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Episode 2 - The winner of episode 2 was Vinson Petrillo, who is currently the Chef de Cuisine at Prospect in Brooklyn, New York. If Vinson wins the $50,000, he plans to take a bit of time off and relax.
Episode 3 - The winner of episode 3 was Jun Tanaka from London, England. Jun is the Executive Chef of Pearl Restaurant and Bar in London, and regularly appears on cooking TV shows in the UK. Jun was the first and only Chopped winner to come from Britain and says he plans to use the $50,000 to help open a new restaurant.
Episode 4 - The winner of episode 4 was Rob Evans, who is from Portland, Maine. Rob is a James Beard Award winning chef, who is the former owner of Hugo's and current owner of Duckfat in Portland, Maine. If Rob wins, he plans to purchase new farming equipment for his farm that he owns in Western Maine. (Side Note - Another chef from his restaurant Duckfat, named Melissa Corey, has also won an episode of Chopped)
Who are you rooting for? I will update this post with the winner after the episode airs.
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UPDATE - Chef Kenneth Johnson was the first chef eliminated after the appetizer round. Chef Vinson Petrillo feared elimination after seeing the other chefs dishes in the entree round, and his fears were warranted as he was the next chef eliminated. This put Jun Tanaka against Rob Evans in the dessert round for the $50,000. In the end, the judges decided that Rob Evans would be chopped and Jun Tanaka was the chef taking home $50,000. Congratulations to Chef Tanaka!