List of the best Chopped episodes, as determined by voters like you. Chopped is a reality cooking competition hosted by Ted Allen. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top Chopped episodes of all time are. Featuring many entertaining celebrity chefs, Chopped ranks number one on best cooking competition shows. Fans of Chopped are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.
Examples of episodes on this list include "Mussels Mastery & Cotton Candy Can Do" and "Sweet Second Chance!" What is the best Chopped episode of all time? Look below and find out.
Original Airing: Jul 26 2011
Original Airing: September 25, 2012
The second of the two cafeteria episodes. Sam Kass of the White House staff returns as a judge joining Scott Conant and Alex Guarneschelli. This episode might beat the original. All the contestants are vivid personalities who cook up a storm. None of them seem to deserve chopping so when the finale comes and the 2,3,4 places receive $5,000 each as well as a trip to the White House garden (along with the contestants from Class Acts) it seems truly fitting for these heroic women who make a difference in children's lives. A real winner all around!! The contestants in this episode (in alphabetical order) are: Terry Accaira, Shannon Solomon, Lynnette Thomas, Cindy Tinnel.
Original Airing: Nov 22 2011
Original Airing: Jan 27 2009
Original Airing: June 5, 2012
Original Airing: Nov 29 2011
Original Airing: Oct 27 2009
Original Airing: Jan 24 2012
Original Airing: Nov 10 2009
Two of the most interesting characters in Chopped history square off in this extremely entertaining episode.
In one corner is Chef Luisa Fernandes, an executive chef originally from Portugal who spent the first part of her professional life as an assistant nurse and actually spent a couple of years as a parachute nurse, parachuting into difficult to reach areas to help people. Along with her charming accent, she has the unflappable command of the kitchen of a seasoned veteran but also is in constant good humor.
In the opposite corner is Dominick Feragola, a sous chef with enormous creativity hoping to prove himself against more seasoned chefs. Along with his great talent, is a quirky personality and the need to slam his competitors in the interviews. He faces a series of mishaps in the kitchen and amazingly keeps rolling along turning out delicious dishes. He's both obnoxious and endearing at the same time.Private chef Melinda Beaulieu and executive chef David Amorelli both have strong personalities and cooking styles but are not quite as distinctive. Strong judging and sharp commentary from judges Geoffrey Zakarian, Alex Guarnaschelli and Chris Santos along with curve ball ingredients like graham crackers, rose water and black cod further enhance one of the great Chopped contests.
Original Airing: September 3, 2015
Original Airing: September 24, 2015
Original Airing: September 8, 2016
Four sets of identical twins working in teams fight it out for the Chopped Championship in this delightful episode. All the twins have fairly memorable personalities. Pam and Wendy Michaelson from South Africa have the most colorful interactions both getting into a pretty heated argument and then later singing with each other. Their food which is inspired by their South African roots is innovative and spicy. Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos-Shames are twins who cook healthy and write cookbooks together. They also show an interesting hierarchy. Twin chefs Charlie and Michael Kalish's low key humor and adventurous spirit show why they've shown up on both Chopped and The Great Food Truck Race. They're breaking out of their cheese business to show their versatility in the kitchen and to have adventures. Finally, Matt and Mike Romine bring almost seamless teamwork and beautiful technique to their plates making them very tough competition for the others.
In addition, Aaron Sanchez discusses his twin brother Rodrigo Sanchez who, delightfully, puts in appearance on the show. Additionally, the basket ingredients often play on the twin theme with double yolked eggs and peas in a pod making appearances throughout. Judges Alex Guarneschelli and Marc Murphy also add to the fun of this wonderful Chopped episode.
Original Airing: Jul 12 2011
This episode has a lot going for it. All the chefs have been flown in from Great Britain. The British theme is well worked out both in the representation of the chefs, who are all fantastic in that they are both vivid personalities and amazing chefs, and the nature of the baskets which throws American junk food into the mix to trip them up. This episode introduced phenomenon Chef Jun Tanaka, whose laser like focus and amazing technique and care carry the day. But it is clear that despite his excellence that this is a close battle and that all the chefs are bringing top notch skills to the battle, forcing the judges to really nitpick their way through the contest. This makes for an incredibly fun episode.
Chef Lotte Duncan is a delightful presence throughout, she has a warm personality but it is fiercely competitve with Chef Jun all the way to the end. Chef Andy Bates' passion for London street food is evident in every platter and he actually cooks his pork better than either Chef Jun or Chef Lotte in the entree round before he is chopped.Finally, the clearly refined and talented Chef Tristan Welch shows how tough this competition truly is by creating an incredibly creative and ambitious appetizer only to be chopped because of the smallest of errors.
Original Airing: Dec 17 2013
Original Airing: Sep 17 2013
Original Airing: Feb 23 2014
Original Airing: May 27, 2014
Original Airing: Jun 22 2010
Original Airing: May 04 2010
Original Airing: Jan 10 2012