Ted Allen’s Chopped Yak & Chamomile Recap 11-29-11

Chopped Champions

Ted Allen introduces the four Chefs that will compete for the $10,000 and title of Chopped Champion. The judges for tonight’s competition are as follows;

  • Scott Conant
  • Marcus Samuelson
  • Geoffrey Zakarian

The Chefs competing for the title and $10,000 tonight are as follows;

  • Chef Kate Squibb
  • Chef Vinson Petrillo
  • Chef Jill Nocolson
  • Chef Nicholas Porcelli

APPETIZER ROUND

Ted Allen told the Chefs they have 20 minutes to complete the round and has them open their baskets which includes the following ingredients;

  • Wax Beans
  • Mandarin Quats
  • Sardines
  • Rice Cake

After the Chefs completed their dishes they were presented to the judges and given the following critiques;

Chef Kate prepared Rice Cake Encrusted Sardine Salad. The Judges said the plate was scattered as their were 4 different things on the plate, though they all tasted good.

Chef Vinson prepared  Fried Sardine w/  Wax Bean Salad. The Judges said that he could do better as he has been cooking for 11 years. The Judges knew he had a hard time with the stove.

Chef Jill prepared Fried Cornmeal Breaded Sardines w/ Sweet & Sour Sauce. The Judges said her dish was o.k. but she failed to plate the Rice Cakes that she had cut up to garnish the plate with.

Chef Nicholas prepared Mediterranean Sardines over Wax Bean Salad. The Judges thought his dish was pretty good.

After careful deliberation the Judges were not impressed the Appetizer Round and chopped Chef Jill for failure to plate the Rice cakes.

ENTREE ROUND

Ted Allen told the Chefs they have 30 minutes to complete the round and has them open their baskets which includes the following ingredients;

  • Yak Steaks
  • Mangosteens
  • Mustard Greens
  • Dried Shrimp

After the Chefs completed their dishes they were presented to the judges and given the following critiques;

Chef Kate prepared Pan Fried Steak stuffed with Mustard Greens and Shrimp w/ Rice Noodles and Potatoes. The Judges liked her dish but felt like she did not need 2 starches on the plate. The Potatoes were under cooked.

Chef Nicholas prepared Pan Seared Yak Steak w/ Purple Potatoes and Mustard Greens w/ Coconut & Mangosteen Sauce. The Judges said they could not taste the Shrimp or the Mangosteens in his dish.

Chef Vinson prepared Grilled Yak w/ Mustard Green Pesto and Mangosteen Aioli. The Judges thought the dish should be served in any good restaurant and was near perfect. They told him it was the biggest turnaround from one round to another they had ever seen.

After careful deliberation Chef Nicholas was chopped because 2 of the main ingredients were intangible.

DESSERT ROUND

  • Black Pepper Crackers
  • Kefir (liquid yogurt)
  • Chamomile
  • Plums

After the Chefs completed their dishes they were presented to the judges and given the following critiques;

Chef Kate prepared Kakora w/ Plum Sauce and marinated Plum slices and fresh Raspberries.The Judges really liked her Dessert but wished there was more than one Kakora on the plate.

Chef Vinson prepared Kefir Pudding w/ Vanilla French Toast and sliced saute Plums and Plum puree. The Judges loved his Dessert and Geoffrey said a little too much vinegar in the saute Plums.

After careful deliberation of the 3 courses the Judges chopped Chef Kate and told her she did a wonderful job but her competition really brought it the last 2 rounds which they could not over look.

Chef Vinson wins the $10,000 and title of “Chopped Champion”.

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Ted Allen’s Chopped Yak & Chamomile Recap 11-29-11 — 6 Comments


  1. I watched last nights show on 11-29-11 and I was very moved by Vinson Petrillo story as well as his cooking. I would just like to say i have had bouts with depressing and it was so nice to see him recover and win. I wish him all the best and let him know he is a beautiful person. I would also like to add that chef kate was also great and this was my favorite chopped of all time. thanks for a great show.


  2. What was the “secret weapon” powder that Vinson used to make his Kefir Pudding set quickly (it especially impressed Conant)?


  3. michael – thank you, but it definitely wasn’t a pantry item .. I’ve used the ones you mention. He used something unusual. Scott Conant was elated when he used it. I’ll have to try to catch a repeat — but thanks anyway! keith – I also was shocked to see that a sous chef at a high-caliber NY restaurant like Caviar Rousse had such intense self-esteem issues. He is so talented (not to mention handsome) and I felt sad that being stuck would be hold him back. I struggle with these issues too, but I am not a talented chef at a great NY restaurant! It was just fantastic to see him rise above it all and let himself shine. He rocked! I wanted to tell him how great he is and to cast the self-doubt aside once and for all. Turns out, the judges did that. rock on, Vinson!


  4. One of the most impressive shows. Chef Petrillo did an amazing turn around. I was not sure that what he did would be enough to overcome the minor infractions that Chef Kate had. I was as shocked as they were. Congratulations Chef Petrillo, Well Done.

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