List of Chopped episodes (seasons 1–20) - Wikipedia

List of Chopped episodes (seasons 1–20)


This is the list of episodes (Seasons 1–20) for the Food Network competition reality series Chopped.

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 13, 2009 (2009-01-13)April 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
213June 16, 2009 (2009-06-16)September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)
313October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09)
413April 6, 2010 (2010-04-06)July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13)
513July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20)November 28, 2010 (2010-11-28)
612January 4, 2011 (2011-01-04)April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)
710May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)July 5, 2011 (2011-07-05)
89July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12)December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)
913August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30)December 13, 2011 (2011-12-13)
1013December 20, 2011 (2011-12-20)May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)
1113February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25)
1213June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)
1312September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04)February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)
1413January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06)May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05)
1513April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)
1613June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02)November 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)
1713August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13)December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)
1813November 26, 2013 (2013-11-26)May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)
1913February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10)
2013March 18, 2014 (2014-03-18)November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25)
2113July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15)January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13)
2213October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)June 30, 2015 (2015-06-30)
2313December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)June 16, 2015 (2015-06-16)
2413April 28, 2015 (2015-04-28)December 8, 2015 (2015-12-08)
2513August 25, 2015 (2015-08-25)December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)
268October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06)December 17, 2015 (2015-12-17)
2713January 5, 2016 (2016-01-05)March 17, 2016 (2016-03-17)
2813March 29, 2016 (2016-03-29)June 21, 2016 (2016-06-21)
2913August 7, 2016 (2016-08-07)September 27, 2016 (2016-09-27)
308September 22, 2016 (2016-09-22)December 20, 2016 (2016-12-20)
3120October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)December 29, 2016 (2016-12-29)
3212January 3, 2017 (2017-01-03)May 2, 2017 (2017-05-02)
338March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21)May 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)
3413May 9, 2017 (2017-05-09)November 7, 2017 (2017-11-07)
3520July 18, 2017 (2017-07-18)March 6, 2018 (2018-03-06)
3613December 12, 2017 (2017-12-12)June 5, 2018 (2018-06-05)
3713March 13, 2018 (2018-03-13)June 11, 2019 (2019-06-11)
3813May 15, 2018 (2018-05-15)May 28, 2019 (2019-05-28)
3913June 26, 2018 (2018-06-26)May 14, 2019 (2019-05-14)
4013July 17, 2018 (2018-07-17)July 16, 2019 (2019-07-16)
4113December 11, 2018 (2018-12-11)March 31, 2020 (2020-03-31)
428November 20, 2018 (2018-11-20)June 2, 2020 (2020-06-02)
4313July 9, 2019 (2019-07-09)February 25, 2020 (2020-02-25)
4413September 24, 2019 (2019-09-24)August 4, 2020 (2020-08-04)
4513January 21, 2020 (2020-01-21)July 28, 2020 (2020-07-28)
46TBAJuly 14, 2020 (2020-07-14)TBA
47TBAApril 7, 2020 (2020-04-07)TBA

Season 1 (2009)Edit

  • This season is known for its straight-forward episode titles (listing foods found in the baskets) and the variance of basket ingredients (some rounds had three ingredients while some rounds had five ingredients).
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Octopus, Duck, Animal Crackers"January 13, 2009 (2009-01-13)

Contestants:

  • Summer Kriegshauser, Private Chef and Nutrition Coach, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Perry Pollaci, Private Chef and Sous chef, Bar Blanc, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Katie Rosenhouse, Pastry Chef, Olana Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Sandy Davis, Catering Chef, Showstoppers Catering at Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This is the first episode with only three official ingredients in a basket (dessert round). There would be no hard set limit until season 4.

22"Tofu, Blueberries, Oysters"January 20, 2009 (2009-01-20)

Contestants:

  • Raymond Jackson, Private Caterer and Culinary Instructor, Westchester County, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Klaus Kronsteiner, Chef de cuisine, Liberty National Golf Course, Jersey City, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Christopher Jackson, Executive Chef and Owner, Ted and Honey, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Pippa Calland, Owner and Chef, Chef for Hire LLC, Newville, PA (winner)


Notes: This is the first of a few episodes with five official ingredients in a basket (entrée round), as well as three ingredients in the appetizer round.

33"Avocado, Tahini, Bran Flakes"January 27, 2009 (2009-01-27)

Contestants:

  • Margaritte Malfy, Executive Chef and Co-owner, La Palapa, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Rachelle Rodwell, Chef de cuisine, SoHo Grand Hotel, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Chris Burke, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Andre Marrero, Chef tournant, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, New York, NY (winner)
44"Banana, Collard Greens, Grits"February 3, 2009 (2009-02-03)

Contestants:

  • Sean Chudoba, Executive Chef, Ayza Wine Bar, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Kyle Shadix, Chef, Registered Dietician and Culinary Consultant, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Luis Gonzales, Executive Chef, Knickerbocker Bar & Grill, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Einat Admony, Chef and Owner, Taïm, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: In the appetizer round, Chef Chuboda refused to use bananas in his dish due to his plan failing, leading to his elimination. In the dessert round, Chef Gonzales accidentally used salt instead of sugar in his dish, asserting that this resulted in his elimination.

55"Yucca, Watermelon, Tortillas"February 10, 2009 (2009-02-10)

Contestants:

  • John Keller, Personal Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Andrea Bergquist, Executive Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Ed Witt, Executive Chef / Wine Director, Bloomingdale Road and Wine Directory, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Josh Emett, Chef de cuisine, Gordon Ramsay at The London, New York, NY (winner)
66"Canned Peaches, Rice Cakes, Beets"February 17, 2009 (2009-02-17)

Contestants:

  • Cindi Avila, Catering Manager and Chef, Crisp, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lucas Manteca, Chef/Restaurateur, Sea Salt and Quahog's Restaurants, Stone Harbor, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Robert Burmeister, Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Chow Gourmet Kitchen, Staten Island, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Chris Coleman, Private Executive Chef, Long Island, NY (winner)
77"Quail, Arctic Char, Beer"February 24, 2009 (2009-02-24)

Contestants:

  • Melinda Dorn, Sous chef and Instructor, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ralph Battista Jr., Executive Chef, Butterfield 8, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Lior Lev Sercarz, Chef and Entrepreneur, La Boîte à Biscuits and La Boîte à Epices, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Abe Lopez, Chef de cuisine, Pacifico, Center Valley, PA (winner)


Notes: In the appetizer Chef Dorn did not get her quail on 1 plate. As a result, she was eliminated.

88"Coconut, Calamari, Donuts"March 3, 2009 (2009-03-03)

Contestants:

  • Gwen LePape, Executive Chef, Frederick's Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Francesco Peluso, Executive Chef, Peluso's Italian Specialties, Clifton, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Dave Ogren, Executive Chef, Almos Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Mina Newman, Executive Chef, Christos Steakhouse, Astoria, NY (winner)


Notes: In the appetizer round, Chef LePape failed to get any food onto his plates. The judges allowed him to bring the pan from the oven to the tasting table after the other competitors offered their permission. Despite this, Chef LePape was eliminated.

99"Mac & Cheese, Cola, Bacon"March 10, 2009 (2009-03-10)

Contestants:

  • David Goldwhite, Private Personal Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Gypsy Gifford, Executive Chef, Cafe Pinot, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • William Lustberg, Sous chef / saucier, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • James Briscione, Chef Instructor, Institute of Culinary Education, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Lustberg has also competed on the ninth season of Hell's Kitchen (U.S. season 9).

1010"String Cheese, Jicama, Gingersnaps"March 17, 2009 (2009-03-17)

Contestants:

  • Jonathan Jernigan, Executive Chef, Catering by Jonathan, Willingboro, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • King Phojanakong, Executive Chef, Kuma Inn, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Soulayphet Schwader, Executive Chef, Talay Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Darius Peacock, Executive Chef, Exceptional Taste Catering, Trenton, NJ (winner)


Notes: This is the first episode to feature four male chefs.

1111"Jumbo Shrimp, Pepperoncini, Cereal"March 24, 2009 (2009-03-24)

Contestants:

  • Alina Eisenhauer, Pastry Chef, Sweet, Woodstock, CT (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Todd Miller, Executive Chef, STK, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Michael Giletto, Executive Chef, Cherry Valley Country Club, Skillman, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jackie Lee, Private Chef, New York, NY (winner)
1212"Chocolate, Mussels and Figs"March 31, 2009 (2009-03-31)

Contestants:

  • Michael Selicious, Executive Chef, Wickets Inn, Onset, MA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Nigel Spence, Owner and Executive Chef, Ripe Kitchen and Bar, Mt. Vernon, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Melissa Levy, Executive Chef, IBM, Newburgh, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Gavin Mills, Executive Chef, Broadway East, New York, NY (winner)
1313"Strawberries, Turkey and Gummi Bears"April 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)

Contestants:

  • Victor Cabezas, Chef and Owner, Misaví, Totowa, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jonathan Contes, Chef and Part Owner, Eat Mosaic, St. James, Long Island, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Amy Roth, Chef and Owner, Amy Kate Catering, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Carrino, Chef and Owner, Restaurant Passionné, Montclair, NJ (winner)

Season 2 (2009)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
141"A Prickly Situation"June 14, 2009 (2009-06-14)

Contestants:

  • Peter Klein, Executive Chef and Part Owner, Chow Bar, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ross Gill, Executive Chef and General Manager, Home Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Yvan Lemoine, Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Natalia Machado, Junior Executive Chef, Industria Argentina, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: The judges caught Chef Lemoine plating past time limits. As a result, the judges eliminated him.

152"Salty Veggies & Heated Battles"June 16, 2009 (2009-06-16)

Contestants:

  • Fritz Knipschildt, Chef and Chocolatier, Knipschildt Chocolatier, Norwalk, CT (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Cheryl Perry, Chef and Culinary Instructor, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • David Rotter, Executive Chef, Campo, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jason Zukas, Chef Consultant, Bocca Fina, Queens, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Perry dropped her tongs on the floor in Round 1 and continued cooking, but moved on because Chef Knipschildt made an undrinkable Bloody Mary. In the entree round Chef Perry was caught double dipping but was chopped for serving raw artichokes.

163"High Hopes"June 23, 2009 (2009-06-23)

Contestants:

  • Nicole Puzio, Executive Chef, Ox Restaurant, Jersey City, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • David Kirschner, Sous chef, W Hotel, Hoboken, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Michael Ferraro, Executive Chef, Delicatessen, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • John Lawson, Sous chef, Gordon Ramsay at The London, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Puzio did not finish her plates in Round 1 resulting in her elimination. The judges also were very disappointed in every first course. The bison in the second basket was a thick-cut sirloin steak.

174"Floundering Around"June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30)

Contestants:

  • Massimo Felici, Executive Chef, Ristorante DeGrezia, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Christine Campbell, Butcher and Private Chef, Long Island, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Julio Lazzarini, Executive Chef and Owner, Orillas Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Wilmington, DE (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Marc Spooner, Production Chef, Great Performances Catering, New York, NY (winner)
185"Pride on the Plate"July 7, 2009 (2009-07-07)

Contestants:

  • Shaya Klechevsky, Personal Chef and Instructor, At Your Palate, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Pasquale Frola, Executive Sous Chef, Naples 45, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Giuliano Matarese, Executive Chef, Arte Café, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Roshni Mansukhani, Executive Sous chef and Private Chef, Boston, MA (winner)


Notes: Throughout each course, Chef Matarese failed to complete any of his dishes. Chef Mansukhani went on to compete on the tenth season of Hell's Kitchen (under the surname 'Gurnani').

196"Pretty Please with a Pepper on Top"July 14, 2009 (2009-07-14)

Contestants:

  • Barbara Sibley, Executive Chef and Owner, La Palapa Cocina Mexicana, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Christopher Nguyen, Chef Consultant, Keo Asian Restaurant, York, PA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Paul Viggiano, Chef de cuisine, Docs Steakhouse, Sparta, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Tyler Anderson, Executive Chef, The Copper Beech Inn, Essex, CT (winner)
207"Pods, Grills and Sticky Fingers"July 28, 2009 (2009-07-28)

Contestants:

  • Moha Orchid, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Maristella Innocenti, Owner and Chef, Matilda, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Matthew Zappoli, Owner and Executive Chef, Tre Amici, Long Branch, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Joe Bayley, Sous chef, Cobblestone Foods, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Orchid got eliminated in the Appetizer for only getting shrimp on 1 plate and forgetting to plate the raisins.

218"A Wish Upon A Starfruit"August 11, 2009 (2009-08-11)

Contestants:

  • Ming Lu, Line Cook, Le Cirque, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Pedro Diáz, Sous chef, Fresh Direct, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Lisa Schoen, Executive Chef and Food Stylist, Mad River Post and In Your Kitchen, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Cody Utzman, Chef and Restaurateur, Brooklyn Standard, New York, NY (winner)
229"Buckwheat Blunders and Twists of Fate"August 25, 2009 (2009-08-25)

Contestants:

  • Simon Lange, Chef and Restaurateur, Apartment 138, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Rory O'Farrell, Executive Chef, Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Mor Amitzur, Executive Chef, The View at the Marriott Marquis, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Diane DiMeo, Private Chef, Red Box Bistro, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Amitzur cut himself in Round 1 and continued making his dish with no gloves, or band-aid however the producer made him throw his dish away forcing him to redo his dish.

2310"Chopped Champions Event, Round One: The Ultimate Face-off"September 8, 2009 (2009-09-08)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the first "Chopped Champions" event, featuring winners of past episodes. There were four loosely connected parts, wherein the winner of this episode got $10,000 and the chance to compete in the next special episode against three new past champions, potentially winning up to $40,000 with each round they get through.

2411"Chopped Champions Event, Round Two: Best of the Best"September 15, 2009 (2009-09-15)

Contestants:


Notes: Three new Chopped champions competed against the winner of the Chopped Champions Event, Round One. The winner of this episode got $10,000 and the chance to compete in the next episode against three different past champions. The previous winner lost in the dessert basket, meaning a new chef got the chance to potentially add more money to their winnings in the next special episode (up to $30,000).

2512"Chopped Champions Event, Round Three: All-Stars Showdown"September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22)

Contestants:


Notes: Three new Chopped champions competed against the winner of the Chopped Champions Event, Round Two. The winner of this episode got $10,000 and the chance to compete in the next episode against three different past champions. Once again, the previous winner got knocked out (in the entrée basket) so a new chef got the chance to potentially add more money to their winnings in the next special episode (up to $20,000).

2613"Chopped Champions Event, Round Four: Bring It!"September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the last of the special Chopped Champion Event episodes. Three Chopped champions competed against the winner of the Chopped Champions Event, Round Three. A new champion dethroned the previous winner in the appetizer round meaning none of the winners in all four episodes won more than one episode. The winner of this episode got $10,000.

Season 3 (2009–10)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
271"When Chefs Collide"October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13)

Contestants:

  • Peter Giannakas, Chef and Restaurateur, Ovelia Psistaria Bar, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Angie Shaghaghi, Chef Instructor, Creative Cooks, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Cisse Elhadji, Chef and Restaurateur, Ponty Bistro, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Dean Yasharian, Executive Sous chef, Bar Boulud, New York, NY (winner)
282"Oh My Goshy, Umeboshi"October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)

Contestants:

  • Jeffrey Baruch, Executive Chef, London Lennie's Seafood Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Barbara Esmonde, Executive Chef, Mediterranean Catering, Wynnewood, PA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Peter Karapanagiotis, Executive Chef, Privé Mediterranean Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jeremy Duclut, Executive Chef, Georges' Bar and Restaurant, Wayne, PA (winner)


Notes: Chef Esmonde cut herself during the entrée round. After attempting to put on a glove that did not fit, she took it off and tossed her salad with her hands despite her open wound. As a result, the judges did not eat the salad and chopped her for her poor sanitation. Chef Baruch is a sous chef for semi-regular Chopped judge Sue Torres.

293"Judge Knows Best"October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)

Contestants:

  • Fabian Ludwig, Executive Chef, Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ayesha Nurdjaja, Executive Chef, Il Bordello, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Joshua Whigham, Sous chef, Jack's Luxury Oyster Bar, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Joe Dobias, Chef and Restaurateur, Joe Doe Restaurant, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Dobias did not get his plantain cake on the plate in the dessert round despite getting all 4 ingredients on the plate. The judges offered he could bring up his cakes. However his competitor had to offer his consent and said no. Despite this Chef Dobias won due to the mistakes his opponent made throughout the meal.

304"A Nori Story"November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)

Contestants:

  • Adele DiBiase, Chef and Restaurateur, Bona Vita Osteria, Summit, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Malik Fall, Chef and Restaurateur, Boucarou Lounge, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Michael Bicocchi, Executive Chef, Flex Mussels, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • PJ Calapa, Sous chef, Nobu Fifty Seven, New York, NY (winner)
315"Sticking To It"November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10)

Contestants:

  • Melinda Beaulieu, Private Chef and Nutritionist, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • David Amorelli, Executive Chef, Coffee Shop, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Dominick Feragola, Sous chef, Broadway East, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Luisa Fernandes, Executive Chef, Georgia's Cafe and Bakery, New York, NY (winner)
326"Season's Choppings"December 8, 2009 (2009-12-08)

Contestants:

  • Megan Fells, Chef and Restaurateur, The Artist's Palate, Poughkeepsie, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jason Tilmann, Executive Chef, NYY Steak, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Keith Geter, Chef, Artisanal, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jon Bignelli, Sous chef, wd~50, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: In the appetizer round Chef Bignelli made a puree after Chef Tilmann made one, and Chef Bignelli did not clean out the blender. Chef Tilmann wanted Chef Bignelli to be disqualified however the judges decided that Chef Bignelli's puree tasted different enough to avoid elimination and they eliminated Chef Fells due to a lack of eggnog and undercooked quince. The chefs were given 45 minutes in the entrée round rather than the normal 30 to allow time to properly cook the turkey.

337"Flower Power"March 14, 2010 (2010-03-14)

Contestants:

  • Bill Feldman, Chef and Entrepreneur, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Keith Jodway, Consulting Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Lola Garand, Consulting Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Tommy Lee, Executive Chef, Battery Gardens, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Jodway left kiwi out of some of the dishes he plated in the appetizer round and forgot a cranberry vinaigrette off of all his entrées; both mistakes were due to time constraints.

348"Sweet Redemption"March 21, 2010 (2010-03-21)

Contestants:


Notes: This was the first episode to feature four past runners-up competing for a chance to redeem themselves and win.

359"Winging It"March 28, 2010 (2010-03-28)

Contestants:

  • Linda Laestadius, Pastry Chef, The Bear Cafe, Woodstock, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lizzie Singh-Brar, Executive Chef, Fanny, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • John Sierp, Executive Chef, White Cloud Catering, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Justin Gaines, Executive Sous chef, Zanaro's Italian Restaurant, White Plains, NY (winner)
3610"In A Pinch"April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05)

Contestants:

  • Damien Brassel, Executive Chef, Knife + Fork, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lonnie Dyner, Executive Chef, Le Petit Marché, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Susan Crocker, Catering Chef, Holberts Catering and Backyard Bistro, Montgomery, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Pnina Peled, Chef de cuisine, The New York Helmsley Hotel, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was the first episode where two female chefs faced each other in the final round.

3711"Raw Enthusiasm"April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12)

Contestants:

  • Mark Twersky, Cullinary Instructor, The French Culinary Institute, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Deborah Gorman, Catering Chef, The Good Knife, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Arvin Dhansew, Catering Chef, Relish Caterers, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Martin Brock, Executive Chef, Atria, New York, NY (winner)
3812"Against the Tide"April 19, 2010 (2010-04-19)

Contestants:

  • Michael Madigan, Chef and Restaurateur, Snails and Quails / Farm 2 Bistro, New York, NY / Nutley, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Andres Barrera, Executive Chef, City Winery, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Laurielle Clark, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Erik Weatherspool, Chef and Restaurateur, Bistro 44, Toms River, NJ (winner)


Notes: This was the first episode to feature an ingredient, violet mustard, that the judges were not familiar with.

3913"Chopped Liver"May 2, 2010 (2010-05-02)

Contestants:

  • John-Michael Hamlet, Chef and Restaurateur, John-Michael's Restaurant, North Salem, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Hannah Hopkins, Chef and Restaurateur, Dish, Mahopac, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Bradley Boyle, Chef and Restaurateur, Salt Gastro Pub, Byram, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Marc Pavlovic, Culinary Instructor, The French Culinary Institute, New York, NY (winner)

Season 4 (2010)Edit

  • Starting in this season, having four ingredients in every basket became the standard instead of the occasional round with five and/or three ingredients of the previous three seasons.
No.
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No. in
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TitleOriginal air date
401"Rattle & Roll"April 6, 2010 (2010-04-06)

Contestants:

  • Siggy Sollitto, Chef and Restaurateur, Siggy's Good Food, Brooklyn Heights, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Eric Paraskevas, Executive Chef, Terra Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Chris Coombs, Executive Chef, Dbar, Boston, MA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Mackenzie Hilton, Executive Chef, Mercato Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA (winner)


Notes: Chef Sollitto only managed to make 1 plate in the first round resulting in her elimination.

412"My Froggy Clementine"April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13)

Contestants:

  • Sunshine Best, Special Diets Chef, Your Safe Kitchen, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Warren Schierenbeck, Chef and Restaurateur, DoSi Cafe, Staten Island, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Erica Wides, Chef Instructor, Institute of Culinary Education, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Mario Tolentino, Private Chef, Can Cook Personal Chef Services, New York, NY (winner)
423"Jitters & Giant Eggs"April 20, 2010 (2010-04-20)

Contestants:

  • Rory MacDonald, Head Pastry Chef, Tocqueville, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Brian Kevorkian, Line Cook, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Maurice "Mo" Hurley, Executive Chef, Valbella, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jessica Mogardo, Pastry Chef, New York, NY (winner)
434"Dr. Deckle & Mr. Fried"April 27, 2010 (2010-04-27)

Contestants:

  • Abigail Hitchcock, Chef and Restaurateur, Camaje Bistro, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Shanna Pacifico, Chef de cuisine, Back Forty, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • John P. Greco III, Chef and Restaurateur, Philip Marie, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Siry, Corporate Executive Chef, Big Daddy's Diner, Duke's, and City Crab, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Later reruns of this episode were dedicated to the memory of Michael Siry who died from cancer in June 2013. Chef Hitchcock forgot an ingredient (corn chips) in the appetizer round. As a result she was chopped.

445"Mussels Mastery & Cotton Candy Can-Do"May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)

Contestants:

  • Sean Mell, Omakase Chef, Nobu, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Berthsy Ayide, Chef and Caterer, The Kitchen Sink, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jeremy Hanlon, Private Chef, My Fresh Chef, Lantana, FL (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Christian Petroni, Chef and Restaurateur, Barcelona, Greenwich, CT (winner)


Notes: This is Marcus Samuelsson's first episode as a judge.

456"First Things Worst"May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11)

Contestants:

  • Nadege Fleurimond, Caterer, Fleurimond Catering, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Paul Ripley, Food and Beverage Manager, Raritan Valley Country Club, Bridgewater, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Ryan DePersio, Chef and Restaurateur, Fascino, Montclair, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Rebecca Weitzman, Chef de cuisine, Inoteca, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Nadege was caught plating past limits in Round 1. As a result she was chopped. Rebecca forgot 3 ingredients on 1 plate in the appetizer round but moved on based on how good her dish was.

467"Fired Up!"June 1, 2010 (2010-06-01)

Contestants:

  • Mary Beth Johnson, Executive Chef, Maritime, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Kristen Davis, Personal Chef, Long Island, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Adam Goldgell, Chef, Sugo Café, Long Beach, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Jenkins, Chef, Butter, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a grilling-themed episode. The stove tops were outfitted with grill sheets and the ovens were off-limits. Chef Jenkins is a chef at Butter, which is co-owned by regular Chopped judge, Alex Guarnaschelli.

478"Quahog Quandaries and Pickle Puzzles"June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08)

Contestants:

  • Melissa Muller, Executive Chef, Organika, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ricardo Cardona, Executive Chef, Sofrito, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Kat Ploszaj, Executive Chef, Petit Oven, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Marc Anthony Bynum, Executive Chef, Venúe 56, Hauppauge, NY (winner)


Notes: This was the first episode to feature an all-female panel of judges. During the appetizer Chef Muller realized with a minute left she couldn't finish and gave up. The judges had to encourage her to finish her dish. She ended up failing to get her cookies on the plate and only 1 judge got a clam.

489"Turbot Powered"June 15, 2010 (2010-06-15)

Contestants:

  • Anthony Locastro, Executive Chef, Downtown Association, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Mark McMann, Sous chef, Kefi, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jennifer Meadows, Chef and Restaurateur, Fishbar, Montauk, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Ed Harris, Junior Sous chef, Buddakan, New York, NY (winner)
4910"Keep On Cook'n On"June 22, 2010 (2010-06-22)

Contestants:

  • Carrie Weiss, Instructor and Writer, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Sachem "Son" Allison, Executive Chef, SavorNY, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Chris Jaeckle, Sous chef, Morimoto, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Paul "Poppy" Yeaple, Chef and Restaurateur, Poppy's Burgers and Fries, Beacon, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Weiss forget her membrillo in the appetizer resulting in her elimination. Chef Yeaple was the 1st chef in chopped history to use the ice cream maker. Chef Yeaple cut his hand in the dessert round but he finished his dish.

5011"Green Apps and Lamb"June 29, 2010 (2010-06-29)

Contestants:

  • Melissa Rebholz, Executive Chef, Garden of Eve Organic Farm, Long Island, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Adam Sternberg, Executive Chef, 36 Main, New Paltz, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Guillaume Thivet, Executive Chef, Bouley Bakery and Market, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Joshua Stokes, Private Chef, Grill a Chef, New York, NY (winner)
5112"Crunch Time"July 6, 2010 (2010-07-06)

Contestants:

  • Steven Tempel, Chef and Restaurateur, Logan's Bar and Grill, Speculator, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Michele Ragussis, Chef and Restaurateur, Stuft Catering / Beast, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Lance Nitahara, Executive Chef, Camp-of-the-Woods, Speculator, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Madison Cowan, Chef and Caterer, Avenue Inc, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was the first appearance of Madison Cowan, who would go on to appear on various Food Network shows as a contestant and a judge including Iron Chef America, Beat Bobby Flay, and Guy's Grocery Games.

5213"Rowdy With a Chance of Meatballs"July 13, 2010 (2010-07-13)

Contestants:

  • Jacques Gautier, Executive Chef and Restaurateur, Palo Santo, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Deborah Bicknese, Executive Chef and Restaurateur, Beast, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jodi Bernhard, Chef de cuisine, Longwood Events, Boston, MA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Anthony Paris, Executive Chef, Crosby Street Hotel, New York, NY (winner)

Season 5 (2010)Edit

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overall
No. in
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TitleOriginal air date
531""Dream'n of Redeem'n""July 20, 2010 (2010-07-20)

Contestants:


Notes: This episode featured four past runners-up who returned for a second chance at the $10,000 prize. This is the 1st time since Season 3 that there were 3 ingredients in a basket. Chef Garand cut herself in Round 1

542"Wok This Way"July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27)

Contestants:

  • Adam Idris, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Charlene Johnson, Executive Chef, 202, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Matt Gibson, Sous chef, Spice Market Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Ric Orlando, Chef and Restaurateur, New World Home Cooking, Saugerties, NY (winner)
553"Squashed"August 10, 2010 (2010-08-10)

Contestants:

  • Jessica Wilson, Sous chef, A Voce Columbus, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jasmine Shimoda, Apprenticing Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Yoanne Magris, Chef and Restaurateur, Yo In Yo Out, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Rebecca Newell, Executive Chef, The Beehive, Boston, MA (winner)


Notes: This was the first episode to feature four female chefs. Chef Magris forgot banana chips in Round 1 but moved on because Chef Wilson served raw squash seeds which where like chewing wood according to the judges.

564"$50,000 Tournament: Round One"August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)

Contestants:


Notes: This was the first tournament with four preliminary heats leading up to a finale; it would set the precedent for future Chopped tournaments. This is a five part series where sixteen past champions competed. The winner of each episode advanced to the finale, where they competed for $50,000.

575"$50,000 Tournament: Round Two"September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part two of a five part tournament.

586"$50,000 Tournament: Round Three"September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part three of a five part tournament.

597"$50,000 Tournament: Round Four"September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part four of a five part tournament.

608"$50,000 Tournament: Grand Finale"September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the final part of the first Chopped tournament. The chefs were given 50 minutes in the dessert round rather than the normal 30 to allow adequate time to bake.

619"Spouting Off"October 5, 2010 (2010-10-05)

Contestants:

  • Sung Uni Lee, Culinary Instructor, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Janine Gray, Chef and Restaurateur, The Inn at Osborne Hill, Fishkill, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Bryce Shuman, Sous chef, Eleven Madison Park, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Joe Raiola, Executive Chef, Morton's Steakhouse, Brooklyn, NY (winner)


Notes: In the dessert round, Ted warned the contestants that cherimoya seeds were poisonous.

6210"When Octopuses Attack"October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12)

Contestants:

  • Anthony "Anton" Testino, Head Chef, Tony's Touch of Italy, Wayne, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Merlin Tlapa, Executive Chef, Nino's 208, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Mona James, Executive Sous chef, Palm Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Cory Comeau, Executive Chef, Stephanie's on Newbury, Boston, MA (winner)


Notes: Chef Testino would compete on the twelfth season of Hell's Kitchen.

6311"Fright Bites"October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)

Contestants:

  • Mike Solyn, Freelance Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Marja Samsom, Chef and Restaurateur, The Kitchen Club, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Tess Middlebrook, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Vignola, Executive Chef, Michael Jordan's Steak House, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was the first Halloween-themed episode of the series. Chef Mike forgot an ingredient, malted milk balls, in round 1 which led to his elimination. Chef Michael forgot his tortillas in round 2 but moved on because Chef Marja cross-contaminated her chicken.

6412"Cornuchopia"November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16)

Contestants:

  • Harold Moore, Chef and Restaurateur, Commerce, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Izzy Sarto, Executive Chef, Tremont 647, Boston, MA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Robyn Moore, Private Chef and Instructor, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Milton Enriquez, Executive Chef, Compass, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a Thanksgiving-themed episode with corresponding, seasonal ingredients in the baskets. The chefs had to stick to a Thanksgiving theme for all three courses.

6513"Yes, Virginia, There is a Chopping Block"November 28, 2010 (2010-11-28)

Contestants:

  • Kenneth Collins, Executive Chef, Gospel Uptown, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Patricio Sandoval, Chef and Restaurateur, Mercadito, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Laura Simpson, Chef de cuisine, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey, PA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Wade Burch, Executive Chef, South West NY, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a holiday-themed episode. The chefs were directed to prepare holiday-themed dishes for each course. The chefs were given 40 minutes in the entrée round rather than the normal 30 in order to allow time to properly cook the goose.

Season 6 (2011)Edit

  • This is the first season where less than 13 episodes aired.
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
661"Victory on the Brain"January 4, 2011 (2011-01-04)

Contestants:

  • Colin Kruzic, Executive Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Samantha Buyskes, Chef and Restaurateur, Simply Red Bistro, Ithaca, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Sammy Davis Jr., Executive Chef, CR Lounge, Baltimore, MD (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Alejandra Padilla, Line Cook, La Fonda del Sol, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: The fish heads used in the entrée round were from northeastern cod.

672"Prove it on the Plate"January 11, 2011 (2011-01-11)

Contestants:

  • Andrea Glick, Private Chef and Instructor, Long Island, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lisa Beels, Executive Chef and Entrepreneur, Haute Palate and Petite Palate, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Nick Grosz, Executive Chef, Norwood Club, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Eric Levine, Executive Chef, Encore Catering, East Hanover, NJ (winner)


Notes: This is Maneet Chauhan's first episode as a judge.

683"Marrowly We Roll Along"January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18)

Contestants:

  • Carmine DiGiovanni, Chef de cuisine, Picholine, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Sean Telo, Chef de cuisine, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Andrew Markert, Executive Sous chef, PS7, Washington, DC (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Laura Henry-Zoubir, Culinary Director, Dramshop Hospitality, Boston, MA (winner)
694"Doughs and Don'ts"January 25, 2011 (2011-01-25)

Contestants:

  • Rob Runn, Food Service Specialist, USCGC Sturgeon Bay (WTGB-109), Bayonne, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Monica Byrne, Chef and Restaurateur, Home/Made, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Anna Maria Santorelli, Chef and Restaurateur, Anna Maria's, Larchmont, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • James Gillespie, Culinary Instructor, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Santorelli cut herself badly in the appetizer round and she lost time.

705"Step Right Up!"February 1, 2011 (2011-02-01)

Contestants:

  • James Kilberg, Executive Chef, Il Poggiolo, Chicago, IL (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Gillian Clark, Chef and Restaurateur, The General Store, Silver Spring, MD (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jeffrey Gardner, Sous chef, South City Kitchen Midtown, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Marcellus Coleman, Executive Sous chef, Abe and Arthur's, New York, NY (winner)
716"All-Stars Tournament: Round One – Competitors from The Next Food Network Star"March 6, 2011 (2011-03-06)

Contestants:

  • Lisa Garza (TNFNS season 4 runner-up) (charity: Vogel Alcove – Dallas, TX) (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Debbie Lee (TNFNS season 5 third place) (charity: Medici Foundation – Irvine, CA) (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Brad Sorenson (TNFNS season 6 fifth place) (charity: American Cancer Society – Atlanta, GA) (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Proietti (TNFNS season 5 fifth place) (charity: The Jed Foundation – New York, NY) (advances to final round) (winner)


Notes: This was the first of a 5-part series of episodes in which categorical groups of celebrity chefs competed to win $50,000 for charity. This was also the first time celebrities competed on Chopped. Lisa Garza forgot 3 ingredients in round 1 making her get chopped.

727"All-Stars Tournament: Round Two – Food Network Personalities"March 13, 2011 (2011-03-13)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part 2 of a 5-part tournament. Anne Burrell and Robert Irvine had worked together (on Worst Cooks in America) and competed against each other (on Iron Chef America), bringing a familiar rivalry to this episode. In the appetizer round, Anne got hot oil in her eye but continued on to complete the competition. Claire Robinson forgot venison and sauce on one of the plates in the entrée round.

738"All-Stars Tournament: Round Three – Notable Chefs"March 20, 2011 (2011-03-20)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part 3 of a 5-part tournament. In the appetizer round, Chef Torres used (cocoa nibs) that he brought with him, which were not available in the pantry. The judges felt that this was contrary to the rules and cited it as the reason for his elimination.

749"All-Stars Tournament: Round Four – Chopped Judges"March 27, 2011 (2011-03-27)

Contestants:

  • Maneet Chauhan (charity: Clinton Global Initiative – New York, NY) (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Amanda Freitag (charity: God's Love We Deliver – New York, NY) (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Geoffrey Zakarian (charity: The Kimmins Foundation – Tampa, FL) (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Aarón Sánchez (charity: Greater New Orleans Foundation – New Orleans, LA) (advances to final round) (winner)


Notes: This is part 4 of a 5-part tournament. This marked the first time the Chopped judges competed. The chefs were given 40 minutes in the entrée round rather than the normal 30 to allow time to properly cook the duck.

7510"All-Stars Tournament: Grand Finale"April 3, 2011 (2011-04-03)

Contestants:

  • Michael Proietti (charity: The Jed Foundation – New York, NY) (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Anne Burrell (charity: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – New York, NY) (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Aarón Sánchez (charity: Greater New Orleans Foundation – New Orleans, LA) (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Nate Appleman (charity: Kawasaki Disease Foundation – Ipswich, MA) (winner)


Notes: This is the last part of a 5-part tournament. The celebrity chefs who won the previous 4 heats returned to compete for $50,000 towards their charity.

7611"A Cornish Mess"April 10, 2011 (2011-04-10)

Contestants:

  • Gillie Holme, Caterer, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ondre'a Duverney, Caterer, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • David Greco, Chef and Restaurateur, Arthur Avenue Trattoria and Mike's Deli, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Lauren Gerrie, Caterer, Big Little Get Together, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: In the entrée round, Chef Duverney committed cross-contamination by cutting her cooked hens on the same board where she put her raw hens. Chef Greco served under cooked, raw hen due to the time constraints. The judges allowed the both of them to bring over the other components of the dish from their stations. In the dessert round Ted warned the chefs that Cherimoya Seeds were Poisonous. However Chef Greco got two seeds on one plate. He did not get them in his dish so it was still edible however that resulted in his elimination.

7712"Chefs on a Mission"April 26, 2011 (2011-04-26)

Contestants:

  • Ulli Stachl, Food Stylist, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Joel Javier, Sous chef, Telepan, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Steven Brand, Executive Chef, Upstairs on the Square, Cambridge, MA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jamie Bissonnette, Chef and Restaurateur, Toro and Coppa, Boston, MA (winner)

Season 7 (2011)Edit

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No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
781"The Icing on the Steak"May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)

Contestants:

  • Crystal Fox, Chef, Sisters Night Club, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Marco Suarez, Executive Chef, Ledge Kitchen and Drinks, Dorchester, MA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Tryg Siverson, Chef and Restaurateur, Friedman's Lunch, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Shehu Fitzgerald, Garde manger Chef, Marriott New York Marquis, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Fox cut herself in Round 1.

792"Canned Cheese, Please!"May 10, 2011 (2011-05-10)

Contestants:

  • Billy Brigtsen, Chef, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Monica Langowski, Private Chef, A Table For Two Private Chef Service, Chicago, IL (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Kyle Ricks, Executive Sous chef, Landmarc Tribeca, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Danielle Saunders, Private Chef, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Ricks is a chef at Landmarc, a restaurant of Chopped judge, Marc Murphy.

803"Saying Sayonara"May 17, 2011 (2011-05-17)

Contestants:

  • Rosalind Balducci, Personal Chef / Caterer, That Personal Touch Cuisine, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Shawn Dickensheets, Culinary Student, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Adam Powers, Chef and Restaurateur, Fetch, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Wayne Lyons, Chef and Restaurateur, Soul Flavors, Jersey City, NJ (winner)


Notes: Chef Balducci forgot her french dressing in the appetizer and didn't get her clementines on all the plates. She also just snapped her okra in half and called it a salad. That was why she was chopped.

814"Have a Heart"May 24, 2011 (2011-05-24)

Contestants:

  • John Ramirez, Executive Sous chef, Castle on the Hudson, Tarrytown, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Remy Ayesh, Culinary Instructor, French Culinary Institute, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Judson Branch, Senior Sous chef, Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Justin Burdett, Chef de cuisine, Miller Union, Atlanta, GA (winner)


Notes: Chef Ramirez flat-out refused to use an ingredient due to not cooking it right in Round 1 resulting in his elimination.

825"Gotta Grill!"May 31, 2011 (2011-05-31)

Contestants:

  • Vucic "Vulé" Dabetic, Executive Chef, Arcane, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Tom McEachern, Executive Chef, Ray's on the River, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Phyllis Kaplowitz, Executive Chef, Bakers' Best Catering, Boston, MA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Alan Harding, Chef and Restaurateur, The Food Truck @ Hot Bird, Brooklyn, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a grilling-themed episode. The stovetops were outfitted with grill sheets and two other burners and the ovens were off-limits throughout the competition. The chefs were also given pre-soaked cedar planks that they could use if they wished. This was the first time since season 5 that there were only three basket ingredients in the appetizer round instead of four.

836"Get it Together"June 7, 2011 (2011-06-07)

Contestants:

  • Matthew Marchese, Personal Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Mark Barrett, Chef, Henry's, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Wei Wen, Executive Chef, Susanna Foo Gourmet Kitchen, Radnor, PA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Heather Priest, Personal Chef, Greenwich, CT (winner)
847"Bite Your Pickled Beef Tongue"June 14, 2011 (2011-06-14)

Contestants:

  • Amy Goffio-Mahabir, Sous chef, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Chris Scott, Chef and Restaurateur, Brooklyn Commune, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Sean Olnowich, Chef and Restaurateur, The House, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Joe Landa, Executive Chef, Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, NY (winner)
858"Go For It!"June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21)

Contestants:

  • Emily Sims, Executive Chef, Ici, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jonathan Doar, Sous chef, Fishtail by David Burke, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Stephen Hartigan, Private Chef, The Field, Bridgeport, CT (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Olivier Desaintmartin, Chef and Restaurateur, Caribou Café, Philadelphia, PA (winner)
869"Thyme Flies"June 28, 2011 (2011-06-28)

Contestants:

  • Marc Matsumoto, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • James Lee, Chef and Restaurateur, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • April Stamm, Chef Team Leader, Prepared foods at Whole Foods Market, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Marie-Claude Mendy, Executive Chef/Owner, Teranga, Boston, MA (winner)


Notes: In the entree Chef Claude-Mendy forgot an ingredient (anchovies) but didn´t get chopped because Chef Lee cut himself during the entrée round but continued cooking and touching the ingredients despite bleeding through several layers of gloves. The judges considered this unsanitary, so they did not taste his entrée. This resulted in Chef Lee being eliminated.

8710"Nopales, No Problem"July 5, 2011 (2011-07-05)

Contestants:

  • Chris Rendell, Chef de cuisine, Double Crown, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ronaldo Linares, Chef and Restaurateur, Martino's Cuban Restaurant, Somerville, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Denise Baron, Executive Chef, Burtons Grill, Boston, MA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Miguel Aguilar, Executive Chef, Piquant, New York, NY (winner)

Season 8 (2011)Edit

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No. in
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TitleOriginal air date
881"Easy Peasy?"July 12, 2011 (2011-07-12)

Contestants:

  • Tristan Welch, Chef Patron, Launceston Place, Kensington, London, England (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Andy Bates, Pastry Chef, Eat My Pies Street Market, East London, England (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Lotte Duncan, Chef and Culinary Instructor, English Country Cookery School, Buckinghamshire, England (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jun Tanaka, Executive Chef, Pearl Restaurant, London, England (winner)


Notes: This is the first episode to feature four British chefs as well as the first to have no contestants who are settled in the United States.

892"Ladies First!"July 19, 2011 (2011-07-19)

Contestants:

  • Katherine See, Executive Chef, Kingfish Hall, Boston, MA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Deirdre Henderson, Executive Chef, BarOnA, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Cara Thompson, Executive Chef, The Bayou, Bellmore, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Suzanne Vizethann, Chef and Restaurateur, The Hungry Peach, Atlanta, GA (winner)


Notes: While not the first episode to feature all female competitors, the episode title highlights the fact that there were four female chefs competing.

903"Sweet Second Chance!"July 26, 2011 (2011-07-26)

Contestants:


Notes: This episode featured four past non-winners. This was the first "redemption" episode to feature a non-runner-up as well as the first to feature two chefs from the same previous episode. Chef Magris slipped and fell during the entrée round, spilling boiling water on herself and causing second-degree burns on both her legs. The judges gave Chef Magris the option to bow out of the competition but she elected to continue. Although Chef Nitahara won, he offered to pay for Chef Magris to visit her ill grandmother in France (the main reason she needed the prize money).

914"Chard & True"August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02)

Contestants:

  • Ben Sargent, Seafood Chef, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jay Jones, Caterer, Chateau Noir Catering, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Tina Aleandri, Executive Chef, Noche Tequila and Tapas Bar, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Elisabeth Weinberg, Caterer, Miss Elisabeth's Catering, New York, NY (winner)
925"My Way"August 9, 2011 (2011-08-09)

Contestants:

  • Daniel Moreno, Sous chef, BLT Steak, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jason Marcus, Chef and Restaurateur, Traif, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Kelvin Fernandez, Chef de cuisine, Strand Hotel, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jennifer Cole, Executive Chef, Taberna, New York, NY (winner)
936"A is for Apple. U is for Udon"August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)

Contestants:

  • Denis Weekes, Executive Chef, World Yacht, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Debra Whiting, Chef and Restaurateur, Red Newt Cellars Winery and Bistro, Hector, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Raffaele Spadavecchia, Executive Chef, Scottadito Osteria Toscana, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Christopher Thames, Caterer, Distinctive Fare Catering, Philadelphia, PA (winner)


Notes: This episode was dedicated to the memory of Debra Whiting, who was killed in a car accident June 30, 2011, which was after the episode was filmed but before it aired.

947"Trick or Treat, Chicken Feet!"October 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)

Contestants:

  • Rodney Henry, Pie Maker, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Cris Spezial, Caterer, Nyack Gourmet, Nyack, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Michelle Firlit-Garcia, Pastry Chef, Bleeding Heart Bakery, Chicago, IL (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael DiIonno, Chef and Restaurateur, Avenue Bistro Pub, Verona, NJ (winner)


Notes: This was a Halloween-themed episode. The Halloween candy provided in the entrée round was a mixture of traditional Halloween candies, such as candy corn.

958"Give It Your All"November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15)

Contestants:

  • Allison Sosna, Executive Chef, DC Central Kitchen, Washington, DC (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Steve Jackson, Personal Chef, Chicago Bulls, Chicago, IL (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Arlene Stewart, Personal Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Daniel Bojorquez, Chef de cuisine, Sel de la Terre, Boston, MA (winner)


Notes: This was a Thanksgiving-themed episode. The chefs were directed to prepare holiday-themed dishes for each course.

969"Can't Catch Me, I'm the Gingerbread Lobster!"December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06)

Contestants:

  • Bun Lai, Chef and Restaurateur, Miya's Sushi, New Haven, CT (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Renita Mendonca, Culinary Instructor, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Cambridge, MA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Rachel Klein, Executive Chef, Seaport Hotel, Boston, MA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jonny Giordani, Executive Chef, BOOM, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a holiday-themed episode. The chefs were directed to prepare holiday-themed dishes for each course. Chef Lai cut his palm during the appetizer round but did not tend to the wound because he thought the blood on the plate was a smudge of harissa; the judges did not taste his dish as a result and he was eliminated.

Season 9 (2011)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
971"Champions' Tournament: Part 1"August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30)

Contestants:


Notes: This was the first of a five-part series of episodes, where sixteen past champions competed. The winner of each preliminary round advanced to the finale, where they competed for $50,000. Chef Wayne forgot 2 ingredients in Round 1 resulting in his elimination.

982"Champions' Tournament: Part 2"September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the second part of a five-part tournament where past champions compete.

993"Champions' Tournament: Part 3"September 13, 2011 (2011-09-13)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the third part of a five-part tournament where past champions compete.

1004"Champions' Tournament: Part 4"September 20, 2011 (2011-09-20)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the fourth part of a five-part tournament where past champions compete.

1015"Champions' Tournament: Grand Finale"September 27, 2011 (2011-09-27)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the final part of a five-part tournament where past champions compete. With her victory in this episode, Chef Saunders became the first female Grand Champion of Chopped, as well as the second black Grand Champion (the first one being Madison Cowan).

1026"Time & Space"October 4, 2011 (2011-10-04)

Contestants:

  • Van Dao, Chef and Restaurateur, Biscuit Bender, San Francisco, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ryan Goergen, Executive Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Ronnie Vincent, Executive Sous chef, Joe's Stone Crab, Miami, FL (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Helen Park, Executive Chef, New York, NY (winner)
1037"Everything's Rosy"October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11)

Contestants:

  • Michael Maroni, Chef and Restaurateur, Maroni Cuisine, Northport, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Gina Rodriguez, Executive Chef, Kokopelli Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Justin Bazdarich, Chef and Restaurateur, Speedy Romeo, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Rob Evans, Chef and Restaurateur, Hugo's, Portland, ME (winner)
1048"Make A Splash!"October 25, 2011 (2011-10-25)

Contestants:

  • Kayne Raymond, Private Chef, Palo Alto, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Wayne Cafariella, Sous chef, Tellers Chop House, Islip, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Adrianne Calvo, Chef and Restaurateur, Chef Adrianne's, Miami, FL (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Lish Steiling, Assistant Food Stylist, Today, New York, NY (winner)
1059"One in a Hundred"November 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)

Contestants:

  • Tiffany Jeffries, Caterer, Sunday Dinner Catering Service, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jackie Baldassari, Roundsman, Olde York Country Club, Chesterfield, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Dave Cusato, Sous chef, X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, Yonkers, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Matt Lambert, Chef de cuisine, Musket Room, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Baldassari has also competed on season 11 of Hell's Kitchen.

10610"Blood Orange Sorbet, Sweat, & Tears"November 8, 2011 (2011-11-08)

Contestants:

  • Shawn Fralin, Private Chef, Miami, FL (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Arthur Saks III, Executive Chef, Marina Cafe, Staten Island, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Sonia El-Nawal, Chef Consultant, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Charles Lopez, Sous chef, Tastings Catering Company, New York, NY (winner)
10711"Class Acts"November 22, 2011 (2011-11-22)

Contestants:

  • Rhonda Deloach, Head Chef / Food Service Director, Common Ground High School, New Haven, CT (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Arlene Leggio, Cook Manager, Islip High School, Islip, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Dianne Houlihan, Assistant Cook Manager, Great Neck Elementary School, Waterford, CT (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Cheryl Barbara, Head Cook, High School in the Community, New Haven, CT (winner)


Notes: The contestants in this episode are school cafeteria workers.[1] Judge Sam Kass is an assistant chef in the White House as well a senior policy advisor on healthy food initiatives.[1] This episode was part of a Food Network initiative with Share Our Strength to promote children's nutrition and to combat hunger in children.[2]

10812"Yakety Yak, Yak, Yak"November 29, 2011 (2011-11-29)

Contestants:

  • Jill Nicolson, Caterer and Entrepreneur, Cuisine with Jill Nicolson, Torrington, CT (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Nicholas Porcelli, Executive Chef, Shhh, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Kate Lee Squibb, Sous chef, 158 Café, South Portland, ME (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Vinson Petrillo, Executive Sous chef, Caviar Russe, New York, NY (winner)
10913"Duck for Dinner"December 13, 2011 (2011-12-13)

Contestants:

  • Larry Baldwin, Executive Chef, David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Megan Johnson, Executive Chef, Elsewhere / Casellula Cheese & Wine Café, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Al Nappo, Executive Chef, Founding Farmers, Georgetown, DC (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Neela Paniz, Chef and Restaurateur, Neela's, Napa, CA (winner)


Notes: Each basket included an ingredient from a duck.

Season 10 (2011–12)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
1101"The Big Scoop"December 20, 2011 (2011-12-20)

Contestants:

  • Joseph Arcarola, Chef, Highline Ballroom, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jeremy Spector, Chef and Restaurateur, The Brindle Room, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Holly Sheppard, Chef de cuisine, Silkstone Catering Events, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Walter D'Rozario, Chef de cuisine, Junoon, New York, NY (winner)
1112"Chop on Through"January 3, 2012 (2012-01-03)

Contestants:

  • Dave Ward, Executive Chef, Thomas Preti Catering, Long Island, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Johnny McLaughlin, Chef and Restaurateur, Heartbreaking Dawns, Rosendale, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • David Nichols, Executive Sous chef, Landmarc Time Warner Center, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Elise Kornack, Sous chef, Aquavit, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Nichols is a chef at Landmarc, owned by Chopped judge Marc Murphy.

1123"Far Far Out!"January 10, 2012 (2012-01-10)

Contestants:

  • David Seigal, Executive Chef, The Tangled Vine, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Faye Hess, Cooking Teacher and Blogger, "FayeFood" food blog, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Joe Simon, Executive Sous chef, David Burke Fromagerie, Rumson, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Giorgio Rapicavoli, Executive Chef, 660 at the Angler's, Miami Beach, FL (winner)
1134"Frozen Fries with That?"January 17, 2012 (2012-01-17)

Contestants:

  • Ian Friedman, Executive Chef, Rainwater Grill, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Clark Barlowe, Sous chef, Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge, Rockville, MD (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Dan Giusti, Executive Chef, 1789 Restaurant, Washington, DC (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Adrienne Grenier, Sous chef, 1500 Degrees, Miami Beach, FL (winner)


Notes: By coincidence, Chef Clark used to work under Chef Dan.

1145"Redemption Competition"January 24, 2012 (2012-01-24)

Contestants:


Notes: This episode featured four past runners-up competing again for another chance at $10,000. There was animosity between Chef Tryg and Chef Sammy, particularly going into the final round, that was noticeable enough to be commented on by Ted and the judges.

1156"On the Line"January 31, 2012 (2012-01-31)

Contestants:

  •   Marcus Lepke, Personal Chef, European Epicurean, Voorhees, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  •   Dewey Losasso, Executive Chef, The Forge, Miami Beach, FL (eliminated after the entrée)
  •   Ronit Penso, Private Chef and Author, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  •   Sylvain Harribey, Executive Chef, Sofitel New York, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This is the first episode to feature four chefs who are natives of different countries.

1167"Viewers' Choice!"April 3, 2012 (2012-04-03)

Contestants:

  • Amy Johnson, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Virginia Monaco, Chef, The Vanderbilt, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Ian Muntzert, Chef de cuisine, Commonwealth, San Francisco, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Ivan Dorvil, Private Chef, Miami, FL (winner)


Notes: This is the first episode where viewers got to decide on the basket ingredients as determined via online poll.

1178"All-Stars: Iron Chefs Do Battle"April 8, 2012 (2012-04-08)

Contestants:

  • Jose Garces (Charity: St. Christopher Foundation for Children – Philadelphia, PA) (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Cat Cora (Charity: Chefs for Humanity – New York, NY) (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Marc Forgione (Charity: Feeding America – Chicago, IL) (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Symon (Charity: Autism Speaks – New York, NY) (advances to final round) (winner)


Notes: This was the first of a five-part series of episodes in which categorical groups of celebrity chefs competed to win $50,000 for charity. This heat featured Iron Chefs from Iron Chef America.

1189"All-Stars: Prime Time vs. Day Time"April 15, 2012 (2012-04-15)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the second part of a five-part tournament featuring celebrity chefs competing for charity. This heat featured celebrity chefs who have hosted cooking shows on Food Network.

11910"All-Stars: Food Network Star Contestants"April 22, 2012 (2012-04-22)

Contestants:

  • Chris Nirschel (TNFNS season 7 eighth place) (Charity: The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women) (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Justin Balmes (TNFNS season 7 eleventh place) (Charity: SafePath Children's Advocacy Center – Marietta, GA) (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Vic "Vegas" Moea (TNFNS season 7 third place) (Charity: St. Jude's Ranch for Children – Boulder City, NV) (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Penny Davidi (TNFNS season 7 seventh place) (Charity: PATH Gramercy (People Assisting the Homeless) – Los Angeles, CA) (advances to final round) (winner)


Notes: This is the third part of a five-part tournament featuring celebrity chefs competing for charity. This heat featured former contestants from season 7 of The Next Food Network Star.

12011"All-Stars: Judge Remix"April 29, 2012 (2012-04-29)

Contestants:

  • Chris Santos (Charity: Rett Syndrome Research Trust – Trumbull, CT) (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Marc Murphy (Charity: City Harvest – New York, NY) (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Alex Guarnaschelli (Charity: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital – Memphis, TN) (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Marcus Samuelsson (Charity: C-Cap (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) – New York, NY) (advances to final round) (winner)


Notes: This is the fourth part of a five-part tournament featuring celebrity chefs competing for charity. This heat featured Chopped judges (none of whom had competed in the season 6 All-Stars Tournament

12112"All-Stars: Grand Finale"May 6, 2012 (2012-05-06)

Contestants:

  • Michael Symon (Charity: Autism Speaks – New York, NY) (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Penny Davidi (Charity: PATH Gramercy (People Assisting the Homeless) – Los Angeles, CA) (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jeffrey Saad (Charity: Alexandria House – Los Angeles, CA) (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Marcus Samuelsson (Charity: C-Cap (Careers through Culinary Arts Program) – New York, NY) (winner)


Notes: This is the fifth and final part of a five-part tournament featuring celebrity chefs competing for charity. The winners of the four previous heats competed head to head for a chance at $50,000 for their charity. Michael Symon forgot a basket ingredient (Chinese okra) in the appetizer round, leading to him being eliminated. Marcus Samuelsson was the first Chopped judge to win Chopped.

12213"Grilltastic!"May 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)

Contestants:

  • Sean Brasel, Executive Chef, Meat Market, Miami, FL (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Melissa Cookston, Professional Barbecue Competitor, Nesbit, MS (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Richard Park, Chef and Entrepreneur, Cat Heads BBQ, San Francisco, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jay Lippin, Executive Chef, Southern Hospitality BBQ, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a grilling-themed episode. The stovetops were outfitted with grill sheets and two other burners. In contrast to the previous two grilling-themed episodes, the ovens were kept on and the chefs were allowed to use them.

Season 11 (2012)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
1231"I'm Your Huckleberry"February 7, 2012 (2012-02-07)

Contestants:

  • Jeff O'Neill, Executive Chef, The Villa by Barton G, Miami Beach, FL (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Frederik De Pue, Executive Chef, Smith Commons and 42˚ Catering, Washington, DC (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Chai Trivedi, Sous chef, Buddakan, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Reggie Anderson, Executive Pastry Chef, Landmarc Restaurants, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef O'Neill forgot his plantains in the appetizer leading to his elimination. During the entrée round, the chefs were given a hammer to open the coconut. Chef Anderson works at Landmarc, which is owned by Chopped judge Marc Murphy. Chef Anderson also cut herself in Round 2 but she was fine.

1242"Chewing the Caul Fat"February 14, 2012 (2012-02-14)

Contestants:

  • Nancy Caballes, Private Chef, Montclair, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • René Stein, Sous chef, Seasonal, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Danni Bleil, Food Stylist, Ottsville, PA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Lester Walker, Executive Chef, Copia, New York, NY (winner)
1253"Good Chop, Bad Chop?"February 21, 2012 (2012-02-21)

Contestants:

  • Angela Karegeannes, Caterer, A Fork Full of Earth Organic Catering, Fairfax, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Vaughn Crenshaw, Executive Sous chef, Khloe Bistrot, Fort Lee, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Noureddine Elgheur, Caterer, Sweet Savories Catering, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Justin Werner, Executive Sous chef, Colicchio & Sons, New York, NY (winner)
1264"Leftovers Extravaganza!"March 6, 2012 (2012-03-06)

Contestants:

  • Ryan McLaughlin, Chef de cuisine, The Vanderbilt, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lee Farrington, Chef and Restaurateur, Figa, Portland, ME (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jeff Eng, Executive Chef, Clyde's Tower Oaks Lodge, Rockville, MD (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Natalie Jacocks, Line Chef, Fette Sau, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a leftovers competition. The white wine used in the entrée round was Chardonnay.

1275"Plenty of Fish"March 13, 2012 (2012-03-13)

Contestants:

  • Michael Jacobs, Food Consultant and Caterer, Miami Heat, Miami, FL (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Shanna Horner O’Hea, Chef and Innkeeper, The Kennebunk Inn / Academe Brasserie and Tavern, Kennebunk, ME (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Anthony Ricco, Chef de cuisine, Spice Market Restaurant, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Corwin Kave, Executive Chef, Fatty Crab / Fatty 'Cue, New York, NY / St. John, VI (winner)
1286"Sound the Alarm!"March 20, 2012 (2012-03-20)

Contestants:

  • Robert Painter, Sous Chef, Biagio's Osteria, Stratford, CT/ Engine 63, F.D.N.Y., New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Walter Lewis, Chef / Engine 35, F.D.N.Y., New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Dan Gardner, Chef / Engine 15, F.D.N.Y., New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Paul Rut, Chef / Engine 262, F.D.N.Y., New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This episode was the first to feature "amateur chefs," and the contestants consisted of four F.D.N.Y firefighters. The contestants wore T-shirts instead of the traditional Chopped chefs coats. Winner Paul Rut was awarded an authentic Chopped chefs coat along with the prize money

1297"Ready, Set, Escargot!"April 10, 2012 (2012-04-10)

Contestants:

  • John Deatcher, Caterer, Foodini's Catering, Neptune, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • David Guas, Chef and Restaurateur, Bayou Bakery, Arlington, VA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Frank Whittaker, Executive Sous chef, Fishtail by David Burke, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Missy Corey, Kitchen Manager, Duckfat, Portland, ME (winner)
1308"Own It!"April 17, 2012 (2012-04-17)

Contestants:

  • Nelly Godfrey, Chef and Restaurateur, Lima's Taste, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Miguel Escobedo, Chef and Restaurateur, Papalote Mexican Grill, San Francisco, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Vito Facciabene, Chef and Restaurateur, Vibano's Trattoria, Bronx, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Kris Wessel, Chef and Restaurateur, Red Light, Miami, FL (winner)
1319"Yuzu Never Know"May 1, 2012 (2012-05-01)

Contestants:

  • Prasad Chirnomula, Executive Chef, Thali, New Haven, CT (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Fany Gerson, Pastry Chef, La Newyorkina, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Zaina Dellaquila, Executive Chef, Condé Nast Cafe, New York NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Kenneth Johnson, Executive Chef, Pescatore, New York, NY (winner)
13210"Reversal of Fortune"May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)

Contestants:

  • Jessica North, Line Cook, St. Francis Fountain, San Francisco, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • William Bunn III, Caterer, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Dimitri Voutsinas, Executive Sous chef, Water's Edge, Long Island City, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jean-Louis Gerin, Chef and Restaurateur, Restaurant Jean-Louis, Greenwich, CT (winner)
13311"A Very Piggy Halloween"October 16, 2012 (2012-10-16)

Contestants:

  • Pete Ascolese, Chef and Restaurateur, Hope and Anchor, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Kyle Bernstein, Culinary Instructor, New Hampton, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Brittanny Evans, Sous chef, Northern Spy Food Co., New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Sean Scotese, Freelance Chef, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a Halloween-themed episode.

13412"Happy Turkey Gizzards Day!"November 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)

Contestants:

  • Evelyn Cheatham, Chef and Instructor, W.O.W. (Worth Our Weight), Santa Rosa, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Tim Cipriano, Director of Food Services, Guilford Public Schools, Guilford, CT (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jeremiah Bullfrog, Chef and Owner, gastroPod Mobile Gourmet, Miami, FL (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Eddie Canlon, Chef and Restaurateur, Canlon's Restaurant, Staten Island, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a Thanksgiving-themed episode. The chefs were directed to prepare holiday-themed dishes for each course. The chefs were given 40 minutes instead of the usual 30 in the entrée round to allow time to adequately butcher and cook the turkey.

13513"Chopping in a Winter Wonderland"November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25)

Contestants:

  • Deborah Gelman, Executive Chef, NYU Law, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Kenny Minor, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • William Artley, Executive Chef, Evening Star Cafe, Alexandria, VA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Rachel Willen, Culinary Instructor, foodfix, Clinton, NJ (winner)


Notes: This was a holiday-themed episode. The chefs were directed to prepare holiday-themed dishes for each course.

Season 12 (2012)Edit

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No. in
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TitleOriginal air date
1361"Sunny Side Apps"June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)

Contestants:

  • Jesse Kramer, Chef and Restaurateur, Brooklyn Taco Co., New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Brian Howard, Executive Chef, Comme Ça, Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Tony Kang, Sous chef, Brookville Country Club, Upper Brookville, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Cory Bahr, Chef and Restaurateur, Cotton, Monroe, LA (winner)


Notes: Each basket included a type of candy. All four chefs were male.

1372"A Guts Reaction"June 12, 2012 (2012-06-12)

Contestants:

  • Kerenza Napoles, Sous chef, Dickie Brennan's Bourbon House, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Robert Magsalin, Chef and Entrepreneur, Fükü Burger, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Steve Luttrell, Chef de cuisine, La Silhouette, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Fatima Ali, Sous chef, Café Centro, New York, NY (winner)
1383"Chocolate Challenge"June 19, 2012 (2012-06-19)

Contestants:

  • Taryn Mumpower, Baker, Pick Your Poison Bake Shop, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Richard Ingraham, Personal Chef, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Zach Meloy, Chef and Restaurateur, Push Start Kitchen, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Christina Olivarez, Executive Chef, Diego, Las Vegas, NV (winner)


Notes: Each basket included a chocolate ingredient.

1394"Pride of New Orleans"June 26, 2012 (2012-06-26)

Contestants:

  • Richard Bond, Chef and Culinary Instructor, Mardi Gras School of Cooking, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Justin Kennedy, Chef, Parkway Bakery & Tavern, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Cody Monfra, Sous chef, Palace Cafe, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Linda Green, Caterer, Ms. Linda's Soul Food Catering, New Orleans, LA (winner)


Notes: This episode featured four chefs from New Orleans with basket ingredients inspired by the New Orleans theme.

1405"All-American Competition"July 3, 2012 (2012-07-03)

Contestants:

  • Kimberly Parris, Personal Chef and Caterer, K. Parris Catering & Personal Chef Service, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Mary Rusch, Chef and Restaurateur, Hash House, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Steve Overlay, Chef and Executive Pitmaster, Memphis Championship Barbecue, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Mike Gowland, Chef and Firefighter, Manning's Eat-Drink-Cheer, New Orleans, LA (winner)


Notes: Each basket contained American staple-themed ingredients in honor of the 4th of July.

1416"Orzo It Seemed"July 17, 2012 (2012-07-17)

Contestants:

  • Alex Friedman, Chef and Restaurateur, P'cheen International Bistro and Pub, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Brigeth Brookins, Sous chef, Banquets Department at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Willie Box, Executive Chef, 793 Juniper, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Joe Rego, Executive Chef, Club Opera, Atlanta, GA (winner)
1427"Belly Dance!"July 31, 2012 (2012-07-31)

Contestants:

  • Michael Chen, Executive Sous chef, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Danushka Lysek, Private Chef and Model, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Ryan Bartlow, Chef de cuisine, Frankies 570, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Matt Murphy, Executive Chef, The Irish House, New Orleans, LA (winner)
1438"Cake Walk?"August 7, 2012 (2012-08-07)

Contestants:

  • Monique Barrow, Sous chef, Murphy's, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Beni Velazquez, Chef and Restaurateur, Bar and Bistro, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Carla Contreras, Private Chef and Owner, Red Clog Kitchen, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Zeb Stevenson, Executive Chef, Livingston Restaurant and Bar, Atlanta, GA (winner)
1449"Oui, Oui, Confit"August 14, 2012 (2012-08-14)

Contestants:

  • Bryon Peck, Chef and Restaurateur, Elizabeth's Restaurant, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Maria Velez, Chef and Restaurateur, Mojito Cuban Cuisine, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • John Simmons, Chef and Restaurateur, Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Franco Barrio, Chef and Restaurateur, Caliu, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Peck forgot his carrots in Round 1. In Round 2 Chef Velez cut her finger twice and she had to restart her dish the 2nd time.

14510"Drawing a Flank"August 21, 2012 (2012-08-21)

Contestants:

  • Jude Huval, Executive Chef, Pat's Fisherman's Wharf, Henderson, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Frances Tariga, Private Chef, United Nations, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Rick Giffen, Executive Chef, Stratosphere Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Quentin Donnaud, Executive Chef, Coast Seafood & Raw Bar, Atlanta, GA (winner)
14611"A Bunny Thing Happened"September 11, 2012 (2012-09-11)

Contestants:

  • Chuck Subra, Executive Chef, JW Marriott New Orleans, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Mihoko Obunai, Freelance Chef, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Zoe Feigenbaum, Chef and Restaurateur, Zoë, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Andrew Scurlock, Kitchen Manager, St. James Cheese Company, New Orleans, LA (winner)


Notes: Each basket contained an Easter-themed ingredient.

14712"Charge!"October 9, 2012 (2012-10-09)

Contestants:

  • Jennifer Iserloh, Private Chef and Author, Secrets of a Skinny Chef food blog, Hoboken, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Chris DeBarr, Chef and Restaurateur, The Green Goddess / Serendipity, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Gason Nelson, Private Chef, Full of Flavor, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Scott Pajak, Chef de cuisine, Lagasse Stadium at the Palazzo Resort, Las Vegas, NV (winner)
14813"For Sake's Sake"November 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)

Contestants:

  • Cam Boudreaux, Sous chef, The Green Goddess, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Tasheena Butler, Chef and Caterer, T. Marie's Kitchen & Catering, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Derek Gigliotti, Executive Chef, Onda Ristorante, Mirage Resort, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Ria Pell, Chef and Restaurateur, Ria's Bluebird / Sauced, Atlanta, GA (winner)


Notes: Chef Boudreaux cut himself at the end of the appetizer round and forgot to plate 2 ingredients because he was getting bandaged. The judges could still taste his dish. However he was eliminated.

Season 13 (2012–13)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
1491"Stacking Up"September 4, 2012 (2012-09-04)

Contestants:

  • Sheridan Su, Chef and Restaurateur, Great Bao Café, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Sung Kim, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Vincent Contreras, Chef de cuisine, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Gianfranco Franzese, Chef and Restaurateur, Pasticceria Bruno, Staten Island, NY (winner)
1502"Class Acts, Too"September 25, 2012 (2012-09-25)

Contestants:

  • Terry Accaira, Head Cook and Nutritionist, Avery/Parsons Elementary School, Buena Vista, CO (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Shannon Solomon, Cook Manager, William C. Hinkley High School, Aurora, CO (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Lynette Thomas, Head Cook, St. Martinville Primary School, St. Martinville, LA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Cindy Tinnel, Cook, Henry C. Maxwell Elementary School, Nashville, TN (winner)


Notes: This episode featured four school cafeteria cooks. The three cooks who were chopped each received $5,000, and all four competitors, along with the four cooks from the first "Class Acts" episode, were invited by Sam Kass to the White House to meet its chefs and tour its garden.

1513"No Kidding!"October 2, 2012 (2012-10-02)

Contestants:

  • Romilly Newman (age 13), from New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Joel Allette (age 17), from New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Noah Museles (age 16), from Washington, D.C. (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Shania Thomas (age 17), from New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This is the first episode to feature teenage competitors. The contestants were given 30 minutes instead of the usual 20 in the appetizer round. The three eliminated teenagers each received a $1,000 gift certificate to Food Network's online store.

1524"Pigging Out!"October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)

Contestants:

  • Terry Koval, Chef and Restaurateur, Farm Burger, Decatur, GA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Nicole Brisson, Executive Chef, Carnevino at the Palazzo Resort, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Robert Finn, Chef de cuisine, Fatty Crab, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Hugh Mangum, Executive Chef and Owner, Mighty Quinn's, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a "nose-to-tail" themed competition. The pig organs in the entrée round consisted of heart, liver, and kidneys, and the chefs were required to use all three of them.

1535"Unsung Heroes"November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)

Contestants:

  • Tony Biggs, Director of Culinary Operations, Second Harvest Food Bank, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Linda Miles, Chef and Manager, Chapel Manor Senior Health Care Center / Philabundance, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Keith Lucas, Executive Chef, Manna, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Grace Lichaa, Manager, Capital Area Food Bank, Washington, D.C. (winner)


Notes: This episodes featured four "unsung heroes": people who volunteer in their communities. Grace forgot the chocolate covered almonds in the appetizer. However the judges enjoyed her dish so she moved on.

1546"Bird in the Pan"November 27, 2012 (2012-11-27)

Contestants:

  • Giancarlo Autenzio, Executive Chef, The Astor Room, Queens, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Brack May, Chef and Restaurateur, Cowbell, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Virginia Willis, Chef and Author, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Tabb Singleton, Sous chef, Nola, New Orleans, LA (winner)
1557"Thirsty for Victory"December 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)

Contestants:

  • Greg Grossman, Student at Professional Children's School, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jeremy Langlois, Executive Chef, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Darrow, LA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Leslie Parks, Freelance Caterer, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Phil Crispo, Assistant Culinary Professor, Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY (winner)


Notes: Greg Grossman was 16 years old at the time he competed, making him the youngest chef to appear on Chopped outside the special "teen chefs" episodes.

1568"Trout Bout"December 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)

Contestants:

  • Courtney Renn, Personal Chef, Chef Courtney, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jimmy Tessier, Chef de cuisine, Bacio, Tropicana Las Vegas Hotel and Resort, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Akiko Thurnauer, Chef and Restaurateur, Family Recipe, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Nathanial Zimet, Chef and Restaurateur, Boucherie, New Orleans, LA (winner)
1579"Belly Up"January 1, 2013 (2013-01-01)

Contestants:

  • April Neujean, Lead Teacher, The Edible Schoolyard, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Chris Sell, Chef and Restaurateur, Chipshop, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Danny Lachs, Chef and Restaurateur, Tortaria, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Flannery Klette-Kolton, Caterer, Big Little Get Together, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Klette-Kolton is the business partner of Lauren Gerrie, runner-up of the second Chopped Champions tournament. In the entrée round, Chef Sell dropped his pork belly on the floor and still put it on the plate. The judges did not taste that part of his dish.

15810"Hecho en the Chopped Kitchen"February 7, 2013 (2013-02-07)

Contestants:

  • Mike Minor, Executive Chef, Border Grill at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Saul Ortiz-Cruz, Executive Chef, Tacos & Tequila at the Luxor, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Mia Castro, Chef de partie, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Royden Ellamar, Executive Chef, Sensi at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, NV (winner)


Notes: This episode featured Latin-themed ingredients. Also Chef Castro competed on season 18 of Hell's Kitchen and was the runner up.

15911"Make No Mistake"February 17, 2013 (2013-02-17)

Contestants:


Notes: This episode featured chefs who were eliminated in previous episodes for making egregious mistakes. Unlike past redemption episodes, fans chose the competitors they wanted to see come back, via internet poll.

16012"Untrained, Undaunted"February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)

Contestants:

  • Adrian Ashby, Administrative Assistant from Queens, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Maureen Sanchez, Homemaker from Oswego, IL (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Michael Press, President of Textile by Elizabeth and James Jeans from White Plains, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Kevin Rooney, Mayor of Wyckoff, NJ (winner)


Notes: This was the first official amateurs episode (discounting the teen and firefighter specials).

Season 14 (2013)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
1611"Leftovers Overload"January 6, 2013 (2013-01-06)

Contestants:

  • Shawn Smilie, Executive Chef, The Buffet at Aria, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jason Robertson, Caterer, Headwaters Café, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Nealy Frentz, Chef and Restaurateur, Lola, Covington, LA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Gerald Chin, Chef de Cuisine, The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV (winner)


Notes: The ingredients used in this episode were leftovers.

1622"Chopped Champions: Part 1"January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)

Contestants:


Notes: This was the first of a five-part series of episodes, where sixteen past champions competed. The winner of each preliminary round advanced to the finale, where they competed for $50,000. The fish heads used in the entrée round were from striped bass. In the entree round, Chef Sean forgot the crema, but moved on because Chef Sylvain's sauce was too thick.

1633"Chopped Champions: Part 2"January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part 2 of a 5-part tournament where sixteen past champions competed. Chef Ali cut her finger badly in the Entree round and while being treated her squab overcooked, and she put in her quinoa after the injury making it undercooked. Chef Ali was chopped for these reasons.

1644"Chopped Champions: Part 3"January 29, 2013 (2013-01-29)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part 3 of a 5-part tournament where sixteen past champions competed. In round 2, Chef Jun accidentally dropped his frog legs, but his dish, albeit a small portion, impressed the judges enough for it to contribute to his ultimate victory.

1655"Chopped Champions: Part 4"February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part 4 of a 5-part tournament where sixteen past champions competed.

1666"Chopped Champions: Finale"February 12, 2013 (2013-02-12)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the final part of a 5-part tournament where sixteen past champions competed. This episode's winner received $50,000. Chef Tanaka is the first Grand Champion to settle in a different country.

1677"Just for the Halibut"March 12, 2013 (2013-03-12)

Contestants:

  • Anne Churchill, Caterer & Tour Chef, New Orleans, LA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Stephan Bogardus, Chef de cuisine, The North Fork Table & Inn, Southold, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jamie Adams, Executive Chef, Veni Vidi Vici, Atlanta, GA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Steve Benjamin, Executive Chef, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, NV (winner)
1688"Redemption Intention"March 19, 2013 (2013-03-19)

Contestants:


Notes: This episode featured four past runners-up returning for a second chance to win.

1699"Chopped All-Stars: Food Network vs. Cooking Channel"April 7, 2013 (2013-04-07)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the second tournament of the season. This time it's a 5-part charity tournament. As with previous celebrity/all-star tournaments, the winner gets $50,000 for their charity. This heat featured two Food Network personalities and two Cooking Channel personalities.

17010"Chopped All-Stars: Mega Chefs"April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part 2 of a 5-part charity tournament. This heat featured celebrity chefs.

17111"Chopped All-Stars: Judges"April 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part 3 of a 5-part charity tournament. This heat featured Chopped judges, all of whom have competed on Chopped previously except for Scott Conant.

17212"Chopped All-Stars: Celebrities"April 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)

Contestants:


Notes: This is part 4 of a 5-part charity tournament. This heat featured celebrities from television, music, and sports. Joey Fatone, Judy Gold, and Johnny Weir have all appeared on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off: Joey on Season 1, Johnny on Season 2, Judy on Season 3. Laila Ali and Joey Fatone have previously competed against each other on Dancing with the Stars with Ali placing third and Fatone placing second.

17313"Chopped All-Stars: Finale!"May 5, 2013 (2013-05-05)

Contestants:


Notes: This is the final part of a 5-part charity tournament where winners of the previous four episodes battle to win $50,000 for their charity. The entrée cooking time was extended to 40 minutes to allow the chefs to butcher the goat.

Season 15 (2013)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
1741"Heads Up!"April 2, 2013 (2013-04-02)

Contestants:

  • Ingrid Wright, Sous chef, Exchange Alley, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Eleanor Wolper, Executive Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jordan Andino, Executive Chef, SideBAR, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Bruce Kalman, Executive Chef, The Churchill, Los Angeles, CA (winner)
1752"Viewers Choice Baskets"April 9, 2013 (2013-04-09)

Contestants:

  • John Herndon, Executive Chef, Umami Burger Restaurant Group, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Rory Philipson, Chef and Owner, The Blue Bottle Cafe, Hopewell, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Tre Ghoshal, Chef and Owner, Adara, Montclair, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Luke Reyes, Executive Chef, The Corner Door, Culver City, CA (winner)


Notes: All the ingredients in the baskets were chosen by viewers via social media; specifically: Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter. Chef Herndon was chopped in Round 1 for forgetting to plate all his durian. Chef Ghoshal forgot his potato tots in Round 2 but moved on because Chef Philipson served undercooked steak.

1763"Aussie Awesome"April 16, 2013 (2013-04-16)

Contestants:

  • McCaily Cranna, Sous chef, Hudson's on the Bend, Austin, TX (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Bruce Barber, Caterer, Aussie Chef Catering, Sherman Oaks, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Michael Bryant, Executive Chef, Eva Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Mai-Khanh "Maiki" Le, Chef de cuisine, Josie, Santa Monica, CA (winner)


Notes: The basket ingredients were Australian themed.

1774"Without Missing a Beet"April 30, 2013 (2013-04-30)

Contestants:

  • Ashley Hough, Personal Chef, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Angela Majko, Sushi Chef, Uchiko, Austin, TX (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Rouha Sadighi, Chef de cuisine, Penelope Café, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Taji Marie, Caterer, Simple Gourmet, Redondo Beach, CA (winner)
1785"Momumental"May 7, 2013 (2013-05-07)

Contestants:

  • Gio Bellino, Homemaker from Sands Point, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Anette Kreipke, Former Advertiser and Homemaker from Ridgefield, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Heidi Greening, Homemaker from Georgetown, TX (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Diana Sabater, Police Officer from Philadelphia, PA (winner)


Notes: This was a special episode where the contestant were mothers (and amateur/home cooks). They wore street clothes rather than the customary chef coats while competing, but were given chef coats by Ted Allen at the end of the episode.

1796"Amazing Amateurs"May 14, 2013 (2013-05-14)

Contestants:

  • Nate Echelberger, Pastor of Gateway Church in Austin, TX (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Melissa Campbell, Training Administrator from Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Rique Uresti, Spin Instructor from New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Marisa Biaggi, Content Producer and Strategist/PR from New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was an official amateurs episode which was preceded by an unofficial amateurs episode (Momumental). The contestants wore regular clothes during the competition but winner Marisa Biaggi received an authentic Chopped chef's coat at the end, in addition to the prize money. Nate did not clean his scallops in the appetizer resulting in his elimination. Nate also cut himself in Round 1.

1807"Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!"May 21, 2013 (2013-05-21)

Contestants:

  • Fred Eric, Chef and Restaurateur, Fred 62, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Natalie Cain, Line Cook, Red Rooster Harlem, Harlem, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Chris Leahy, Executive Chef, Lexington Brass, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Brandon Boudet, Chef and Restaurateur, 101 Coffee Shop, Dominick's, Little Dom's, and Tom Bergin's Tavern, Los Angeles, CA (winner)


Notes: In this episode, the appetizer course was replaced with a breakfast course, the entrée with lunch, and the dessert with dinner. Chef Cain works at Red Rooster Harlem, owned by Chopped judge Marcus Samuelsson.

1818"Military Salute"May 28, 2013 (2013-05-28)

Contestants:

  • Victor Vinson, Chef, U.S. Army (retired) / Personal Chef from Huntington Beach, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Judy Cage-McLean, Chef, U.S. Army (retired) / Caterer from Spring Lake, NC (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jacoby Ponder, Chef, U.S. Navy (retired) / Personal Chef from Virginia Beach, VA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Robbie Myers, U.S. Army (retired) / Senior Food Service Manager from Adams Center, NY (winner)


Notes: The contestants in this episode were retired members of the U.S. military with professional cooking experience. Each round featured an item that might be found in a military pantry.

1829"Cook Your Butt Off!"May 30, 2013 (2013-05-30)

Contestants:

  • Elizabeth Mwanda, Founder, Winning Diabetics, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Chris Avtges, Food Service Director, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Joel Gargano, Executive Chef, Higher One, New Haven, CT (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Phillip Dell, Private Chef, Sin City Chefs, Newport Beach, CA (winner)


Notes: Each of the chefs had lost significant amounts of weight through better diet and exercise, and were tasked with making light dishes.

18310"Better Saffron Than Sorry"June 4, 2013 (2013-06-04)

Contestants:

  • Christian Dolias, Chef, Cutthroat Culinary, Las Vegas, NV (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Kurt Ramborger, Caterer, Austin, TX (eliminated after the entrée)
  • David Fuñe, Executive Chef, Vizzi Truck / Temecula Creek Inn, Los Angeles, CA / Temecula, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Martha Esquivel, Executive Chef, Luminarias Restaurant, Monterey Park, CA (winner)


Notes: Chef Ramborger was the first deaf chef to participate in the show. He was accompanied by interpreter Lydia Callis, best known as the ASL interpreter for Michael Bloomberg during his Hurricane Sandy press conference.

18411"Take Heart"June 6, 2013 (2013-06-06)

Contestants:

  • Ian Kokkeler, Chef, Trace Restaurant at W Austin, Austin, TX (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Charles Slonaker, Food Truck Chef, Go Chew Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Monique King, Chef and Owner, Firefly Bistro, South Pasadena, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Barry Frish, Chef de cuisine, Restaurant Marc Forgione, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Frish serves as sous chef for Iron Chef Marc Forgione on Iron Chef America.

18512"Wheatgrass Roots"June 18, 2013 (2013-06-18)

Contestants:

  • David Garrido, Chef and Owner, Garrido's, Austin, TX (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Sonya Coté, Executive Chef and Owner, Hillside Farmacy, Austin TX (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Mustapha Rahiim, Executive Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Rich Landau, Chef and Owner, Vedge, Philadelphia, PA (winner)


Notes: This was a vegetarian and vegan-themed episode; the only animal product was the local honey.

18613"Wurst Case Scenario"July 23, 2013 (2013-07-23)

Contestants:

  • Michele Harriott, Catering Chef, CulinAriane, Montclair, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Geter Atienza, Sous chef, The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Des Lim, Executive Chef, Trump SoHo, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Anup Joshi, Chef de cuisine, Tertulia, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Harriott cut herself in the appetizer round and put on a glove but removed it prior to plating, contaminating her dish in the process. After the other chefs gave their consent, the judges allowed her to bring the non contaminated components of her dish from her station to the judges table. Chef Joshi works at Tertulia, under occasional Chopped judge Seamus Mullen.

Season 16 (2013)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
1871"Fry, Fry, Again"June 2, 2013 (2013-06-02)

Contestants:

  • Vincent Williams, Chef and Restaurateur, Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Vanessa Ayala, Catering Cook, Skybox Sports Bar and Lounge, Roselle, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Erik Cho, Food Truck Owner, Frysmith, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Erica Beneke, Executive Chef, Max's Wine Dive, Austin, TX (winner)


Notes: Each dish had to have at least one fried element. The chefs were provided with a pot of oil already at frying temperature to start each round.

1882"Cleaver Fever"June 11, 2013 (2013-06-11)

Contestants:

  • Raquel Jubran, Executive Chef, The Attic, Log Beach, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Sevan Abdessian, Chef and Restaurateur, Recess Eatery, Glendale, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Owen Clark, Executive Chef, Gwynnett Street Restaurant, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Nicole Mummolo, Sous chef, La Puerta Azul, Millbrook, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Clark cut his finger in the entree round severely, but finished his dishes.

1893"Mix and Mache"June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16)

Contestants:

  • Roy Handler, Caterer, Haute Mess Catering, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lara Paul, Executive Chef, Rivals Steakhouse, Austin, TX (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Mogan Anthony, Executive Chef, Village Social, Mount Kisco, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Joseph Miller, Chef and Restaurateur, Joe's Restaurant, Venice Beach, CA (winner)


Notes: Roy Handler is the brother of comedian Chelsea Handler. The Kaiserschmarrn in the dessert round was an instant mix.

1904"Gyro We Go Again"June 25, 2013 (2013-06-25)

Contestants:

  • Jaquy Yngvason, Food Stylist, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Tara Thomas, Executive Chef / Owner, Traxx, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Guillermo Perez, Chef de cuisine, SushiSamba NYC Park, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Thomas McKenna, Sous chef, Jean-Georges, New York, NY (winner)
1915"Big Fish, Small Basket"June 27, 2013 (2013-06-27)

Contestants:

  • Paul Joseph, Executive Chef, FireBird, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Salvatore Lima, Executive Chef, Giovanna's, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Steve Eakins, Executive Chef, Ditch Plains, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Palak Patel, Culinary Instructor, Ger-Nis, Brooklyn, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Eakins works at Ditch Plains, which is owned by Chopped judge Marc Murphy.

1926"Teen Invasion"July 2, 2013 (2013-07-02)

Contestants:

  • Tyler Bloch (age 14), from Jericho, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Molly Bhuiyan (age 17), from New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Emma Scher (age 17), from Ridgewood, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Mikey Robins (age 14), from Philadelphia, PA (winner)


Notes: This was a special all-teen episode with teenage competitors. The first round was extended to 30 minutes instead of the usual 20 minutes. The eliminated contestants each received a $1,000 gift card.

1937"Mochi Obliged"July 9, 2013 (2013-07-09)

Contestants:

  • Regina Chen, Sous chef, Maison Akira, Pasadena, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Cathy McKnight, Executive Chef, What a Dish Café, Dana Point, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jason Quinn, Chef and Owner, Playground, Santa Ana, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Cole Dickinson, Chef de cuisine, ink., Los Angeles, CA (winner)
1948"Sweet Surprises"July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)

Contestants:

  • Jemell Simpson, Caterer, Taste My Expression Catering, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Kenny Gray, Sous chef, Olivia Restaurant, Austin, TX (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Allison Robicelli, Pastry Chef, Robicelli's, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Madeline Lanciani, Pastry Chef, Duane Park Patisserie, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Each basket had a special sweet confection hidden under a separate cloche that had to be used in their dish.

1959"Break a Crab Leg!"July 30, 2013 (2013-07-30)

Contestants:

  • Chris Houlihan, Chef de cuisine, AFrame, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lucas Marino, Sous chef, The Darby, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Betsy Rodriguez, Sous chef, The Goodwin, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Josie Gordon, Personal Chef, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Chef Marino works with Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli at The Darby.

19610"Walk on the Whelk Side"August 6, 2013 (2013-08-06)

Contestants:

  • Ben Durham, Executive Chef, Four Food Studio, Melville, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Paolo Pasio, Chef and Restaurateur, Osteria Latini, Brentwood, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Natasha Pogrebinsky, Chef and Restaurateur, Bear, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Katsuji Tanabe, Chef and Restaurateur, MexiKosher, Los Angeles, CA (winner)
19711"Chopped Family Feud"August 11, 2013 (2013-08-11)

Contestants:


Notes: The contestants were two pairs of brothers who have each appeared together on Iron Chef America. They were competing head to head in this episode for a chance to win $10,000 for charity. Both Campanaro brothers forgot a basket ingredient in their round 1 dishes (Lou forgot the falooda glass noddles and Joey forgot the cape gooseberries), but both moved on due to Chef Kent's dish reading as too salty and his usage of the cape gooseberries as a garnish like almost having left off the ingredient as well, as cited by the judges.

19812"Extreme Halloween"October 6, 2013 (2013-10-06)

Contestants:

  • John Creger, Head Chef, Gallow Green, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Isaiah Frizzell, Supper Club Chef, Feast Underground Supper Club, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Terri Wahl, Chef and Restaurateur, Auntie Em's Kitchen, Eagle Rock, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Sharon Singelton, Caterer, Singlelicious Catering, Staten Island, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a Halloween themed episode. During the appetizer round, Ted warned the chefs that the eel had to be fully cooked due to the toxic nature of the eel's blood if left raw. Chef Creger, who never cooked eel before, ignored Ted's warning and served his eel raw, which led to his elimination in the appetizer round. The episode originally aired prior to Halloween Wars.

19913"A Chopped Thanksgiving"November 12, 2013 (2013-11-12)

Contestants:

  • Nick Vazquez, Azúcar Cuban Cuisine, Jersey City, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Dustin Gauvain, Executive Chef, Front Steps, Austin, TX (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Fiore Tedesco, Sous chef, Franklin Barbecue, Austin, TX (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Ruth Cimaroli, Private Chef, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a Thanksgiving themed episode. The chefs were given 40 minutes in the entrée round to allow them to properly prepare the turkey.

Season 17 (2013)Edit

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No. in
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TitleOriginal air date
2001"Wasted!"August 13, 2013 (2013-08-13)

Contestants:

  • Molly Peck, Caterer, The Vanilla Orchid Catering, Austin, TX (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Dylan Hallas, Executive Chef, Petit Ermitage Hotel, West Hollywood, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Parind Vora, Chef and Restaurateur, Restaurant Jezebel, Austin, TX (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Garrett Eagleton, Freelance Chef, The Meat Hook, Brooklyn, NY (winner)


Notes: All of the ingredients of the baskets were scraps - ingredients that are normally thrown away.

2012"Keep On Trucking"August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18)

Contestants:

  • Tagan Couch, Food Truck Chef/Owner, The Gypsy Kit, Austin, TX (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Chris Trapani, Food Truck Chef/Owner, Urban Cowboy, Austin, TX (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Hop Phan, Food Truck Chef/Owner, Dos Chinos, Orange County, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Israel, Food Truck Chef/Owner, MOE Deli, Los Angeles, CA (winner)


Notes: The original airing of this episode was as a lead-in to Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race. All the chefs competing operated food trucks. In the first round, Chef Tagan cut herself and then forgot an ingredient, leading to her getting eliminated. Hop Phan also appeared on Cutthroat Kitchen.

2023"Sports Stars"September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)

Contestants:


Notes: This was a special episode where the competitors were sports stars competing for charity.

2034"Hero Chefs"September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10)

Contestants:

  • Wilhemina Bell, Executive Chef, Children's Village/Program Coordinator, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Pedro Rodriguez, Head Chef, New York City Rescue Mission, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Nicki Bogie, Culinary Instructor, The Fresh Air Fund, Fishkill, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Derek Walker, Executive Chef, Bread and Roses Café, Venice, CA (winner)


Notes: All of the competitors in this episode are heroes in their community. Judge Cheryl Barbara was the winner of the first school chef episode, Class Acts (in season 9).

2045"We Love Leftovers!"September 17, 2013 (2013-09-17)

Contestants:

  • Josh Watkins, Executive Chef, The Carillon, Austin, TX (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Krissy Kerwin, Private Chef, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Aatul Jain, Executive Chef, St. Clare's Hospital, Denville, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jason Stude, Chef de cuisine, Second Bar + Kitchen, Austin, TX (winner)


Notes: The baskets were filled with leftovers.

2056"Count Your Chickens"September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24)

Contestants:

  • Brian Tsao, Executive Chef, Liang's, Forest Hills, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • David Catapano, Caterer, Romeo's Catering Service, Queens, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Eric McCarthy, Executive Chef, Tamarind Tribeca, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Janelle Reynolds, Caterer and Personal Chef, @ Large Catering and Private Chef Services, Austin, TX (winner)


Notes: This episode's baskets had chicken products in every round.

2067"Liver and Learn"October 1, 2013 (2013-10-01)

Contestants:

  • Shaquay Peacock, Sous chef, The New York Times, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jared Braithwaite, Executive Chef, Layla, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Seth Gordon, Executive Chef, Dune Studios, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Teah Evans, Chef, FireFly American Bistro, Manasquan, NJ (winner)


Notes: Chef Peacock's brother Darius Peacock is a two-time Chopped winner (in season 1 and in season 2's "Chopped Champions" event).

2078"Brunch Boxes"October 15, 2013 (2013-10-15)

Contestants:

  • Neil Fuentes, Personal Chef, New Haven, CT (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Shannon Olvera, Executive Chef, Red Restaurant & Bar, City of Industry, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Joyce Brandes, Chef de cuisine, DuMont Burger, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Nick Di Bona, Executive Chef, Peter Pratt's Inn, Yorktown Heights, NY (winner)


Notes: Each basket contained ingredients commonly used to prepare brunch dishes.

2089"Circus Spectacular"October 24, 2013 (2013-10-24)

Contestants:

  • Steve Yen, Sous chef, Catch, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • John Atkinson, Chef and Restaurateur, North End Café, Manhattan Beach, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jesse Olson, Executive Chef, Vanderbilt, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Claire Handleman, Culinary Producer, The Chew, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Each basket included something with a circus theme. Chef Olson is the grandson of singer Glen Campbell.

20910"Competition Italiano"October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)

Contestants:

  • Philip Meoli, Chef de cuisine, Brooklyn Pub, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lisa Savage, Chef and Restaurateur, Sage Restaurant, Ventnor, NJ (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Luca Manderino, Chef and Restaurateur, La Sosta Enoteca, Hermosa Beach, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Antonio Mure, Chef and Restaurateur, Ado Ristorante, Venice Beach, CA (winner)


Notes: This was an Italian-themed episode. Chef Savage advanced to the entree round despite leaving off Pasta Dough, and Limoncello because Chef Meoli cut himself and contaminated his dish. In the entree round Chef Savage left off her bottarga resulting in her elimination.

21011"Redeemed or Re-chopped?"November 5, 2013 (2013-11-05)

Contestants:


Notes: This episode featured four past runners-up. In the Entree Chef Rollins cut himself but finished his dishes. In the dessert round, Chef Rollins cut his finger again, contaminating his station enough where the judges found it unsafe to eat his dish, and the judges did not like Zoe's Dessert at all. However, they sent Kent home for not highlighting flavors as well as Zoe did and his cut finger costed him the win due to contamination.

21112"Cloche Call"November 19, 2013 (2013-11-19)

Contestants:

  • Josh Greenfield, Caterer/Internet Chef, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Mike Greenfield, Caterer/Internet Chef, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Emilie Friedman, Personal Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Sean Quinn, Executive Chef, Frederick's, Brooklyn, NY (winner)


Notes: Chefs Josh and Mike are brothers, with Josh being older.

21213"Celebrity Holiday Bash"December 3, 2013 (2013-12-03)

Contestants:

  • Antonio Sabato Jr. (Charity: Boys and Girls Club of Ventura) (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Dawn Wells (Charity: Terri Lee Wells' Discovery Museum for Children) (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Anthony Anderson (Charity: United Negro College Fund) (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Teri Hatcher (Charity: Juvenille Arthritis Association) (winner)


Notes: This special holiday episode featured celebrities competing for a charity. As a food safety measure, at the start of the entrée round the competitors were informed that rosca de reyes contained several small baby Jesus figurines..

Season 18 (2013–14)Edit

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No. in
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TitleOriginal air date
2131"No Pain, No Shame"November 26, 2013 (2013-11-26)

Contestants:

  • Jonah Frazier, Executive Sous chef, Garden Terrace, Belmont Park, Elmont, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jason Rivas, Chef de cuisine, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Tek Moore, Executive Chef, Le Barricou, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Kristen Gregory, Executive Chef, Firefly Grille, Nashville, TN (winner)


Notes: Chef Tek competed on the 6th season of Hell's Kitchen. Chef Gregory cut herself in Round 1 slowing her down.

2142"Teen Talent"December 10, 2013 (2013-12-10)

Contestants:

  • Roxy Belfiore (age 15), from Deptford Township, NJ (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Matthew Wheelock (age 16), from Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Simona Alomary (age 14), from Piscataway, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Hunter Zampa (age 13), from Stamford, CT (winner)


Notes: The contestants in this episode were teenagers competing to win a $40,000 scholarship to attend culinary school. The runner up received a $20,000 scholarship and the other two eliminated chefs each received a $5,000 scholarship. The contestants had 30 minutes in the appetizer round instead of the usual 20 minutes. Hunter Zampa is the youngest contestant to win a teen Chopped episode. Judge Joseph Brown is from the culinary schools at The Art Institutes, who sponsored the scholarship.

2153"Tapas Time"December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)

Contestants:

  • Andres Figueroa, Executive Chef, Antojeria La Popular, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Gemma Gray, Executive Sous Chef, Andaz, West Hollywood, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • David Viana, Chef de Cuisine, Daryl, New Brunswick, NJ (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Alex Moreno, Executive Chef, Border Grill, Santa Monica, CA (winner)


Notes: All the chefs were required to make tapas in each round: as part of the challenge, they were tasked to create two dishes in the appetizer round, three in the entrée, and two in the dessert. Because of the change in the usual format, the first round was 30 minutes instead of the usual 20. Gemma ran across the kitchen with a fiery grill in the Entree Round, and she burnt her hands badly.

2164"Waste Not"January 5, 2014 (2014-01-05)

Contestants:

  • Pip Freeman, Chef & Owner, Three Letters, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lauren Von Der Pool, Personal Chef (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Damon Gordon, (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Sarah Pouzar, Executive Chef, Il Forno, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Ingredients that are typically scrapped were featured in the baskets. The juicer pulp in the first round was beet pulp.

2175"Firefighter Chefs"January 12, 2014 (2014-01-12)

Contestants:

  • Sal DePaola, FDNY Firefighter (Engine 160) from Staten Island, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Antonia Donnelly, PFD Firefighter (Local 22) from Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Robert Corbin, NFD Firefighter/Engineer from Nashville, TN (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Richard Fields, LAFD Captain from Los Angeles, CA (winner)


Notes: All the contestants in this episode were firefighters. Before starting the entrée round, Ted had the chefs light the saganaki with some alcohol and a lighter provided in the basket. The blow torch in the dessert basket was the first time a non-food item was featured in a basket.

2186"Hoofin' It!"January 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)

Contestants:

  • Ashley Fahr, Caterer & Food Stylist, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Laurie Potts, Executive Chef, Wild Horse Saloon, Nashville, TN (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Maxcel Hardy, Private Chef, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Joe Youkhan, Executive Chef & Owner, Tasting Spoon Food Truck, Orange County, CA (winner)


Notes: Chef Fahr cut herself in the appetizer round. Fahr failed to notice the cut until after the round was complete, and enough blood was found on her station that the judges felt her dish was unsafe to eat.

2197"Pizza Perfect"February 2, 2014 (2014-02-02)

Contestants:

  • Sam Nuckols, Chef de Partie, Womack Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jimmy Wang, Chef & Consultant, former owner of Hot Stuff Café, San Gabriel, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Nikki Hill, Chef & Caterer, Earl's Gourmet Grub & La Copine, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Germano Minen, Chef & Owner, Hostaria del Piccolo, Santa Monica & Venice, CA (winner)


Notes: The chefs were required to make pizza in each round.

2208"All-Burger Meal!"February 9, 2014 (2014-02-09)

Contestants:

  • Megan Logan, Executive Chef, Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Afton Farnsworth, Head Chef, Stout Burgers & Beer, Studio City, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Eli Irland, Sous Chef, The Flintridge Proper, La Cañada, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Evelyn Garcia, Junior Sous Chef, Kin Shop, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: The chefs were required to make burgers in each round. Each chef was given a meat grinder to use. In the appetizer round Chef Farnsworth did not make a burger but moved on because Chef Logan served severely undercooked meat. In the Entree Round both Chef Farnsworth and Chef Irland forgot quail eggs. Chef Irland moved on because his dish was really good.

2219"Chocolate Competition"February 11, 2014 (2014-02-11)

Contestants:

  • Pierre Coray, Private Chef & Caterer, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lucy Collins, Sous Chef, Costada Italian Steakhouse, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Juerg "Fed" Federer, Chef & Instructor, Sex on the Table, New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Phillip Frankland Lee, Chef & Owner, Scatch Bar, Los Angeles, CA (winner)


Notes: All the baskets contained some kind of chocolate. Phillip Frankland Lee is a multiple-episode winner of Guy's Grocery Games.

22210"Bacon Baskets!"February 16, 2014 (2014-02-16)

Contestants:

  • Noah Blöm, Chef & Owner, Arc Food & Libations, Costa Mesa, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Peter Kontomanolis, Sous Chef, Brookville Country Club, Long Island, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Blake Orchard, Sous Chef, BLD Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Roxanne Spruance, Executive Chef, Allison Eighteen, New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Bacon appeared in every basket.

22311"Beer Here!"February 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)

Contestants:

  • Larry Monaco, Private Chef, Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Hiep Le, Chef & Owner, Le Cellier, Marina del Rey, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Bradley Stellings, Consulting Chef, Japan (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Lauren Kyles, Head Chef, Daily Grill & Public School, Los Angeles, CA (winner)


Notes: Every basket featured beer inside.

22412"Burn for the Worse"April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07)

Contestants:

  • Matt Dunn, Sous Chef, Marriott New York Marquis, New York, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ashton Keefe, Caterer & Instructor, Ashton Keefe Culinary Lifestyle Services, New York, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Jennifer Story, Personal Chef & Caterer, Cookin' Thyme Inc., Redondo Beach, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Giuseppe Gentile, Chef & Restaurateur, Pizzeria Il Fico, Los Angeles, CA (winner)
22513"An Egg Up"May 13, 2014 (2014-05-13)

Contestants:

  • Roderick Bailey, Chef & Owner, Silly Goose, Nashville, TN (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Nissa Pierson, Owner, Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center, Hudson Valley, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • George Rallis, Chef & Co-Owner, Hell Gate Social, Astoria, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jeremy Bringardner, Corporate Executive Chef, Lyfe Kitchen, Culver City, CA (winner)

Season 19 (2014)Edit

No.
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No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
2261"Ambitious Amateurs"February 4, 2014 (2014-02-04)

Contestants:

  • Soraya Sobreidad, Loan Specialist/Drag Queen from Queens, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Jackie Khanich, Entertainment Attorney from Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Tommy Werther, Retired Police Detective from Queens, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Dinah Surh, Hospital Administrator from Brooklyn, NY (winner)


Notes: This was an official all-amateurs episode with four home cooks competing. Soraya and Jackie forgot an ingredient in the first round (Soraya got chopped), then Jackie forgot an ingredient again in the second round (leading to her getting chopped).

2272"Return and Redeem"February 25, 2014 (2014-02-25)

Contestants:


Notes: This episode featured past contestants who were eliminated, returning for a second chance at winning.

2283"Grandma vs. Grandma"March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04)

Contestants:

  • Nancy Judd (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Mannee Soohoo (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Wenona Moorer (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Elda Belanski (winner)


Notes: All the contestants in this episode were grandmothers (some having experience in cooking professionally while others were home cooks/amateurs). The contestants had 30 minutes in the appetizer round instead of 20. The meatloaf mix was made of a mix of veal, pork, and beef. Nancy forgot her popovers in Round 1, and despite making a delicious dish the other grandmothers had very little mistakes so Nancy was chopped.

2294"Chopped Tournament of Stars: Sports Stars!"March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)

Contestants:

  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Charity: Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Charles Oakley, Charity: Share Our Strength (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Greg Louganis, Charity: Mending Kids International (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Brandi Chastain, Charity: Bay Area Women's Sport Initiative (winner)


Notes: Part 1 of a 5-part competition for $50,000 for a charity of the winner's choice. The competitors in this heat were all athletes. The green juice included kale and ginger.

2305"Tournament of Stars: Rachael vs. Guy!"March 16, 2014 (2014-03-16)

Contestants:


Notes: Part 2 of a 5-part competition for $50,000 for a charity of the winner's choice. The competitors in this heat were on the show Rachel vs. Guy. In the appetizer round, Coolio was caught sneaking some lemon into his dish after time was called, and the judges cited this as a reason for his elimination. Lou forgot an ingredient in Round 2 and Round 3 resulting in his elimination.

2316"Chopped Tournament of Stars: Comedians!"March 23, 2014 (2014-03-23)

Contestants:

  • Tommy Davidson, Charity: Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Robert Wuhl, Charity: The Amanda Foundation (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Sinbad, Charity: Downtown Dog Rescue (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Gillian Vigman, Charity: Go Campaign (winner)


Notes: Part 3 of a 5-part competition for $50,000 for a charity of the winner's choice. The competitors in this heat were all comedians.

2327"Chopped Tournament of Stars: Actors"March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30)

Contestants:

  • Tasha Smith, Charity: Planned Parenthood (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Lucas Grabeel, Charity: Harmony Project (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Peter Scolari, Charity: Copd Foundation (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Imperioli, Charity: Pure Land Project (winner)


Notes: Part 4 of a 5-part competition for $50,000 for a charity of the winner's choice. The competitors in this heat were all actors.

2338"Chopped Tournament of Stars: Finale"April 6, 2014 (2014-04-06)

Contestants:

  • Carnie Wilson, Charity: Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Gillian Vigman, Charity: Go Campaign (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Brandi Chastain, Charity: Bay Area Women's Sport Initiative (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Michael Imperioli, Charity: Pure Land Project (winner)


Notes: Part 5 of a 5-part competition. The winners of the previous four heats competed for $50,000 for their charity of choice.

2349"Peri Peri Determined"April 22, 2014 (2014-04-22)

Contestants:

  • Melissa Torre, Cookie Confidential, Owner & Baker, Philadelphia, PA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Auria Abraham, Chef & Owner, Auria's Malaysian Kitchen, Brooklyn, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Eric Buss, Executive Chef, Wood & Vine, Hollywood, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Georgeann Leaming, Chef & Co-Owner, Suppa, Philadelphia, PA (winner)
23510"Mother's Day"May 6, 2014 (2014-05-06)

Contestants:

  • Samantha McLerran, ER Physician from Moss, TN (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Tina Adams, Real Estate Agent from Bronxville, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Sunny Hostin, CNN Correspondent from New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Lisa Keys, Retired Physician's Assistant from Kennett Square, PA (winner)


Notes: This was a special mother's day episode featuring home cooks who were mothers (making this the third amateur-centric episode of this season).

23611"Cool, Palm and Perfected"May 27, 2014 (2014-05-27)

Contestants:

  • David James Robinson, Executive Chef & Owner, Bezalel Gables, Hudson Valley, NY (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Ariane Resnick, Private Chef, West Hollywood, CA (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Peter Lee, Caterer, Chef Pete's Catering Company, Orange County, CA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Rose Ludwig, Culinary Instructor, Le Cordon Bleu, Los Angeles, CA (winner)


Notes: Despite its lethal reputation, the blowfish tails were farm-raised and did not have any poison. Interestingly, all the contestants have had near-death experiences: Peter had gone through chemotherapy; Rose is a cancer survivor; Ariane suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning; and David was a witness of the 9/11 attacks.

23712"There Will Be Bloody Marys"June 3, 2014 (2014-06-03)

Contestants:

  • Millie Fernandez, Chef & Entrepreneur from Winnetka, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Patrick Lacey, Chef de Cuisine from Port Chester, NY (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Hayan Yi, Personal Chef from New York, NY (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Jeffrey Forrest, Executive Chef from New York, NY (winner)


Notes: Each round had an alcoholic beverage as a basket ingredient.

23813"Four Fathers"June 10, 2014 (2014-06-10)

Contestants:

  • Ian-Max Henriquez, Stay-At-Home-Dad from Los Angeles, CA (eliminated after the appetizer)
  • Herb Hand, College Football Coach from Nashville, TN (eliminated after the entrée)
  • Richie Katzenberg, Retired Restaurateur from Cape Cod, MA (eliminated after the dessert)
  • Keith Young, Firefighter from Wantagh, NY (winner)


Notes: This was a special father's day episode featuring home cooks who were fathers (making this the fourth amateur-centric episode, complementing the mother's day episode).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Julianne McGourty (2011-11-21). "School Chefs Compete on "Chopped"". NBCUniversal, Inc. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  2. ^ Cynthia Littleton (2011-11-21). "Doing good at Thanksgiving". Variety. Retrieved 2011-11-23.

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