Ted Allen’s Chopped: Ready, Set, Escargot Recap 4-10-12

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 Ted Allen introduces the four Chefs that will compete for the $10,000 and title of Chopped Champion. Tonight the chefs must use escargot, Chinese eggplant and roasted noodles in their meals.

The judges for tonight’s competition are as follows;

  • Zak Pelaccio
  • Marc Murphy
  • Aaron Sanchez

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

  • Chef Melissa “Missy” Corey – Maine
  • Chef David Guas – New Orleans
  • Chef John Deatcher – New Jersey
  • Chef Frank Whitaker – N.Y.C.

APPETIZER ROUND
Ted Allen told the Chefs that they will be judged on Creativity, Taste and Presentation and they must use all of the ingredients in the basket in some way. He tells them that they have 20 minutes to complete the round and has them open their baskets which includes the following ingredients;

  • Asian Long Beans
  • Red Jalapeno Peppers
  • Calvados
  • Escargot

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

Chef Missy prepared Escargot  w/ Long Bean & Spinach Salad and Crispy Crostini. The judges said her presentation was sloppy but the pickling of the jalapeno was creative but looking for more creativity.

Chef David prepared Sauted Escargot w/ Mixed green Salad. The judges said the escargot was not sauced well.

Chef John prepared a Escargot Fritter w/ Calvados Cream Sauce. The judges said the fritter was fried nice but said it was not creative to throw all the ingredients in a fritter and they could not distinguish the ingredients.

Chef Frank prepared Snail & Sausage Ragu w/ Polenta and Long Bean Salad. The judges said they liked the snail and sausage combo but the beans were not dressed and bland.

After careful deliberation the judges chopped Chef John for the above reasons.

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;

  • Ground Lamb
  • Stilton Cheese
  • Birch Syrup
  • Chinese Eggplant

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

Chef Missy prepared Lamb Meatballs with Cheese Stuffing, Eggplant Ragu w/ Cheesy Flatbread. The judges said it was a great dish and the meatballs were tender and moist but the eggplant and tomatoes were under cooked.

Chef Frank prepared Stilton Meatballs w/ Sauted Eggplant and Mushroom Rice. The judges said it was a creative dish but did not like how the eggplant was treated and the meatballs were dry. They really liked the birch syrup sauce.

Chef David prepared Lamb Meatballs w/ Stilton Cream Sauce and Pine Nut Brittle. The judges said the eggplant was cooked perfectly and the pine nut brittle brought good texture to the dish but the dish lacked one component, a starch and moisture. They also said it was to deconstructed.

After careful deliberation the judges chopped Chef David 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;

  • Coconut water
  • Garnet Yams
  • Thai Basil
  • Raw Roasted Noodles

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

Chef Missy prepared Thai Basil Rice Pudding w/ Noodle Brittle. The judges said it was a good concept and the rice was cooked nicely, but they could not taste the basil. Also the raw noodles gave the brittle a sandy texture.

Chef Frank prepared a Garnet Yam Cream w/ Basil Dessert Pasta. The judges said it lacked creativity but had good craftsmanship in the cream component. They said the pasta was not sweet enough to be a dessert.

After careful deliberation by the judges they chopped Chef Frank for missteps throughout the three courses. It never fails, the Chef with the most confidence and the one that talks the most smack always looses. Must be Karma!

Chef Missy Corey of Portland, Maine wins the $10,000 and the title of “Chopped Champion”. Her boss Rob Evans won about six months ago on Chopped. They will be sending their dishwasher next.


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7 Responses to Ted Allen’s Chopped: Ready, Set, Escargot Recap 4-10-12

  1. Oz du Soleil says:

    Of course, when I saw the red jalapenos I sat up and took notice. First, I looked for Judge Zakarian. Good, he wasn’t present. Just like Judge Conant complains about raw onions, Zakarian complains about spicy food.

    It was a little disappointing that the red jalapeno wasn’t more extremely re-purposed.

    Thanks for what you’re doing here by recapping the episodes, and the blend of topics you have over all. I’m gonna have a look around.

  2. Denise Glade says:

    I was so happy when Chef Missy beat Chef Frank — what an arrogant, smug, condescending jerk he is.

  3. Fast Eddie says:

    Denise, the show is edited for ratings and drama, if you will…I personally know Frankie. He is the nicest guy in the business…and very funny…very serious at his craft with a wonderful sense of humor. Go meet him..you will have a blast.


  4. You are who you represent yourself to be and I think that how Frank presented himself left everyone to the same conclusion that Denise got. Her assessment was right on based on Frank’s representation and how he acted after the loss.

  5. Marie J. says:

    To Fast Eddie: Of course the show is edited but they did not put words in Frank’s mouth!! His attitude was absolutely despicable. During the whole episode, he was so ridiculously condescending, boasted so much about his self professed superiority above the other contestants that I kept watching in the hope he would get the boot. His facial expression when Missy won was priceless!! I am sure he is serious about his craft, but he is an arrogant guy who really got what he deserved.

  6. Oz says:

    WOW! I don’t remember all the fireworks.
    I guess I tuned out when the red jalapenos were handled without any imagination. Frank? Arrogant? Missy? Ok …


  7. Yes, Frank was quite smug and holier than thou. He’s a good cook and more experienced than Missy (maybe even me at 23 years), but this “game” is more than about having tons of knowledge. You must be able to make decisions super fast and be organized. Your not competing against other people really; you’re competing against the clock. I had two paper towel fires and trouble finding a can opener (neither shown on the episode)- that time wasted got me behind enough where I wasn’t able to present my plate as I would have liked. I still think the fritter that I produced took more skill than a salad… of course I’m a bit biased.

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