More Chopped Junior

Set Transformation 12 Videos

See how the Chopped set changes over to Junior.

Watch the Time Lapse

Help Is on the Way 12 Videos

When the kids need a hand, they always call one man.

Ted, the Sous Chef

10 Secrets of the Show 12 Videos

Find out what happens on set before the competition begins.

An Exclusive Look

Behind the Scenes 12 Videos

Ted gives a personal tour of the Juniorized set and pantry.

Learn Fun Facts and More

Helping Hands 12 Videos

These kids help one another without a second thought.

Junior Sportsmanship

Family Mealtime

These kid-friendly recipes are sure to make your mealtime prep fun for the whole family.

Kitchen Basics Infographics

Get ready for the competition by learning the different knives and all the perfect cuts to make prep time a snap.

Go Inside Chopped

The Original Series

Watch the parent series to see what the baskets reveal.

Who Will Be Chopped?

Judges Cook After Hours

When the show's over, the judges try out the baskets.

Watch Them Fool Around

Basket Mysteries, Revealed

Have you asked yourself, "How do they come up with that?"

Here's the Answer
Season 4, Episode 13

Chia Frets

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.

Tuesday
Jan 17
8pm | 7c
Season 5, Episode 3

Heads Will Roll

Chefs Maneet Chauhan and George Mendes and actor Kevin McHale step in to judge the next round of talented junior chefs. First, the kids open the appetizer basket to find something staring right back at them! A cute candy creation and a twist on garlic bread spice things up in the entree round. Then, vegetables make their way into brownies in the dessert round, but the finalists have no problem repurposing them.

Tuesday
Feb 21
8pm | 7c
Season 1, Episode 8

Future Stars

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.

Wednesday
Mar 8
2pm | 1c
Season 1, Episode 11

Cuteness Overload

The junior chefs in this competition are young and fearless, and at just nine and ten years old, they're the youngest yet! Food Network's Amanda Freitag and Jeff Mauro and actress Hayden Panettiere serve as judges, and in the first round, the young chefs must cook with a classic kid food and some unusual chips. In the entree round, there's a super-sour basket ingredient, and for dessert, a punny snack that might make them crabby!

Wednesday
Mar 8
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 10

The Big Stink

Food blogger Ayesha Curry, former White House chef Sam Kass and chef Marcus Samuelsson are on hand to judge this round of young competitors, who must deal with some seriously stinky ingredients in the first basket. The second round has the junior chefs wondering what to do with a snack mix and a mix of mini veggies, and a reptilian cake meets a vegan cheese in the dessert basket.

Wednesday
Mar 15
5pm | 4c
Season 6, Episode 10

Make Me a Judge: Episode 2

The excitement continues as four eager young chefs cook for the chance to become a judge in the finale event! Maneet Chauhan, Alex Guarnaschelli and Chris Santos sit on the judging panel for this competition, where the kids have to work with a different barbecue sauce in each round. In the appetizer basket, the kids must transform cookies and a slimy vegetable into delicious starters. A pork product must be paired with fresh greens in the entree course, then the finalists struggle to place cheese in their desserts.

Wednesday
Mar 29
6pm | 5c
Season 4, Episode 11

Lemon Meringue Why?

The judges, radio host Angie Martinez, actress Chelsea Peretti and chef Geoffrey Zakarian, watch to see what wild appetizer dishes the competitors will make with wildfire lettuce and fluke. Then, the remaining kids wonder why a beautiful lemon meringue pie must be found in the entree round but manage to find unique ways to use it. Finally, baking and ice cream are part of the plan for both competitors in the dessert round.

Tuesday
Apr 4
5pm | 4c
Season 4, Episode 1

Bug Bites

Creepy-crawly kabobs in the first basket kick things off on an adventurous note -- will the junior chefs find a good way to incorporate the bites of crunchy protein? In the entree round, the kids are happy to get fish fillets and a colorful cereal. Then, the young cooks must find creative ways to use some little sprinkles and a giant egg in their desserts. The judging panel features actors David Arquette and Jake Smollett and chef Scott Conant.

Tuesday
Apr 4
6pm | 5c
Season 5, Episode 6

Why So Blue?

A fun twist on a classic comfort food is paired with pricey truffles in the appetizer round. In round two, the junior chefs must roll up their sleeves to deal with a large blue squash. Then, the two finalists find creative ways to make desserts with of out-of-this-world lollipops and green fruit. Food journalist Michelle Park, chef Chris Santos and singer Ruben Studdard take over the judging panel.

Tuesday
Apr 4
8pm | 7c
Season 4, Episode 6

Nest Test

The young competitors hatch a plan for what to do with a "birds' nest" in the first basket, which is actually a common dish in disguise. Then, in the entree round, the chefs learn a new word for a specific type of chicken and must hustle to get it cooked through. The two finalists have similar ideas for killer kiwi desserts, but will the judges -- singer Austin Mahone, cookbook author Raquel Pelzel and chef Aaron Sanchez -- love their dishes equally?

Tuesday
May 2
4pm | 3c
Season 5, Episode 12

Dinner Is Served

The junior chefs get to cook three meals -- breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- for the judges, actor J.B. Smoove and chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and Geoffrey Zakarian. In round one, the basket contains Middle Eastern pancakes and special cotton candy. For lunch, they have to try their hand with frozen fast food and raw burgers. Then, the finalists must make dinner with a tender cut of lamb and an Arabic dessert.

Sunday
May 14
5pm | 4c
Season 7, Episode 3

Champions: Part 2

A new group of four champs compete to see who will advance to the $25,000 grand finale! An infamous Chopped ingredient appears in the appetizer basket, then steak could be a gift or a challenge for the kid cooks who make it to the entree round. Then, the two young cooks who get to make dessert must use a tangy fruit and a deep-fried treat.

Wednesday
Jun 7
3am | 2c
Season 7, Episode 6

Champions: Grand Finale

Four of the most talented Chopped Junior competitors have made their way to the finale to compete for a third win, the title and $25,000! The basket powers-that-be throw them a whopper of a first basket that includes a rather wild jerky and a protein that most Americans have never eaten. The second basket is a doozy as well, with cream puffs and a strange ketchup. Then, the final round of the tournament calls for some kid-friendly bubbly.

Wednesday
Jun 28
3am | 2c
Season 6, Episode 5

Farm Fun

From the farm to the Chopping Block! A new batch of junior chefs get to work with farm-fresh ingredients, starting with pork and blue cheese in the appetizer round. Milk must be combined with purple produce in an exciting entree course, then an ingredient in the dessert basket comes with directions. Farmer Jenna Brownell joins chefs Marc Murphy and Giorgio Rapicavoli on the judging panel.

Tuesday
Aug 29
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 5

Farm Fun

From the farm to the Chopping Block! A new batch of junior chefs get to work with farm-fresh ingredients, starting with pork and blue cheese in the appetizer round. Milk must be combined with purple produce in an exciting entree course, then an ingredient in the dessert basket comes with directions. Farmer Jenna Brownell joins chefs Marc Murphy and Giorgio Rapicavoli on the judging panel.

Wednesday
Aug 30
3am | 2c

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.