Ted Allen’s Chopped: Chewing The Caul Fat Recap 2-14-12

Chopped Champions

Ted Allen introduces the four Chefs that will compete for the $10,000 and title of “Chopped Champion”. The Chefs must use pickle juice in their appetizer, savoy cabbage in their entrée and edible flowers in their dessert.

The Judges for tonight’s competition are as follows;

  • Marcus Samuelsson
  • Scott Conant
  • Aaron Sanchez

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

  • Chef Danni Bliel
  • Chef Rene Stein
  • Chef Nancy Caballes
  • Chef Lester Walker (swag jacket)

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;

  • Guaja Beans
  • Sea Scallops
  • Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • Pickle Juice

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

Chef Rene prepared Seared Scallops w/  Pickle sauce and Guaja Bean Salad. The Judges said the Beans were tough and he missed putting sauce on one plate.

Chef Danni prepared Grilled Scallops w/ Cheddar Frico. The Judges liked her dish with no negative comments.

Chef Nancy prepared Pan Seared Scallops w/ Cheddar Bean Frico. The Judges said her Frico was burnt and overpowering.

Chef Lester prepared Sauted Scallops topped with Cheddar Cheese dust w/ Guaja Sauce. The Judges said the soggy chives he used to garnish his dish did not work.

After careful deliberation Chef Nancy was chopped for the reasons above.

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;

  • Black Bass
  • Raspberry Lavender Rissotto
  • Caul Fat
  • Savoy Cabbage

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

Chef Lester prepared Caul Fat Wrapped Bass w/ Braised Cabbage and Rissotto. The Judges said his Caul Fat was inedible and his use of the center of the cabbage was poor technique.

(Chef Lester made a comment about woman in the kitchen not belonging there which was pretty chauvinistic and uncalled for. At this stage of the game a woman and food designer had out cooked him.)

Chef Rene prepared Pan Seared Bass w/ Cabbage Roulade. The Judges said his Bass was soggy and under cooked. They also said his dish needed a sauce and lacked flavor.

Chef Danni prepared Pan Seared Bass w/ Savoy Cabbage Sausage. The Judges said her use of the sausage and Caul fat was great but the fish was butchered poorly and still had bones in it.

After careful deliberation the Judges chopped Chef Rene for the reasons above.

DESSERT 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;

  • Cosmopolitan Mix
  • Dried Apple Slices
  • Biscotti
  • Edible Flowers

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

Chef Lester prepared a Dried Apple Parfait w/ a Biscotti Baton. The Judges said his use of spices was good but the dessert was too sweet and not very creative.

Chef Danni prepared Biscookies w/ Caramel Apple Gelato. The Judges said the Gelato was the best thing served all day but the cookie was not refined enough.

After careful deliberation and a review of all the dishes the Judges chopped Chef Danni for bones in her fish and a failed cookie. Not sure the Judges got this one right based on the comments made by the Judges after each dish was made.

Chef Lester Walker won $10,000 and the title of “Chopped Champion”.

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Ted Allen’s Chopped: Chewing The Caul Fat Recap 2-14-12 — 4 Comments


  1. I think the judges made the right decision. Chef Lester consistently brought good flavors to each round as the judges continuously praised him for the flavors he was able to bring out of the ingredients.

    Only one judge hinted that they thought Chef Lester’s desert might have lacked some creativity. And the final decision is made based on the totality of the entire meal not just the dessert round.

    Finally, I was aggravated by Chef Danni’s comment about what Lester said about women cooking. You have it wrong just like she did. His comment CLEARLY was stating that he wanted to show that men can cook too and also have a place in the kitchen. If you paid attention he talked about his rough background and if you know anything about impoverished areas then you would know there are a lot of single mothers and a lot of those youth don’t see men in the kitchen very often. Which is where he was coming from with that comment. If anything I felt Chef Danni’s comment was a cheap shot and actually spoke more to her lack of class (as well as poor comprehension skills) than anything. I also disagree with what you said about Chef Lester being out cooked by Chef Danni.


  2. Chopped is an amazing show!! Love it! Chef Lester walker did a great job! A great role model for those kids that are taking the wrong road in life. You have opportunities no matter where your from, upbringing, and not having to be wealthy. You still have a chance to make something better of yourself. Great role model, great show, makes me proud to see people that are trying to better themselves and get out of the street. Good job chef Lester!


  3. I agree with Rooster on the Lestor comment. He meant that men from his neighborhood don’t normally see men in the kitchen, and he wants to show them they can cook too and it’s not just for women. I’m not sure how this wasn’t obvious to everyone who watched the show, or to Dani. Why would he say a woman’s place is in the kitchen, and then be a chef himself? He’d be calling himself a woman at that point….


  4. Love this show. So proud to see someone like Chef Lester get a chance to strut his stuff. I agree that Dani was so wrong about his comment about women in the kitchen. Kristina’s comment was right on. I’m glad to see the Chef’s were able to make the right decision !!! Touche Chef Lester. Looking for your Twitter account so you can get the fans you deserve !!!

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