Last night’s episode of “Chopped” offered four more chefs an opportunity to compete for the $10,000 and the very elusive title of a champion. Faced with mystery baskets of strange ingredients, they must create something that will appeal to the judges and also show off their culinary skills and creativity. For this episode, they replaced the usual, appetizer, entree and dessert rounds with breakfast, lunch and dinner items.
The judges for this episode are: Aaron Sanchez, Maneet Chauhan and Amanda Freitag. The host, as always is Ted Allen.
Competing in this episode are: Fred Eric, chef & owner of Fred 62 in Los Angeles, Calif., Natalie Cain, line chef at Red Rooster in NYC, Brandon Boudet, chef and partner in four restaurants in Los Angeles, and Chris Leahy, executive chef at Lexington Brass Restaurant in NYC.
The first round breakfast mystery box contained: Black Forest Bacon, Ricotta Pancakes, Smoked Salmon and Prune Juice. Fred made buttermilk pancakes using mascarpone, lemon and chives. Natalie made deep-fried pancakes with salmon cream and poached egg using maple syrup and parsley. Brandon made caramelized pancakes with bacon & prune syrup using molasses. Chris made chipotle sauce with bacon using onion and chipotle peppers. Fred was the chef who was eliminated because one of his ingredients fell to the floor, and he used it on his plate.
The lunch round contained: Quiche Lorraine, Purple Cauliflower, Blue Shrimp and Rose Wine. Chris made grilled marinated shrimp using Dijon mustard and cornichon liquid. Natalie made quiche & shrimp soup with beer-battered cauliflower using paprika, fennel and beer. Brandon made New Orleans style BBQ shrimp using lemon, shallot and paprika. Natalie was the chef who was “Chopped” in this round because the rose wine was not cooked down enough in her soup.
The dinner round included: Chateaubriand, Horseradish Root, Tawny Port and Stone Crab Claws. Chris made roasted Chateaubriand with horseradish, tawny port and crab cream using shallots, mushrooms and cabbage. Brandon made seared Chateaubriand with two sauces using peppercorns, lemongrass and butter.
The winner of the $10,000, and newest “Chopped” champion was Brandon Boudet, who now has the cooking competition bug and hopes to join another competition in the near future.
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