candied treat.

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Season 39

  • Wellington Woes

    The competitors bring their best to the kitchen to impress Martha Stewart. In the appetizer round, they take on beef Wellington and an iconic canned meat. In the entree round, they use one of Martha's favorite ingredients.

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  • Pizza Poetry

    When four pizza pros bring their considerable talent and competitive drive to the Chopped kitchen, the judges are in for a pizza party to remember.

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Season 40

  • Tea Eggs and Sympathy

    The appetizer round has the chefs wondering what exactly a Chinese tea egg is, and pizza in a strange format and an uncommonly eaten piece of pork appear in the entree basket. A big, stinky fruit is the talk of the dessert round.

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  • After Hours Revisits Short Order, Celebrity Finale. and Food Truck

    The judges attempt to tame down the sweetness of some sugary kid favorites; Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy tackle churros and champagne; and Scott Conant takes on the challenge of creating a dish, using a whole sucking pig.

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Season 41

  • Game On!

    Know what this is about? Be the first one to add a plot.

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  • Ultimate Redemption

    Four chefs who didn't make it in high-stakes tournaments return for redemption with challenges that involve goat chops, breakfast cereal and a cookie behemoth.

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Season 42

  • After Hours Revisits Rock Stars, Lamb Entrees and Late Night

    The "Chopped" judges try to make beautiful food, using the contents of a dessert basket from a rock star battle; and they get to show off their skills when preparing rack of lamb. Also: ingredients with a late-night theme both scare and inspire the chefs.

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  • After Hours Revisits Short Order, Celebrity Finale. and Food Truck

    The judges attempt to tame down the sweetness of some sugary kid favorites; Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy tackle churros and champagne; and Scott Conant takes on the challenge of creating a dish, using a whole sucking pig.

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Season 43

  • After Hours Revisits Rock Stars, Lamb Entrees and Late Night

    The "Chopped" judges try to make beautiful food, using the contents of a dessert basket from a rock star battle; and they get to show off their skills when preparing rack of lamb. Also: ingredients with a late-night theme both scare and inspire the chefs.

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  • After Hours Revisits Short Order, Celebrity Finale. and Food Truck

    The judges attempt to tame down the sweetness of some sugary kid favorites; Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy tackle churros and champagne; and Scott Conant takes on the challenge of creating a dish, using a whole sucking pig.

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Season 44

  • After Hours Revisits Rock Stars, Lamb Entrees and Late Night

    The "Chopped" judges try to make beautiful food, using the contents of a dessert basket from a rock star battle; and they get to show off their skills when preparing rack of lamb. Also: ingredients with a late-night theme both scare and inspire the chefs.

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  • After Hours Revisits Short Order, Celebrity Finale. and Food Truck

    The judges attempt to tame down the sweetness of some sugary kid favorites; Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy tackle churros and champagne; and Scott Conant takes on the challenge of creating a dish, using a whole sucking pig.

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