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Season 27, Episode 7

Cooking Caribbean

Full of flavor and fun, Caribbean cuisine is the focus of this special Chopped competition! The judges are excited to taste four shrimp appetizers, but one chef suffers a big setback. Then, some beautiful Caribbean ingredients in the second basket inspire the chefs to embark on laborious entree plates, and in the final round, the judges look forward to tasting some sweet potato and rum desserts.

Thursday
Feb 9
8pm | 7c
Season 30, Episode 1

Kefir and Loathing

A basket ingredient with a "secret" history and the fermented milk drink kefir are at the forefront of the appetizer round. The second basket looks to be deceptively simple, except for a strange blue drink. Then, something you wouldn't expect to find in a can is discovered in the dessert basket, and the last two chefs decide to go in a similar direction with their final plates.

Tuesday
Feb 28
11pm | 10c
Season 32, Episode 12

Latin Cuisine Dream

The baskets are packed with favorite foods from Latin America, and the chefs bring pride of their native countries to every plate. In the first round, the competitors get a soup and a dough to show off their appetizer-making skills. A yummy cookie and a can of beans are part of the puzzle in the entree round. Then, will the final two chefs feel the love for the passion fruit in the dessert basket?

Tuesday
Mar 14
10pm | 9c
Season 28, Episode 8

Tortellini Trials

It's trying times in the appetizer round when the chefs aren't sure how to creatively use the pasta from the basket. Then, in the entree round, the judges are worried about what the competitors might do with a particular chocolate-covered ingredient. Finally, the two chefs who move onto dessert must make the most of a tropical fruit and a super-savory jarred product.

Thursday
Mar 16
6pm | 5c
Season 16, Episode 1

Cleaver Fever

To avoid the judges' cleaver fever, the competitors have to work with bacon popcorn in the first round. In the entree round, an injury causes one chef to lose valuable time on his lamb dish. A mashed treat meets floral syrup in the dessert basket.

Tuesday
Mar 21
4pm | 3c
Season 29, Episode 4

Souper Chefs

Never stop cooking -- a seventy-something chef who blew off retirement to return to the stove is among the four chefs competing! In the appetizer round, he and the rest of the group must make trout dishes that also include dill pickle soup. A weirdly spicy beer is one of the entree basket ingredients. Then, dough and sugar in the dessert basket seem to give the finalists a head start, but looks can be deceiving!

Friday
Apr 21
12am | 11c
Season 23, Episode 2

T.G.I. Fry-day

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.

Thursday
May 18
9pm | 8c
Season 14, Episode 9

Chopped All-Stars: Food Network vs. Cooking Channel

In this first competition of the celebrity tournament, fans of Food Network and Cooking Channel get to see some of their favorite stars in action in the Chopped Kitchen. One chef's dash to deliver a creative appetizer before the clock runs makes for a very exciting first round. Then in the second round, something's fishy in the basket, and one chef's dish is at risk when two competitors bump into each other. And with a spot in the $50,000 All-Stars finale and a favorite charity on the line, two finalists go head-to-head in the dessert round. Will their creations from marshmallow and coconut flakes make the judges happy?

Wednesday
Jun 7
3pm | 2c
Season 29, Episode 6

Worst Cooks Challenge

Former winners and runners up from Worst Cooks in America arrive at the Chopped Kitchen with something to prove. In the first round, the competitors do a nice job with their frog leg appetizers, but the second round has the remaining chefs struggling to cook steak correctly. Then, in the last round, the cooks rely on ready-made doughs from the pantry to help them with their cocoa powder and pear desserts.

Thursday
Jun 8
7pm | 6c
Season 15, Episode 1

Heads Up!

The chefs are alarmed to see one of the ingredients in the appetizer basket staring back at them. Yet, that "heady" ingredient is not the challenging item for some of the competitors. Then in the entree round, one chef finds himself unexpectedly playing with fire, creating a dangerous situation. In the end, two finalists must find a way to combine yellow rice and persimmon.

Thursday
Jun 22
6pm | 5c
Season 33, Episode 2

Star Power: Culinary Muscle!

In the second preliminary competition of Chopped's Star Power Tournament, four star athletes -- Dorothy Hamill, Paige VanZant, LaMarr Woodley and Mariel Zagunis -- battle it out in the kitchen. An exceptionally weird flavor of soda and a pleasingly cheesy dish are two of the basket stumpers that they face in round one. The judges get three distinct lamb dishes from a threesome of sports stars in the entree round, then the two athletes who get to rock dessert get rock candy as one of their mandatory ingredients.

Sunday
Jul 9
2pm | 1c
Season 34, Episode 8

Snap Pea to It!

In the first round, the chefs must make lamb appetizers that include a trendy toast, and one competitor gets a little overzealous trying to make his plates pretty. Poultry and snap peas are part of the round two challenge, then the competitors do their best with fruits and a fermented beverage in the dessert round.

Friday
Jul 14
12am | 11c
Season 6, Episode 2

Victory on the Brain

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.

Tuesday
Aug 1
2pm | 1c
Season 32, Episode 13

Jump for Bok Choy

An Argentinian meat and something challengingly sweet are two of the appetizer surprises. In round two, the judges are happy to see a favorite seafood selection in the basket, and bok choy also finds its way to their plates. Finally, some giant sheets of tofu and an alluring take on cheesecake keep the finalists on their toes in the dessert round.

Thursday
Aug 17
6pm | 5c
Season 17, Episode 8

We Love Leftovers!

All leftovers in the baskets today, and some of the chefs are not happy to hear the news. In the first round the competitors must work with what is left in a casserole dish and at the bottom of a takeout bag. The second round has the chefs wondering what to do with something soggy and something sweet. In the final round — featuring a leftover party beverage — one chef beats the other to the ice cream machine, leaving his competitor scrambling for a new plan.

Thursday
Aug 17
7pm | 6c
Season 0, Episode 26

Grill Masters: Battle 3

Four new grill masters are confident they can be the best and advance to the grand finale! In the appetizer round, the party gets started with a frozen daiquiri in the basket and one chef doesn't leave enough time for plating. A fatty protein and an odd-colored ice cream are part of the challenge in the second round, then birthday cake is a festive find in the final basket.

Thursday
Aug 17
8pm | 7c
Season 31, Episode 17

Betting on the Farm

The chefs are treated to some farm-fresh basket ingredients directly from the source! The first round has them rushing to make dishes with poultry and pickled chilies. In the entree round, the judges are eager to eat three lamb dishes, but worry that some fresh greens might be forgotten as the clock ticks down. Then, some odd choices by the finalists in the dessert round keep everyone wondering how the competition will end.

Thursday
Aug 17
9pm | 8c
Season 31, Episode 17

Betting on the Farm

The chefs are treated to some farm-fresh basket ingredients directly from the source! The first round has them rushing to make dishes with poultry and pickled chilies. In the entree round, the judges are eager to eat three lamb dishes, but worry that some fresh greens might be forgotten as the clock ticks down. Then, some odd choices by the finalists in the dessert round keep everyone wondering how the competition will end.

Friday
Aug 18
12am | 11c
Season 0, Episode 26

Grill Masters: Battle 3

Four new grill masters are confident they can be the best and advance to the grand finale! In the appetizer round, the party gets started with a frozen daiquiri in the basket and one chef doesn't leave enough time for plating. A fatty protein and an odd-colored ice cream are part of the challenge in the second round, then birthday cake is a festive find in the final basket.

Friday
Aug 18
3am | 2c
Season 0, Episode 26

Grill Masters: Battle 3

Four new grill masters are confident they can be the best and advance to the grand finale! In the appetizer round, the party gets started with a frozen daiquiri in the basket and one chef doesn't leave enough time for plating. A fatty protein and an odd-colored ice cream are part of the challenge in the second round, then birthday cake is a festive find in the final basket.

Sunday
Aug 20
6pm | 5c
Season 8, Episode 4

Chard & True

Octo-tastic! The four chefs take on an eight-armed mystery ingredient in the appetizer round. And the judges wonder if the cooperative behavior they see in the kitchen will continue after someone is chopped. Then in the entrée course, more seafood surprises make the 30-minute time limit seem extraordinarily difficult. And following the final round - in which the chefs had to incorporate some ballpark favorites into their desserts - the judges ponder how sportsmanship and preconceived game plans factored in.

Tuesday
Aug 22
2pm | 1c
Season 7, Episode 2

Saying Sayonara

Ah, shucks! Oysters in the first basket cause some problems, leading up to an emotional ending to the round. Then the competitors gain momentum in the entrée round when they're challenged to work with two Japanese ingredients. And the judges have to say sayonara to one last chef, after tasting the finalists' passionately prepared passion fruit desserts.

Tuesday
Aug 22
3pm | 2c
Season 7, Episode 7

Bite Your Pickled Beef Tongue

With tongue in the first basket, the chefs attempt to lick their competition. Sadly, proper cleaning technique, creativity, and the 20-minute timeframe pose problems. Then in a highly competitive second round, the chefs must take a colorful vegetable and a lean meat and make hearty main dishes. And when the two finalists move on to the dessert round, the judges are on pins and needles, wondering which chef will edge ahead.

Tuesday
Aug 22
4pm | 3c
Season 10, Episode 8

Viewers' Choice!

Let's hear it for fan participation! Chopped viewers finally get their chance to weigh in on a weighty question: What should go into the mystery baskets? In the first round of this special competition, the chefs must figure out how to make the fans proud by cooking a dish made with a favorite regional meat product. Then for the entrée round, the viewers have chosen a jarred ingredient that few professional chefs are likely to like. Will one chef's ambitious plans backfire as the clock runs out? Then, while trying to figure out how to combine black licorice root with a salty snack food, one of the final two chefs uses a clever time-saving technique in the dessert round.

Tuesday
Aug 22
5pm | 4c
Season 15, Episode 6

Viewers' Choice Baskets

Chopped fans logged on to Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter and suggested the ingredients for this Viewers' Choice competition, resulting in possibly the cruelest baskets ever. In the appetizer round the chefs are stunned and stumped to see two brightly colored manmade items and one of nature's most odious foods. Then for the entree basket, the viewers chose a canned product that became infamous in a previous competition. In the end, the last brutal basket proves very difficult for the finalists.

Tuesday
Aug 22
6pm | 5c
Season 20, Episode 5

Swai Not?

The chefs open up the first baskets to find falafel mix and date paste, among the four appetizer ingredients. Then in the entree round, the chefs must work with a fish that is new to them. And the chefs get cookies in the dessert round that they are hesitant to transform.

Tuesday
Aug 22
7pm | 6c

About the Host

Ted Allen

Ted, the host of Chopped, was the food and wine specialist on the groundbreaking, Emmy-winning series Queer Eye, which had a 100-episode run.

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