Episode notes: In the appetizer round, Chef Chuboda refused to use bananas in his dish, leading to his elimination.In the dessert round, Chef Gonzalez accidentally used salt instead of sugar in his dish, asserting that this resulted in his elimination.Episode notes: In the appetizer round, Chef Le Pape failed to get any food onto his plates.The judges allowed him to bring the pan from the oven to the tasting table to allow the judges to taste the fish he had prepared after the other competitors were asked for their permission to do so. Episode notes: This is the first "Chopped Champions" event, featuring winners of past episodes.The winner of the episode won a cash prize and competed in the next episode against three new champions.Episode notes: Chef Esmonde cut herself during the entrée round.After attempting to put on a glove that did not fit, she took it off and tossed her salad with her hands despite her open wound.
Chef Jenkins is a chef at Butter, which is co-owned by Alex Guarnaschelli (Guarnaschelli did not appear as a judge in this episode).Episode notes: This was the first of a five-part series of episodes, where sixteen past champions competed.The winner of each preliminary round advanced to the finale, where they competed for ,000. The chefs were directed to prepare holiday-themed dishes for each course.The chefs were given 40 minutes in the entrée round rather than the normal 30 in order to allow time to properly cook the goose.Episode notes: This was the first of a five-part series of episodes in which categorical groups of celebrity chefs competed to win ,000 for charity.This was also the first time celebrities competed on Chopped. In the appetizer round, Chef Torres used (cocoa nibs) that he brought with him, which were not available in the pantry.The judges felt that this was contrary to the rules and cited it as the reason for his elimination. This marked the first time the Chopped judges competed.The chefs were given 40 minutes in the entrée round rather than the normal 30 to allow time to properly cook the duck.Episode notes: In the entrée round, Chef Duverney committed cross-contamination by cutting her cooked hens on the same board where the hens were placed when they were still raw.Chef Greco served raw hens due to the time constraints.The judges allowed the both of them to bring over the other components of the dish from their stations. The stovetops were outfitted with grill sheets and two other burners and the ovens were off-limits throughout the competition.