Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Chopped All-Stars Airs In April - See The Competitors

Photo - Food Network
Chopped All-Stars will be returning to the Food Network on Tuesday, April 28th at 10pm with 16 chefs competing to win $75,000 for a charity of their choice.  It will be a five episode tournament and the following chefs will be on each episode:

Episode 1 - Tuesday, April 28th at 10pm ET/PT 
Competitors: Madison Cowan, Eric Greenspan, Brian Malarkey, Art Smith
Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag

Episode 2 - Tuesday, May 5th at 10pm ET/PT
Competitors: Anne Burrell, Hung Huynh, Mary Sue Milliken, Dale Talde
Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos


Episode 3 - Tuesday, May 12th 10pm ET/PT
Competitors: Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Psilakis, Marcel Vigneron
Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian

Episode 4 - Tuesday, May 19th at 10pm ET/PT
Competitors: Rocco Dispirito, Jet Tila, Lee Anne Wong, Fabio Viviani
Host: Ted Allen, Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sánchez


Episode 5 - Tuesday, May 26th at 10pm ET/PT 
Winners of the first 4 episodes compete for the grand prize.
Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian 

Is there anybody you are rooting for?  It seems like a mix of Food Network personalities/chefs and Top Chef alumni.

Press release with more details is below:


With a $75,000 grand prize for charity on the line, sixteen culinary stars enter the CHOPPED kitchen for a new round of CHOPPED All-Stars, premiering Tuesday, April 28th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. The five-part competition series, hosted by Ted Allen, includes four chefs going head-to-head each week over three rounds: appetizer, entrée and dessert - as each chef creates a unique and delicious dish using the mystery ingredients within the CHOPPED basket. The dishes are judged by a rotating roster of CHOPPED judges, including Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Aarón Sánchez, Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian, to determine which chefs will advance to face off in the finale, with a chance to win the $75,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice.

"In its fourth season, this tournament brings together the most talented group of chefs to compete in the CHOPPED kitchen for causes that are near and dear to their hearts," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Not only do the chefs put their reputations out there, but with a $75,000 grand prize, these culinary masters don't hold anything back as they compete for their charities."

Visit FoodNetwork.com/Chopped for exclusive video, interviews, photos and more. And join in on the conversation at #Chopped.

Episodes include:

Premiering Tuesday, April 28th at 10pm ET/PT
"All-Stars Tournament: Part 1"
In this first of four competitions, top talent converges in the CHOPPED kitchen to fight it out for a spot in the $75,000 finale. And with a former CHOPPED Grand Champion in the mix, the stage is set for an epic match-up. In the first round, a slimy ingredient gets some disgusted responses from competitors and judges. Then in the entrée round, the beautiful fish in the basket leads the chefs to make a few surprising mistakes. And when the two finalists go in totally different directions in the dessert round, it's up in the air which approach will be more pleasing to the judges.
Competitors: Madison Cowan,Eric Greenspan, Brian Malarkey, Art Smith
Host: Ted Allen, Judges: Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag

Premiering Tuesday, May 5th at 10pm ET/PT
"All-Stars Tournament: Part 2"
Competing for a spot in the grand finale, four outstanding competitors open the appetizer basket and find a soup and a sour surprise. Then in the entrée round, a cheesy party food must be matched with some expensive offal. And the two All-Stars who make it to the dessert round are challenged to make delicious sweet dishes using a refreshing drink and some airy cookies.
Competitors: Anne Burrell, Hung Huynh, Mary Sue Milliken, Dale Talde
Host: Ted Allen, Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos

Premiering Tuesday, May 12th at 10pm ET/PT
"All-Stars Tournament: Part 3"
Four new All-Stars strut into the CHOPPED kitchen, with sights set on the grand finale. In the first round, a special Spanish meat must be paired with an airy cookie. Then in the entrée round, the All-Stars face a sizeable challenge when they encounter a huge ingredient to butcher and some tiny, sour fruits to tame. And flavored water and clarified butter are part of the culinary puzzle that the last two chefs have to solve as they create desserts.
Competitors: Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Michael Psilakis, Marcel Vigneron
Host: Ted Allen, Judges: Alex Guarnaschelli, Aarón Sánchez, Geoffrey Zakarian

Premiering Tuesday, May 19th at 10pm ET/PT
"All-Stars Tournament: Part 4"
The judges are curious to see how one famous chef with no competition experience will do in this fierce fight, as the All-Stars open the appetizer baskets and find a succulent seafood and an Asian pastry. Then in the entrée round, there's not enough time to cook a perfect piece of beef in the traditional way, so the chefs get creative, with varying degrees of success. And some fish-shaped snacks meet some crystals that go pop in the dessert round.
Competitors: Rocco Dispirito, Jet Tila, Lee Anne Wong, Fabio Viviani
Host: Ted Allen, Judges: Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Aarón Sánchez

Premiering Tuesday, May 26th at 10pm ET/PT
"All-Stars Tournament: Grand Finale"
When the four winning All-Stars return to the CHOPPED kitchen for the grand finale, the judges are set to enjoy a masterful meal. With $75,000 on the line for somebody's favorite charity, the competitors open the appetizer basket to find something purple and something fishy. Then in a tense entrée round, a seafood tower threatens to topple the competitors' cool. And the two All-Stars who manage to make it to the dessert round must handle a super-hot pepper and conquer a cookie cake before someone is awarded the biggest charitable prize in CHOPPED history!
Host: Ted Allen, Judges: Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Geoffrey Zakarian

Chopped is produced by Notional Entertainment. 

44 comments:

  1. Top Chef alumni, indeed! One in the first episode and two in each of the remaining three, plus two Top Chef Masters alumni. Might as well call it a TC reunion.

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  2. This looks good! I like a lot of the people competing and the level of talent should make this interesting. As MoHub said though, lots of Top Chef alumni.

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  3. Yep. Nine of the 12 have TC experience.

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  4. That would be "youse."

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  5. RE the stupid survey questions we are asked to see this site: does anyone answer them honestly? Or, do you deliberately give BS answers just because the questions are so darn annoying???

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  6. I agree. I love Shark Tank, and I enjoyed this too. There's room for both. Now I want to see Dragon's Den. I hope it's On Demand somewhere.

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  7. I wondered why I like watching Willie Degel. I think you hit the nail on the head.

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  8. I'm glad they did pitch it though. The look on everybody's faces was priceless!

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  9. Thanks! That's why I didn't recognize the names. I'll probably recognize them when I see them though. I don't tend to remember Top Chef contestants' last names.

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  10. Oh, I deliberately give them wrong answers. When I get free text, I tell them I lie on all the surveys.

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  11. I believe Dragon's Den still runs on BBC although it's no longer shown on BBC America. You can probably access it on line. It's not nearly as overproduced as the American version.

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  12. Food Network is known for mining Top Chef for personalities. Beyond a core half-dozen FN chefs, more and more FN personalities are coming from the TC alumni pool.

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  13. Princess StarlightMarch 12, 2015 at 8:58 AM

    I don't know what state you live in and if you get this station but CBC/CBET, it is on every now and again.

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  14. I know! He sounds like someone born in Brooklyn in the 1930s. That YOUSE should have disappeared a long time ago. I was born in Brooklyn in 1962 and I never, ever said that. WTF????

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  15. Jesus, it's like he never went to school. Although he does represent the Brooklyn that existed many years ago.

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  16. I live in Massachusetts. I don't get those channels. I searched for the name of the show, and it's not there either.

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  17. is it illegal for them to say "I'm out." because this "I will not be taking you to the negotation table." gets old fast

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  18. I watch Dragon's Den Canada and Shark Tank Australia from on line. Just go on Youtube they have full episodes of the ones I mentioned and Dragon's Den UK

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  19. Grammar is the system of a language. People sometimes describe grammar as the "rules" of a language; but in fact no language has rules*. If we use the word "rules", we suggest that somebody created the rules first and then spoke the language, like a new game. But languages did not start like that. Languages started by people making sounds which evolved into words, phrases and sentences. No commonly-spoken language is fixed. All languages change over time. What we call "grammar" is simply a reflection of a language at a particular time.

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  20. From a linguistic site

    usage of epic wouldn’t have been correct fifty years ago, but it is correct now. Meanings shift and change; that’s how language works, and especially quickly in the case of popular slang. Dictionaries aim to describe not prescribe the language, so inevitably they lag behind the latest changes.
    So if you tell people “it doesn’t mean what you think it means”, that’s inaccurate — and also inconsistent, unless you’d also criticize someone saying “That pizza was fantastic!” or “I had an awful hangover.” (The pizza was real, not a fantasy! The hangover was probably not filled with awe!).

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  21. On Dragon's Den, the investors say "I'm out" all the time. I'm thinking they use the longer phrase because it's more pretentious and possibly gives them more of an air of expertise.

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  22. Shark Tank Australia exists?! HAPPY DAY!!! :) :) :)

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  23. Ever hear of Black it is black water already marketed in Supermarkets in the NY area. Owners are from the Real Housewives of NJ- Chris Laurita and the Manzo sons.

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  24. i click the last one everytime

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  25. Watching the show now....what a joke! And where did you find these so-called food entrepreneurs? My TV is set to Food Network everyday 24 hours a day but disappointed to say that when this show comes on I'm going to have to find another channel to watch. Poor call Food Network. What a let down.

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  26. Madison Cowan! Why he hasn't yet had a show on Food Network or Cooking Channel makes no sense.

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  27. I don't know if he has the presence to have his own show. He seems like a great chef, but he's not exactly a showman.

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  28. dwight mannsburdenMarch 18, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    but he's the owner of Uncle Jack's Steakhouses!! Show some respect :)


    It's amusing that they talk about him with the reverence one would accord to Eric Ripert or Bourdain or even Papa John

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  29. dwight mannsburdenMarch 18, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    This actually might not suck. High accolades for FN programming these days

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  30. I would like to be on the show with Barney-Q Rubs.how do you get a chance to be on the show?

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  31. Hes on it because he is a Chopped Champion Tournament winner and actually this show helped him get his foot in the 'celebrity chef' world.

    So pretty much he hasnt lost a Chopped challenge yet so stakes ride harder on him especially going against other elite chefs.

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  32. I agree with you he is an asshole and shouldn't be on any t.v. show. I don't know what there rating is on this one but hope its low enough for them to take him off.

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  33. I still can't understand why they didn't want to back the ravioli rolling pin. I would buy something like that in a minute!!!

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  34. I thought it was a copy cat of Shark Tank.

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  35. AND he won Iron Chef America.

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  36. they're so rude to the people on the show. they're actually condescending to them. if they don't want to take their offer at the negotiating table, the other investors bully them "i'd give them 10 seconds.."

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  37. I want a show to hold business accountable to the environment. Ep3 Jelly shots. That is all.

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  38. Where can o get that kcup product

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  39. I have one so good! http://www.xirabrew.com/calix-refillable-single-serve-multi-layer-brewing-capsule.html

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  40. So far I have been enjoying this competition and such an unusual group of contenders indeed..

    The first round was interesting. Malarkey was a character but definitly came up underwhelming. Then Cowan had a surprise slip up that sent him packing. But It was admirable seeing a guy who never lost Chopped finally get chopped. I actually thought Greenspan was going to win it but his dessert was definitly a stretch but also will go down as a huge argument of and if you can count a 'cheese course' as a dessert especially if it had little to no sweetness element added to it. Art is an old school master so I give it up to him for being able to outdo his younger competition.

    The second was as equally interesting and sort of another odd mix. You can tell Burrell is always fired up and ready to devour her competition. Ive always enjoyed Mary Sue (as well as Susan Feniger) but you could tell her being seasoned and more zen perhaps worked against her as she didnt seem as fast or as focused on cleanliness as her competetors. Dale was morenlikeable and humbling in this competition than ive seen him on Top Chef. I had a feeling hed be chopped first though with the excalibur level that his competetors are. Although I couldnt stand Burrell's somewhat entitlement to winning, i wasnt that surprised either that she won. Hung was definitly tough competition but Burrell has won one before (she didnt win the grand finale) and had a hunch shed still be tougher to beat.

    If i go with how the edits for the promos are going.. id predict it being probably between Cat Cora and Marcel Vigneron on the next. Although I like Antonia and Psilakis's personalities more!

    And the last round is a complete tossup for me.

    Im really glad there are no Chopped judges competing this time. Every time they did, a chopped judge has either got to the final final dessert round or won it.

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