More Chopped Junior

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

Helping Hands 12 Videos

These kids help one another without a second thought.

Junior Sportsmanship

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes 12 Videos

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

Learn Fun Facts and More

Set Transformation 12 Videos

See how the Chopped set changes over to Junior.

Watch the Time Lapse

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.

Wednesday
Jan 18
3am | 2c
Season 5, Episode 1

Chicken and Do-Nots

Chefs Daniel Churchill and Marcus Samuelsson and actress Allison Williams serve as the judges for a new group of junior chefs, who are thrilled when the appetizer basket reveals an exciting twist on chicken and waffles. In the entree round, a sweet, tropical icing must be paired with pork, and in the dessert round, it's a race to the ice cream machine when both finalists are inspired by a coconut beverage.

Tuesday
Jan 31
9pm | 8c
Season 6, Episode 9

Make Me a Judge: Episode 1

For the first time in Chopped history, kid competitors have a chance at becoming a Chopped judge! In the first competition, judged by Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy, a burger theme shapes what the kids must cook. For the appetizer round, they have to use an unusual popsicle and a small egg delicacy. The entree round delivers straightforward burger meat, but with a sweet oniony condiment. Then, the remaining kid cooks must figure out how to make burger-inspired desserts using a cured meat ingredient and fresh fruit.

Sunday
Mar 12
4pm | 3c
Season 6, Episode 12

Make Me a Judge: Finale

Three Chopped Junior Champions are taking a seat at the Chopping Block, as four regular Chopped judges -- Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos -- compete for $25,000 for charity. The chefs are cooking with some of the same ingredients that the kids did, but with a few shocking twists, starting with cured fish roe in the appetizer basket. The entree basket contains some familiar barbecue ingredients, and the chefs must also incorporate an elaborate gelatin creation. The dessert basket turns into an ice cream showdown, and the remaining two chefs must cook with ears!

Sunday
Apr 2
5pm | 4c
Season 2, Episode 6

Pasta Love

A new round of talented junior chefs storms the kitchen to win over judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Eddie Jackson and actress Christine Taylor. First, kids heart pasta, but will the competitors love the heart-shaped pasta in the appetizer round? Some shellfish that are still on the shell and a lime unlike any lime the competitors have ever tasted are part of the challenge in round two. Then, a creative take on cookies and milk is discovered in the dessert basket.

Tuesday
May 2
2pm | 1c
Season , Episode 1

Rattled

When the young chefs must butcher and cook snakes in the appetizer round, will they be too squeamish to let their skills shine through? In the entree round, a dense oddball of a cake must be worked into lamb shoulder dishes. Then, the last precious seconds of the round are a show of desperation and cooperation as the finalists are challenged to make creative, caffeinated desserts for the judges, actor Chris Colfer and chefs Raiza Costa and Amanda Freitag.

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

Rise and Cook!

Four young cooks set out to make judges Cliff Crooks, Bethenny Frankel and Geoffrey Zakarian the most important meal of the day: breakfast! French toast and cereal are remixed in the first basket. Then, the kids struggle to make perfect eggs against the clock in the entree round. The two finalists in the dessert round get to work with an extravagant breakfast-themed cake and a grown-up breakfast beverage.

Tuesday
May 2
5pm | 4c
Season 7, Episode 5

Champions: Part 4

Four outstanding young cooks compete to see who will earn the last spot in the grand finale. Some slender peppers and some scrumptious rolls are part of the puzzle in the appetizer round. The junior chefs must figure out a way to make a guilty pleasure snack work in their venison entrees, then some serious mistakes in the dessert round leave the judges with much to consider.

Tuesday
Jun 20
8pm | 7c
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.

Tuesday
Jun 27
8pm | 7c
Season 7, Episode 1

Weird, Feared

When the junior chefs encounter alarmingly outlandish surprises in every basket, will working with weird ingredients stop them from cooking at their best? A swamp special must be combined with a spicy frozen dessert in the appetizer round. Peppers and puffer fish tails are in the entree basket. Finally, the kid chefs get a Scandinavian pancake for a dessert-round shocker. Food Network Star finalist Martita Jara guest judges with chefs Marcus Samuelsson and George Mendes.

Tuesday
Sep 19
8pm | 7c
Season 6, Episode 7

Play Nice With Spice

The heat is on in this spicy competition, judged by YouTube personality Tyler Oakley and chefs Ching-He Huang and Geoffrey Zakarian. In the appetizer round, the kids must put on their goggles when they tackle hot peppers. The entree round reveals a milder chili, but the junior chefs are left wishing they had practiced cooking goat! Then, in the dessert round, the two finalists must cook with a spicy jam that leaves a tingling sensation.

Wednesday
Oct 18
3am | 2c
Season 1, Episode 4

A Chopped Junior Thanksgiving

Four new junior chefs are presented with the challenge of making a perfect Thanksgiving meal for the judges, including special guest Martha Stewart and Food Network's Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian. First, they must make creative appetizers using spiral ham, and in round two, they have to prepare entrees using three different turkey parts. Pumpkin spice lattes in the final basket get the kids excited for dessert, where they race to claim the ice cream machine!

Tuesday
Nov 14
6pm | 5c
Season 4, Episode 8

Donut Sweat It

Savory meets sweet, and all is awesome! The junior chefs find something called an "everything donut" in the appetizer basket, which they must make work with a pickled pork product. Cooking venison is a new experience for some of the junior chefs in the entree round, then a competitor makes a bold move in the final seconds of the dessert round. It's up to the judges -- chefs Alex Guarnaschelli and David Guas and NFL player DeMarcus Ware -- to decide if it was a smart choice.

Wednesday
Nov 29
4am | 3c
Season , Episode 7

Think Fig

The young cooks get some expensive seafood in the first basket and struggle to make the most of valuable time in order to impress the judges, actress Ta'Rhonda Jones, restaurateur Sabin Lomac and chef Aaron Sanchez. Then, bacon is discovered in an odd place in the entree basket. Finally, some figs and fancy peaches must make it to the dessert plates.

Wednesday
Dec 13
4am | 3c
Season 4, Episode 10

Fries Wise

Ground beef and curly fries are familiar enough appetizer ingredients, but can the kid cooks stay focused enough to make creative choices and technically-excellent dishes? The junior chefs see seafood inside the second basket, then a cookie cup stuffed with something surprising must be incorporated in desserts. The judging panel features YouTube personality Justine "iJustine" Ezarik, food writer Alison Roman and chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Wednesday
Dec 20
4am | 3c
Season , Episode 9

A Hot Minute

The young competitors get a generous 30 minutes to cook minute steak in the appetizer round. Breaking down a bird is part of the challenge in round two, along with figuring out what to do with some cool ketchup. Then, the dessert basket contains some delicious stuffed fruit and a fun snack cake. The judging panel features chefs Amanda Freitag and Kristen Kish and former MLB player Jason Varitek.

Wednesday
Dec 27
4am | 3c
Season 5, Episode 11

Rescue Mission!

The young cooks tackle baskets of leftover and often-wasted food, starting with cheese rinds and takeout leftovers in the appetizer round. Then, they find some unwanted produce that must be worked into an entree. For dessert, the finalists find creative uses for forgotten fruit and baking leftovers to win over judges Amanda Freitag, Sam Kass and Marc Murphy.

Tuesday
Jan 2
2pm | 1c
Season 3, Episode 10

Snack Attack

Some creatively-presented cheese and a spreadable protein are part of the round one challenge. A strange pink pickle and a crispy, house-made snack food keep the kids on their toes in the entree round, and in the dessert round, a marshmallow mishap has the judges -- chef Maneet Chauhan, TV host Daphne Oz and actor Tyrel Jackson Williams -- wishing they could jump in and help.

Tuesday
Jan 9
2pm | 1c
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.

Monday
Jan 15
2pm | 1c
Season 4, Episode 3

Hot Potato, Not Potato

Four ambitious kids bring their cooking skills to the Chopped Kitchen as they try to impress chefs Lazarus Lynch and Marc Murphy and actor James Maslow. Ground beef and chocolate present a conundrum for the competitors in the first round. In the entree basket, an ingredient that looks like a giant baked potato is something else entirely, and a red, white and blue snack in the dessert basket is a patriotic potpourri for the finalists.

Monday
Jan 15
3pm | 2c
Season 5, Episode 8

Three Ring Kitchen

In a circus-themed competition, a new bunch of 10- and 11-year olds dare to make appetizers using corn and playful cookies. The entree basket reveals a finger food and some beautiful produce, then in the dessert round, the chefs tackle a baked good and a something covered in caramel. Actor Ryan Guzman joins The Kitchen's Sunny Anderson and Geoffrey Zakarian on the judging panel.

Tuesday
Jan 16
2pm | 1c
Season 6, Episode 4

Fast Food Face-Off

With a healthy fast food theme in effect, a new group of kid cooks must make appetizers using a popular condiment and seafood. An ancient grain bread is paired with poultry in the entree basket, and the dessert basket contains a frozen fruity Italian treat. Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Stephanie Izard and Marcus Samuelsson serve as judges.

Monday
Jan 22
2pm | 1c
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.

Monday
Jan 22
3pm | 2c
Season 6, Episode 9

Make Me a Judge: Episode 1

For the first time in Chopped history, kid competitors have a chance at becoming a Chopped judge! In the first competition, judged by Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli and Marc Murphy, a burger theme shapes what the kids must cook. For the appetizer round, they have to use an unusual popsicle and a small egg delicacy. The entree round delivers straightforward burger meat, but with a sweet oniony condiment. Then, the remaining kid cooks must figure out how to make burger-inspired desserts using a cured meat ingredient and fresh fruit.

Monday
Jan 22
4pm | 3c
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.

Monday
Jan 22
5pm | 4c
Season 6, Episode 11

Make Me a Judge: Episode 3

The third and final seat at the judges' table is up for grabs! Four precocious kids tackle the mystery baskets, with a baking theme in effect. The appetizer basket reveals a South American sausage and a cheesy baked treat. The young cooks are surprised to find their protein in whole-animal form in the entree round, then the finalists must transform a tart berry and colorful cookie dough into delicious desserts. Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant serve as judges.

Monday
Jan 22
6pm | 5c

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.