Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chopped All-Stars Winner Crowned Tonight

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Tonight at 10pm ET on the Food Network is the Chopped All-Stars finale where the winning chef will receive $75,000 for the charity of their choice.  The four chefs who will compete are Art Smith, Anne Burrell, Michael Psilakas, and Jet Tila.

  • Art Smith won heat 1 against Madison Cowan, Eric Greenspan, and Brian Malarkey
  • Anne Burrell won heat 2 against Hung Huynh, Mary Sue Milliken, and Dale Talde.  With 1 Food Network personality against 3 Top Chef competitors, that may not surprise many.
  • Michael Psilakas won heat 3 against Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, and Marcel Vigneron
  • Jet Tila won heat 4 against Rocco Dispirito, Lee Anne Wong, and Fabio Viviani
On tonight's finale, the competitors find something purple and something fishy in the appetizer basket. In the entree round, they have to deal with a seafood tower, and in the dessert round, they have to deal with a very hot pepper and a cookie cake.

This post will be updated with the winner after the episode airs.(Winner after the jump)




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The contestant eliminated during the appetizer round was Art Smith.  Jet Tila was eliminated during the entree round leaving Michael Psilakas going against Anne Burrell in the dessert round.  The judges decided that Anne Burrell fared better and she was declared the Chopped All-Stars winner, winning $75,000 for her charity. 


62 comments:

  1. dwight mannsburdenMay 26, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Anne will be second. Art Smith will win. Just my opinion

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  2. Anybody but Burrell. I can't stand her.

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  3. Art will not win, he is not on the network. Art came out of his heat even though it looked like he clearly should have lost, to be first round fodder in the finale. The purpose of this farce is to validate someone's expertise on the network. Remember Katie Lee?

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  4. I think it will come down to Anne vs. Jet, and Jet will take the win. Personally, I'm happy with anyone but Art winning.

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  5. Burrell wins, Tila second. Biggest (perceived) FN star against a frequent FN regular. Smith was the token non-FN finalist. The Top Chef rejects never had a chance. Smith had that albatross hanging around his neck too.

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  6. Burrell wins, Tila second. Biggest (perceived) FN star against a
    frequent FN regular. Smith was the token non-FN finalist. The Top Chef
    rejects never had a chance. Smith had that albatross hanging around his
    neck too.

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  7. Macho Man "Randy Levine"May 26, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    If the reports about R:I needing good ratings to get another season were true, I can understand that he'd be defensive about a similar show debuting on the network.

    However.


    He obviously comes across as very childish, immature and egotistical. He would have been much better keeping this to himself. He can argue that R:I isn't like Kitchen Nightmares (and in a lot of ways, it isn't) and he can argue that this show is ripping off R:I (I haven't watched it, but it seems only about half-similar), but it's not very good for his reputation to whine like this. Not only that, but if R:I did need good ratings to get another season, I don't think complaining about a new show on the network is going to endear him to the bosses at FN. Maybe they'll be more inclined to cut ties with him after the supposed next season of R:I finishes.


    For shame, Robert.

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  8. This was beyond rigged! I knew from the get go that Michael and Anne would be the last two standing; It's called Food Network Nepotism. Chef Hung Huynh should have taken the first round against Anne but strangely the panel of judges chose Anne. Michael proved himself to be a tough competitor and deserved to be in the final four. Anne's childish and overbearing behavior during the finale would have normally pissed off Geoffrey, Alex and especially Scott, but Anne got a pass. She took the corn starch from Jet without asking. She finagled the fish head from Art. Anne's best performance was shoving the seafood tower onto the floor and rudely yelling at the cameraman for being in her way. Chef Michael should have taken the victory but it was obvious that Anne was awarded the grand prize simply out of pity because Alex expressed guilt that Anne has proven to be a loser in the past. Prior to this tournament I was an Anne Burrell fan. Her true colors and phony apology for her boorish conduct put her in the same class as Chef Chris Burke. Shame on Alex, Scott and Geoffrey for lowering the bar for Anne, just because she's 'family'.

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  9. Burrel could do no wrong in the eyes of the judges. Had there been a bleached blonde hair in Anne's raviolo, I have the feeling Alex would have praised her for the added protein.

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  10. Her little tantrum was inexcusable. I am disgusted she won.

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  11. What was her issue? The producer annoyed her some how, but I didn't catch it in time to see what her deal was? I knew was going to win 😒

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  12. LOL at Anne winning. She treated the crew like complete shit; in fact, shitty enough for both Ted and Scott to remind her it's a game. And Anne's response is "Oh,haha, sorry! Oopsie!" I can't stand her and her ability to run people over to get what she wants.

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  13. She used Art Smith's table because it was empty. The producer said she couldn't use it because it gave her an advantage over the other chefs. That was what caused her hissy "Ooops!? Did I do that? He-he!" fit.

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  14. I think in the past he's qualified the statement by saying "after one year". If that's the case its true that about 80% have been successful. But the long term success is certainly much lower.

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  15. I sort of thought the fix was in for Anne. I've always liked her, but her behavior during this competition was childish and inexcusable, and I got the impression she knew she had the win before she even started.


    Hung definitely outcooked her in the preliminary, so once she won that, I knew she had the whole tournament in the bag.

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  16. Whoa, I fell asleep early on in the competition last night after a hard day. Can't wait to see this!

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  17. I liked her on Chef Wanted (unlike most), but I didn't blame Tyler for shutting her down on America's Worst Cook...she was downright obnoxious. Can't believe I missed this last night and am really curious to see it after reading about her bad behavior.

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  18. Have a full bottle of wine nearby 'cause you're gonna need it.

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  19. Ha! (And, no worries, I always do.) :)

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  20. I agree MoHub. In the preliminary dessert round Anne's crêpe paled in comparison to Hung's mousse, compote and crisp which almost brought Alex to tears. Up until that final round, IMO, Anne and Hung were tied. I knew the fix was in after Hung was declared the loser.

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  21. I expected Anne to yell "No More Wire Hangers!" after her inexcusable rant.

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  22. Good show. Amanda is respectful and direct at the same time. No drama. RI must be feeling like a displaced homemaker these days.

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  23. Be prepared to hold that glass with one hand and your remote with the other; you'll be doing a lot of rewinding in order to capture the full essence of Anne Burrell....hic...hic...

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  24. Missed the first part of Anne's tantrum/cheating. Very disappointed in her, but also not at all surprised she won. I'm also assuming the new season of NFNS won't allow the viewers to vote on the winner (which, given Lenny, is understandable.)

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  25. Correct, no voting this year - http://www.foodnetworkgossip.com/2015/04/food-network-star-season-11-begins-june.html

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  26. Both Lenny and Justin probably scared FN off letting the viewers vote.

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  27. I was half right.

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  28. I was half right.

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  29. I can't understand how she won when she did not use the fennel product from her basket but she justified herself by saying she used the "same flavor profile as in the basket"?? I thought the rule was that you had to USE ALL of the items in the basket? She used fresh fennel. I truly was not happy with the outcome!

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  30. Princess StarlightMay 27, 2015 at 5:27 PM

    I haven't watched this show yet and I may not because I can't really stand Amanda Freitag or Ty Pennington that much. But with the way Robert is acting, wow, just wow. Someone is going to end up losing their show if they keep acting the way they do. Or possibly the reason he is mad is because his show is almost on the out? I mean I haven't watched RI in awhile and the descriptions that I've read doesn't excite me any to tune in. Keep that temper in check, Mr. Irvine.

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  31. I'm watching tomorrow and that is BS!! How the crap did they allow that?! Why Rig it anyway? I don't get it???

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  32. She was sued for harassment by some of her female employees....

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  33. She grabbed his fish head too.,....

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  34. Has there been anything said about Chopped coming to an end? It seems like the Jeopardy! of competition cooking shows, I can't imagine it coming to an end.

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  35. Princess StarlightMay 28, 2015 at 8:19 AM

    I was scrolling through what was going to be on and it seems like R:I was pulled from the normal time slot. When I looked at what was at 10, it was DDD, not R:I. So, something tells me that something has happened with R:I now.

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  36. I'm watching it later today when I have some free time. Sometimes they overlook not using one of the basket ingredients if one of the other contestants really screws up, but that should not be allowed in this competition where all the chefs are top professionals and playing for a huge amount of $$$ for charity. This should be epic!

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  37. I can't believe that RI would be canceled. I'm sure there are plenty of bowling alleys out there that could use Robert's help.

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  38. Mo, I agree. Anne's behavior was awful. In her first round the way she spoke about Hung took me aback but I assumed there must have been more we did not see for her to be so completely disrespectful. In the finale she was outright obnoxious. There is never an excuse to be so awful to the crew, they were doing their job. Sure she apologized, too little too late. She really has gotten mean, hasn't she? The judges normally take points for bad kitchen behavior, heck, some previously lost for being too messy or too loud.

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  39. He never gave her permission either. She was really rude to him.

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  40. Princess StarlightMay 28, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Shh, don't give another word for Oxford to add to their dictionary.

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  41. I finally caught up and watched the show,meh. It was ok. I probably only thought so because I really like Amanda. To be honest I have been over RI, the man and the show for years. RI is too long and drags on and is same old same old fakeness all the time. I don't see why he always has to tear someone to shreds in order to revitalize a place. A restaurant in my neighborhood was on and I can tell you with certainty he is hurtful, makes people look worse than they are and actually ruins a business after they leave. Some of his menu items are just not good and his price points are awfull, that's why they close.

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  42. I haven't heard anything one way or the other, but I highly doubt that show is getting the axe any time soon. I'm glad too, because I love it.

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  43. Ann acted like a spoiled child. I was so incredibly disappointed in her unprofessional behavior. It was embarrassing. I will avoid her on fn in the future. When I think of all the different personalities and levels of expertise who have competed...whew...her unsportsmanlike like behavior was embarrassing.

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  44. I totally agree

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  45. So embarrassing

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  46. I think it's just that the season ended. There's a ton of DDD to air at the RI slot. I heard RI will be back

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  47. Katherine MillerMay 29, 2015 at 11:37 PM

    I enjoyed watching Anne cook, but hate watching her compete. She's a sore loser and even a sore winner; pompous, puffed up and graceless. But that display she put on for the latest Chopped Allstars was embarrassing! The way she greedily started to spread out her prep onto the 2nd half of the table. And I'll have to watch it again, but didn't she not just curse, she cursed at the member of the production crew who told her she couldn't use the extra space because it would have given her an unfair example. If one of her competitors had done that, she would have made a huge stink. And that BS apology she gave. Honey, please! I saw a side of her that is even more unfaltering than her new haircut.
    The empress has no clogs.

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  48. I'm guessing that Irvine is afraid of the competition, especially since Freitag has more success in the restaurant industry, Ty has more experience in renovation, and both have loads more charisma and likability than him.

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  49. Princess StarlightMay 30, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    Yeah, that is true but it is hard to say what is going to happen. We'll have to wait and see.

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  50. Watched it a few days ago with my mind elsewhere, so I watched it again on Saturday. Anne should have been eliminated for (1) not following the rules; (2) throwing a hissy fit and then throwing her food right over the top of the counter; (3) using the space from the eliminated contestant as her own; (4) exchanging her fish bones for Art's fish cheeks (is that ever allowed...I think not); (5) her total rudeness and disrespect to one of the producers; and (6) for substituting fennel fronds for the basket ingredient. I have lost EVERY OUNCE of respect for that woman.

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  51. Most people have some fun at a charity event not Ann.

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  52. Those sliders Amanda made with the 3 different milkshakes will never last on that menu. It was like making 6 different dishes and that "plate" she had them make will not be able to be put in the dishwasher. Diner food needs to be simpler than that to produce.

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  53. 'The empress has no clogs'....hahahahaha.That was a good one Katherine.

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  54. As of today (6/2/15) RI has NOT been renewed. The last series-that ended a couple weeks ago- was called EXTREME RI and was only 7 episodes long. Many earlier seasons were 13 episodes. The network (or maybe Irvine) can't decide whether this is a cooking show,Dr Phil in a restaurant,Oprah in a restaurant,or an HGTV episode. Irvine and the FN need to come up with a solid idea of what they want the show to be and stick with that. Instead they're all over the map.

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  55. Robert confirmed on Twitter that RI will be back for another season

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  56. I can't help it. I like RI, well...the traditional episodes. The pharmacy, for example, was a huge snore, primarily because the food counter was not integral to the biz. There are many stand alone restaurants that have lost their way, and such restaurants and their communities will benefit from a quality make over of the menu and restaurant, and even more so an understanding of costs. It blows me away how consistently clueless people are about food costs, labor costs, etc. How they last so long is bewildering. Anyhow, I think the show has also lost its way. I don't mind Robert opening up family dialogue; the communication is a breath of fresh air for the staff. I don't think it needs a restructure as much as Robert needs to cut a lot of his irrational anger. I get he has little time and must make a huge impact, but he comes across as a bully. His post about the diner show is the same...a lot of bravado, a bit of a bully and a whole lot of irrational. And, oh Lord, the grammar...if I hear "them" one more time, I'm going to assume it is a self-aware gaffe just meant to annoy us...maybe?

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  57. after seeing the first episode, my daughter and I had the same reaction: it's Extreme Makeover with some food thrown in. Irvine has no basis to complain, and attacking a new show on his own network is extremely unprofessional. Never really liked him and this just validates that. ugh.

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  58. Please, FN, no more DDD!!! That show is on practically all day, many days a week. I can't stand to see that loudmouth jamming food into his gaping maw...instantly run for the remote! Surely there has to be something, ANYTHING in the archives to run in place of this ubiquitous Neanderthal!

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  59. Ted posted a pic that looked like them taping a Halloween show already. I think ebE is on point in comparing it to Jeopardy, there's not really a way to run out of combinations and new contestants and you throw in a "tournament of champions" every once in a while.


    The contestants make it up as they go so no need to plan out recipes on FN's part, 20-40 minutes per round plus judging time still means you can do a month of shows in one week. The only work in the baskets but I'm sure they can plan out tons of those.

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  60. I don't hate Guy, I'm just tired of him. DDD is on all Monday night and all Friday night. For real, not exaggerating. They now have the diner makeover at 1030 on Friday but otherwise, DDD.

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  61. American Diner Revival is one of the worst shoes ever on FN. Poor Amanda Freitag; she gets pushed aside over and over as the 1st runner up on every contest she's on. She should have been an Iron Chef over Alex; no doubt her buddy Geoffrey Zachariah pushed her over.


    Back to this train wreck. Anything with Ty Pennington is going to be awful. His manic ADHD act is wearying and grew old in small doses on Trading Spaces. Also, the whole premise is so ridiculous...we're sending the owners away on a vacation and then we're sneaking in and making huge changes, some of which require inspection, permits, and owner approval, and then oh no, they're coming back early!


    Amanda needs better than this. I think she's talented but might be too laid back to carry a show of her own. Three sliders and three shakes on one dish but made by a guy who can barely make a PB&J. For a clientele that aint coming for fru fru eats.

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