Chopped All-Stars, Season 3: Meet the Chefs

Meet the chefs and celebrity competitors from Season 3 of Chopped All-Stars.

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Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Photo By: Janet Rhodes ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Round 1: Jeff Mauro

Jeff Mauro won the seventh season of Food Network Star and now hosts Sandwich King and the prime-time series $24 in 24. He previously pursued a career as an entertainer and a comedian in Los Angeles, before returning to what he loves — cooking. Jeff is competing for the Comer Children's Hospital.

Round 1: Sunny Anderson

Sunny Anderson is the host of Cooking for Real and Home Made in America. Growing up as a U.S. Army brat, Sunny indulged in many local cuisines. When she joined the Air Force, she continued her culinary travels and also discovered a desire to explore music, becoming an award-winning radio host. She used to run her own catering company, Sunny's Delicious Dishes. Sunny is competing for N Street Village.

Round 1: Gabriele Corcos

Gabriele Corcos was born in Florence, Italy, where he learned everything he knows about Tuscan food from his mother and grandmother. He and his wife, Debi Mazar, host Cooking Channel's Extra Virgin. The two will release their first cookbook in 2014, and Gabriele is in the process of opening his first restaurant in Brooklyn. Gabriele is competing for Feeding America.

Round 1: Nadia G.

Nadia G. is the host of Cooking Channel's Bitchin' Kitchen. She released her second cookbook, Cookin' for Trouble, in 2011. Nadia's recipes are rooted in the Casalinga-style Italian cuisine she grew up with and infused with the culinary influences of her hometown, Montreal, Canada. Nadia is competing for Club Tech.

Round 2: Chuck Hughes

Chuck Hughes is the host of Cooking Channel's Chuck's Day Off, Chuck's Week Off: Mexico and Chuck's Eat the Street. He's the chef/owner of Montreal hot spots Garde Manger and Le Bremner. He has also appeared on Food Network's The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. Chuck is competing for The Cedars Cancer Institute.

Round 2: Elizabeth Falkner

Elizabeth Falkner has wowed the San Francisco/Bay Area for more than 20 years, first with her desserts, then in her restaurants and pastry shop. She recently relocated to Brooklyn to open a Southern Italian restaurant called Krescendo. Elizabeth has competed on Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs and The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. Elizabeth is competing for The Edible Schoolyard Project.

Round 2: Gavin Kaysen

Gavin Kaysen is the executive chef of Café Boulud. In 2007 he competed in the Bocuse d'Or International Cuisine Competition. He has received several accolades, including being named one of Food & Wine Magazine's 10 Best New Chefs (2007) and having received the James Beard Foundation's prestigious 2008 Rising Star Chef award. He also earned a star in the Michelin Guide. Gavin is competing for Children's Cancer Research Fund.

Round 2: Richard Blais

Richard Blais is most recognizable as the winner of Top Chef All-Stars. A native New Yorker, Richard relocated to Atlanta in 2000, where he founded Trail Blais, which operates The Spence, Flip Burger Boutique and HD-1. His first cookbook, Try This at Home: From My Head to Your Plate, offers a simplified approach to adventurous cooking. Richard is competing for Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

Round 3: Alex Guarnaschelli

Alex Guarnaschelli is the executive chef of Butter and The Darby in New York. She has worked as a chef in New York and France, where she attended La Varenne Cooking School. Recently, Alex won The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. She is also a judge on Chopped. Her first cookbook is titled Old School Comfort: The Way I Learned to Cook. Alex is competing for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.

Round 3: Amanda Freitag

After 20 years in the business, Amanda Freitag has emerged as one of New York's most-celebrated chefs. She is a judge on Chopped and has appeared on Iron Chef America and the second season of The Next Iron Chef. She is currently working on opening her own restaurant. Recently, Amanda took second place on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. Amanda is competing for God's Love We Deliver.

Round 3: Marc Murphy

Marc is a regular judge on Chopped and has also appeared on Iron Chef America. Marc has logged more than 20 years in the restaurant business, and he is currently executive chef and owner of Benchmarc Restaurants (Landmarc and Ditch Plains in New York) and Benchmarc Events. Marc is competing for Share Our Strength.

Round 3: Scott Conant

One of New York's most-beloved and respected chefs, Scott Conant has cooked some of the city's favorite Italian cuisine with Scarpetta in New York. In 2010 he opened Scarpetta locations in Toronto, Beverly Hills, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev. Scott has been a recurring judge on Food Network's Chopped since its premiere. Scott is competing for Keep Memory Alive.

Round 4: Joey Fatone

Former *NSYNC star and Dancing with the Stars contestant Joey Fatone is currently the host of My Family Recipe Rocks!. He has previously hosted The Singing Bee and has competed on season one of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off on Food Network. Joey is competing for the Fatone Family Foundation.

Round 4: Johnny Weir

Johnny Weir is a three-time U.S. champion, a two-time Olympian and a world medalist figure skater. At his very first Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Johnny placed an impressive second in the short program and finished fifth overall. Johnny recently competed on season two of Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off on Food Network. Johnny is competing for the Human Rights Campaign.

Round 4: Judy Gold

Judy Gold was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in 2012 for her Off-Broadway show The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom. She won the GLAAD Media Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her previous Off-Broadway show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother. Judy frequently makes television appearances and tours theaters and comedy clubs around the country. Judy is competing for Project ALS.

Round 4: Laila Ali

Laila Ali is a four-time undefeated world boxing champion, cooking enthusiast and mother of two children. She is currently the host of Everyday Health and a former co-host of American Gladiators. She also made it to the final round of the fourth season of Dancing with the Stars and authored a motivational book for young women titled Reach!. Laila is competing for Healthy Child Healthy World.

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