Alex Guarnaschelli

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Alex Heats Up the Kitchen Again on All-Star Academy

Back for Season 2, mentor Alex is bringing her brand of tough love to the competition, coaching a team of talented home cooks for the $50,000 win. Bragging rights are at stake, and Alex is in it to win.

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When she's not busy judging Chopped and cooking at her New York City eateries, Alex is hitting up her favorite spots around the country.

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  • Chopped

    It's the $50,000 grand finale and one of the returning champs is destined to win the grand prize and considerable bragging rights! Some unusual clams and a decadent meat are part of the culinary riddle to be solved in the first round. In the entree round, the protein almost takes up the entire basket. Then, when the last two chefs face each other in the dessert round, will the onions in the basket make them cry?

  • Chopped

    A basket bombshell! The chefs must stretch their minds to figure out what to do with goat brains in the appetizer round. And when the competitors find an ingredient that often ends up in the trash pile in the entree basket, they must work to turn scraps into something scrumptious. Then both of the finalists think they can smell a victory, until they get a whiff of the very stinky surprise in the last basket.

  • Chopped

    It's fry-day in the Chopped Kitchen and the judges will be expecting deep-fried deliciousness on every plate. In the first round, the competitors work with hot dogs and taro root. During judging on the entree round, featuring cookies and cube steak, the judges must debate whether a repeated mistake should warrant one chef's elimination. And an ooey, gooey cake and salted caramel make for some sweet creations in the final round.

  • Chopped

    The chefs are given pots of bubbling oil, so that they can create crispy, delicious additions to their dishes. Catfish catches the chefs by surprise in the first round. In the entree basket, the competitors find a cheese and a cherry preserve. Will the mandate to make a fried dessert unnerve the two finalists?

  • Chopped

    It's fry-day in the Chopped Kitchen and the judges will be expecting deep-fried deliciousness on every plate. In the first round, the competitors work with hot dogs and taro root. During judging on the entree round, featuring cookies and cube steak, the judges must debate whether a repeated mistake should warrant one chef's elimination. And an ooey, gooey cake and salted caramel make for some sweet creations in the final round.

  • Chopped

    The chefs are given pots of bubbling oil, so that they can create crispy, delicious additions to their dishes. Catfish catches the chefs by surprise in the first round. In the entree basket, the competitors find a cheese and a cherry preserve. Will the mandate to make a fried dessert unnerve the two finalists?

  • Alex's Day Off

    Alex makes some of her greatest hits of Indian Dishes. Taken from her childhood memories of her Mother cooking with Indian spices, Alex adds her own authentic style to each dish. Braised chicken thighs are slathered in a tomato sauce and infused with a blast of spices. For a side, Alex turns an innocent head cabbage into an unforgettable side of Indian mischief. The appetizer is cauliflower dusted with smoked paprika, coated in beer batter, and fried into little fritter nuggets. Plus, she bakes some tangy Indian bread, naan, which acts like an extra utensil for all of these dishes.

  • Chopped

    For the first time, four talented women set out to claim the title of Chopped Champion. But one chef's dream is squashed by her kabocha and sardines appetizer. In the entree round, when the chefs take too long getting the beef cooking, the judges worry that the food will not be ready to serve. In the end, when two super sweet childhood favorites appear in the dessert basket, will the final dishes leave the judges nostalgic or nauseous?

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  • Chopped

    It's the $50,000 grand finale and one of the returning champs is destined to win the grand prize and considerable bragging rights! Some unusual clams and a decadent meat are part of the culinary riddle to be solved in the first round. In the entree round, the protein almost takes up the entire basket. Then, when the last two chefs face each other in the dessert round, will the onions in the basket make them cry?

  • Chopped

    Four chefs are challenged with making the magic of brunch look easy and creating the kind of meal that friends and family would love to linger over. Booze and eggs are some of the very brunch-y surprises found in the first two baskets, and in the dessert round, the finalists must make a fried sweet work with a poached fruit.

  • Chopped Junior

    A weird hot dog and a cheese that doesn't want to melt are two of the tricky ingredients that the young competitors face in the appetizer round, then retro candies result in some surprising pops in the entree plates. And the cookie dough in the dessert round is perfectly safe to serve raw, but will the finalists opt to cook it before serving it to judges Monti Carlo, Scott Conant and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar?

  • Chopped Junior

    There's double trouble in the kitchen, as this group of young competitors includes twin sisters! They'll all have to work hard to impress the judges, former professional boxer Laila Ali and chefs Aaron Sanchez and Art Smith. In the first round, cookies and veggies are mandatory ingredients, and in the entree basket, they are surprised by a beautiful birthday cake. For dessert, the final two chefs must marry salty with sweet.

  • Chopped Junior

    The four junior chefs in this competition can't be kept out of the kitchen, and they're here to prove themselves to the judges: chef Tino Feliciano, former White House chef Sam Kass and Food Network's Marc Murphy. In the first round, they must masterfully transform strange fungi and frozen treats, and their faces say it all when tasting unappealing entree basket ingredients. For dessert, incorporating French fries proves to be a challenge.

  • Chopped Junior

    Four junior chefs with an appetite for long-term success square off in front of a special panel of judges, including former professional boxer Laila Ali and chefs Marc Murphy and Sam Talbot. The appetizer basket includes a creepy-crawly snack and fried onions, and a canned product is met with disdain in the entree round. Finally, they must balance several super-sweet items in their desserts.

  • Chopped Junior

    Another astonishingly talented group of junior chefs is sure to make life difficult on the judges: Food Network's Valerie Bertinelli and chefs Sharone Hakman and Marcus Samuelsson. The young cooks must contend with strange bagels and a strong paste in the appetizer round, and an injury throws one competitor off their game. In the entree round, there are fresh pasta sheets, and for dessert, marshmallows make a gooey statement.

  • Chopped

    With a Frenchman and an Irishman in the mix, the competition could take on a European edge. When one of the chefs goes for plates with less than two minutes left on the clock in the appetizer round, the judges urge him to get all of the ingredients onto the dishes. The competitors are given tequila to give their entree dishes a kick, and another ingredient could make them scream. Then second thoughts on what to do with the corn tortillas in the dessert basket cause some problems for one of the finalists.

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About Alex Guarnaschelli

A frequent Chopped judge and a mentor on All-Star Academy, Alex also regularly competes on Iron Chef America. More

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