Last night’s episode of “Chopped” offered four more chefs, who have served in the military 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 in the appetizer, entree and dessert rounds.
The judges for this episode are: Chris Santos, Amanda Freitag and Scott Conant. The host, as always is Ted Allen.
Competing in this episode are: chef Robbie Myers, retired Army senior food operations sergeant, chef Judy Cage-McLean, now owner of “Let Me Cater to You” in Spring Lake, N.C., who cooked in the Army for seven years. Chef Victor Vinson is from Huntington Beach, Calif., who cooked in the Army for soldiers all over the world and Jacoby Ponder is a retired Navy cook and personal chef.
The first round appetizer mystery box contained: Freeze Dried Roast Beef, Torshi, Rainbow Chard and Mint Yogurt Soda. Victor made sautéed beef and Italian sausage using better, cayenne pepper and beef stock. Jacoby made sautéed beef with wilted chard using onion and garlic. Judy made rehydrated beef using pancetta, garlic and onion. Robbie made rainbow chard and diced beef salad using beef broth, shallots and rice wine vinegar. The chef who was eliminated in this round was Victor, who left off some chard from one plate, but left with kudos for his sauce.
The entree round contained: Afghan Flatbread, Goat Chops, Zucchini and Survival Candy. Robbie made pan-roasted goat with sautéed zucchini using tomatoes and red wine. Jacoby made curried goat using smoked paprika, curry powder and salt. Judy made grilled goat with sautéed zucchini using rosemary, onion and pepper. Judy was the chef who was “Chopped” in this round because the survival candy sauce did not taste good.
The dessert round included: Pomegranate, Pilot Bread Crackers, Fruit Chews and Freeze Dried Carrots and featured the Army versus the Navy. Robbie made deconstructed sundae with pomegranate ice cream using milk, cream and eggs. Jacoby made bread pudding using eggs, heavy cream and whiskey. The winner of the $10,000, and military “Chopped” champion was, Robbie Myers, who has been medically retired from the Army for post-traumatic stress syndrome. He plans to use the money to take his family on a well-deserved vacation for what they have been through. He now is grateful that by winning, he proves that he is worthy of being hired as a chef.
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