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

No stranger to culinary competitions, Alex offered her battle expertise to Food Network Star and recapped each episode of the contest. See what she had to say about the finalists and challenges.

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  • Chopped

    The competitors get fired up when they discover this particular competition is all about grilling! Only to find some strange basket fellows in the Appetizer Round: striped bass and strawberries. In a smok'n Entrée Round the chefs try to glean ideas from one another on how to handle a tricky ingredient. And in the last course, a classic American food, perfect for the grill but peculiar in dessert, complicates the judges' final decision.

  • Chopped

    It is a Chopping Block block party! The chefs are surprised to learn they must grill as part of this special competition. With a classic condiment in each round's basket, it should be easy to get into the cookout spirit. Yet, which competitor will be fired up enough to make it all the way to the final round and win the $10,000 prize?

  • Chopped

    It's a grilling spectacular! Four pros set out to show how good cooking over extreme heat in a short period of time can be. But what will these meat-loving competitors do with an unwelcome surprise in the appetizer basket? In the entree round, the judges hope that the chefs are able to coax some big flavors out of some dream ingredients, including wagyu steak. And when one of the final two competitors attempts to wow the judges with a signature recipe in dessert, will the tried-and-true specialty turn out to be truly delicious with mystery basket items like marshmallow spread and stout beer?

  • Chopped

    In this explosive first Grill Masters battle, big personalities and old rivalries create a firestorm in the al fresco kitchen. In the first round, the chefs have two different proteins to prepare: pork chops and sausages. Exercising restraint with a sweet basket ingredient in the entree round is a challenge for some of the chefs. And a cheese and a starch are two of the items that the finalists must make sing on the grills in their desserts.

  • Chopped

    In the first round, the Grill Masters find grilling classics hot dogs and hamburgers in the same basket. Rack of elk is a welcome ingredient in the second basket, but the 30-minute time limit presents some issues. And the final two chefs have high hopes for what they can accomplish in the dessert round featuring chocolate cupcakes.

  • Chopped

    Two of the competitors in this Grill Masters fight are engaged to be married — can they both make it to the final round? In the first round, a succulent seafood and an odd ice cream are two of the surprises in the mystery basket. Then in the second round of live-fire cooking, the chefs are shocked to find a live ingredient. And when a delicate ingredient flames up on the grill in the final round, can it be salvaged?

  • Chopped

    Perfectionists and pitmasters collide in this final preliminary battle before the Grand Finale! Spare ribs play the lead role in the appetizer basket. Then a specially-sourced, whole fish barely fits into the entree baskets. And the judges are plum happy to see plums in the dessert basket.

  • Chopped

    The four finalists in the Grill Masters tournament are facing off for the $50,000 grand prize. Rattlesnake is the vicious surprise in the first round. Some offal and some fruit are part of the culinary puzzle to solve in the entree round. And a breakfast item and a classic pie beg to be transformed in the last round of the tournament.

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  • Chopped

    Perfectionists and pitmasters collide in this final preliminary battle before the Grand Finale! Spare ribs play the lead role in the appetizer basket. Then a specially-sourced, whole fish barely fits into the entree baskets. And the judges are plum happy to see plums in the dessert basket.

  • Chopped

    The four finalists in the Grill Masters tournament are facing off for the $50,000 grand prize. Rattlesnake is the vicious surprise in the first round. Some offal and some fruit are part of the culinary puzzle to solve in the entree round. And a breakfast item and a classic pie beg to be transformed in the last round of the tournament.

  • Chopped

    The four finalists in the Grill Masters tournament are facing off for the $50,000 grand prize. Rattlesnake is the vicious surprise in the first round. Some offal and some fruit are part of the culinary puzzle to solve in the entree round. And a breakfast item and a classic pie beg to be transformed in the last round of the tournament.

  • Chopped

    Perfectionists and pitmasters collide in this final preliminary battle before the Grand Finale! Spare ribs play the lead role in the appetizer basket. Then a specially-sourced, whole fish barely fits into the entree baskets. And the judges are plum happy to see plums in the dessert basket.

  • Chopped

    Two of the competitors in this Grill Masters fight are engaged to be married — can they both make it to the final round? In the first round, a succulent seafood and an odd ice cream are two of the surprises in the mystery basket. Then in the second round of live-fire cooking, the chefs are shocked to find a live ingredient. And when a delicate ingredient flames up on the grill in the final round, can it be salvaged?

  • Chopped

    In the first round, the Grill Masters find grilling classics hot dogs and hamburgers in the same basket. Rack of elk is a welcome ingredient in the second basket, but the 30-minute time limit presents some issues. And the final two chefs have high hopes for what they can accomplish in the dessert round featuring chocolate cupcakes.

  • Chopped

    In this explosive first Grill Masters battle, big personalities and old rivalries create a firestorm in the al fresco kitchen. In the first round, the chefs have two different proteins to prepare: pork chops and sausages. Exercising restraint with a sweet basket ingredient in the entree round is a challenge for some of the chefs. And a cheese and a starch are two of the items that the finalists must make sing on the grills in their desserts.

  • Chopped

    It's a grilling spectacular! Four pros set out to show how good cooking over extreme heat in a short period of time can be. But what will these meat-loving competitors do with an unwelcome surprise in the appetizer basket? In the entree round, the judges hope that the chefs are able to coax some big flavors out of some dream ingredients, including wagyu steak. And when one of the final two competitors attempts to wow the judges with a signature recipe in dessert, will the tried-and-true specialty turn out to be truly delicious with mystery basket items like marshmallow spread and stout beer?

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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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