Alex Guarnaschelli

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16 Tidbits of Trivia About Alex

You know that Alex is an esteemed Iron Chef and a no-nonsense judge on Chopped. But did you know that Geoffrey is her favorite chef to cook with? Or that she despises pattypan squash?

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  • Chopped Junior

    In the appetizer round, the young cooks get to find out if bok choy tastes better with bacon. An old-fashioned "pinwheel" protein stirs things up in the entree round. And cottage cheese for dessert? The junior chefs attempt to find a place for it in their final plates. Actress Maia Mitchell and chefs Marc Murphy and Luke Thomas serve as judges.

  • Chopped

    An odd mix of ingredients in the first basket, including mache and pickled sausage, has the four chefs working hard to complete unique appetizer plates: And one chef is up against a personal challenge, defending his dish while trying to control a life-long speech impediment. Then in the entree round, the chefs must make squid dishes that impress the judges. And will a hard to pronounce ingredient in the final basket be hard to incorporate into desserts?

  • Chopped

    The super star chefs are here! Sixteen celebrity chefs have accepted an invitation to come to the Chopped kitchen to compete in an extraordinary five-part event! In this premier competition, fan favorites from The Next Food Network Star battle it out to see which one can emerge victorious and move on to the finale for a chance at scoring $50,000 for a favorite charity. The first basket packs a punch, with pound cake and calves liver. Then, with an unusually bitter vegetable and a small game bird as mandatory ingredients in the second round, the competitors face a learning curve if they want the chance to face off in the dessert round. And when the two finalists find two dairy foods in the last basket, they set out to make creamy, dreamy winning dishes.

  • Chopped

    More star-studded Chopped! In this second installment of a super special celebrity tournament, four famous Food Network personalities compete for a chance to win $50,000 for their favorite charity! Creativity and skill are at a premium as the chefs cut their teeth on teething biscuits and an off-putting canned product in the appetizer basket. And big personalities and old rivalries shape a very exciting first round. Then, the chefs are in for a rude awakening in the second round when they find a kids' breakfast favorite in the basket and have to come up with something delicious. But the judges are amazed by the results. And in a very competitive final round, the two remaining VIP chefs set out to create some stunning desserts using jelly beans and baby fennel.

  • Chopped

    Celebrity Chopped! Four V.I.P chefs compete to see who can claim a spot in the All-Stars finale for a chance at winning $50,000 for their favorite charitable organization. The other competitors hope that a famous pastry chef will get tripped up in one of the first two rounds and fail to make it to dessert. And when one of the other chefs makes a very original choice with the fresh pasta sheets in the appetizer basket, it is clear that these stars will be pushing the limits of creativity. Then, in the entree course, a big fish and some little crackers are mandatory, and the chefs are extraordinarily focused. And with a Mexican sugar and a Chinese spice in the dessert basket, the all-stars must think globally if they want to win decisively.

  • Chopped

    The tables have turned! Chopped judges become Chopped competitors, in this fourth semi-finals fight of the All-Stars tournament. The stakes have never been higher. When a sweet strawberry powder meets a smoked fish in the appetizer basket, creating perfect flavor harmony will be a huge challenge. Then, in the entree round, the remaining three competitors are given a little extra time to deal with a labor-intensive protein, and emotions run high at the Chopping Block. And when both finalists embark on the same ambitious plan for the dessert round, these judges-turned-chefs put on an amazing show to try to prove who can execute the idea better.

  • Chopped

    The All-Stars championship is on! The four celebrity chefs who won the chance to advance to the finale competition of this $50,000 tournament finally face off for their favorite charities. The first round is bound to be awfully challenging, with offal in the basket. And when two of the chefs decide to make comfort food that speaks to their heritage, will they be able to transform their dishes using the mystery ingredients in a way that works? Then, with trail mix in the entree round, the remaining chefs must make amazing dishes if they want to be on the path to victory. If they don't succeed they will be asked to take a hike. And when two incredibly skilled finalists find themselves back in the dessert round at last, and find a tangy fruit in the basket, the judges hold their collective breath to see which one will become the Chopped All-Stars Grand Champion!

  • Chopped Junior

    A new group of ambitious junior chefs must win over a special panel of judges: chef Tiffany Derry, actress Busy Philipps and chef Aaron Sanchez. First up, an odd egg and a unique version of chicken and waffles are found in the basket. Orange noodles and a red paste are among the colorful ingredients that the young chefs must promptly address in the entree round, and the two finalists must find creative ways to turn Italian pudding and sweet sushi-shaped sandwiches into original desserts.

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  • Chopped

    The theme for this competition is everyone's favorite all-American bun-buster, the hot dog! In the first round, the chefs get some very rare hot dogs and an uncommon condiment. A tiny ingredient causes big problems for two of the competitors in the entree round, and the last two chefs are left to tackle the strange challenge of making hot dog desserts.

  • Chopped

    Whiskey and wings appear in some form in every basket, guaranteeing a good time in each round! A fun starch must also make its way onto the chefs' appetizer plates, then hot sauce is in the mix for round two. Finally, what type of wings will the competitors get in the dessert round?

  • Chopped

    Whiskey and wings appear in some form in every basket, guaranteeing a good time in each round! A fun starch must also make its way onto the chefs' appetizer plates, then hot sauce is in the mix for round two. Finally, what type of wings will the competitors get in the dessert round?

  • Chopped

    The theme for this competition is everyone's favorite all-American bun-buster, the hot dog! In the first round, the chefs get some very rare hot dogs and an uncommon condiment. A tiny ingredient causes big problems for two of the competitors in the entree round, and the last two chefs are left to tackle the strange challenge of making hot dog desserts.

  • Chopped

    In each round of this competition, the chefs are tasked with showcasing their creative take on the taco. The judges talk tripe and mustard rabe after an exciting appetizer round. Asian sauce and a beautiful protein are in the entree basket, and the finalists bring tortillas to the sweet side with inventive desserts that include Mexican chocolate.

  • Chopped

    Spaghetti's bosom buddy, and breadcrumb's perfect mate, is the tasty theme for this special competition as the chefs learn they must make meatballs in every round. Creme brulee is the mystery ingredient curveball in the first meatball round. Then in the entree round, boar shoulder meets the meat grinder. And what exactly constitutes a "dessert meatball?" The two finalists come up with unique interpretations.

  • Chopped

    Time to shake things up in a big/small way as the chefs find out that this competition has a tapas theme. In the first round, the baskets contain some beautiful Spanish ingredients, including gazpacho. In the entree round, one chef makes an alarming choice after accidentally starting a small fire. And the two competitors who move on to the dessert round, featuring catalan creme, try to make mini creations bursting with flavor.

  • Chopped Junior

    At an age when many kids have never even tasted lamb, the junior chefs competing must create dishes with it in round one. A creamy soup and a pretty pasta are two of the entree basket ingredients that the young cooks must conquer. Then, the judges -- chef Amanda Freitag, actor David Alan Grier and TV host Brandi Milloy -- fret over the gray color of the chia pudding in the dessert basket.

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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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