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Alex's Star Report: An Insider's Point of View

No stranger to culinary competitions, Alex is lending her battle expertise to Food Network Star and recapping each episode of the contest. See what she has to say about the finalists and challenges.

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  • Chopped

    The chefs hope that their breakfast sausage appetizer will awaken the judges' senses. And as he explains why he loves to cook, one competitor breaks down. Then in the second round, a frozen dessert puts a chill in the chefs' plans to create delicious fish entrees. And the finalists must make sweet fruit work with sour beer in their desserts.

  • Chopped

    Chopped is brewing up some serious competition, as all three rounds are devoted to beer. For their appetizers, the four chefs must make sausages work with toasted lager. A tasty tripel ale is the beer in the basket for the entree round. And in the final round, the iconic beer and pretzel combination must be made delicious in dessert form.

  • Chopped

    In the first basket, the chefs are shocked to find that a certain fun food has been wrapped in bacon, and in round two, the three remaining competitors present pork and noodle dishes. Then, one of the final chefs looks very proud of a bold chance he took with his dessert, but will the judges agree that his final plate is both creative and delicious?

  • Chopped

    Four beloved grandfathers fight it out in the Chopped Kitchen in hopes of making their families proud. In the first round, a breakfast starch and a classic soda fountain choice are two of the mystery basket ingredients. Then in the entree round, beef and peanut butter taffy bites are what's for dinner. And in the final round, featuring a homey pie and a fresh fruit, one of the granddads experiences a moment of confusion, resulting in a potentially costly mishap.

  • Chopped

    Three grilling champs have already won a spot in the grand finale, and now a new group furiously competes for the final spot! In the appetizer round, the grill masters face some beautiful mushrooms and strong jam. Fish butchery and flavor balancing come into play in the entree round, and the chefs get a yummy cake in the dessert basket.

  • Chopped

    Three grilling champs have already won a spot in the grand finale, and now a new group furiously competes for the final spot! In the appetizer round, the grill masters face some beautiful mushrooms and strong jam. Fish butchery and flavor balancing come into play in the entree round, and the chefs get a yummy cake in the dessert basket.

  • Chopped

    Four beloved grandfathers fight it out in the Chopped Kitchen in hopes of making their families proud. In the first round, a breakfast starch and a classic soda fountain choice are two of the mystery basket ingredients. Then in the entree round, beef and peanut butter taffy bites are what's for dinner. And in the final round, featuring a homey pie and a fresh fruit, one of the granddads experiences a moment of confusion, resulting in a potentially costly mishap.

  • Chopped

    Three grilling champs have already won a spot in the grand finale, and now a new group furiously competes for the final spot! In the appetizer round, the grill masters face some beautiful mushrooms and strong jam. Fish butchery and flavor balancing come into play in the entree round, and the chefs get a yummy cake in the dessert basket.

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  • Chopped Junior

    Neatness is always important in plating, but with sloppy joes as a mandatory ingredient in the first round, the judges -- food blogger Siri Daly, actress Cheryl Hines, and chef Geoffrey Zakarian -- must excuse some sloppiness! A red pesto and some white turnips keep things interesting in the entree round, then a yummy bacon apple pie is found in the dessert basket.

  • Chopped

    Three grilling champs have already won a spot in the grand finale, and now a new group furiously competes for the final spot! In the appetizer round, the grill masters face some beautiful mushrooms and strong jam. Fish butchery and flavor balancing come into play in the entree round, and the chefs get a yummy cake in the dessert basket.

  • Chopped

    Chefs, beware: every round in this special competition will feature ingredients that are not just challenging, but actually dangerous! Poisonous seeds and a fierce creature make round one interesting for all. In the entree round, a potent alcohol and a shellfish keep the chefs fearful, then some ugly fungus and a deadly fruit keep the finalists on edge in the dessert round.

  • Chopped

    Three grilling champs have already won a spot in the grand finale, and now a new group furiously competes for the final spot! In the appetizer round, the grill masters face some beautiful mushrooms and strong jam. Fish butchery and flavor balancing come into play in the entree round, and the chefs get a yummy cake in the dessert basket.

  • Chopped

    Chefs, beware: every round in this special competition will feature ingredients that are not just challenging, but actually dangerous! Poisonous seeds and a fierce creature make round one interesting for all. In the entree round, a potent alcohol and a shellfish keep the chefs fearful, then some ugly fungus and a deadly fruit keep the finalists on edge in the dessert round.

  • Chopped Junior

    Neatness is always important in plating, but with sloppy joes as a mandatory ingredient in the first round, the judges -- food blogger Siri Daly, actress Cheryl Hines, and chef Geoffrey Zakarian -- must excuse some sloppiness! A red pesto and some white turnips keep things interesting in the entree round, then a yummy bacon apple pie is found in the dessert basket.

  • 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

    In the first round featuring rock shrimp and beef tongue, the junior chefs show kindness and help each other out, but someone must still be chopped by a judging panel featuring Maneet Chauhan, actor Rico Rodriguez, and Fabio Viviani. In the second basket, the kids get quail and a variety of tiny foods, and a very groovy cake makes the dessert round extra colorful.

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

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